Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dad tip #25: Diaper Champ versus Diaper Genie

If for some reason you don't have a waste receptacle dedicated to the disposal of soiled diapers in your nursery and you're thinking of getting one, this post is for you. While there appear to be a few knock-off products in this arena, there are essentially two major options from which you'll be choosing: the Diaper Champ and the Diaper Genie.

The Diaper Genie essentially makes what I like to refer to as "Giant Poo Sausages". The Genie uses these really long plastic bags that basically get twisted off in to segments into which you've placed a dirty diaper. So, no, it's not an entire sausage made of poo; it probably only has periodic poo links. The "gotcha" here is that you HAVE to buy their bag "refills". Once you marry into the Diaper Genie family, you're there for life. Or at least as long as you're changing your kid's diapers.

The Diaper Champ, on the other hand, will use any old plastic bag that will fit in it. Plastic bags that you bring your groceries home in work FANTASTIC. And yes, I know that's not the best solution environmentally, but for the time being, those bags are free and convenient. As opposed to the twisting motion required of the Diaper Genie, the Diaper Champ uses a flipping motion to hide away the stinky diaper.

My wife and I have only had limited exposure to the Diaper Genie. I seem to recall being marginally confused about how to properly use it once when babysitting our niece. We own the Diaper Champ and are perfectly satisfied with it. So, clearly I'm biased.

On the other hand, I suppose you could ignore all of this and just use a trash can ... an R2D2 trash can!!!

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Blogger Jean S said...

I agree that the Diaper Champ is the way to go... we just got our second one in anticipation of baby #2, and we've been happy with the one we've had for 2+ years. For the smell issue, tying poopy diapers in a plastic bag before disposing helps immensely. Also, I read a tip online to put an air freshener at the bottom of the diaper pail, which we might try out.

May 15, 2008 10:53 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

We're also big fans of the Diaper Champ. Much easier to deal with than a Diaper Genie. However, we found that once Lily was eating solid food, the Champ couldn't contain all the poo smell. Jean's suggestion to pre-bag the little care package is a good one. If its not messy, I also scrap out and flush the contents.

May 15, 2008 8:27 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Wow. I'm impressed by Gordon's post. Scraping out a poopie diaper shows diligence! BTW. I'm a friend of Jean S. and love your blog! Makes me wonder what my own husband thinks of taking care of our own baby.

May 15, 2008 11:09 PM  
Blogger silinx said...

Hi Angie! Thanks for the kind words!

I just figure this blog is an alternate way for me to look back and see what I was thinking at this point in my life. And if anyone finds any practical or entertainment value out of this, all the better!

May 16, 2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger silinx said...

Oh yeah, Gordon, you're more XXXtreme than Vin Diesel if you're scraping our poopy diapers into the toilet.


May 16, 2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Missie said...

For our 3 girls, we use(d) a plain white bacterial waste bucket that is used in labs. But this one was brand new, so no lingering E. coli. Works great, uses regular bags, and I painted and stenciled ours to match the room. The downside is you must know or be a science geek to aquire one.

June 2, 2008 2:01 PM  

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