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I am unfortunately in a position where I need to be using disposable diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: It makes me sad, but there's honestly not a whole lot I can do about it right now. Next baby's going to be cloth diapered for sure!<br><br>
That said, does anyone out there have any recommendations for a particular diaper disposal system? It seems to me like the Diaper Genie is the most well known, but I don't want to spend my money on it if one of the others REALLY works better.<br><br>
So, any suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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excuse me for typos, i'm typing with one hand here<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
i use cloth (and an occasional 'sposie) and have found the Diaper Champ to work well and efficiently for cloth--i'm sure the same is true for 'sposies. in my "research" i found that its major advantage over the genie is that you do not have to buy a certain liner. we use plastic or paper grocery bags in it. it is simple to use and easy to clean.<br><br>
that said, if you breastfeed exclusively you may find that you just need a trash-can and lid as the smell doesn't get bad.<br><br>
let us know what you find out/decide
 

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Mesmerize!! you're still around! I've been wondering about you!<br><br>
I wouldn't buy one honestly... breastfeeding poops don't smell at all and you would be wasting plastic etc for nothing really...<br><br>
After when you start giving solids you can just use a garbage with a tight fitting top (like a cloth diaper pail)...<br><br>
There is WAY too much waste in those systems IMO... and they are a hassle to use... (I got one from a friend for ds#1 and hated it!!)
 

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Oh DON'T get the diaper genie!!! I have had so many friends get them and then ditch them! Not only do you have to buy seperate liners, you also have to clean out the thing or it gets all moldy inside! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
We just got a roll of those plastic produce bags from our grocery store, tie the diapers up in that and toss it in the trash. I have YET to deal with a smelly room and it doesn't even have a lid on the can! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
HTH!
 

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yep.... that is true... it even says to do so on the package...<br><br>
I wonder how many people do it though?
 

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Have any of you tried those 'g' diapers? They say you can compost the peed-on liners and flush the poopy ones. I haven't even begun to price diapers, but am struggling with the plastic in the landfill vs. excessive water use for washing (not to mention what cotton growers do to the environment). I'm not sure I'd trust the plumbing in my old house with any sort of product going down the pipes, but I love the idea of adding the liners to my compost. Would love to hear if anyone's had experience with those. Thanks.
 

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We had the diaper genie (we used disposables the first year) and we hated it. It was too much work. We found it just as easy to just toss them in the garbage (which already smells.......... ) and take the garbage out more often.
 

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Tori,<br><br>
The water usage doesn't compare with the other environmental issues, IME. Mothering Magazine has had several really fascinating articles about this. <a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/diapers/politics.html" target="_blank">This is one of them.</a><br><br>
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I wouldn't buy any kind of containment system. IMO, they're a huge waste of money which could be better used to buy a few cloth diapers and get the CD bug <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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A large garbage can with a lid works great for us. We got one of the stainless steel ones with a step-on lever to operate the lid - very easy and no odor. We got a SimpleHuman one and we do need to use specific liners, but they aren't nearly as expensive as the DiaperGenie, etc.
 

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I agree that the Diaper Genie kind of sucks. (Actually, "stinks" may be a better word - literally - once baby starts solids.)<br><br>
I also agree that breastmilk poops don't stink up the trash too much.<br><br>
We have often used the diaper disposal bags from the dollar store ($1 for a box of 100!). Or keep a trash can right outside your front/back door, and toss them outside as soon as they happen.<br><br>
Oh, and don't beat yourself up too much for not cloth diapering... you're not alone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have any of you tried those 'g' diapers? They say you can compost the peed-on liners and flush the poopy ones. I haven't even begun to price diapers, but am struggling with <b>the plastic in the landfill vs. excessive water use for washing</b> (not to mention what cotton growers do to the environment). I'm not sure I'd trust the plumbing in my old house with any sort of product going down the pipes, but I love the idea of adding the liners to my compost. Would love to hear if anyone's had experience with those. Thanks.</div>
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My MIL tried to convince me that it was an either/or situation with the water vs. landfill. But the more research that I did the more I am convinced that this is not the case. And the other benefits of cds has me firmly convinced.<br><br>
If I wasn't going to use cds though I would use something like the seventh generation brand of sposies or Tushies (which I am actually going to use for the first little bit with the whole meconium issue).<br><br>
Here are some links about the water debate and other really good resources about "traditional" sposies:<br><br><a href="http://www.punkinbutt.com/diaper_dilemma_the_environment.asp" target="_blank">http://www.punkinbutt.com/diaper_dil...nvironment.asp</a><br>
(there is a great section here on the water debate)<br><br><a href="http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php" target="_blank">http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php</a>
 

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I had the Diaper Champ and ended up throwing it away because it got so smelly, even with no poopy dipes in it. We used plastic grocery bags after that and put them directly in the outside garbage cans.<br><br>
I agree with the PP - I used both disposables and CD's for DS1. I found that the 7th Generation ones fit better, weren't as "plasticy", and caused a <i>tiny</i> bit less guilt about using paper dipes. They are not that much more money than Huggies or Pampers, either (at least where I was living at the time).
 

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The disposal systems are a waste of $$ as others have said. I'd stick with the garbage and change more frequently. I started out with paper because I didn't have a washer and dryer. I had some gerber flats for emergencies when we ran out of paper BUT I didn't do them full time until we moved into a house that had a washer and dryer. When we used paper we just used the garbage. Worked just fine.
 

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Another vote for no diaper pail.<br><br>
We've gone back and forth with this baby since we've been remodeling, and when he was bfing, I just used a paper grocery bag and dumped it every night. It never smelled, though if we forgot and left the door open, the dog did occasionally get into them.<br><br>
And now, he only poops once or twice a day, so I just take it straight out to the dumper most of the time. If I'm not dressed, I stick it on the porch until I go out. Super easy.<br><br>
Another vote for 7th Generation, too. They're only about $1 more than Huggies, here, and they're the only diaper, cloth or otherwise, that would last my ds through the night when he was bfing exclusively.
 

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OK, I'm gonna be the wet diaper poster here! I'm crunchy, but not that crunchy and have used disposables since DS was born 2 years ago. We bought a diaper genie and I think it is just fine. It doesn't get mouldy or dirty, because the diapers are in the plastic, not touching the container.<br><br>
However, about once every 3-4 months it does start to pick up the permanent poo smell, so I rinse it out then. Also, now that DS is 2 and eating all the foods we eat the poops are a lot stinkier, but we still put those direct into the diaper genie. I don't scrape poop out to put in the toilet. DS's poop is often too mushy for that. Also, we buy the generic plastic tube thing that fits the diaper genie instead of the brand name, and buy a bunch when they are on sale. DD will be born sometime this month and I plan on continuing with it.
 

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Thanks everyone! I really appreciate all the input!
 
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