I mean, they’re not pleasant. A lot of mommy bloggers and enthusiasts are going to tell you that cloth diapers aren’t any more disgusting than disposable diapers but that’s not quite the truth.
I’ve done both, and the thing about cloth diapers is that you have to dump the poop in the toilet before you wash them. You don’t do that with disposable diapers. You also have to store the dirty cloth diapers before you wash them and no matter how well you store them (I used a washable cloth bag inside of a stainless steel trash can) that smell is still going to get around, you know? It’s not like with a disposable diaper where you can bag up the poopy diaper and walk it straight around the side of your house to the dumpster, never to smell it again.
The other thing is that with newborn diapers or particularly messy older-baby diapers, you need to spray them down if you can’t get the poop into the toilet with just a little shake. So you’ll need a diaper sprayer for that (it attaches to your toilet).
If you choose to cloth diaper while you’re out and about, you’ll also have to tote those dirty diapers around with you until you get home to wash them.
Then again, it’s trite, but it’s true, for some reason, your kids’ poop just isn’t as gross as you think it’s going to be, whether it’s in a cloth diaper or a disposable one. You just kind of love it, because you love them.