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Nappy bins

(27 Posts)
hubbahubster Mon 20-Jun-11 19:09:43

Not sure where to post this, but I've been trying to decide whether to get a specialised bin for disposables or just to buy a good quality regular bin to do the same job. They seem to be about the same price, but I'm guessing specialised bins will need particular liners, which could work out expensive/fiddly in the long run.

Advice please, anyone with experience!

shmoz Mon 20-Jun-11 19:12:38

Er, why the need for a special bin?
DS's nappies go out with the rubbish...am I missing out on something!?

hubbahubster Mon 20-Jun-11 19:18:02

Nursery is three floors up so could do with a bin next to the changing table rather than running up and down to the kitchen/garden for every change!

pecanpie Mon 20-Jun-11 19:30:17

I have a Vital Baby Nappysafe. It's much better than the Tommee Tippee bin which you have to get special cartrdges of binbags for. The nappysafe basically flips over to place each nappy into the bin, in a regular binbag. Great review here

Catslikehats Mon 20-Jun-11 19:37:28

Generally the specialised nappy bins seem to be considered one of the biggest wastes of money ever.

I don't know anyone who has bought one who hasn't chucked the whole thing away.

Ever been in a mothercare feeding/baby room? that is what your nursery will smell like if you purchase one: They stink. Like nothing you have ever experienced. Getting rid of the ingrained stench of crap is impossible so not only do you have fresh nappy smell, you have it on top of stale old nappy.

Put them in a nappy bag in the normal bin and make sure you take it out every time anyone leaves the flat.

hubbahubster Mon 20-Jun-11 19:52:35

Thanks Pecanpie that looks pretty good! Don't think my house was built with nappy changes in mind... Too many stairs not to have some kind of nappy bin in the nursery, especially for night changes... I can just see me falling head first down them while half asleep!

Chynah Mon 20-Jun-11 19:53:28

WithQueen on this one - honestly the smell will be vile - save yu money and remove to outside bins whenever you go out.

PelvicFloor0fSteel Mon 20-Jun-11 20:02:35

I threw mine out the window [disclaimer: you need a garden for this to work, if you hurl them into the street there might be trouble], I did gather them up regularly and put them in the outside bin.

Night time nappy changes normally only need doing the first few weeks anyway, most babies stop pooing at night fairly early on.

nannyl Mon 20-Jun-11 20:05:03

another vote for dont waste money on a nappy bin (and then spend a fortune on the inner things)

A bin with a lid (ie from wilkinsons) line with a carrier bag (free and endless supply) and just chuck wet ones in loose, dirty ones in a nappy sac (tesco value at 10p a pack to the job just fine), and if really gross you could be even use 2 nappy sacs.

The smell will be no worse, and still got a bin by changing table to empty every 2 or 3 days ish

hubbahubster Mon 20-Jun-11 20:35:23

Thanks Nanny that's what I was wondering - whether I really need a special fancy bin or whether a normal one would do the job for a few nappies at a time smile

howabout Mon 20-Jun-11 21:44:11

Are you planning to breastfeed? If so the nappies for EBF babies are not so smelly. I also vote for don't waste money on a nappy bin. In fact nannyl has put it all v eloquently.

notnearlyasblondasiwas Mon 20-Jun-11 21:50:35

I loved my nappy bin when dd was tiny, also lived in a townhouse so trecking up and down the stairs was a mare. I bought a Tommee tippy one and is was great. Will be using again for our new baby due in 3 weeks

RunningOutOfIdeas Mon 20-Jun-11 21:59:09

I used the free Angelcare one. There was a voucher for it in my Bounty pack. This was 2008 though so I don't know if it is still in the new mum pack. The smell was definitely less than using nappy sacks with an ordinary bin. It also helped with squashing the happier down so they took up less space in the wheely bin (important with collections every 2 weeks). I got rid of any smell of DDs seriously stinky poos by putting a Neutradiol odour neutraliser in the bottom of the nappy bin

PeterSpanswick Mon 20-Jun-11 22:21:28

Another vote for the nappy bin - our regular bin is in the kitchen and black sacks are only collected fortnightly here so we preferred to have them nicely sealed and wrapped up rather than stagnating in a sack with the rest of the rubbish! Smell was never an issue, either.

otchayaniye Tue 21-Jun-11 07:07:16

They smell

otchayaniye Tue 21-Jun-11 07:07:55

Anyone who says the bins don't smell is anosmic

BeeMyBaby Tue 21-Jun-11 07:08:44

we just use a tesco value bin (with lid) and it did smell alot until recently we started to use scented bags, which aren't too pricey and have really reduced the smell.

EdwardorEricCantDecide Tue 21-Jun-11 10:45:09

Another vote for the angelcare one I also got a vocher in bounty pack in hospital cartiges are expensive but last for ages, don't smell at all used for DS and will use for new baby, I also have a townhouse.

mousymouse Tue 21-Jun-11 10:47:07

get a bin or bucket with a tight fitting lid. that should be enough.

Adagoo Tue 21-Jun-11 10:48:40

Get a basket and put nappies and stuff in it and change your DC downstairs.

Although you will have a more toned arse going up 2 flights of stairs every 2 minutes, that will be the only benefit.

nannyl Tue 21-Jun-11 11:03:19

agree that nappy bins DO smell (when you have to open to empty them)

the smell is no worse if you use a bin with a tight fitting lid

LaWeasel Tue 21-Jun-11 11:08:17

A regular bin with a tight fitting lid is easily the best option - nappy pails like they use for reusable nappies are great.

You don't need to line them with anything unless you are completely rubbish at that thing where you roll the disposable up with the poo inside and use the sticky bits to stick it closed again.

Catsycat Tue 21-Jun-11 11:16:38

We have the Vital Baby bin too, and it is really good (we have 2 children so have had it long enough to give it a good test). We started out with a Tommee Tippee one, which we found did smell (we were given it from Freecycle so at least we didn't waste money on it) so we got rid of it. The Vital Baby one doesn't smell until it gets full, so if it's emptied every couple of days it is fine. And as the other post says, it uses normal bin liners.

I have an excellent sense of smell, and our house / bathroom does not smell of nappies!!!!!

pinkyp Tue 21-Jun-11 11:18:45

They smell awful so just get a regular little bin with scented liners will do the same job for lots less (which means more to spend on baby clothes)

harassedinherpants Tue 21-Jun-11 12:39:47

They smell awful!!! But please empty it everyday whatever you decide......

I also think changing tables are waste of money too though, laps are much easier and more convenient grin.

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