|I think that it would depend a lot on hospital policies where you are. My baby never left our room and the nurses never changed him after they put the very first diaper on him, so I assume it would have been relatively easy to deal with cloth diapers. We didn't as I had heard other people complain about diapers disappearing when the nurses took care of their baby. We used the hospital's disposables until we were ready to go, then changed him into cloth just before we left so we wouldn't bring any disposable home. It worked really well for us, but if I was you I would inquire as to what the policies are at your hospital.
As for cloth pads, I used them after I came home - actually, after my mom left. She stayed with us for 2 weeks to help with the newborn, and she already wasn't sure about the cloth diaper thing, so I didn't want to have the "cloth pads" conversation with her (she was doing laundry). I really liked it, but I think that they wouldn't have been absorbent enough for the first few days at the hospital - or at least I wouldn't have had enough as I would have had to change very often. I did hear some people say that they used prefolds or cloth diaper doublers for pads, that may work better for the first few days?