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It sure beats throwing Winn Dixie bags with diapers in them out on the porch! I received the Diaper Genie as a gift from my neighbor when we were expecting our third baby. I had wanted one for my second baby but was given a different brand.
Now that I've finally learned how to change a refill on it, it really is a cool little gismo! Some have said that it does not eliminate odors well at all, but that hasn't been the case with us so far. The Genie sits right next to my side of the bed, and I don't smell a thing. I may beg to differ, however, after we start introducing solids into our little precious's diet; but for now her little breastfed baby poops aren't bad at all.
They're very tricky at first, but I don't know why because now that I've "got it", it doesn't seem tricky at all! I have known many people that say they just never could figure out how to use the darn thing.
My mother had one to use at her house before I got one. She still doesn't use it "correctly", but uses it in a modified way that works for her.
I love ours. It's attractive, and quick and easy to use. It's small and doesn't take up much room and is odor free. I prefer it over the brand I got with my last baby (The Fisher Price Odor-Free system). I would definitely recommend this product for parents of infants, you can use it for as long as your child wears diapers so it's worth the money.
For those who haven't seen them before, here's how they work:
You open the pink lid and place the diaper in the hole. It works best to get that diaper as bundled up as you can... rolling up the diaper into a baseball and securing it with the tapes. You place the diaper down into the hole just until the little grippers reach the top of the diaper, as if it's holding it by its fingertips. Then, you give the rotating circle several spins. There is no magic to how each diaper is separated into sausage links, it's just a few twists of the film. They aren't tied between diapers, yet they seem to stay that way pretty well when you remove the whole string of them. Sometimes, if the diaper is accidentally pushed in just a little too far, you'll have to just leave it that way until the next diaper is put in and THEN twist it up. That particular link in the chain will just house two diapers instead of one. After you put the diaper in and spin it, you just close up the top until next time.
The film that goes into the genie is lightly fragranced.... so that's real nice. The refills are usually available at grocery stores and discount marts and cost about $6 each. I've used less than two full cartridges since my baby was born; about 15 weeks ago.
When you have a difficult time pushing a diaper down into the hole, it's probably time to empty it.
To empty the genie you first have to cut the film at the top, under the pink lid. It has a special little round disk with teeth for this purpose, but I usually just use scissors. Before you cut the film, you need to give it a little extra push into the hole so you'll end up with enough film to tie into a knot before disposal. Before you close the pink lid back up, you need to pull out a little extra film and tie a little knot in that to start off with.
Then, you need to open up the little latch on the bottom and let the Diaper links fall out. That's all there is to it unless you have to change out the film cartridge. That's a little trickier.
To change the cartridge, you open the BACK of the pink lid to take the cartridge out. You may have to first take the rotating circle out of the inside of the pink lid through the open film. You open the cartridge (take the wrapper off and find where the film starts), and place it into the genie. Then, close the back and open up the pink lid. Pull out the twisting circle and pull the film up several inches, replace the twisting circle inside the film, then tie a knot in the film and press down into the hole just a little bit. It might be tricky to get it threaded where you can pull film out and still turn the dial. That's where most people run into a problem. I don't know how, but I finally got the hang of it. Just keep working with that part before you put a diaper in. It's probably that the film isn't releasing easily or something.
I hope that this review has been helpful if you might be considering this product. Thank you for reading! If I've overlooked something on this product feel free to let me know and I'll amend this, and please check out the rest of my Epinions on kids and family products. : )
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