Tips for Keeping the House Clean with a Newborn

After having a newborn, keeping the house clean can be a real chore. Let’s be honest, keeping the house clean is always a ‘chore.’ However, after having a baby, I seem to struggle with keeping the house as clean as I’d like. Check out these tips for keeping the house clean with a newborn in the house.

*Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

#1. Clear the Clutter

Anytime I can get rid of extra items in the house that we’re not using, I do! There’s something invigorating about getting rid of clutter that we don’t need lying around our home. I have found that this is one way I can help keep my home clear of clutter and make keeping the house clean a lot easier.

#2. Write Out a Schedule

I keep a basic schedule at home of when I will clean what. Of course, since a newborn dictates my schedule, it’s a very flexible schedule. I have found that if I write out what I need done, it’s much easier. For example–Mondays are my laundry days and Tuesdays are the days to get the vacuuming done.


#3. Keep the Stench Away

If I’m being honest, one of the hardest parts of having a newborn at home is getting used to the stinky stench of frequent poopy diapers. This time around, we gave the Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail a try! We received the plain white one and it was very basic to figure out. There were several things we liked about the Bubula that encourages us to keep using it in our home. Here’s what we loved about it:

  • Easy to use
  • Uses standard-size can liners
  • Tall base
  • Love that it can be used as a long term trashcan.


There were some things I struggled with, use wise though. The Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail doesn’t stay locked and away from tiny hands, my kids could open it no problem. Also, I can still smell poopy diapers when I’m in the room with the pail and I was hoping to avoid that. Lastly, when I’m removing the standard liner from the pail it actually rips the trash bag a little. I’ve yet to spill dirty diapers on the floor though, go me!


Despite the few issues I had with the Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail, it is an easy to way store dirty diapers instead of putting them into your regular trash can.

The Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail is available on Amazon for $98.99 and free shipping.

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  1. Tiara

    This is a great & informative post that I’ll be referring to when I have children of my own.
    I think it’s so good to have a schedule when having to clean because if I don’t, I get so overwhelmed!

  2. Janine Huldie

    Definitely could have used this back in the day when I did have newborns and thanks for sharing.

  3. Michele

    I could have used one of these way back when a friend and her baby were living with me until they could find their own place–nothing like this back then.

  4. Catherine S

    I agree, I could have used this when my son was in diapers. We would double bag them in plastic grocery bags before putting them in the garbage.

  5. Pam

    That’s what we had to do back in the day. I would have loved one of these.

  6. Nicole Lutzy

    I need to get one of these for my baby. The diaper smells can get pretty gross!

  7. kristimaloney

    Great tips. Number one is so important. I hate clutter and yet when you have kids, it seems inevitable. Just having clutter free surfaces makes a HUGE difference.

  8. Jaime

    I couldn’t agree with this more! We’re working to reduce clutter in our house and everything feels better when counters are clear!

  9. Ali

    A diaper pail is a newborn parents necessity! It’s so hard to keep everything clean and tidy, but a diaper pail keeps the smell away in a tidy way:)

  10. Crystal

    It doesn’t matter how clean your house is if it’s stinky! Gotta go those diapers put away.

  11. Wendy

    I am trying to make my house clutter free but it seems like an endless task. I have made progress!! I use a similar product for my cat litter. Mine really keeps the odor in pretty well.

  12. LifeAsAConvert

    I am also on that never-ending “clear the clutter” task. I make some progress, but it is slow going.

  13. Jessica Beal Harlow

    I’m a big list maker! lol…Writing down my goals for the week in some type of prioritized order really does help me get things done. Even chores around the house and errands get put on the list so it’s harder for me to avoid doing even my least favorites! lol

  14. Fariha N.

    Lol, this is so me. My family jokes that I have a list of lists that I need to make. I couldn’t function without my lists.

  15. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    These are great tips. My personal philosophy was, “If the baby is happy, and the house doesn’t smell like a giant diaper, everything is a success.” LOL.

  16. Ourfamilyworld

    These are great tips. I used cloth diapers at home with my kids.

  17. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Thre’s so much to think about, and so many good products. Love your tips.

  18. pickettfamily

    Diaper pails are super helpful. Mine still has an odor too, but it’s way better than an open trash can.

  19. Kiersten

    I don’t have a newborn, but I have a young puppy, and these tips are the bomb for him as well. Good tips on what you will need for a newborn baby as well!

  20. Alexis AKA MOM

    Great tips! I can say I’m happy to be out of this stage .. lol

  21. Amanda McMahon

    Get help! That’s another tip. If someone can drop you a meal from your friend’s group, and pick up milk for you on the way… let them!

  22. Chubskulit Rose

    I have never had this when mykids were younbg but no big deal really. What a big deal to me is keeping the house clean when you have little ones, it’s so hard!

  23. Jacqueline

    Anything you are able to accomplish while taking care of a newborn is quite the achievement! Stress free small cleanup times in bursts in really helpful!

  24. Nicole Lutzy

    Sounds like a great diaper pail. I have not heard of this brand before, definitely sounds resourceful!

  25. martinkadelux

    I hadn’t either! I am going to pass this info onto my soon-to-be mommy friends!

  26. Sandy D. (@dacotahsgirl)

    Those things were GREAT when my girls were babies! Definitely a must have!:)

  27. Britney Thompson Mills

    These are really great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Sandy KS

    I had one of those when my children was little. Those never seem to work to keep the stench out. It lessen the smell but never took it away. i hope the ones they make now has corrected that problem.

  29. Heather

    I loved mine! I thought it worked just perfectly.

  30. Jeanette

    We had a similar pail when our kiddo was little! I LOVED IT! Great way to keep the stink away (until you have to take the pail out LOL)

  31. coolchillmom

    Our diaper pail was a godsend! Life is hectic with a baby, cleaning really gets little attention

  32. Boho Chic (@TotallyTerris)

    Thanks so much for the great tips. When my house smells clean, it feels clean.

  33. Jen

    Sometimes I was lucky to get a shower! Great tips.

  34. Heather

    I loved those diaper pails. My husband did not though so eventually we donated them.

  35. Michele

    That does sound like a must have for families with newborns. It makes sense to keep those dirty diapers separate from all other garbage.

  36. Amanda

    By the time my second son rolled around, I knew I needed to let go of the need to have such a clean house. Thank goodness I am almost at the end of needing a diaper pail!

  37. alissa4illustration

    Those are some great tips. The laundry with newborns is crazy! Especially if you go with cloth diapers.

  38. Agata @BarkTime

    I like your bin; we have something similar; good nappy bin is a must!

  39. Roberta Blevins

    As much as I miss my baby as a baby – I don’t miss the newborn schedule! Ack!

  40. celebbabylaundry

    Having a separate bin for the diapers is a great idea! I wish I thought of that when my child was much younger.

  41. Jeanine

    Such great tips! I will have to keep all these in mind. With newborns we used cloth diapers with my last two so I didn’t have to worry about diapers or smells!

  42. ciadenise

    I remember trying the diaper genie with my 2nd or 3rd daughter. It was all still a big mess. If I ever have more children I hope to be as organized as you.

  43. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    Those diaper pails are lifesavers. I tend to think they come in handy even more later on, when your little angel is capable of some major stinkage!

  44. NPC

    These are so useful! I didn’t think much about cleaning with a newborn but, this is so simple!

  45. LifeAsAConvert

    For some reason I always equate diaper pails with young babies.. I have a son with special needs that is still in diapers and am often reminded that I could benefit from a diaper pail too!

  46. martinkadelux

    That is such a great pail! I just sold ours because we went the cloth diaper route!

  47. lisa @bitesforbabies

    Clutter is my all-time biggest pet peeve! It gets worse as the kids get older! We decided to move the play room to the basement…that way if we don’t have time to clean up no one sees it anyway, lol!

  48. Michele D

    When my kids were just born, the last thing I worried about what cleaning. It’s so hard to keep up with tasks with getting little to no sleep. I always found it best to clean with my husband around so I can achieve it faster.

  49. tsosmmn

    I was able to keep the house clean with the first two children. When the third came – that was it! I don’t think my house will be “right” until the youngest of five is 30!

  50. Dogvills

    I have a 6 months old baby, i always problem about the trash can was far it was at the ground floor i and my baby was at the 3rd floor, i will buy diaper pail , thanks for sharing great idea,!

  51. Debra

    These are great tips! It is so hard to keep things clean with an infant!

  52. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for keeping your house clean for a new born. This looks like a great diaper pail. It would make a great shower gift.

  53. moscatomom

    These are some very valuable tips. It is so hard to keep a house clean when you have a newborn.

  54. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience

    I had a heck of a time trying to keep a house clean with my daughter was born! I didn’t think it’d ever be clean again. Now we have a routine.

  55. Michelle Hwee

    This looks awesome! I so agree, newborns are like a 24hr job! Cleaning is not part of that haha. Love the product!

  56. upliftingfam

    I never used a diaper pail with my kids. I just tossed their diaper into the regular garbage can. I like the idea of having a cleaning schedule. It makes sense to do a little bit each day.

  57. Rachael Yerkes @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

    love this! clearing clutter and discarding stuff makes a huge difference

  58. Theresa

    Boy, I am so glad I don’t have babies anymore. Always dealing with stinky diapers was not cool!

  59. Crystal

    Asking your neighbors to do it for you didn’t make the list! It can be so tricky to get anything done, but being organized is so important.

  60. Pauline C.

    Those are really great tips. I really like the Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail its super sleek and stylish in appearance.

  61. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    Great tips, I know for a fact this is hard. I’m glad I’m done with babies.

  62. Elizaveta Hesketh

    My baby is 1 but I definitely need help in organization. Thank you for the tips, and for telling us about this great diaper disposal system!

  63. loisaltermark

    My baby is 22 and I still need help organizing and cleaning!

  64. Lauren

    This sounds like a great product. The diaper pail I had never worked correctly.

  65. Cinny

    Those are such great tips! I wish I could keep my house clean even without a newborn!

  66. Kay Adeola

    Great tips,it is hard enough to keep the house clean when they are not newborns.Wish I would of had that pail when mine were little.

  67. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    Making out a cleaning schedule has been the single most effective way I can keep up on what needs to be done around the house. Getting the cleaning that needs to be done daily out of the way in the morning and then divvying up the rest of the housework to one room a day also makes it easy to keep everything in order.

  68. Stephanie Pass

    It’s so hard to get to cleaning when you have a newborn. This looks like a great diaper pail!

  69. Joanne T Ferguson

    Thanks for highlighting and think some people forget what it might be like having to clean and having a newborn too! I like the idea of the diaper pail!

  70. Bismah Abdelgawad

    I can definitely relate to this. I didn’t use a diaper pail with my babies as I mostly used cloth. I would recommend to anyone using mostly disposables though to invest in a good diaper pail.

  71. milenabarrett

    Keeping a schedule and keeping the stench away- great tips! I found both of these important when I had a baby in the house.

  72. Kristi

    Some excellent tips and that diaper pail sounds amazing. Wish I would have had something like that when I had infants. Especially like that it can be used as a regular garbage can after kids are grown.

  73. Amanda Love

    Sounds like it’s a great product but luckily I have no need for it.

  74. Jaime

    Having a schedule really helps me. Nothing gets done if it isn’t on my list!

  75. tamaralikecamera

    I have another kind of diaper pail and it stinks!! Next time I’ll be going for something else like this for sure.

  76. Ave Hla

    Thanks for sharing great tips! Life really gets turned upside down when you have a newborn. I started a cleaning schedule some months ago and it really helps! My house is much cleaner now and I don’t have to spend a whole day a week cleaning everything.

  77. Becka

    Great tips and also a really good review. Next time I am going to get one of these. I wish I had had one when my kids were little.

  78. moesly15

    When my daughter was pregnant I told her to stay away from the diaper pail and just throw the diaper into a plastic bag and throw it in the trash like we did in the good old days. I told her this for all the reasons you listed.

  79. Saidah Washington (@ApronsStilletos)

    I used a diaper pail product like this when my kids were little. It helped a lot since we had two kids in diapers. Woah!! it can get stinky.

  80. Rachel Ferrucci

    A schedule is the way to go, it helps keep you on task. My daughter has a diaper pail and had the same issues

  81. Catherine S

    These are all great tips. I wish I had this diaper pail when my son was in diapers.

  82. FamiGami (@famigami)

    OMG, its impossible for our house to stay clean with our toddler! For every thing we put away, 5 more find their way on the floor!

  83. Amy Desrosiers

    YES! Keeping stinky diapers at bay is one of the most important things! Great tips for mommas with little ones!

  84. Debbie L.

    I agree – this sounds like the perfect solution to stinky diapers.

  85. Elizabeth O.

    That looks like a really nice diaper pail. What we had back then was a simple pail with a lid.

  86. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    Since I run a daycare we always having stinky diapers and they can chase people away. This is a great tool to have.

  87. Nicole Lutzy

    Honestly I think it’s OK to have an untidy house when you have a baby. There are other things that definitely take presidence!

  88. Liz Mays

    I like the idea of diapers being trashed separately from other stuff. They have their own special way of getting funky.

  89. Kori (@just_anothermom)

    After my youngest was born, my main concerns were sleeping and eating properly. I couldn’t have cared less about how the house looked. I’m fortunate that my s/o helped out a lot.

  90. Tiffany Collins (@Naturalycracked)

    A good diaper pail is hard to come by but this one sounds great. I really love that it is stainless steel.

  91. Megan Elford

    The one thing that I never really did like about trash cans marketed for diapers was that when the baby grew out of diapers, the can would no longer be useful. It looks like the Bubula people have taken that into consideration. It’s great that this trash can can still be used long after the baby is grown!

  92. Liz Mays

    That’s a really good point! It could be a good long term buy.

  93. Ida

    These are such excellent tips. I remember having a newborn and feeling that the house was caving in on me. Luckily, I had my mom to come by and help me!

  94. Stefany

    When I had a newborn, it really was the worst time to keep a clean house. These are great ideas.

  95. littlemisscant

    Shesh, before kids everything was clean.. I could find what I needed and never had to worry about fishing a grill cheese out of the VCR. Four kids later well, that’s a different story. I am so glad my newborn days are behind me but I am sharing this for my newly pregnant friends.

  96. April G

    Great tips. Clearing the clutter is extremely important, not just because things can get crazy but because once they start moving, they can put things in their mouths.

  97. Pam

    Great tips! Keeping the house clean with a newborn is hard, but if you’re smart about it, it’s not impossible.

  98. Melissa Pezza

    These are great tips! Above all else, you’ve got to keep the diaper stink to a minimum!

  99. Fariha N.

    Being completely honest, when y kids were newborns, there were a few days where that was the test. Can you smell dirty diapers? No? Okay, clean enough! lol

  100. Lori Bosworth

    I think some of these tips are good for people who don’t have newborns! I think the diaper pail sounds like a necessity!

  101. Amber C.

    These are great trips! I am in my third trimester and this time I will have a newborn and a 5 year old so we will have school and many other things to schedule! I will definitely need the organization!

  102. loisaltermark

    These are all great tips. I don’t think my house was ever clean when my kids were babies!

  103. Maria @ closetohome

    WE had a diaper genie back in the day as well. definitely makes a difference.

  104. way2goodlife

    This is a very impressive gadget – I have never seen a baby diaper thing that would be so impressive

  105. Vera Sweeney

    This sounds like a great diaper pail! I always have hated how the diaper smell seems to linger in the house when you have a little one.

  106. Marcie W.

    I good diaper pail is key for keeping a room smelling fresh and it looks like they have come a long way. I do not know how we managed to keep our home clean during the days when we had three kids under five.

  107. katrinagehman

    diaper pails are so important. i alwasy have them on a must have list.

  108. Rebecca Swenor

    This seems like an awesome diaper pail and I wish I had had one with my kids. I would double bag the instead. The clutter is a must to keep clean for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  109. toughcookiemommy

    Having a schedule really helped me when our boys were newborns. Unfortunately, sometimes they had their own ideas about what came next on the schedule.

  110. pamatiw

    Clearing clutter is so important with making sure the house is clean whether you have a newborn or not. I appreciate your honest review on the Bubula. It does sound like the positives outweigh the negatives and you can use it for a trash can after the little one is out of diapers.

  111. Kathy

    Great tips. It sure can be very hard to find time to clean when you have a newborn. It’s even harder if you have other kids along with the newborn. Been there before.

  112. Danielle

    In preparation for baby #2 in early September we have started clearing the clutter already. I am determined to get organized beforehand.

  113. martinkadelux

    I just started working off a schedule… especially with the house on the market! It is so much easier!

  114. shaunatorres

    I tell you, I would not have survived if I smelled the stuff that came out of my babies, LOL. A diaper pail that keeps the stench away is a must.

  115. sharon phillips

    When I had kids I had cloth diapers. So I didn’t have that problem. As far as vacuuming I have to do that pretty much every day in my household due to pets. Running behind little ones can be a big chore. I remember. I also run behind grandkids now. Sometimes it never seems to end trying to keep you home just how you like it.

  116. jasmine

    My littlest is now one and I’m still struggling to keep the house looking good. keeping the stench away is one thing that is always at the top of my list

  117. Victoria

    These are some great tips. It can be hard to do anything when you have a newborn child. They just need so much attention and your energy always seems to be drained.

  118. Seattle Travel Blogger

    The diaper pail does look nice to store dirty diapers in. I’m sorry that you couldn’t quite avoid the smell.

  119. Angelic Sinova

    These are some great tips for keeping the house clean! We don’t have any newborns in our house but we always like to write out a cleaning schedule to keep things tidy <3

  120. Amber NElson

    Oh I remember those days. It was hard to get anything done!

  121. Penelope

    It can be so tough getting household chores down with a newborn. I would definitely accept any help that’s offered.

  122. Nicole Lutzy

    I totally agree! The newborn would be my #1 concern and priority.

  123. YellowTennessee

    Good tips. I hated smelling those diapers also. We did cloth so I always rinsed and then stored. No nasty smell that way.

  124. Jeska

    I used a diaper pail with my oldest before I switched to cloth diapers and didn’t mind. Now I just use wetbags! Way easier and more eco friendly!

  125. Debbie Denny

    Thanks for an honest look at this. I have been thinking of getting something like that for when my great grandson is down.

  126. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    These are great tips! Cleaning house with a new born can be a very difficult task.

  127. Valerie

    These are great tips. I remember how stressful it can be to have a newborn and try to keep up with the house.

  128. Sarah Marturano

    You are soo right… it is much harder to keep things clean with a newborn. I like the idea of creating a schedule.

  129. lpayoute

    I live alone and I still have a keep a schedule to make sure it gets all done. Cant imange doing it all with a baby.

  130. Marina John

    Eww, stinky newborn diapers are no fun! This looks like an awesome diaper pail!

  131. [email protected]

    Diaper management is a must. I hope my youngest will soon be ready to be done with diapers.

  132. Debi- Lifestyle Blogger

    It can be hard to get the house where you want it when dealing with a baby. A great diaper pail can be a god sent

  133. Heather

    A good diaper solution when you have a newborn is a great thing!! I haven’t seen this diaper pail before – thanks for sharing.

  134. Lorane

    Clearing the Clutter is the hardest thing to do for new moms! This can be done as soon as the baby is asleep. Diaper management is a must .. this product seems to get the job done

  135. Kristina

    Great tips and advice. These will be very helpful.

  136. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    speaking as a mom of an infant. you just hope to keep up. I would love clean, but I will take passable! ha.

  137. Carol Bryant

    These are fab tips even for folks like me without a newborn.

  138. Laura funk

    This looks much better than the competitors option. Great tips

  139. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    We are working on clearing the clutter at our house even. It’s definitely much easier to keep things clean and organized without a bunch of extra stuff.

  140. Rach @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

    Thank you! I am excited to share this with my sister.

  141. brandyellen

    I loved having a diaper pail when my kids were babies, it helped so much! I do not know anyone with babies right now, but when I do, I will certainly be checking out this one for them!

  142. Fabgrandma

    Lord, I still have clutter and my baby is 40 years old. Maybe by the time my grandson is grown up I will get it under control.

  143. Catherine C.

    What a great tips!! I’m going back on this post when I get pregnant, I love rading important habbits in life.

  144. Lisa Rios

    All these are great tips for keeping the house clean with a newborn. I agree its difficult to avoid cluttering in the beginning. I have been using a separate trash box for storing dirty diapers. This Diaper Pail looks like a great product, will check it out.

  145. irishred13

    I’m actively getting rid of clutter and I don’t have a newborn anymore!

  146. Franc Ramon

    I think having a schedule of chores can really ensure that everything is done. It’s also nice that its flexible so you can easily adjust.

  147. Where Tess Lives

    I need to involve the kids more in chores. I don’t have a newborn but this would of helped!

  148. You, Baby and I Blog

    Love this post. It’s going to be so helpful when my newborn arrives. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  149. Priscilla Hedlin (@WheelchairMommy)

    These are great tips. I try to clean as I go. Awesome looking new diaper pail!

  150. Alyssa C

    These are some great tips! I wish I had these when my girls were babies! Thank you for sharing.

  151. Christie

    yes, the diapers do pile up! We kept our diaper pail out in the garage!

  152. Virginia Gudiel (@LovelyVirginia)

    Great tips! My friend is about to give birth soon. She might be interested in the Bubula Stainless Steel Diaper Pail !

  153. Carin Kilby Clark

    I didn’t really start using a diaper pale until my third and I wish I had started sooner! It really makes a big difference!

  154. Aubrey

    Keeping the house clean with a new born is next to impossible. Especially if you have other kids. These are good helping tips though.

  155. Fariha N.

    It can be hard getting everything done with a newborn. I know my house was not as clean as I like it when my kids were first born!

  156. Paula Schuck

    I sure wish I had one of these Bubula pails when my kids were babies. Not mentioning any names, but there was a well known diaper disposal system around when my kids were babies and I did not like it at all!

  157. yumeating

    This is great. I have a few friends who just had babies. They need this!

  158. Marvelous Mommy

    I had one of these diaper pails with both of my girls. It does make a big difference!

  159. The Trophy WifeStyle

    We had a similar product when my daughter was super little. So convinent to be able to throw all the dirty diapers in one place!

  160. Mystarlight

    My friend just had a baby and would love to have one of these. Maybe I could get it for her. I remember the stinky diapers and it would have been nice to have one of these.

  161. Tracie

    Having a good (and flexible) schedule in place is super important. I wouldn’t have made it through the newborn phase with my daughter without it!

  162. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    I was just saying that I’m about to hire help! Keeping the house clean got a bit more challenging with two kiddos. That diaper disposer sounds ideal. Anything to keep out the stink!

  163. Stephanie

    The Bubula is pretty cool! And probably much easier than my method of double bagging stinky diapers in plastic shopping bags before putting them in the garbage.

  164. Debbie L.

    Oh I can still remember the newborn days…the Bubula would of been a lifesaver for me.

  165. Stowed Stuff

    Looks like a great diaper pail! Great tips for keeping the place clean!

  166. Joanne T Ferguson

    There are some great tips that I will be sure to share with friends in similar situations! Great ideas for also being able to keep the place clean with a newborn!

  167. Krystal's Kitsch

    That is awesome that it’s stainless steel. That would be MUCH better than the plastic hunk of junk I have!

  168. Eliza Ferree

    My niece just had a baby and her budget is very tight. I like that it can be a diaper holder and later a trashcan so she’d be able to use it even longer.

  169. The Kiss of Joy

    Even though I have don’t have kids. I know from friends how crazy messy the house can get when you have a newborn. I so agree with you keeping a schedule is important. It provides so much structure for your day ♥

  170. Cecelia Nelson

    Although I am slowly getting used to stinky diapers I wouldn’t mind such a special-purpose trashcan. Only thing is it is kind of pricey – I wonder if there are cheaper models?

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