Often when I speak to those new to cloth diapering I hear one thing come up over and over again..."I smell pee!"
I think it's the most obvious thing but the least often considered when deciding to use cloth over disposables. When you use disposables you notice and don't pay much attention to the fact that they have a sort of fragrance, sicky sweet and gross in my opinion, but a fragrance none the less. We forget that fragrance is not there just to make baby smell like a rose, it's there to mask the natural odors associated with urination and defecation. Without the chemicals and fragrance a soiled disposable diaper would smell like a soiled cloth diaper....It would smell like pee and poop!
This "natural" aroma is a pain if you intend to let your little one sit in a dirty diaper for any length of time but should just be accepted as a part of the diapering and potty training process. Baby smells for a reason, time to change that diaper!
In any case, I like to tell people in advance if they happen to bring up the smell factor, that it's natural and you do get used to it. Unless you're willing to cover baby's bottom with a chemical, gel filled, frangrance enhanced, plastic/paper diaper, then you'll just have to accept the natural smells associated with diapering naturally with cloth.
So what are your thoughts? Do you find the smell to be hard to deal with or just part of the deal. Do you despise the smell and fragrance of disposables as much as I do?