We have now been using cloth diapers for a couple of weeks-while that doesn't make me an expert by any means, I thought I'd share my experience thus far. My little one is 2 1/2 months old, and for the first month and a half, we used disposables because 1) we had a BUNCH! and 2) he wasn't quite big enough to fit into the cloth. I only have 17 diapers right now (15 BumGenius & 2 gDiapers), and I really need more. Closer to 30 would be ideal, but it will take a while to build a stash like that without shelling out some serious money all at one time. As a result of only having 17, I can go about 2 days with my collection, which means I'm washing every 3rd day or so.
I had heard that placing the diapers and inserts out in the sun would bleach out the stains. I totally didn't believe it....especially after I washed my first load and they came out of the washer with a bunch of stains from the poop. (By the way, I had to look this up because I wasn't sure; the diapers don't need to be rinsed before they go in the washer...just throw them in, wash them on hot, rinse in cold, hang out to dry, or toss in dryer). But, I figured it couldn't hurt and I placed them outside on my railing like so:
I know I still have plenty to learn about my CD's...but this is just the beginning. Let me know if you have any good tips on cloth diapering!