Diaper Pails

Poooooop! Feels good to shout that out, doesn’t it? You’re all about it these days.

The diaper pail is one of the pieces of those baby gear you’re really going to lean on (not literally, though, OK? That’s gross!) If you’re thinking “Diaper pail, that’s silly! I’ll just use a regular trash can, it’ll be fine,” we’re going to stop you right there. It won’t be fine. A regular trash cannot contain this madness. Trust us. Your diaper pail is going to be a major workhorse during the first year (and beyond) and this is not a wasted purchase. Once baby is a toddler and out of diapers, you can re-purpose your diaper pail into a regular trash bin. Or incinerate it.

The best diaper pails not only trap odors, but also open easily, let you change bags/liners without a Ph.D., and won’t require you to spend zillions of dollars on accessories. (But no matter which pail you get, we’re still going to recommend mouth-breathing for the 15 seconds that it’s open. That’s just common sense.)

Our Favorites…

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
$63
Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
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It’s not just us. Ubbi has over 1,700 Amazon reviews and has won several awards. It’s made of steel, not plastic, which they claim holds the smell in better. Who knew.

Pros: Uses regular garbage bags which makes up for the higher price point; Easy bag insertion and removal; Holds over 50 newborn diapers (!); Slim with small footprint; Optional lock on lid; Many color/pattern options

Cons:  Unlocking the bin is an extra step, especially while you’re busy changing baby, so we’d just recommend leaving lid unlocked, at least until baby becomes a curious toddler.

Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail
$30
Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail
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Clever design + super hygienic + great value = one of the best pails out there

Pros: Value; Hands-free (foot-pedal operation); Three sizes and three colors; Bag changes are a non-event thanks to the design which features a seemingly endless garbage bag that you just cut to size with the cutter that’s inside the bin; Holds about 50 newborn diapers; Includes an optional lock to ward off curious toddlers

Cons: Works with custom Dekor refill bags – but they’re inexpensive, and, for what it’s worth, we’ve heard of some moms using their own garbage bags without much trouble

Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer
$65
Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer
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Munchkin paired up with Arm & Hammer on a pail that uses lavender-scented baking soda to help combat odors. Not sure the lavender smell really comes through, but who cares because this thing traps the smell just fine – probably thanks to its self-sealing mechanism which actually twists the bag shut as the lid closes. Also, Munchkin plants a tree for every diaper pail purchased.

Pros: Hygienic hands-free mechanism with foot pedal; Combo of baking soda and self-sealing bags control odor well.

Cons: Uses custom refill bags and (optional) baking soda cartridges; Bag change process takes some getting used to; Opening is small



The What's Up Moms Gear Team provides unbiased picks for these products. We subjected ourselves to countless diaper pail smell tests, learned to wear every wrap on the market and lugged multiple travel cribs on family trips, all to recommend our favorite items to you. We do not get paid to include products in these reviews and only make money if you click "buy now." So do that. Please.