Babble Best Picks:
Diaper Disposal Units
Living with a baby can be exhausting, joyous, messy and sweet, but it will always - always - be smelly. That is unless you find an effective way to contain the diaper stink. Considering the average parent will battle the odor for one to three years per child, it's not a fun feat. We've been there. Luckily, they make a life-saving product: the diaper disposal unit. We took several of the newest models on the market and tested each for a minimum of two weeks on both a breastfed infant and a solid food-eating toddler. Our conclusion: Nothing will completely mask the smell of heavily soiled diapers piling up for weeks on end. Period. However, there are some really fabulous products out there to help.
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BEST ON A BUDGET | Safety 1st Simple Step Diaper Pail
If you’re looking for a diaper pail that won’t cost you, the Safety 1st Simple Step Diaper Pail provides solid odor control in an easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain package.
Costing less than $20 to start, you won’t ever have to buy pricey refill bags. Instead, you line the pail with a garbage bag (scented garbage bag, preferably) or an extra shopping bag you have lying around. It doesn’t get any easier or economical.
There’s a foot pedal-operated pail that flips open to reveal a small deodorizer compartment up at the top. It’s the smallest diaper pail we tested, however, it’s not the kind of diaper pail you’ll want to keep filled for an entire week before emptying. We also like that the pail locks so that kids can’t get it and it’s the best choice for grandparents and caregivers who need a part-time diaper pail that won’t be loaded up around the clock.
While it wasn’t completely odor free – after the third or fourth day we could smell some smells when the lid opened – it’s a good pail for what it is. It works better than an ordinary garbage can (we did test your average run-of-the-mill kitchen garbage, just to be sure), but expect to empty the bag every three days or so. Another perk: Once the diaper days are over, this pail can be used as an extra garbage can in the laundry room or garage, whereas the pricier refill-required cans will be virtually unusable.
Get it from Amazon, $19.12