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Can anything contain the diaper stink?

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Debating the best and worst dirty diaper pails

Is the Diaper Genie really worth it? Can it contain the stink? Would you be better off just dumping those disposables in the regular trash? Here’s a recap of the latest diaper pails on the market and what parents say about them.

Let’s face it — diapers, when used properly, stink. Wet ones take on a certain odor if they're around for too long, and even if you dispose of the poop in the toilet, as you're supposed to do, used diapers smell disgusting.

So, what’s a mom to do? Check out a few of the more popular varieties of diaper pails on the market and decide are they better than just chucking them in the trash?

Diaper Genie

The old standby, the Diaper Genie, has undergone redesign and is still a favorite among moms. One model features a hands-free design and is the only diaper pail that has antimicrobial protection. There are a few models to choose from, but most moms we spoke with had the Diaper Genie Elite. “We use the Diaper Genie Elite and it never smells except the waft when the lid flaps back in your face,” Jessica, mom of one, told us. “It has been good to us for two and a half years and if we do disposables with our next I hope it lasts the same amount of time."

Ubbi Diaper Pail

The Ubbi Diaper Pail can be used with cloth or disposable diapers and has features that many moms love. Made of steel, it has a rubber seal to prevent leaks and keeps odors to itself, and the design is super cute. Plus, it features a childproof lock. Amanda, mom of four, loves her Ubbi. “I have never seen a more attractive diaper pail ever,” she explained. “Not only does it fit in well with our nursery decor, it keeps the smells down. I like the fact that it can be used with my cloth diapers. It’s worth every penny.”

Planet Wise Wet Bag

For the cloth diaper user, you’ll likely love using a wet bag. Several moms recommended their Planet Wise wet bag as the ultimate solution to cloth diaper storage. Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking, and they are made with high-quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper. “Planet Wise is hands-down my favorite storage solution,” shared Hailey, mom of two. “I don’t even need a pail just attach the strap to her door and we’re good to go."

Diaper Champ

Heather from Missouri loved the Diaper Champ when she used disposables. “I used a Diaper Champ for sposies which I liked a lot more than a Diaper Genie, which I always found frustrating and confusing,” she shared. “I liked how the Diaper Champ closed because it kept prying toddler[s] hands out.” Lisa, mom of three, also liked the Diaper Champ. “I've used the Diaper Champ since Mikey was born,” she said. “You can use grocery bags as your bag. Empty it and clean pail as needed to control odor.”

Just the trash, ma'am

Several moms didn’t bother with the fancier diaper pails and stuck with their regular trash routine. “We used a Diaper Genie, but with three kids in the house in diapers, it became too much to hassle with and the regular garbage gets taken out daily, so it just collects dust now,” shared Jessica from Wisconsin. Kimmy from Florida agreed. “I just bag the poopy diaper in a grocery bag and toss it in the outside trash,” she told us.

So, opinions on the different types of diaper pails vary as much as their owners do, and they can run from the super simple to the super fashionable. What’s your favorite type of diaper pail, or do you use one at all?

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