When we were putting together our baby registry and deciding on the types of things we would need, we were really no-nonsense about it. When went with just the basics, and items that had multiple purposes or functions if possible. We had to be prudent about it, since we live in a one bedroom apartment. And we're minimalists in that way also. But crap still managed to sneak into our lives...
Enter the Diaper Genie.
So since it wasn't our registry and we didn't have a gift receipt (of course - why include a gift receipt on something people didn't ask for?) and we didn't realize that Target allows a certain amount of non-registry, no receipt returns within ninety days... so it came home with us and stayed in a corner in it's box for a really long time. But we can't just have items sitting around that aren't being used, so we decided - what the hey, let's give it a shot. Everyone must love it and say it's so essential to existence for a reason, right?
Let me tell you why I personally HATE THIS THING LIKE DEATH. I feel that strongly about this retarded garbage pail. It's making me crazy to have it in the house.
- It hold all of five diapers and then it's full. These people who designed this thing have obviously never had any contact whatsoever with small babies! I could go through five diapers inside of two hours on some days! I can't pry the stupid thing open every twenty minutes to empty that thing! Leading me to my next complaint...
- It's impossible to get the thing apart in order to take out the bag of soiled diapers. The last thing you want to deal with at three in the morning is a pile of really soiled diapers flying all over your bedroom.
- And why isn't this thing hands free? You have to pry open the top lid and shove the diaper down into the receptacle. And since it holds a pitifully low number of diapers, your hands are shoving through quite the mess to get them all to fit. Of course, the more expensive "elite" model has a step pedal to open the lid, but come on! Shouldn't that be a standard feature on a device that's sole function is to be a resting place for feces?
- You have to buy the special bag/deodorizer cartridges for it. I don't have the extra cash to buy special trash bags! And they don't even sell them anywhere I shop, since I do not live in suburbia near a klatch of big box stores.
Sigh. Just had to get that out, and writing it did give me a good laugh. What piece of baby gear drives you nuts?