Diaper Genies are wonderful to hold down odor! They do need to be emptied when they get full. Do you have garbage service? or do you take to a landfill or dumpster? My kids grew up with cloth diapers-garbage and stench were not an issue!
My little girl is almost 4 months old. She is our first. We have a garbage pail with a lid right now in the baby room that we are tossing the dirty diapers in. We are reusing our plastic bags we get from the grocery store in the pail. It is small so we need to take it out almost every day. Right now our little girl sleeps in our room. She is getting ready to move to the crib pretty soon. My concern is the smell that sometimes seems to creep up on us from the diaper pail. Once she is sleeping in the same room as the diaper pail I don't want that stench to be there for her. What are your thoughts on diaper genies and are there any other ideas as to taking care of the diapers and not having the stench?
Diaper Genies are wonderful to hold down odor! They do need to be emptied when they get full. Do you have garbage service? or do you take to a landfill or dumpster? My kids grew up with cloth diapers-garbage and stench were not an issue!
As my son's stools became more solid, I've taken to dumping the poop out of the diaper into the toilet before throwing it away in the trash, that majorly helps. Another alternative until then...we've used a cooler as the diaper pail that has a really good seal and contains it well (and no, the cooler will not be used for drinks again :D )
We started off with those little blue scented bags that roll out of the cute little ducky dispenser and threw them into the regular garbage, emptying it outside often. That worked OK. We received a couple of different diaper pails as gifts, but everywhere I've ever gone, it seems like you could smell them a mile away, so I regifted before even giving them a chance. My son is almost 2 and I've just been using the cheap zipper sandwich (or quart if needed - heehee) bags for quite a while now. Since we've never had any kind of stench, I'm really happy with this "system".
Good luck to you!
Just another option to throw out- you can now get flushable diaper inserts. They are called g diapers. It's basically a cloth cover, plastic snap in liner and then a flushable insert. I'm finding they work great for my 2 month old. They are available at most natural food coops- they are a bit pricier than disposables but they are good for the environment and they won't stink up the nursery! For more info: www.gdiapers.com I have a bunch of $2 off coupons email me with your address if you'd like me to send you one!
We tried the diaper genie with our five yr old, I know that was a while ago, and they may have improved it, but we hated it. After a week, we donated everything to the Goodwill, refills and all. We just take them out to the garbage right away. My health club does have the Diaper Champ, which seemed to work really well, but we think running them to the garbage really isn't that bad, and it's free, no refills! Also check the reviews on Amazon.com or see if there are any complaints on Complaints.com We use those two quite a bit now before making a purchase of any kind.
M.- First of all, have you researched cloth diapers? As I tell everyone, they're not our mother's cloth diapers at all. I used disposable for my first 3 and wish I would have learned about cloth then. There is a LOT of info on the web and feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions too. If that is not something you're interested in, when we used disposables, we put them in the regular garbage and took it out daily. If they were really stinky, I saved used ziplocs just for that purpose. Good luck!
I like the solutions offered here, but I thought I would add one that I don't see. We also use a small garbage pail in the nursery lined with used plastic grocery bags. I bought a cheap box of generic scented dryer sheets and I toss one in the bottom of the bag when I put a new one in the pail. If I change a particularly smelly diaper, I throw another dryer sheet in the pail on top of it. This seems to do a pretty good job of controlling the smell. This is less time consuming for me than putting each dirty diaper in its own bag and taking it out and less expensive for us than the Diaper Genie.
You have a ton of responses, but I HAD to add another. I have 1 yr old twin girls, that I stay home with (no daycare), so you can imagine the amount of diapers that we've gone through. I HIGHLY recommend the diaper champ! It's fairly inexpensive (around $30) and doesn't require special refills at all--just use garbage bags (we get the scented ones to help with smell). I have 2 of them (one upstairs in their room & one on our main level for convenience), and we only have to empty them once a week. I was unable to set anything up where I run a diaper out every time it's changed, because I won't leave my girls unattended. So the diaper champ has worked great! good luck!
If you eat boxed cereal, the bags from that are good for putting the poopy diapers in before throwing them in the trash. They seal the odors in very well.
We had used the diaper genie for our first son. It worked well. The only time you really caught odor is when opening it up to toss one in. Of course, there are those certain diapers that need to go straight outside to the dumpster (: lol. But if you are worried about having the smell in the baby's room, I would suggest a diaper genie.
Well, here's my two cents! :) I didnt like the idea of 'lamenating' the diapers in the diaper genie. (at least one of them i thought had a system where it sealed each individual diaper in plastic to keep out the smell. which is pretty much the same thing as using single plastic sacks for each diaper.) It seems like such a waste. Imagine the landfil full of 'laminated' diapers that will take years to break down all that plastic, just so that we can have something 'convienient.' I'm not saying i dont ever use the occasional plastic sac method when traveling or at a friends house.. But on the whole I LOVE my diaper champ. It allows about 3/4 of a weeks worth of diapers from my one year old to be kept smell free in one household trash bag. I've just started putting less smelly just wet diapers in a seperate trash to save room for the smellier ones in the champ. It is a one handed system with a lid that never lets the smell out. You just place the dirty diaper in the lid area, flip the handel and it dumps the diaper in the bag with a drop system thing that keeps in all oders. I love it! I got mine from ToysRUs. I've given them as shower gifts ever since I got mine because I think it works so good..
one suggestion though, if you go with it- when it gets full, take it out! Dont force the handle to get one last diaper in, it will pack the diaper down and the force will crack the bottom of the pail!
There is all natural product out there called "Nursery Magic" that works great for this and many other oders / stains that babies cause. You can get it at http://marketamerica.com/tkwentland try it you'll love it.
Tom & Kathy
I had two in diapers for 1 1/2 years. I found the best way to keep the odors away - plastic trash basket with a tight lid. I would spray it down with lysol then pour a bunch of carpet fresh in the bottom before I put the bag in. I would usually get a new can every 6 months. Never had a diaper smell in the house. ie - I never even wrapped my dirty diapers before tossing them in the pale.
I have a Diaper Genie II and it works great for my twin girls and we go through A LOT of diapers! I've also heard great things about the Diaper Champ, which somebody else mentioned in their post.
we re-use grocery bags as well, and I simply toss each soiled diaper in its' own bag and tie it up, then toss it outside or in another bag. I have a toddler as well as in infant, and she likes to dig in trash cans, so we have gotten into the habit of hanging the bag on the door knob and tossing wet diapers in there - my little one stays otu of it and the wet ones don't stink really! (again, the soiled ones go right outside) HOpet that helps. I had a genie w/day care and didn't care for it...when i'd go to empty it it would stink worse because the diapers had been sitting in it so long.
We wrap them in plastic bags and put them in our regular trash can...it gets taken out every day. You could also continue to wrap them and toss them in the outdoor trash can (my personal suggestion.) Diaper Genies in my opinion are a waste of money. We have 4 kids and I have had a diaper genie before and ended up giving it away.
We have the diaper champ and only use it for wet diapers. We put the poop diaper in a plastic bag (grocery or newspaper) and take them straight outside to the garbage. Our house has never smelled...and no matter what diaper pail you use it will eventually stink as long as it contains dirty diapers.
Flush the poop down the toilet.
We used a diaper genie & loved it! Our changing area was in the hall was of our house (split level) due to space issues. The genie was very easy to empty. I did wash it each month with bleach.
Three words: Diaper, Genie and Target. Don't even hesitate! You think it smells now, just wait until she's eating solid food!! :)
my mother and i have the same thought on diaper genies. they are a waste of money. your best bet is to keep a bunch of the grocery bags on hand and bag up each dirty diaper. i do it with my daughters poopy diapers. i cant smell them when their tied up in their own bags. it works as well as the diaper genie except that the wrappiong and tying you have to do yourself. but hey if saves you a lot of money seeing how you can get the grocery bags for free. i hope that this helped.
We love our diaper genie, but if you're trying to save money and are worried about stinking up the bedroom, my parents used a diaper pail and kept it in the laundry room.
I tried the genie and found it to be to much work. What we do now is buy fabric softener sheets (that have a strong but pleasant scent), put a few of them in the bottom of the trash can before you put the bag in. Change them out every few days. You smell the scent of them not the poop. I have a 9 month old and a 23 month old both in diapers, so you can only imagine the stinch before I started doing this.
Try it! It's not expensive and if you don't like it you and use the sheets for your laundry.
Wow, so many responses, and not one about cloth diapers, I figured I'd put my 2 cents in just as an alternative:) I started out using disposables and then a friend of mine turned me on to cloth. I've been using them for about 2 years now. They are definitely not easier, but they are really cute (check out Jillian's Drawers online for a great starter package) and I kinda feel like I'm doing my part for the environment. The initial investment is high, but after that no more wasting $$ down the toilet, lol. You get a mini sprayer that attaches to the toilet and spray the poopy away...it never gets a chance to linger. No need for a diaper pail.
P.S. I have a diaper decor+. It worked great when we did use diposables easy to use and the inserts last a long time.
Diaper Genie things are great until kids start eating table food- PU!!!! Diapers stink and they probably need to go out everyday, so it'll just be a hassle to pull them out of Genie- reuse those grocery bags and take them out regularly.
Hi! I am a mom of 2 little girls, with the stinky diapers we just take and tie them up in thier own bag like a walmart sack and knot it and throw it in our trash. I had a diaper genie and hated it. Just keep some extra sacks where you change her (out of reach) and your good to go. Good luck:-)
I have a 3 month old and just use a plain diaper pail. I change it about twice a week and poopy diapers go directly to the trash in the garage. The only time I smell the diaper smell is when I'm opening the lid to put another one in. I did stick an air freshner in the bottom of the pail and that helped mask the odor when opening it to put the next diaper in. I did make sure to get one that has a flip up lid (got it from Target online), so it seals pretty well.
I have a home daycare so trash goes out at least 1-2x per day but I also use the scented bags. They seem to work great for me. You can get them usually where they sell diapers. Here's a link to babies r us but my local gricery store has their own version too!
I figured out quickly with our first child that a dirty diaper pail does not belong in the house. My husband and I placed a garbage pail in the garage (attached to the house) and we threw the diapers out there. It took a few extra steps when we were done changing diapers, but the nursery didn't stink any more. Once you get in the habit of throwing it in the garage garbage, you won't think twice about the new routine.
We love our Diaper Genie II and have been using it for over a year now!
Unlike some who responded, I think the Diaper Genie is wonderful. The trick is to make sure you twist the top all the way around. We noticed no smell at all. Same unit was used through two children with no problems ever. Refills are much cheaper at Walmart!
We did NOT like our diaper genie. The smell that hit us when we opened it was unbearable. We used it a few months with our oldest and then tossed it.
What works best for us is to double-wrap the dirty diaper in a plastic grocery bag before tossing in the trash. Drop the diaper in, twist the bag just above the diaper several times and then turn the top of the bag inside out to encase the diaper again and tie tightly. Does that make sense?
Hi, M.! You know, I looked at all the diaper pails and eventually just decided to throw wet diapers in a grocery bag (hung on the back door and then we threw out at the end of the day). For the poopy diapers, we just put them in a plastic grocery bag also and threw it in the garbage outside immediately, or set it outside until we were ready to walk to the trash can. We decided to do it this way because we always have a plethora of grocery bags, and I didn't want to have to lift a huge, heavy bag of dirty, smelly diapers at the end of the week. I also didn't relish the idea of cleaning out the diaper pail. :)
Just an aside--my aunt always flushed the poopies down the toilet and then disposed of the diapers all together. Not sure if she had a diaper pail or not.
I do have a lot of friends who use or have used the diaper pails; I guess it just all depends on what you want to do. :)
I never liked our Diaper Genie, it still stunk. Now with my son we just put all the diapers in the bathroom garbage and empty daily or every other day. The garbage is right next to the toilet and gets him used to the idea that poop goes in the bathroom.
I have twins who are now 4 years old. And what we did is double bag all our groceries and took the loose ones. We would put the dirty diapers in that and tie it up!..
We toss ours right in our household trash that way it gets taken out daily and there are no special containers needed. We reuse our grocery/store bags too for the messy ones. Every time I empty the garbage I spray it down with lysol (otherwise the stench lingers). I found that a diaper genie was more hassle than it was worth. They fill up quickly and then you have the lingering stench problem that was harder to get rid of.
I am a mom of 3 wonderful kids 2 girls 4 1/2, 3 and a boy 16 months. We use a diaper pale called the Diaper Champ. You can use grocery bags kitchen bags ect. in it. It is wonderful and keeps the smell away.
Hope this helps and you find a solution.
Cheap idea that worked great for us...Take the diapers and roll them into a small bundle (like you would to throw them away) and toss them into a single plastic grocery bag and knot it tightly. It works just like the Diaper Genie, but without the cost, and is a great way to use up all those plastic bags you get groceries and items from the store in. I just saved all the bags from shopping, and used them. If it is a really, really bad smelling diaper, you can also bag it in an additional bag, then tie that tightly also.
* Oh, and by doing this we could then throw the little bundles into the regular garbage can. Quick, cheap, easy, and effective - what more could you ask for.
Diaper Champ - similar to a Genie but the bags are cheaper and it is easier to use. You can use any garbage bag. We have one in our daughter's room for her wet diapers. Her dirty diapers get put in the garage right away...we have a box by the door that gets thrown or emptied on trash day. This keeps the stench out of the room/house and in the garage. It only gets worse as they get older!!
I am a FT working mom of an almost 1 yr old girl.
We love our Diaper Genie II. It doesn't leave a smell in the room and you don't even have to smell it when you take the bag out. Well worth the money to have a stinky-free nursery!
Now that our daughter is a year old, we just take the stinky diapers to the garbage can outside, unless the inside garbage is full and needs to go out too. Then we put them there and take the whole bag out. We got lazy after we emptied the Genie last time and I haven't gotten a refill for it (gotta do that this weekend).
I am a huge fan of the diaper genie (not the generic ones). The new one is super easy to use and it keeps the smell away. And, you should only have to empty about once per week. My sister got the generic one and you have to push the diaper completely in, which is kinda gross to me because I'm always afraid I'm gonna get squished pee/poop on my hands.
I keep a plastic grocery bag outside the door to my garage and put them in there during the day and then tie it up and put it in the garbage can after the day is through.
I absolutely recommend the Diaper Genie II - that is what we use, and I wouldn't be without it now! It works really great, which is of importance since the pail is in our little boy's room and you can never tell that they are even there!
Are there "diaper pails" anymore? We had a "diaper pail" that was designed especially for diapers. Haven't had a little one for awhile. Youngest is 27 years old, so not sure what is available anymore. If there is, I would highly recommend one of them.
We had a diaper genie and it worked great for our two girls.
M. , yes i had the same issue, got tired of the stench , even after changing it every day i found that to get rid of the diaper pail was best, and the diapers i would learn to wrap up tight, and reuse the tapes to secure a good closing, then i would throw them in our regular garbage which got changed practically every day, and the smell went away , but roll up the diaper with the used wipes in it, then put the tapes around so it seals it up, it worked well, hope it helps, D. s
I guess I'm going to be unpopular when I say I love my Diaper Genie! I had the original with my son (almost three but still in diapers... don't get me started) and then upgraded to the Diaper Genie II for my daughter who's now almost 8 months. I don't smell anything and I do have a pretty good sniffer. It's so much more convenient than many of these other suggestions - one handed operation is key when dealing with a baby/toddler who likes to move. Easy to empty and reload. With two kids, we empty it about twice a week but they are in daycare (one full time and one three days). The refills aren't cheap but they do go on sale at Target and when they do, I stock up.
Diaper champ keeps the smell contained and you have more freedom in choosing the bags over the diaper genie. Store bags dont really fit though. I have diaper champ and don't really use it. I just put each diaper in our kitchen can and make sure to put the can up when we leave the house so the dog doesn't knock over the trash. they don't seem to add up too fast for us smell wise. diaper champ can get clogged as it fills and the opening it up and getting a barage of concentrated scent was worse for me than the little bit of odor from our big garbage.
Hi M.! I totally hated our diaper genie. I now have a diaper champ and since I have it, I figure I should use it. My trick is to put 5 drops of eucalyptus oil on a paper towel (I use a used dryer sheet to avoid wasting too much) and put it in with each new bag. I change the bag every three days and have no smell to deal with. This is a HUGE relief for me as my nose is SUPER sensitive to smells.
I hope this helps!
We used Diaper Genie; I'm sure there are similar models out there--they make the liners specific for bottle fed and solid foods (can't remember if it's baby solids or regular table food)--anyway--only time we had odor was when we changed it, b/c you twist each diaper in and then close the lid. Again, there may be better and/or cheaper models out there, but I'd go with something specifically designed for diapers and diaper related odors. Our old Diaper Genie broke and we have another baby on the way, so I will be "piggy backing" your question before we purchase a new one.
I have the diaper geinee two and I am okay with it. Still smells some. Refills are expensive.
I agree with other posts - take them out right away. We tried the Diaper Champ and liked it, but no matter how hard you try, you'll get poop on it somehow and that's just not sanitary (especially when soon enough they are pulling themselves up on everything)!! We have an attached garage and my husband has pegboard on the wall for organizing tools. We put a hook on the pegboard and hang a plastic bag where the diapers are collected just outside the access door. Very convenient.
My vote is for the diaper champ. It works great for the smell control and it uses regular kitchen garbage bags so it does keep the costs down. It is also bigger than the genie so I ended up only emptying it once/twice a week. Good luck! I threw out my genie and bought this one as it was more cost effective to do that than continue to buy the bags for the genie.
Wets go in our household trash, and we just take it out daily. Poops go outside immediately! Nothing could mask that smell now that we've moved on to solids!
We had a diaper genie with my son (he's 4 years old now) and we hated it. It stinks and I had to change it everyday so that I wouldn't have to smell it. We had it in his room until he got a little older (when it started to smell) and then moved it next to our garbage can in the kitchen. With my daughter (she's 14 months) we got a diaper champ. I like it so much better. I just use a regular bag (like grocery bags, target bags, etc) and change it a couple of times a week. It doesn't smell at all. I spray lysol in it whenever I change it. About once a month I clean it with some cleaner on the inside and outside. We have always kept the diaper champ next to our garbage can in the kitchen. We also have a glade air freshner that we've always kept next to the garbage.
I love my diaper genie. HOWEVER, I found it only good up until maybe 1?? The diapers get so big it fills it up too quickly. My daughter is now 6 months and it still seems to be working pretty good. I forget when we stopped using with our first. I think it keeps the smell completely out of the room, expect when you open it...sometimes it will smell for a few minutes or so afterwards. After that I can't help much. We just have a garbage pail (small to medium size) with a lid that we use now. And sometimes the smell isn't so great. I use fragranced bags and use fabreeze regularly and even put a fragrance thing (don't know the name?!) in the bottom, it seems to help...I'll have to read your post to see what other mothers say about when they get older! :) Hope this helps you ...for now! :)
Diaper pails don't work! I have a garbage can with a lid just for diapers in the garage. After every diaper change we throw them out there.
I have a 9 month old and I use the diaper genie. I like it. It keeps the smell hidden pretty well. I empty it 1-2 times a week. If you don't want to use a diaper genie you could just empty it into your main trash. If your house is like mine I think I empty the kitchen trash once a day so it wouldn't be sitting in there for long.
I used to have a diaper genie with my twins and I don't think they work that great. I have a pail sitting out my side door of the house and I throw all of the dirty diapers in that. Every time I go outside to do something I throw them into the garbage can. If I don't get outside to do that, then I make sure they are thrown away before I go to bed at night. It keeps the smell outside and not in the house. Hope this helps.
We love our Diaper Champ. It takes normal garbage bags. There is little or no stench. Easy to operate!
Hello... I would recommend the Diaper Champ - you can find it at any Target or Walmart for about $30 and it works wonderfully. Instead of buying refill cannisters (like the Diaper Genie), you use regular kitchen garbage bags... very cheap! My daugher is two months old, and we haven't even put a dent in the box of bags I purchased... There is a bit of an "odor" when you open the Champ to change the bag, but I just spray it down with Lysol on the inside and it takes care of the smell just fine... there are no "wafting" odors when the Champ is closed and in use...
Human waste does stink. Doesn't this make you glad we have a government-funded centralized waste-water treatment system? It was diapers that made me conscious of how grateful I am that I don't have to manage my own waste!
Find a closet for the diaper pail. That's what I did. And then call your elected officials and thank them for what they do :o)
Diaper Genie II absolutely!!!! Must use the II not the original. No odor at all. We have a 11 month old and we've never had a problem no matter how stinky the diaper. We change ours about once per week (she's at daycare during the day) Good Luck and congrats on the baby.
I hate to say it, but I've had three different types of diaper pails (Genie, Champ, First Years) ranging from very cheap to the very expensive, and they all "stink" literally and figuratively! LOL. By the time my little ones started eating solids, things got worse so we finally got rid of them all, and just resorted to using plastic grocery bags and Hefties (I think that's the name)brand scented small can garbage bags to get the job done. As soon as we wrapped up a "stink-load" I'd tie up the bag and empty the trash daily. This in the end worked better for us than any of the diaper pails that promised to eliminate odors. The key is to contain those smelly packs right away, and get them out of the house daily. Very seldom do we get bad smells. And it's alot cheaper too. Unfortunately, it doesn't save you on extra work, but it does find a purpose for those not-so-earth friendly plastic grocery bags.
I used the diaper genie for both my children and I loved it. You only have the stench when you go to empty the diaper genie. If you go to garage sales, you can find the diaper genie and the refills for them at good prices.
I provide daycare out of my home, so I deal with a LOT of diapers each day/week! Dirty diapers I wrap in a plastic bag (grocery store/Target bags) and put that in the diaper pail (which is also lined with a grocery store/Target bag). The first chance I get during the day, I empty the whole thing and put it in the outside trash. I don't want my house to stink all day. I empty the diaper bag again at the end of the day and put it in the outside trash. I spray the can with lysol after each bag change, too. I would not want to sleep in a room with a diaper pail, so I never understood having it in the baby's room. With my own 3 kids, I kept the diaper pail in the bathroom. I change it often, but the bags are free and it keeps the house smelling better.
Well M. after changing your daughters diaper take the dirty diaper and place it into a plastic bag and then place it in the trash can outside of your home.
A drop of tea tree oil or sprinkle some baking soda right in the bag or bottom of the can. I use one or the other, depending on which one I have one hand.
We don't change diapers in their room...right now we change in the living room, it's just more convienent for us. We have a small plastic shoe box we put the dirty diapers in - if they're just potty we might keep it there for a day...if the diapers stink, we toss it in the diaper pail in the garage-our door leads to the garage, so we have a pail right there. Then we dump that into the outside trash can once a week when we do garbage.
We've never had an issue with stench doing it that way.
I used a diaper pail with my now 10yr old and than again with my 4yr old son. However, with my son we threw the poopy diapers outside. At our old house we threw them on the back step and when my husband got home, he would throw them in the outdoor trash can. Now with our 6 month old, we throw the peepee diapers in the kitchen trash and the poopy diapers outside on the garage step and when we go out in the garage we throw them in the outside garbage.
I didn't want to have a diaper pail now with my youngest and found out the current way works great!!!
I HATED my Diaper Genie. It was cumbersome to use with one hand, and I often had to use one hand because my daughter was a squigle worm on the changing table. It did hold alot of diapers...but the smell was horrible when you changed the bag out. I've used my friends Diaper Champ, which is way easy to use with one hand...but the smell is again horrendous when changing out the bags...I can't stand it and I don't think there is a way to avoid it.
When we changed our daughter's diaper, we would bring the diaper downstairs and toss it in the garage to get them outta the house. On a daily (or every other) basis, one of us would pick them all up and toss them into the outside garbage to be hauled away. It was a bit of a pain, but...in my eyes, not as much of a pain as the nasty smells in the house. The diapers were always wrapped really tight so it would take a day or 2 to smell bad enought to stink in the garage where it's generally cooler...but in the house...I didn't want that smell around at all. We're having our 2nd in Sept, and I plan on doing the same thing, just tossing them in the garage for later disposal. We will add a container for them to make them easier to collect instead of off the garage floor, however...with a number of them concentrated in one area, I'm thinking the stink will be stronger, and the container will be bigger so we will end up letting it go a little longer before disposing of them properly. When we'd toss them on the garage floor, it forced us to pick them up more regurlary, which kept them from stinking.
Some people will probably think we're complete pigs...but, that's what we did and it worked great with virtually no smell attached to the process.
i'm with the other moms here... we hated our diaper genie! we put the wet diapers in the regular garbage and the dirty ones we but into a grocery bag, tie it up and if we can't get it out to the garbage outside right away it goes on the counter until i can get free time to get it out there (otherwise our dog digs it out bagged or not and i have a bigger mess). this way is cheaper in the long run anyways, we always have the grocery bags around and you don't have to buy the refill bags and fumble one handed trying to get the thing open or the diaper in it and twist while dealing with a little one that wants free.
Personally, I do not use a diaper pail. I do not see the point in spending the money. We use our plastic bags from the grocery store and place them in our garbage in our kitchen. If they are really bad I double bag them or take them directly out to the trash. They also have diaper disposal bags in case you do not do enough grocery shopping to contain all of your dirty diapers. Before you go out and buy some see if your check out person minds if you take a few extra each time for the purpose. They usually laugh and say to take as many as I need. This is just what has worked for me through 4 kids. Good luck.
we had a diaper champ and it was okay..the trick is to make sure it is really closed when you tip it. we also tried to flush poop in the toliet before putting in the champs and also kept a urnial smelly pink thing at the bottom to help with the smell...we changed every 2-3 days, when full or stinky.
We used the diaper genie at first. It does keep the smell in there, but once you have to change it we would smell fermented poop. I hated having to buy the refills, so we did the same thing as you and used the plastic grocery bags. I figured it was a good way to reuse them and I wasn't purchasing more plastic. I would just put them in our kitchen garbage since it goes out more frequently. If I had just changed it I would walk the diaper still in a bag out to the outside garbage. I really liked being able to get rid of the plastic bags and not have to purchase anything else.
I wouldn't describe our nursery as "stench" but it definitely smells like baby--and not the pleasant, baby powder smell, either. Our baby is almost 8 months old and eats lots of grown up food, so his diapers are definitely getting smellier. I have actually taken to changing the messy diapers in the bathroom, tossing them in the garbage there (it's lined) and then just taking that bag out immediately. I just use our diaper Genie for the wet ones. But--I'm a big smell person, and can't stand stale smells at all.
Poopy diapers go outside in the garbage immediately.
I was in the same situation in the beginning. The diaper pail was horrible! I bought the Diaper Genie II, against my friend's advice (she had the original Diaper Genie) and I love it! For us, we only have to empty the Genie about once a week but, I work full-time so my daughter is at daycare 5 days a week. We only occasionally have a problem with odor and it is when it is very full and in need of emptying.
Get the Diaper Champ. We got one when my son was born, he's 2 now, and I love it! It takes any type of bag, so yoiu don;t have to spend on expensive refills. To keep the stench down, I spray Lysol when I change out the bag and once a month to every other month, I'll rinse it with soapy warm water and bleach. That's worked for us.
I did daycare for 5 years and went through a half dozen different pails. (Including "the Genie") None worked. Probably hated the diaper Genie the most....
Finally I came across the "Dekor". (Bought mine at Storks First Stop but I've seen them in magazines too.) It is the only one I've found that actaully keeps most smells out. Really bad diapers do still smell thought. So, if it's a doozy make sure you take it out right away. It cost about $40 and does take special refills but the refells last a long time.
I have a similar set-up too. Usually I empty that one every night before bed. Another option is to only put wet diapers in the bedroom garbage and take poopy ones to your kitchen garbage (which for me has a better lid = less smell).
I also sometimes use smaller plastic bags (like the ones you put veggies in at the grocery store) and stick the poopy diapers in there before placing in the bedroom garbage. This keeps them from stinking during the day.
I personally found the diaper genie too time consuming/difficult to use to keep using it.
I kept the diaper pail in the bathroom and just walked to the bathroom to toss it in when I was done changing. I empty it daily when I am leaving. It also helps children to understand that poop goes into the bathroom. My 8 mo baby also sleeps in the room with me.
I agree with the affordability of the plastic grocery bags, or even the long narrow bag the newspaper comes in when thrown at my doorstep. Lysol is your friend for odors, as well as a urinal cake inside diaper pail, and especially your outside garbage can to keep the smell and bugs/verman away. Both do an affordable job deodorizing. I also made it a habit of changing in the bathroom (Partly for psychological conditioning for toilet training) and dump the solid waste down the toilet before disposing of diapers. There is also the option of cloth diapers, though a bit more labor intensive.
When I got a Diaper Genie for a gift at my baby shower my first thought was..."what a gimmick...just another "big company" trying to make a few quick bucks". I left it in the box and used a regular diaper pail, with plastic garbage bags from the grocery store.
One day I happen to see the "genie" in the closet and thought..I might as well at least give it a try. I did, and am SOOOO glad I did. That "gimmick" was ingenius!! What a difference it made!! Well worth the money! I would totally recommend using one if you can!
I had a diaper genie and I hated it. If you didn't change it every 2 days or so the stench leaked out. He is now 13 months old today and I just take throw them in the big garbage and take it out everyday. I have also used the disposable diaper bags that are scented and they worked fairly well. Good Luck!
I think diaper pails are a waste of money and seldom work (I tried 3 different kinds). I put the poopy diapers in a plastic bag and put them out in the trash immediately outside. As for the other ones I just had one plastic bag right outside my door in the garage where I put them each day and at the end of the night threw that bag out in the garbage.
I have a diaper champ and love it. You use regular kitchen bags and we haven't had any trouble with smells at all, and at the moment it's in our bedroom, so I would notice.
I had a diaper genie and thought it was a huge waste of money! We use plastic grocery bags and tie them shut w/ the dirty diaper in them. It works great! And it's free! :-)
I use the diaper genie 2 and really like it. It keeps the smell out and I dont have to empty it on a daily basis. It is a little difficult to open one handed sometimes, but it is nice to have.