What a funny question. When I had my daughter there was no such thing as a disposable nappy. We got through the '74 floods with cloth nappies and never thought twice. As for convenience, good grief, we used Chix nappy liners, emptied solid waste down the loo, soaked the nappies in NapiSan and washed them the same as anything else. The chemicals in disposables would put me off for a start and then there is the non biodegradable aspect. Nearly everybody has a dryer these days . . . it would be so nice to see bubs in lovely terry towellig nappies again.
I used a combination when my son was younger. Disposables at night because they absorbed more helping him to be less disturbed during the night so he could sleep more, and cloth nappies during the day unless we were going out. It worked well until he got bigger and didn't like the cloth ones anymore. I'm hoping to get him out of them soon because they don't break down for a very long time and I want to minimise our footprint.
We soon realised that disposables were a million times easier. No soaking/washing, less leakage, easier to put on, always on hand. And it's debatable whether they are actually worse for the environment than cloth nappies.
I would love to use fabric nappies, but I don't know how game I would be to face all that washing. I only purchase nappies when they are on sale. I know, I know. That makes no difference to the environment. But this post has got me thinking. Perhaps I will make the switch...
I mainly used fabric nappies when my daughter was little but always had some disposable on hand for emergencies. It's also possible to buy cloth ones which fasten up like disposable ones do. These were very convenient as I didn't have to mess around with safety pins and folding in the correct way.