If You Hate The Diaper Genie, You Don’t Live In The City

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diapergenieThere is so much advice out there regarding the stuff you actually need to own when you become a parent. There seems to be a general agreement about the things that are probably totally unnecessary – bottle warmers, wipe warmers, super fancy burp cloths – that kind of thing. But whenever I see a Diaper Genie pop up on that list of unnecessary goods – I want to scream, Are you crazy? I realize now that this is because I lived in the New York City when I had my first child. If you live in the city – you need the Diaper Genie.

I realized a poop-filled diaper was probably not the most pleasant thing in the world before I had kids – but I didn’t quite realize how disgusting it was after a matter of mere minutes. My God. If you are lucky – you have no idea what poop that’s been festering for a few hours smells like. It’s a scent that came straight from the bowels of hell. Okay, actually it came straight from the bowels of your baby – but you will never believe how disgusting the stuff that comes out of your precious little gift is until you actually witness it. This shit needs to be contained. You need the Diaper Genie.

Now, I absolutely understand not wanting to keep that vile shit in your house for even a minute. But if you live in a third-floor walk-up, there is not really another solution for this. If you wrap the diaper in plastic and stick it in your hallway – your neighbors will probably set your apartment on fire and/or punch you in the face. If you are one of the lucky few that lives in a building with a trash chute – I’m jealous. I you live in a garden apartment with quick access to an outdoor trash can, that’s great, too. Pretty much any other living situation in the city requires the quarantine of the Diaper Genie.

Now that I live in the suburbs, I see how fantastic it is to not have to use the Genie. I just wrap the diaper in plastic and throw it out my side door, to be swooped up and disposed of in my outdoor trash can in the morning. Remembering the vile scent that used to waft up from the Genie when I opened it to insert another diaper makes my skin crawl. But I still attest that it’s a totally necessary investment if you live in a place with no quick access to an outdoor trash can.

So if you’re trying to decide whether or not to add the Diaper Genie to your registry, if you live in the city I suggest that you do. And if you don’t – be lucky you are one of the ones who never has to experience what happens when you open the lid of the Genie to dispose of the string of diapers that have collected inside.

(photo: Amazon)


  1. Ursi

    June 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    We have a litter genie for our cats that works on the same principle and it’s the greatest invention known to apartment dwellers.

  2. Bleu Cheese Bewbs

    June 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Diaper Genie also keeps my jerk dog out of the diapers, so I love it.

  3. keanesian

    June 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I love my diaper genie. But we also have a division of labor in my household which results in me never taking out the trash. So…

    • Maria Guido

      June 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I admit bringing that hideous bag downstairs is pretty embarrassing.

  4. Momma425

    June 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    We had the diaper genie (diaper genie II elite specifically) and we loved it. We were able to use it for all diaper sizes, and even though we don’t live in an apartment- we simply do not go inside and outside the house constantly throwing garbage in the garbage can. We have a trash can in our kitchen that trash goes in- I would prefer not to have diapers in there or the whole kitchen would smell like diapers- and we take that out once a week when trash is collected. We would change the diaper genie when it was full and put that huge bag in the trash. It was great, and I loved it and would use it again.

  5. keelhaulrose

    June 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I love the diaper genie.
    I also love how I have perfect timing, and an inexplicable urge to use the bathroom whenever the lid needs to be opened.

  6. Boozy Shark Lee

    June 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I live in the suburbs and had the arm and hammer one. I used it all the time and didn’t have any problems with it.

  7. Abby

    June 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    We don’t live in the city, but we do live in a third floor apartment, and taking down the trash just isn’t something that we do every day. The Diaper Genie is a lifesaver.

  8. Snarktopus

    June 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    This. Yes. We don’t live in the city exactly, but we do live in an apartment where we have to take our trash down to the dumpster. The diaper genie is MAGICAL for us.

  9. koolchicken

    June 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I actually like the Ubbi. It doesn’t take special bags and it contains smells pretty well. The only downside is the stink after you open it. But it doesn’t last long. There’s also no stink if you flush the contents of #2 diapers. And since you’re supposed to once the kid is on solids I don’t see the issue.

  10. brebay

    June 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    One of these and we were on to the little scented bags, tie & toss. Never looked back!

  11. Randi

    June 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I have friends who are all like, I don’t use the diaper genie…I take poop diapers out immediately and just a regular trash can for pee. Sorry, but all of their nurseries smell like pee. And, I’ve totally smelled poop in there, too. I mean who has time to take every poop filled diaper outside? Were my babies the only ones who ever pooped at night? Or right before bath? Or during a snowstorm? Plus, my dog likes eating diapers (clean ones) and would be delighted to eat a dirty one, so a regular trash can full of pee diapers would not be the best idea for us. Diaper genie for the win!

  12. Courtney Lynn

    June 28, 2014 at 1:01 am

    My husband insisted on it because he said it was great when he was helping raise his little brothers. He was right. 2nd floor apartment in the suburbs.

  13. guest

    June 30, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I live in the suburbs but I do have a litter genie (as in cat litter). It really is the best thing ever. I don’t need to make a special trip everytime someone takes a dump.

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