I used disposables but that's because I was using a diaper service at the time and DD came a few days before my first delivery was scheduled. There's really no strong reason not to use cloth in the hospital. I plan to bring cloth next time. Meconium will wash out and if it stains you can always sun them.
I used sposies. Just one less thing to think about at an already hectic time. One less thing to have to take home and do when I got home. I was a little worried about losing some since sometimes the nurses will change baby. Another thing that was a factor for me is my last two have been boys and we circ. in the hospital. With DS1 I used sposies the first 2 weeks, DS2 I took a lot longer and still use sposies about 25% of the time.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I didn't CD DS till he was almost 5 months, but next baby if I give birth someplace where they provide diapers (like most hospitals do) I'll use their disposable diapers while there. One less thing for me to worry about. We'll switch over after being home as soon as I feel like I can do the laundry (I had a c/s with DS and if I end up with another c/s there's no way I'm doing CD laundry those first 7-10 days).
IMO, I didn't want to deal with what to do with the cloth diapers while we were in the hospital. I couldn't imagine a bag of dirty meconium diapers sitting around for two days in a small room. It turned out to be a good idea because we were in the hospital two days longer than expected. Plus the disposables were already there at the hospital.
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
Yep, we just used the free hospital diapers too. Less to worry about and easier. DD started cloth at two weeks, when everything in our stash fit her, and I feel just fine about that!! A couple weeks of sposies- especially if they have the cord notch cut out, isn't going to hurt a thing!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Meconium washes right out, no rinsing need. I did use the hospital sposies though since I only had enough for about 24-36 hours that fit under the cord. I figured I wouldn't be able to get them clean soon enough at home if I used them all in the hospital. I did bring a few and put one on her for the drive home and didn't use any others once home. The sposies actually make great post partum ice packs/pads for mama though. Just slit near the top, fill with ice and fold down the top. They absorb the water as the ice melts and work better for the bleeding since they are bigger than pads.
DD - Jessica, June, 2005 ~ DS - Kyle, September, 2007 ~ DD - Michaela, March 2010