A baby’s initial skills are crying, sucking milk and produce dirty nappies. Therefore a critical part of early parenting is the skill to deal with nappies. Few months ago I had no idea what a nappy looks like, but I did know it exist and I did know we need to change it frequently. So I did some research to figure out the best way to deal with dirty nappies. Obviously dirty nappies will smell bad, so putting them into any existing trash bins inside the house would introduce the smell to the entire house. Going outside the house to put the dirty nappy inside the external trash bin does not seem like a practical idea, especially when changing nappy at night.
There are many products in the market for the purpose of disposing dirty nappies. Most of them rely on special plastic that will supposedly keep the bad smell inside. Some product will “wrap” each dirty nappy individually while some others would store them together. Other main difference between those products is how the user could put the nappy into the bin using the fastest (and simplest) possible way without any mess.
After some research, I decided to get this nappy bin from Angelcare. It looked like a practical solution because we do not need to open its lid by hand. Instead, we use its foot pedal to open the cover then put the dirty nappy. When we release the pedal, the cover will close and the dirty nappy will drop into the multi-layer bag. Refillable bag comes in refill cassettes. One refill bag could last around 10-14 days in my personal experience with the first month of newborn baby.
Now let’s talk about the odour. The plastic bag is said to have multiple layers to keep the nasty smell inside. In my personal experience, I do not have issues with smell after using this bin. It is probably worth to mention that baby’s dirty nappies will smell a lot worse once they start eating solid food. My baby boy has not reached the age for solid food yet, so this is probably too early to make final conclusion.
Having nappy disposal bin really helps, especially when I was doing night-shift nappy change. In the first few weeks, I did have a bit of problem because the nappies were not heavy enough to trigger the bin’s mechanism to drop the nappy into the bag. As a result, I needed to step on the pedal few times before the dirty nappy fell down. Once my baby boy drinks more milk, the nappies get heavier, and the bin starts to work as intended.