Among the list of eco-friendly baby products, the first to come to mind is cloth diapers. Though the evidence to support whether or not cloth is better than disposable for the environment is still lacking, it’s worth a shot to see if cloth diapers are the right choice for your family (they’ll definitely be a solid option for your wallet). But here’s the thing: Cloth diapers could be great for the environment, but they’re not so great when it comes to the stink factor — poop and pee don’t exactly smell like summer daisies — and that’s where diaper pails for cloth diapers come in.
Disposable diapers get tossed in the trash — but where do cloth diapers go if laundry day isn’t today and your little one just made an explosive mess? Some parents use wet bags that can hang from door knobs or zipper shut, but these items don’t always close all the way and aren’t totally odor-proof. Diaper pails, on the other hand, are much more sturdy, blend into the decor like a trash can and contain odors much more efficiently. Some models even lock, a feature that definitely comes in handy when your baby grows curious about the ins and outs of their nursery.
Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.
1. Busch Systems Odorless Cloth Diaper Pail
Obviously you won’t know how much stink your baby generates until they’re here, but if you’d rather be safe than sorry, you can’t go wrong with the Busch Systems cloth diaper pail. This thing is a beast, and by that we mean it puts up a mean fight against the rankest of odors. It features a carbon filter that lets air in while simultaneously preventing any trace of stench from escaping, plus a strong clamp closure your nosey little one won’t be able to open. Busch Systems pails are made from recycled plastics, which will definitely earn the eco-friendly parent’s approval.
2. Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail
When you’re a parent, two hands are never enough. Multitasking is definitely something you learn to master, but having products that make the process easier are always appreciated. Enter the Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail that only requires one hand (or even one finger!) to operate. Just press the button to open, toss in your diaper and voila! No muss, no fuss and no stinky odors seeping their way out of the can and into your nursery.
3. Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer
Diaper pails aren’t generally considered “pretty” — they’re where you dump your kids waste, after all. Still, for the parents who’d like for their cloth diaper pail to at least be somewhat aesthetically pleasing, we love this sleek design from Munchkin. This diaper pail features all the bells and whistles you could ever want (albeit never knew you needed) in such a device. For example, the actual bag you’re tossing diapers in is self-sealable, meaning it twists your refill tight every time you close the lid. This, in addition to Arm and Hammer lavender-scented baking soda, helps to eliminate odors. It also features a step pedal so your foot can open the device when your hands are full, while a childproof locking system keeps garbage pickers (aka your curious babe) out and away.