Initial main benefit for me was cost, I started off with some terry squares and little lambs, spent about £150, as the months went on I experimented with loads of different brands. Sold some on, kept some for bubs number 2. I once worked out that I spent about £1000 on cloth over the years. I made back half by selling them on. I would have spent about £3000 for disposable nappies and wipes.
Izzy has sensitive skin so nappies and wipes brought her out in rashes so cloth was essential for her, leon can tolerate them and I've used them occasionally.
A possible benefit was early potty training as in cloth its they are more aware of being wet. I didn't do potty training as such, just put a potty out. Izzy was in knickers at about 22months and wore night nappies til about age 3. Leon was dry in the day by 2.5 shortly followed by nights.
I'm happy about the fact I have saved thousands of nappies going to landfill. Our bins only get collected once every 3 weeks! I know some neighbours really struggle with smells and maggots in their bins.
Using cloth nappies has meant we use cloth for everything! Wipes instead of toilet paper, cloths for cleanibg, cloth sanitary pads, face clothes for me instead of wipes and cotton wool.
Cloth nappies are also cute