I originally got my cloth stash from a friend who'd used them on her kid, so I didn't even really know what I got. I know I have some Fuzzibunz and some Bum Genius. And they're all pocket diapers. And I used Rockin' Green detergent with them and that went well. I didn't get our own washer and dryer in unit until Homer was 4 months old, so we started cloth diapering at 5 months. At around 20 months, ALL the elastic wore out at once, and every single one was leaking. I gave up and we've done disposables ever since.
Now I'm left with 30-something diapers with elastic that needs replacing, so even though that sounds like a big undertaking, it's probably worth it to go buy some elastic from the fabric store and see if I can fix them up. I'm just not sure if the one-size diapers will fit a newborn? I may look around for some newborn options. I'd like to spend as little as possible, but of course, sometimes I wish I had tons of extra money to spend on cloth diapers because they're so irresistably cute!!
I do know that I always just felt happy seeing my kiddo in cloth. The colors, the softness, and knowing they're better for the planet all make me very happy. So I'm looking forward to jumping back in. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed with all the options out there. Even though I've used cloth, I still feel like such a n00b sometimes!!
Imogen - I've never used cloth menstrual pads, but a friend of mine says she loves them. I use a menstrual cup. The one I was most recently using is called Lunette, and it was pretty great!