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How To Keep The Baby’s Room Smelling Great

Martha Stewart wasn’t available, so we asked moms to share their best strategies for dealing with diaper odor and other stinky situations.
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Wrap it up. "I reuse plastic grocery bags to seal dirty diapers before tossing them. They hold the smell in just fine, poop doesn’t seep out into the diaper pail, and they're free!"
—Kim Young, mom of three, Carbondale, Illinois

Make that room laundry-fresh. "I tuck fabric softener sheets beneath the baby’s changing pad and in the nursery trash can. It keeps the whole room smelling nice."
—Catherine Lively, mom of four, Houston, Texas

Relocate. "We avoid smelly-room syndrome by changing the baby in other rooms. I have a diaper caddy that holds all the necessities, and a waterproof mat. I'm more comfortable using air fresheners in, say, our living room than in the one where my baby will be sleeping."
—Erin Smykay, mom of two, Kansas City, Missouri

Do an oil change. "I take a few drops of tea tree oil, which you can find at most drug stores, and rub it on the underside of the diaper pail with a wipe. It smells so clean, and it also acts as a sanitizer."
—Allison McDonald, mom of two, Seattle, Washington

Avoid sour sheets. "Don't let your baby go to bed with a bottle in hand. The leaky milk will turn fresh sheets into smelly ones overnight. Your dentist will thank you, too, because bottles in the bed can cause tooth decay."
—Claire McCrary, mom of four, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Take it outside. “With our second daughter, we didn’t even bother with a diaper pail—we just escorted dirty diapers straight into the outside trash can!”
—Tiffany Morris, mom of two, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 51reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Love the tree tea oil tip! The dryer sheet is smart and inexpensive as well! March 6, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by my baby is now going on 5 months and still only sleeps 20 mins at a time. some babys just dont sleep. February 28, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My husband and I find use the Trash bags that are scented. It really trapped oder in You can find it at Walmart or kmart and at a very good price. February 11, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son stays up all night and sleeps all day, but is only 1 month old. I find it very helpful switching nights with my fiance as to who will take care of him and who will sleep most of the night. Also, I have a fan going so that there is white noise in the background to help sooth him when he is awake. The sooner that parents accept that they will not win when it comes to creating a sleeping schedule this soon, the better. Like the article says, rest as much as you can when baby does! :) January 7, 2015
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