Hey all, what kind of pail/bag set up would you recommend? I don't even know where to start. Here are some questions.
Do I need a just-for-cloth trash-can type pail that lets me use deodorizing inserts, or will just a trash can work? What kind of lid is best?
How big a pail do I need?
What's the deal with wet bags--is there a difference between those and the washable pail liners? Do I need both? What size wet bag?
What set up has worked best for you, and how do you control odors?
My baby's dipes don't usually smell until they're on solid food. My diaper pail has been a pretty blue metal trash can with a lid but we left the lid off for at least the first seven months. If we put the lid on, it would smell when we opened it, but if we left it open, it never smelled--and it was in the living room right by the doorway to the kitchen (high traffic area). Once the smelling starts, we didn't use anything for odor, just the lid. For first daughter, we lined it with a garbage bag, but by second daughter we were greener, and used a nylon laundry bag (purchased at the grocery store, I think) which we threw in the wash whenever washing diapers. Easy peasy.
You can use a big wet bag instead of a diaper pail as pp was saying. Or as a second diaper pail in the bathroom, or something. And smaller wet bags are what you want to keep in your diaper bag so you can put the dirty dipes in it while you're at the grocery store, zoo, etc, to transport back home. Again, for first daughter we went the ghetto route and just used plastic grocery bags which we tied closed. Worked fine. A well-made zippered wet bag is nicer though, and not disposable, and probably contains smells better. That's what we've got now.