Wondering do you need a Diaper Genie? The well known Diaper disposal system is convenient, but expensive. Is it really a necessity? Keep reading to find out!
When my first was born, my mom came around with gifts pretty often. We were living at my MIL’s house whole we house hunted, so the room was lacking.
We loved ours – while bulky, it did it’s job AND kept our dog out. But you might be wondering if you need one!
Do you need a Diaper Genie?
Long story short, no, you don’t need a Diaper Genie. I have one and used one with all of my kids but it’s not a must have. Let’s talk pros, cons, and alternatives.
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Pros of the Diaper Genie:
Completely enclosed. We have a lab who can figure out how to get into anything. He also loves to eat diapers. He cannot get into the Diaper Genie, which is a huge pro for me. It’s also toddler proof.
No touch, depending on the style. With my first, we had the basic version that you needed to use your hand to open. With my third, we got the fancy one with the food step, which is nice when you have full hands.
Clean and cute looking. You can choose different colors, and this time around I got the pink one. I love that they look sleek and clean in my bedroom nursery.
Doesn’t smell! Seriously, this is the true reason we use the Diaper Genie. The “deluxe” version has charcoal packets that absorb smell, but unless it’s super hot or super full, I’ve never had a smell issue with the original.
Easy to change out. The bags are easy to replace and easy to toss. I also really love that if I wanted I could take them out daily and make “smaller” bags, versus taking the trash out daily and using an “entire” garbage bag.
Cons of the Diaper Genie:
Cost. The Diaper Genie itself can cost $30–50. It comes with 2 refills, but you’ll need to grab more eventually which creates an additional cost. I find we go through 1 “refill” a month with newborn-size 1 diapers.
Bulky. It’s not a small piece of furniture, so if you’re super low on space it might seem like a pain. This might be a deciding factor for do you need a Diaper Genie.
Another “thing”. If you’e looking for a minimalist baby registry, you might want the least amount of “things”. I found this is an essential for us, but it might not be for you.
Diaper Genie Options:
If you’ve decided that the answer to do you need a Diaper Genie is yes, you’ll have your next question: which one to get!
The basic comes with 1 refill and 1 carbon packet. They also sell an upgraded version that comes with 3 Max Fresh Refills.
There is also a gift set that has various Playtex products, like bottles and pacifiers in addition to the pail and refills.