Last updated: June 8, 2017
Changing diapers, of course, is one of the least glamorous aspect of having a baby. But it’s got to be done many times a day, and the right diaper pail can make the job easier, especially if you use cloth diapers. That’s particularly true if you have more than one baby in diapers at a time, whether that means twins or triplets or children close in age.
The type of diaper pail you’ll need depends on whether you’re using cloths diapers or disposables, although some diaper pails can go either way. The standard cloth diaper pail is a sturdy plastic vessel; for soaking cloth diaper before laundering. The typical disposable-diaper pail is also plastic, but it may be rigged with special liners or regular garbage bags that lock in diapers and doors at the twist or flip of a handle.
The best pails for cloth diapers are strong enough to hold a considerable amount of water but also easy to carry, with a comfortable handle and a spout for pouring out soaking solution. If you use cake deodorizers in your cloth diaper pail, store unused amount out of the reach of children. They can be poisonous.
It uses a plastic funeral insert that allows you to twist each diaper into an individual pouch, which forms an odor-blocking seal. You shove the diaper into the funnel, twist the top of the pail to seal the diaper in place, then close the lid. To empty the pail, you open the bottom, pull out a chain of encased diapers, and throw them away.
Here are some features and qualities to consider that can help you choose one brand or style over another:
Diaper pails typically hold between 24 and 46 diapers, although their capacity decreases as your baby grows into bigger diapers.
Look for a pail with a lid that has a child-resistant locking button or a mechanism that makes it difficult for little people to break in, such as a step pedal opener. If you use cloth diapers, the issue becomes very important because of the liquid involved. Not just any plastic kitchen garbage can will don. You’ll need a cloth-diaper pail with a securely locking lid to prevent your baby and other curious little ones from possible falling in.
If you’re going the cloth route, pick a pail with a pouring lip and comfortable handles.
Some diaper pails require two hands – you have to shove the diaper into the plastic-bag insert, then twist. Others can be operated with one hand or have a hands-free pedal.
Some pails require special plastic liners, while others use regular garbage bags.