Do I need a diaper pail?

Do I need a diaper pail?

Diaper pails were built for the needs of the baby and its family. You can keep it in your room or baby's room and take it out daily. It's built-in such a way that it traps the smell from the soiled diapers so as to ensure that the air in your room remains fresh. You don't have to touch them every time you need to access them, that's why they have a foot pedal that allows you to open the pail by stepping on it. Diaper pails have an antimicrobial coating that helps to keep it safe and hygienic for use in the house.

Diaper Pails


Here are a few reasons you might consider a diaper pail… or not.

  1. Rubber chamber. Having a baby does not mean that you do not deserve a fresh space. Babies smell like rubies, especially when they are clean, and the air around them should agree with them. A diaper pail comes with a rubber chamber that makes it possible for it to hold in odor and keep your space fresh. This chamber restricts air from entering or leaving the pail so the smell from the diapers remains trapped in the pail ensuring that your space retains the smell of rubies.
  2. Easy and safe to clean. There are a lot of complexities in life already, a trash can doesn't have to add to it. Diaper pails are easy to use and safe to clean. You don't need a manual to operate them. You can easily drop your trash and dispose of them as well. It's easy to wash and also dries up very fast because of it's plastic design. 
  3. Child-proof. Children are adventurous and exploring used diapers is not out of the norm for them. The last thing you want is having your child messing around with used diapers. Your house and the child will definitely be in trouble. Some pails are built in such a way that children cannot interfere with them.  Diaper pails help you avoid those childhood troubles by locking the child out of the trash.
  4. Pet-proof. Dogs are good friends of poo. With your baby's used diaper in the regular trash can, it's easy for the dog to dive in and explore. A diaper pail makes it impossible for your dog-pet to reach those used diapers so you don't have to deal with dog mess.
  5. Convenient opening. The developing nature of the baby's immunity requires that the caregiver (s) keep their hands clean at all times. Interfering with trash cans often exposes the baby to germs and harmful bacteria through you. Diaper pails are built with pedals that you can step on and the lid will pop open. This saves you from constantly coming in contact with used diapers and the germs that may be breeding on them. 
  6. It can fit anywhere. Diaper pails can fit in anywhere. In your room, your baby's room, or the bathroom. They don't take up a lot of space in the house, and they don't bother you with the smell from diapers so feel free to experiment with suitable positions. It saves you the stress of traveling around the house to dispose of used diapers, especially at night.
  7. So if you have a diaper pail you can store soiled diapers forever? No. Diaper pails aren't built to take in soiled diapers for a long time. You have to trash those diapers daily or every other day or the pails will lose their ability to hold in the odor and your house will begin to smell.

The mechanism of some diaper pails is such that when you drop a diaper on the diaper pail and close the lid, the pail wraps up the diaper in a scented plastic bag and drops it in the main chamber. You can then lift the pail and dispose of the diapers properly when the pail is full or at the end of the day. Some pails have specific bag refills designed for their use, while some pails are designed to use the regular garbage bags.

There are different sizes of diaper pails. Some pails will take 30 diapers, some 50 and some 75 diapers but it's always better you use the small-sized pails except you have other plans for it or you run a nursery. Your pail may begin to give off smells after a while, but you can combat this by adding baking soda to the pail.

Diaper pails are trash cans for baby diapers. Trash cans are the regular means of trashing every waste produced in the home, and diapers in trash cans isn't a bad idea. It's alright to wrap your baby's used diaper in a plastic bag and toss it in the trash can except that trash cans already produce awful smells, from household waste, which only worsen with the introduction of poo-laden diapers.

Trash cans aren't built to hold in odors. That's one difference between trash cans and diaper pails. Trash cans require that you handle them with your hands before you can access them and they are not very easy to clean up. Generally, trash cans aren't baby-friendly.


Basically, diaper pails are not compulsory. You can always create your own system for trashing diapers, but the pails are convenient. They come in especially handy during the night hours and when your trash can is some distance away from the house. With the pail, you can also carry out multiple activities while cleaning up your baby's mess and not have to bother about reaching the trash can outside.

The hygienic quality of the pail makes it a good consideration for families with little babies.

Babies are adorable until it's time to deal with their mess. As a parent, the first few years of parenthood keeps you in the company of yucky body waste which leaves you with regular loads of diapers to trash daily, or you risk breeding a smelly house.

Although a number of households use the regular kitchen cans for disposing of dirty diapers, diaper pails are gaining prominence in many homes because of its ability to trap odors. Making the decision between using diaper pails and trash cans can be a huge challenge for moms and moms-to-be but understanding the pros and cons of diaper pails can help you make the right decision.

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Sky Hoon
Family Man. He is a family man and married with 1 child. Spent countless nights changing diaper and surprised how outdated diapers are. Nevertheless, there is no solution yet as a parent, just want to research more about diapers.
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