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Your Guide To The Best Baby Diaper Pail and Why You’ll Love It

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A stinky nursery with 30 or so dirty nappies is the last thing you want to see!

As the name suggests, this article briefs you everything about the essential Baby Diaper Pails and how not getting it the worse thing you could do to your beautiful sanctuary.

In this article, we’ll be giving you all the nuts and bolts about:

  • Why Baby Diaper Pails are necessary
  • What to look for before buying
  • How to help a toddler with Teething Diaper Rash
  • And a whole lot more…

Keep reading to find out.

For any new or expecting parents out there, first of all – congratulations!

Secondly, it is overwhelming for some to even know where to start when it comes to preparing themselves for parenthood. When we were starting out, we found it so difficult to navigate the world of baby products. So we tried to help ourselves by doing research and getting some answers ahead of time. Now that I am a much more seasoned parent, I feel much more confident in what to do and what to use when it comes to caring for my kids.

I want to share what I found with you as well–take a look below to see what we found when we were looking into the expansive world of diaper pails!

Value Editorial

There is a whole world of diaper pails that offer their own set of features, but picking out which feature is the “right fit” may be confusing. There are so many promising pails that you may not even be able to distinguish the differences. No worries! You are not alone. Well let us go over what diaper pails have to offer first, then I’ll walk you through the “is this right for me” process. 

Odor Concealment 

For my first time parents, this may be a biggie.

You are probably used to a comfy home with little worry for stinky diapers.

Well, you can still have some peace knowing that smell does not have to dictate your life. Many of these pails are designed to block odors for a fresh, diaper-free, home. Some don’t have this tech and usually just suggest scented bags, but the high efficient diaper pails typically do come with this feature.

I recommend this feature to all parents who do not mind spending the extra money on this fresh tech. I know I had a trash bin in the garage and it was a pain to walk to every time after I finished a diaper. If you had a diaper pail with odor concealment, then you could just keep the pail in your nursery. Some are so specialized that you would not even smell them when you open the bin. That is a pretty big deal.

Bottom line: Diaper pails are easy, convenient, and meant to stay in the house.

Size

So if you are a new parent, then maybe you will not be used to the number of diapers you need to change or will not know what to do when there is a blow-out. Yikes! It is tough, but diaper pails can help you with the new load.

Typically, I think smaller sized diaper pails work well for first-time parents who are expecting one child. If you are expecting twins or even triplets, the larger the pail, the better. They do add up, and most are designed for a single child, so I think it is important to find a diaper pail that utilizes the whole pail and trash bag. You will see that some look larger, but do not use the whole bag. Efficiency is key.

Bag Specific?

Some diaper pails that are named brands have their own specific brand of bags as well. Sometimes it is not always ideal to buy these because they are pricier, but other times it is worth the efficiency.

I listed a couple of diaper pails that are bag specific and others that are not.

The pro for bag specific pails is that it will never leave you guessing which bag is the best bag. They usually have specific functions that match the pails such as lock and seal bags that block odors. The con is that you cannot always buy them at any store, or maybe they are only exclusively online. With more versatile pails, you won’t have to worry about getting specific bags and can shop anywhere for those baggies. The downside is that not all regular bags offer features specifically for diapers. If you go this route, maybe finding bags with baking soda infused design will help eliminate odors

Hopefully you decided which features are more important and weighed the pros and cons between them. Now would be a great time to decide since I want to show you my picks and give you advice from one parent to another.

Munchkin Step Diaper Pail

If you are looking for a diaper pail with a whole lot of features and pizzazz, you should definitely check this one out by Munchkin. 

The Munchkin Step Diaper Pail has much to offer, with a lot of assurances – as far as smell and design – for those who are looking to purify their diaper exposure.  Basically, this one has bells and whistles to keep you from having to touch or smell those soiled diapers for any longer than it took you to throw it in the pail.

I am not necessarily afraid of germs or strong smells…

but I am also not one to get any closer to them than I need to.

I can see how the Munchkin Step will come through for those in both of those camps.

The Munchkin comes with a specific Snap, Seal, and Toss disposable bag to go on the – also included – starter ring.  Besides those two special features, it offers space for a scented baking soda puck and a footstep opening lid. Combine that with their patented self-sealing system on the lid, which keeps odors at bay whether the lid is open or closed.  This set of features offers unbeaten odor protection and smell safety.  For those with a very sensitive nose, these options may make your life that much better with a child around.

If that were not enough, Munchkin has an eco-friendly proposal for all its customers: Get a pail, give a tree.  Munchkin says they will plant a tree for each diaper pail of theirs that is purchased.  All in all, a win-win considering this is the only company on this list to offer such a thing.

Pros:

  • Child proof lock system prevents your little ones from unveiling the mess
  • Handy step pedal for my busy parents with no hands available
  • Traps odors, great for in house use

Cons:

  • Only works with specific types of bags (snap and seal bags)
  • Doesn’t maximize the full potential of the trash bag

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

In the cluttered selection of diaper pails on the market, it is hard to choose one and just go with it.  As similar as many are, the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail offers a couple of things different than the rest.  That is not easy since there are not too many new innovations to be made in this sector.

A couple that I found were specific to this model by Ubbi.  The first is actually in the name itself.  This brand is the only on this list that offers a steel container, while the others offer plastic.  If looks and aesthetics of metal in the room matters to you, then this one is perfect.  Additionally, the steel may help with odor control, sturdiness, and clean up.

Another useful option that this pail offers is a childproof lock, which is ideal if you have another young one running around looking to spread used diapers around the living space.

Similarly…

Just like another pail on this list, no special bags are required if you purchase this one.  That means you can use the same trash bags in this as you would in the kitchen.  Now whether that is important for you is a personal choice, but for those who are economically prudent, this could be a desirable feature.

I have to say, the Ubbi Steel is a chic, trendy looking kind of diaper pail.  So perhaps, if you have a particular design theme going in your house, or in your child’s room, this stylish option may be what you are looking for.

Pros:

  • Versatile, no specific bag is required
  • Several cute designs to choose from
  • Child safety lock and slow close lid prevents accidents

Cons:

  • Chute is relatively small, may need to push down large diapers
  • Need two hands to properly use it

Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail

Not all diaper pails are made the same, and the Safety 1st Easy Saver is probably the most different of this whole list. 

While the other pails offer brand specific special features, Safety 1st does not have the extra frills and whistles that may drive up the price.

What sets it apart is its simplicity. 

This means that you can use standard trash bag liners with this pail. The savings that come from this will add up over time as you will not need to find the proprietary liners from other competitors.  Its look is simple as well to reflect the natural qualities built into it.  The simple look makes it discreet in your home, so any visitors may even mistake it for a normal trash bin.

The Safety 1st Easy Saver does include an odorizing disc in the lid which helps to keep the strong odors at bay.  These will need to be replaced over time, so keep that in mind.

Like the others…

This one offers a foot pedal opener to keep you hands-free while transferring the soiled diapers.

Pros:

  • Suited for your regular plastic bags
  • On the affordable side
  • Keeps odors trapped inside

Cons:

  • Large sticker that first comes with the product is hard to take off
  • Not for those with busy hands

Playtex Diaper Genie

The Playtex Diaper Genie is a very solid option within this group of diaper pails.  Obviously, this is a well-known company in the feminine needs department, so there is relatability between their products. I think of the connection in the absorbance technology.  They brought that helpful trait here, and some other unique qualities that will give you interesting options to consider when choosing between diaper pails.

One of the best options that the Playtex model offers is the antimicrobial coating on the pail.  This helps to kill germs right away before they grow into something worse.This model has special 7-layer bags to be used with it that lock into place via the Double Air-Tite Clamps, and funnel the used diapers into a compact shape for easy disposal.  The combination of odor protection and simple disposal from this three part system give the Playtex Genie a big plus. 

Of course, with this system comes the Playtex exclusive pail liners which you will need to purchase separately.

A common feature that this model offers is the hands-free foot step activator.  This allows you to have your hands full of diapers and still be able to dispose of them without getting your hands wet.

A very popular model, Playtex boasts the number one selling diaper pail on the market.

Playtex offers the Diaper Genie in two sizes, the Complete and the Elite.  The complete holds fewer diapers and is shorter, while the Elite is taller and larger.  This may make a difference for you based on the amount of diapers you have to dispose, and your own height.

Having a tall diaper pail may be advantageous for your situation.  If that is the case, the Playtex Genie is one of the taller options on the market.  They advertise the ability to hold 270 newborn diapers in one liner.  So anyone with multiple infants to change may find this model to be very helpful.

Pros:

  • Foot pedal for no hand use
  • Odor lock system, even when the pail is opened
  • Simple design that meets anyone’s needs

Cons:

  • Specific bag needed for this pail
  • Fills up quickly, needs changing after two days

Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail

The Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail has some helpful features that may interest you compared to the others we have already talked about.  Of course, there will be some similarities to the other ones, but this Dekor model has differences to set it apart too.

One feature that is hard to find elsewhere is the exclusive end-of-liner marking on the Dekor genuine liner bag refills.  It gives you a nice visual guide to let you know when it is time to replace the liner.  You can see how this would be helpful, from a smell perspective as well as touch.  

Additionally…

The triple odor control features offer multiple levels of smell protection.  The closed-cell ABS plastic that the pail is made of, the upper rubber seal, and the exclusive strong scented liner give those stinky diaper smells a run for their money. Other features that the Dekor offers include full assembly, hands-free, and trash can conversion.

That’s not all…

The pail comes fully assembled unlike some other pails, meaning less work for you when it arrives.  It comes in both white and grey color options.The Dekor Classic has a foot step opening mechanism to give you hands-free access during times of peace as well as crisis.  When your hands are full of who-knows-what, having a hands-free pail will be everything you need and them some.

Having a diaper pail with this kind of good looks gives you the option to convert the diaper pail to a trash can after its main purpose has ended.

Pros:

  • Foot pedal to free up your hands for other tasks
  • Utilizes the entire bag
  • Regular bags can work, though the assigned bags are better

Cons:

  • Removing the bag is an awkward process

Conclusion

What we found here was that all of the different diaper pails offered something slightly different from one another. 

There are a few different ways you can go depending on your particular situation.  And really, that is what it comes down to – understanding your own needs and what you can live with.  The Ubbi Steel is the only one to offer a metal exterior, the Dekor Classic gives you the option to use normal trash bag liners. The Playtex Genie and the Munchkin Step offer more features and higher-end replacement products.  And the Safety 1st will give you the most discreet, simple diaper pail.

So, really you can not go wrong here, no need to overthink it like my wife and I may have. 

Cheers and good luck to the next stage in life!

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