Saturday, 7 June 2014

Review: Nappy Bins- Worth the money?

One of the less glamorous items we had to purchase in preparation for Little One's arrival was a dirty nappy container. There were a few considerations when looking at this particularly smelly issue:

Before having a baby, you don’t really realise how much they move around and how quickly they can shift on a changing table. With this in mind, having a place to put Little One's Dirty nappies that is within reach of the changing station is a must. Also, being able to dispose of said nappy with one hand is also a practical bonus.

Hygiene / Odour
The chances are, you won’t want to / won’t be able to run to the outside bin every nappy change, therefore you need a container in the changing area that will hold a number of full nappies. Potentially, most bins will hold about 30 nappies, so, without wanting to put too fine a point on it, it’s going to get pretty stinky considering it may be 3 or 4 days before they make it outside. Considering this, it’s key to find a solution that keeps odour to a minimum and one that has the ability to keep germs in, especially as the chances are this is going to be in Little One's room.

With the average cost of Pampers Nappies currently hovering around 22p each, we also wanted to consider how much it would cost to dispose of them, as this should be factored in when looking at costs. As well as the financial cost, there is also the Eco cost to consider and what effect your disposal may have on the wider world.

This left us with the following options:

Standard Bags – Although the cost of these is around 0.5p per bag, there are no real anti-bacterial qualities and they are not recyclable. You also need somewhere to put them, such as a swing bin or similar. We were not confident this would keep the smell in.

Eco-Friendly & Anti-Bacterial Bags – These score higher on germs, odour and environment, but at 4.5p each they are more costly and containment is still a bit of an issue. For £69.95 you could get an Ubbi Diaper Pail, which uses standard swing bin liners and has rubber seals to keep the smell in, this can be used as a standard bin after Little One has finished with Nappies. We buy these bags occasionally and they are really good for “on the go”.
Ubbi Diaper Pail in purple. 
Nappy Disposal System – There are a few options here, such as Sangenic (Tommee Tippee), Angelcare or Munchkin to name a few. They all, pretty much do the same thing, with a hinged lid, refill packs, twist top motion and separate chamber to hold nappies. The bins themselves cost around £20 and refills can be purchased for £5 each (price does vary from store to store). In our experience, 1 refill works for around 70 nappies, meaning the cost per nappy is about 7p. We bought the Tommee Tippee Sangenic System and it is really effective at keeping the odour in, and once the nappy is in, we have not had any issues with splitting film or containment. With a bit of practice, the system can be operated from start to finish with one hand, so Little One has no chance to escape.
Tommee Tippee Sangenic System. This image shows how the nappies are wrapped hygienically inside.

There is of course a final option, which is to use re-usable Towelling nappies, but this is probably deserving of a separate article. However, on average, it costs 23p for 1 washing machine cycle and 62p for a tumble dry, so based on washing 6 at a time, they would cost 14p per nappy to clean and dry and nothing would need to be thrown away at all.

As mentioned earlier, we chose the Sangenic System and have been very happy with it. It is compact and sits nicely beside the changing station, out of view. The re-fills are a bit pricey, but the ease of disposal makes up for this. If we could change one thing, it would be to make the container a bit bigger. It will hold 20 to 30 nappies and because it is so good at keeping odour in, it could easily hold more nappies before needing to be changed.



  1. I'd never thought of anything like this before! Great post.

    Alex x

    1. Thank you for popping by to read it! It's not a particularly exciting issue but we thought it was worth having a think about because they can work out so expensive!

  2. Great post to get people thinking. I definitely thought about this - probably a bit too much as I have done reusables alongside disposables - but in the end I just have a plastic carrier bag hung up on the changing table and empty it each day. I also have a small bin for reusables that gets emptied each day into a bin by the washing machine.


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