The Bottom Line: I would say that this is a MUST AVOID product. It holds diapers, but serves no purpose, if the smell is still strong.
As a single parent of a two year old boy, I have tried virtually everything in order to make my life with my son easier. I have invested countless dollars in all sorts of stupid items, with some living up to the hype and others falling far short. One of the products that I was told was a necessity to purchase when my son was first born, was a diaper pail of some sort. This made sense to me, because you wouldn't want to just throw them in a regular garbage can, as the smell would be horrible after time. So, I found myself Diaper Champ in hand, walking through Toys R' Us in Alaska, assuming this would be one of my more intelligent purchases.
The Product Basically, the crap storage tower, which is also referred to by the following names :
- Fecal mountain, containment center - DooDoo Stacker, Home Edition - Plastic Pootainment Canister - Crap in a Can
The 'Champ' o' poo, basically features a rotating top that you cram a diaper into and by cram, I mean that once your child starts having big people poop, it's just not going to fit as easily into the top. You then take the top flip it around, and smack it so that your diaper will fall into the pail. Then obviously, you turn it back over and repeat.
This fecal collection point, essentially is designed so that you can lift off the entire top, easily place a garbage bag into the system and start collecting samples. Once the system is full you will know because you can no longer spin the top as it smacks against other diapers. At this point, you would lift off the entire top, pull out the garbage bag, replace, repeat.
How well it works The concept behind the Poosanitarium is great, it is meant to stop the smells of the diaper changing process from ruining the air quality in your house, and prevent paint from peeling. Unfortunately, there are several issues with the product, that don't really make it a viable setup for most parents.
The first major problem is the size of the pail. While it looks like it will hold quite a few diapers, a large portion of the pail is the top itself, which can hold no diapers at all. This means that you are left which a much smaller diaper storage area. When you have a child that is going through 5-8 diapers per day, realistically, you are going to be emptying out this diaper pail every 2-3 days. To me this just doesn't make my life any easier than just taking each diaper out as they happen.
The other major issue is that the pail, which is supposed to be designed in order to keep the smell from filtering through the room and thus the house, just doesn't work. The smell still easily seeps through and seems to be only mildly blocked by the Diaper Champ.
Remedies Since the Diaper Champ is ineffective as a standalone product for it's purpose, I have found other means of correcting the issue. One method is to take cinnamon oil, mix it with water, add rubbing alcohol and place about an inch worth at the bottom of the pail, then place in sponges to soak it up. This doesn't really affect the amount of space in the pail, but it creates a very strong cinnamon smell that will enhance the overall smell in the room substantially, while blocking out the diapers as well. The trick is in the rubbing alcohol however, because without that, bacteria would breed and the smell would grow substantially worse, so the alcohol is there to kill off bacteria that may enter the sponges. This setup can last up to 6 months, however I would recommend cleaning the pail out at least every 2-3 in order to ensure it is sanitary. As for the fragrance, you could use virtually any scented oil, which can be purchased at any craft store. I generally use the cinnamon, because of the strength of the smell. With other oils, you'll find that you have to add substantially more to accomplish the same objective.
Another option would be to add several stick on air fresheners throughout the inside of the pail and around the area that the pail is located. This of course will only produce minimal results over a very short period of time.
Features The item has a one hand design for those of you that lost a hand in an unfortunate explosive ordinance disposal incident. However, as the pail fills, it becomes much more difficult to spin with a single hand.
The pail was also designed so that you can use standard kitchen garbage bags, rather than the use of special bags like other disposal systems. This of course creates a great cost savings over other brands, however, the benefit of the single bag per diaper is huge when it comes to eliminating odor, which this product does a horrible job at.
Dimensions 23.5 inches length x 21 inches width x 16.5 inches height
Where to Purchase I have seen this product virtually everywhere. I purchased mine from Toys R Us, but you can find them at Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and a variety of other retailers as well. Plus they can be purchased online as well.
Final Thoughts Personally, I have found this product to be a huge waste of money. I think that a larger trash can would be just as effective and would hold more diapers. The Diaper Genie however, another type of disposal system that uses it's own personalized diaper bags, does a much better job as well. This system wraps the diapers, so that the smell is contained. I have never had any issues with that system, although it costs substantially more for the unit, plus it has an ongoing cost for the bags.
If you have to purchase some type of a diaper disposal system and you need something inexpensive, then I suggest getting a standard curb-side trash can with a lid, as it will be just as effective, while allowing for substantially more fill.
Pros: Inexpensive, reliable, easy to clean Cons: Not perfect, must clean weekly The Bottom Line: A soild diaper disposal product. It measures up to my standards of efficiency and cleanliness. Diaper pails are a reality until your little bundle of joy turns 3 years old. It has been estimated that your baby will spend over 6,000 hours in diapers which is approximated to 6,000 diaper changes! Considering … more
Odorless design. No special bags to purchase: uses tall kitchen trash bags, thick grocery bags, or most other plastic bags. Convenient one-hand operation. Holds disposable or cloth diapers and easy to replace bags and to clean.