Benjamin was in cloth straight away, the black poo (sorry can't spell hard words with this brain!) wasn't a problem for me. We used fleece liners and washable wipes as well. Both Robert and my mum for the 1 nappy wash she did soaked the nappies in cold water or rinsed them out before putting in the machine.
There was 1 nappy and 1 washable wipe which did looked stained from the darker poos, but I think its already out of the nappy.
To be honest I am having more problems with this yellow poo than the dark stuff. The yellow is staining the fleece liners, coming out of the nappies no probs but if I put a wrap - bummis or ME rikki into the same wash they come out with a yellow tinge sometimes all over sometimes patchy - so the wraps are going into clothes washes now.
I thought it was easier using cloth in hospital than it would have been with disps, as I didn't have to leave the bed, I could change him, wet nappy bag everything and washable wipe or chemical solution my hands than get up for the bin!
I did find we got through lots of wet nappy bags though, but that was probably because we had lots we could get through!