Pails By Comparison

A smelly diaper can really kill the vibe you have tried to create in your baby’s nursery. To the rescue are a variety of diaper pails that we tested to help you control the smell your little stinker will produce.

Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail:

This pail is super compact and with its simple white design it will suit most any nursery. While the retail price is $39.99, you should find it for $25 at most major retailers. However, you need to purchase refill bags (cost $6-10; 10 bags hold up to 250 diapers). Each time a diaper is thrown away, baking soda is sprinkled into the pail and it does contain smells well. Diapers have to be squeezed into the middlepart of the can – which can be unpleasant when dealing with poopy diapers. To help contain a fresh smell over time, try putting an air freshener  in the bottom of the unit.

Traditional trash can – with lid:

Some parents opt to use a typical trash can as a diaper pail. Be sure to choose one with a lid that seals tight. This can work well enough, especially before your baby starts eating solid foods and diapers take on more of an unfriendly scent. Consider using plastic grocery store bags to dispose of individual diapers.

Non-Scents Svan Odorless Diaper Disposal:

The latest addition to the diaper pail market uses Vaporlock™ technology to heat seal diapers in order to contain smells and germs. This pail is easy to open; just push a button, close the lid and each stinky diaper gets vacuum sealed. This pail requires an outlet and refi llable cartridges. While larger than other pails, it may fit into your kitchen décor when you graduate from the diaper stage. Available in March for $149.95 at svan.com. Prices not yet available for refills.

Ubbi Diaper Pail:

Made of steel, the Ubbi has an easy-to-use lockable lid that slides open and you can use regular trash can liners with it. For parents using cloth diapers, a cloth bag is available to purchase that fits the Ubbi. While this pail really does keep the smells inside, the stench is intense whenever you open it (such as to empty it or put another diaper inside). It can also be challenging to pull a full bag out of this can. The Ubbi, which comes in a variety of fun colors, is more pricey at $79.99, but you don’t have to buy special refi ll bags like you do with other brands. Decals to decorate pail cost $12.99. Cloth liner, $14.99. Available at Buy Buy Baby and ubbiworld.com.