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Creative Baby Tidy Review

Great option to contain the stink and stay in your budget long term
Creative Baby Tidy
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Best Value Award
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Price:   $65 List | $50 at Amazon
Pros:  Great odor control, easy to operate, uses regular trash bags
Cons:  Small size, wipes may get stuck
Manufacturer:   Creative Baby
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 20, 2020
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The Skinny

The Creative Baby Tidy's ability to keep in the stink, even when depositing diapers impressed us during testing. Combined with its overall useability and the savings of utilizing regular kitchen trash bags, this pail won us over and earned the Best Value award. Somewhat smaller than average, its size does not impact its overall performance, and likely will help keep the poopy diaper smell to a minimum. The unique rotating lid and piston system makes for nearly effortless diaper deposits. While there are some complaints about this pail being less durable than some other brands, we think that it is sturdy enough to last through your baby's diapering years.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Founded in 2011, Creative Baby is a company that is attempting to put a funky and innovative twist on your standard baby products. They draw inspiration for their prints and colors from the different localities of their home base in Southern California. They offer various baby supplies such as walkers, bouncers, toys, playmats and more.

Performance Comparison

The Creative Baby Tidy has one of the least hands-on disposal...
The Creative Baby Tidy has one of the least hands-on disposal methods of the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Creative Baby Tidy is a medium-sized diaper pail that has a two-sided rotating lid that deposits diapers in the receptacle without ever having to open it up to the room. The lid opening mechanism is childproof, but still easy to open with one hand when changing the bag.

We are fans of just about every aspect of the Creative Baby Tidy. This plastic diaper pail holds in dirty diaper odor better than most others in our review, releasing only a small poof when the piston drops. The rotating lid is one of the only systems to ensure there is never any direct airflow in or out of the pail, therefore preventing the stink from escaping. This type of lid also prevents curious toddlers from getting into the dirty diapers within. It is easy to operate with one hand, and the dropping piston found in the cover solves the problem of diapers getting stuck and provides the extra little push without you having to get more involved.

The generously sized opening of the Creative Baby Tidy allows...
You can rotate the lid of the Creative Baby Tidy easily with one hand.

The Tidy diaper pail falls in the middle of the pack in terms of upfront cost. However, it uses regular kitchen trash bags as liners, so in the long run, it is much more affordable than many other pails, while performing near the top of the pack in terms of odor control. We also love that the entire lid is removable and dishwasher safe. This way, if anything leaks from the diaper, you can give it a rinse and then toss it in the dishwasher for thorough sanitization. We much prefer this method over handwashing.


The process of changing out a full bag of diapers is one of the pail's downfalls. You must open the lid completely, and after that, it is essentially like changing a regular trash can. There is no way to keep the smell from hitting you full force other than moving through the process as fast as possible. That said, there are no complicated maneuvers or cutting devices to this pail; it is pretty straightforward.

Opening the lid of the Creative Baby Tidy requires pushing a button...
When you open the lid of the Creative Baby Tidy, you are hit full...

Occasionally, wipes may get stuck in the cracks of the lid, and you will have to fish them out. This problem is easily remedied by placing the wipes in the dirty diaper and dropping the whole package as one while being sure to tuck in any loose ends. The most common complaint among parents is the size; it is a bit smaller than many of the other pails in our review. We think there are pros and cons to this, though. On the downside, you will have to empty the contents more frequently. On the upside, more frequent bag changes mean that there will be less accumulated stink, and changing the bag will be less of a hassle.

Although changing the bag was our least favorite part of this pail...
Although changing the bag was our least favorite part of this pail, it was fairly quick and straightforward.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Creative Baby Tidy is a pail we love so much we would use it in our own homes. The low stink factor impressed us initially, and the more we use it, the more we find that we prefer it. The innovative lid design sets it apart from most other products, and the simplicity of the rest of the pail makes it easy to use. The Tidy is one of our favorite dirty diaper vessels out there, and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a traditional diaper disposal system.

Abriah Wofford