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Recommend your diaper trash can/pail

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I would like one that you don't have to buy special liners for, and that keeps out door (obviously). Is there anything or tips anyone has as well?
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Re: Recommend your diaper trash can/pail

  • A regular trash can works just fine.  Most diaper pails are made of the same plastic as regular trash cans and they absorb odors, especially with a tightly closed lid.
    There are some stainless steel options but I would never pay the $$$ for one.


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  • For the same reason that I don't use a plastic trash can, I didn't want a plastic diaper pail... plastic absorbs odors over time.  We went with the Ubbi and it has been great.  It doesn't require refills or anything special.  That said, we went with that because we liked the color and it fit size wise.  We also considered regular stainless steel trash cans, and would have gone with one of those if it fit well where we wanted to put it.   As pp says though, the stainless steel options aren't cheap.  For us, we live in an urban area and have nowhere to put our trash until trash day.  Given that we can't just take a stinky one out to the garage, smell containment was important to us and worth the $$.  
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  • Thanks for telling me about no on plastic ones, I didn't think about that. And, I'm glad to hear you like the ubbi, I've been contemplating putting that on my registry. What are your thoughts on this one from ikea (steel with lid)?http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90218924/
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  • We had a Diaper Champ with our first and I got rid of it. It was so smelly. It started grossing me out to think of leaving dirty diapers in the nursery. So I just toss them in a metal trash can in the bathroom and empty it every day or two. Super stinky ones go straight outside.

    The one from ikea looks fine, but I'd still consider keeping poop molecules out of the baby's room.

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  • We have the Ubbi and it's just fine. Keeps out the smell and you can use regular trash bags. Yes it's $80 but long term it's cheaper than a genie or any cheaper pail that requires special liners. My only complaint is that I wish it held more diapers.
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  • We have a Diaper Genie Elite, and it's been great. We buy the refills in bulk from Costco, so they're pretty cheap, and it's kept the smell at bay, and it holds a lot of diapers before it is full.
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  • I have the diaper genie elite. I think I used it until DS poop got really smelly then I just take all the diapers out. It's buce when they are little and poop 6x a day especially on the second floor.

    There are you tube tutorials for using regular trash bags in the genie. It's pretty easy to do just google it.
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  • It seems people in my social circle have stepped away from special diaper pails and throw out the diaper in the garbage bin (outside or garage) each time. I didn't register for a diaper pail so our nursery has none. Although, this is our first baby and he/she isn't yet born. Maybe we'll go with something when we actually have a baby for which to care.
  • We'll be getting the Ubbi. It's powder coated stainless steel so it won't trap odors like plastic diaper genie does.
  • We also have the Ubbi. It's awesome. ANd it comes in so many cute colors now! 
  • I use the munchkin and it does require special bags but I love how the system closes the bag each time and you refill the odor control thing with baking soda. Our nursery does not smell at all and we have lots of dirty diapers but maybe we aren't onto the super smelly ones yet as she's only 4 weeks old.

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  • I use the munchkin and it does require special bags but I love how the system closes the bag each time and you refill the odor control thing with baking soda. Our nursery does not smell at all and we have lots of dirty diapers but maybe we aren't onto the super smelly ones yet as she's only 4 weeks old.

    This. I've had a Munchkin for two years, I'm on Kid #2 with 2 in diapers, and there's still no odor. We got a Diaper Champ for downstairs. That lasted about 10 days. It was terrible.
  • I just have a normal plastic garbage bin... we plan to use cloth diapers... but since my DD is so tiny we are using disposables until she gets a bit bigger.
    I find it doesn't smell that bad. We also empty it out every 2- 3 days. We also have a dog and he knows he is not allowed to touch the garbage pails/bins. So we dont need the locks.
    Another tip... if it starts to smell, sprinkle baby powder into the pail over the dirty diapers to reduce the stinky smell. (a great way to use up the powders from gifts since I don't use baby powder on my LO)... or you can use dog poop bags that are scented for the poopy diapers. Just tie them off individually before throwing them out. (I have yet found the need to do these things since we always empty the garbage before it starts to smell).
  • I also have the arm & hammer Munchkin one -- we have one for her bedroom and one for downstairs and both of them contain odors perfectly. Easy to remove and put in a new bag as well. It holds a lot of diapers too. 
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