For parents who are worried that cloth diapering in the very beginning stages of infancy will be too stressful, I ask if they plan on breastfeeding. There are so many amazing benefits to breastfeeding, and easier diaper care is one of them.
The bowel movements of newborns and infants who exclusively breastfeed are liquid, runny and dissolve easily. There's no special care required- no dunking, no scraping, no spraying. Just toss your diapers into the pail, then into the washer. It seems like you should do more, but your regular washer cycles and detergent will really take care of it!
I've found that newborn poo does stain very easily. Fortunately, it's also an easy stain to sun. A half hour on a sunny day should take care of the worst of your staining. For those who cloth diaper right from the beginning, this kind of poo is great, since you are worried about so many other things in the beginning.
My daughter has been slowly eating more solids over the past 2 months. Sadly, the days of easy poo are gone. We're at that in-between, less fun (if poo is ever fun) peanut-butter consistency right now. How to tackle that yuck? More in the next post :)