I started with disposables because I didn't know any better, and I really believed it when everyone told me they were easier.
I switched to cloth recently, and will cd newbaby when the time comes, from day one.
ONE, disposables did not hold in those early breastfed poopie blowouts, no matter what brand or size I tried! I was changing DD's clothes, blankets, my clothes, sheets, etc. at least four times a day! ICK! I'd much rather have some stained Kissaluvs or prefolds than stained everything else.
TWO, cloth isn't really any harder or more work than disposables, in my opinion. With either, you still have to learn how to get the thing on just right to prevent leaks and to fit your particular baby. Since the poopie blowouts meant I was doing laundry every day, cloth diapers wouldn't have made a difference in that respect at all.
THREE, cloth diapers are easier to customize the fit. My little bitty baby girl just never did fit quite right in premie, newborn or size 1 sposies.
FOUR, cloth is so much less expensive in the long run.
FIVE, the unbleached cloth diapers don't contain toxins like dioxin (produced during the bleaching process), which have been linked to all sorts of horrible disorders, like endometriosis, which I have. If there's anything in my power that I can do to reduce the risk of my babies living in pain their entire reproductive lives, I'm going to do it.