Here is the condensed version:
Price - waaay cheap
Customized fit for every size baby
And....they are ADORABLE
Its a little gross...
Its a little more involved...
Its a little smelly at times...
People can be extremely condescending and not very supportive when you share your choice to cloth diaper; IGNORE THEM.
Be prepared: have all the supplies on hand BEFORE your child is born.
Buy a diaper sprayer (this IS a necessity).
Opt for a hanging wet bag (way easier to use with a diaper sprayer).
Here is the long-winded version:
While I was pregnant, we invested in a starter stash of cloth dipes. One glorious day in mid-January the BumGenius 3.0 dipes were discontinued, and we were able to stock up for less than half price; oh, the savings! I had hoped that this purchase would take us from the newborn stage through Lucy's three month birthday, as the weight range is 8 lbs - 16 lbs.... Well, sweet baby Lucy was born weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce... Our awesome BumGenius dipes were totally useless until she hit 8 pounds; we needed something to get us through the newborn stage, something that was cheap, mind you. Alas, we took the prefold plunge. (Full disclosure: we tried disposables for a week, and they were scary expensive; I think we spent over $100 in six days).
Prefolds can be intimidating; the entire time I was researching cloth diapers, they were the last system I ever considered. But they've proven to be really great. I think everyone should use prefolds for newborns, because they can fit any size baby, no matter how skinny their chicken legs may be. Another reason they're awesome: they are insanely cheap: $1.50/prefold and $7-13/cover (you only need 4-6 covers). The one negative, in my opinion, they're a little bulky; but, the bulk is quickly forgotten as soon as you slip on one of those adorable covers! I suppose one might also find the folding to be more involved, especially at 3 am...but it doesn't bother us. Diaper changes take no longer, from start to finish, using this system (versus any other system - including disposables). There are many different ways to fold a prefold; I like "The Jellyroll" best, and Casey is a big fan of "The Twist".
To be completely honest, overall, it is a little gross, and even a little smelly at times. This is where the diaper sprayer swoops in and saves the day. You hold your breath, spray the funky-looking poo into the toilet, and then you sanitize like crazy! When Casey bought a 32 oz bottle of hand sanitizer, I thought, "Geez, that's a bit excessive..." Three weeks later, and we're more than halfway through the bottle; I will never question his judgment again. As a new mom, I've seen more bodily fluid in the past three weeks, than ever before in my life; slowly, but surely, my gag reflex is lessening. Spraying poo off of my little girl's dipes doesn't phase me one bit; so don't let the idea of spraying poo deter you from choosing cloth. Its really not that bad.
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