Disposing of dirty diapers is an unavoidable, stinky and sometimes a messy process. Diaper Pails are one of the most frequently used baby products. With any product you buy, especially products that you will use over and over, you want to make sure that you are buying quality. But before delving into what to look for in a diaper disposal system, let’s set up some realistic expectations:
- Smelling dirty diapers is unavoidable.
- With any diaper disposal system you purchase, you will need to clean it.
- You will need to change out refills or liners to maintain a clean and fresh nursery.
Now that real expectations have been set, let’s see what the best diaper pail has to offer
Believe it or not, the science behind the diaper pail is fairly simple; however, when you actually start to use the products as a proud parent, you may find that one product stands far above the rest. In a given day, especially while your child is a newborn, there is a good chance that you will be changing anywhere from 8-15 poop-filled diapers per day. In some cases, there are absolute blow-outs that require you to not only change one diaper, but perhaps multiple diapers in one changing session. The big question is…where do you put the diaper and the nasty wet wipe after you’ve changed it? Purchase a Diaper Pail! These devices sit wherever you are planning on changing your child. They are like a prison for your diapers, where not even a hint of a smell would be able to escape.
After researching and listening to parents and nannies, most concerns in regards to purchasing the best diaper pail system and diaper care are:
Keeps odors contained: most all systems out there do a fairly decent job of keeping odor contained – after all, that is why they exist in the first place.
Easy to change the diaper liner: this is by far the most important consideration when purchasing a diaper pail. There are many different opinions on this one. Some diaper pails tout the fact that they can use any standard garbage bag whereas others require a specific diaper liner refill cartridge.
Ease of Use: this is the second most critical consideration when purchasing a diaper pail. Of course you want an easy to use operation – there is no point in having to fumble around with little diaper bombs in the middle of the dark and running the risk of things exploding on your nursery floor. There are different methods of actually disposing of the diapers. The first method is actually pushing the diaper through a hole, past somewhat of a clamp. The other method is placing the diaper in a hole then moving a handle to push the diaper down into the pail. The clear recommendation here is the actual pushing of the diaper down into the pail.
Maximum Storage Capacity: if you don’t feel like changing the diaper liner every day, you may want to look for a diaper pail that actually can store quite a few soggy diapers. This one actually goes hand in hand with the one above it. Think about it, if you are pushing the diapers through a hole and past a clamp, then you are compressing the diapers down with each entry into the pail. If you are just placing the diaper into a hole then rotating a level down to dispose of it, there is a good chance that when you have reached any kind of capacity that the pail will actually get stuck.
Optional: Hands-free Foot Pedal: this one might be worth a few extra dollars. Imagine you are in the middle of the night, your hands are full – one hand with a baby, and the other hand with a diaper. There are some systems that offer a foot pedal that opens the lid up for you. Absolutely not required, but a nice feature if your hands are not available
So, do yourself and your nose a favor by purchasing a diaper pail.
Best Diaper Genie
New parents that have very little babysitting experience are in for a rude awakening when it comes time for baby poops. The first few bowel movements, called meconium, your baby has will be very dark and very thick. At first the poop will not smell very much but once your child starts eating baby food it will begin to look and smell like what they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Believe me, a green pea diaper is not necessarily a treat to change.
Some parents stock up on grocery store bags and place dirty diapers inside, tie them up with a tie knot and then run them out to the garbage can in the garage but after a few changes the garage will start to have a horrible odor especially if it is hot outside.
The best thing to do is to invest or register for a diaper pail. There are lots of different options out there but the best is the Diaper Genie II Elite. It is very discreet, fits perfectly in the corner of the nursery and it does a fantastic job of hiding all the odors. It comes with a blue odor-preventing plastic liner that hides the odor of your baby diapers. You place the dirty diaper into a hole in the top of the diaper pail, push it down and then twist the circular liner to trap the odor inside. It holds a weeks worth of diapers inside the pail so for your convenience you only have to empty out on your designated garbage pick-up day.
The best diaper genie offers you:
Ease of Use: Using the Diaper Genie is fairly simple. To insert a diaper into, you open the lid, and push the diaper through a hole and past a clamp. Once it is pushed through the clamp, the diaper is sealed off from the rest of the world. You typically know when it is full when it is hard to push the diaper through the clamp. The good news is that you can potentially fit more diapers in this unit because you can physically force the diapers down into each other, thus making more space.
Keeping Odors Contained: This diaper pail does an excellent job of keeping odors contained so they are not reeking up your house. First of all, when you open up that lid, there is a clamp immediately under the lid that blocks all of the odors. Second, when you go to change the liner once it is full of dirty diapers, there is hardly ever a point where you are dealing with an open bag of exposed diapers.
Maximum Storage Capacity: the Diaper Genie is unique because you are actually pushing the diapers down every time you use the unit. That being said, you are compacting the diapers so you can fit more into it. You will find out that you would change the diaper genie once every 4 days; therefore you can squeeze about 50 diapers in there before electing to change it.
Easy to Change the Diaper Liner: Changing the liner on the Diaper Genie is relatively simple. There is a refill cartridge that you place on the top of your unit, pull the bag through a hole, and then tie a knot. The best part about this pail is that when changing the liner, it has a built in bag cutter so that you almost never have to expose the diapers to the air…you can simply cut the bag off, and tie it shut immediately.
To get your diaper genie, the most important thing to do is to research and shop around. Look at the company’s website to see what value and benefits they can offer to you. Look at unbiased customer reviews to see how they fair in the marketplace or ask your local baby registry store clerk. But most of all, focus on the features, not the advertisement!
Best Diaper Pails for Cloth Diapers
If you have decided to use cloth diapers for your baby, then chances are you are going to need a diaper pail. When choosing a diaper pail for cloth diapers, there are basically two different options. There is the wet pail, or the dry pail. Naturally you will choose which option works best for you. The wet diaper pail for cloth diapers and is basically a lit container that is waterproof. Be sure that the lid to your container seals tight as it can be very dangerous if a young child opens the lid and could possibly drown! You will NOT need any type of nylon liner when using a wet pail. Just fill up your diaper pail about one fourth of the way with water and add some of your favorite stain removers to help pre-treat your cloth diapers. Here are a few that we suggest using.
- ¼ cup of vinegar. This is great for neutralizing odor, and is completely safe for your baby. Also it’s very inexpensive.
- ¼ cup of baking soda. Also good for neutralizing odor, and also a very natural and inexpensive choice.
- ¼ cup of Borax.
Just be sure not to add bleach or laundry detergent as this will eat away at the cloth of your diapers, making them less absorbent and prone to tears and rips. To eliminate odors from your diaper pail for cloth diapers, be sure to change the water daily. This will also result in cleaner diapers. To be sure that your wet pail system doesn’t become too heavy for you to lift, and change the water, do not get a pail that is too large. Remember water can be very heavy.
The other option you have for a diaper pail for cloth diapers is the dry pail. All you need is any pail, or container with a lid. You can purchase these from almost anywhere and the trash cans with lids work great. The larger pail you chose, the more diapers it can hold, and the less often you may have to wash diapers. Just remember it is NOT recommended to keep soiled diapers for more than two days.
It is always great to get a nylon tote to put in the inside of your dry pail. Nylon is great because it is washable, water resistant and reusable. Another option is plastic bags, but it is not recommended to reuse theses in your diaper pail for cloth diapers. A dry diaper pail is more likely to collect odors, but there are lots of ways to help eliminate odors.
- Fabric softener sheets: Just pick out your favorite ones, and put a fresh sheet in the bottom of the pail.
- Baking soda: Sprinkle a little bit into the bottom of your pail. This will absorb any wetness and odors coming from your pail.
- Or just be sure to rinse your diapers thoroughly.
Now you are ready to choose which option of diaper pail for cloth diapers is best for you, and you are ready to go.