Let’s be honest – people have been having babies and disposing of their dirty disposable nappies the good old fashioned way – in the bin – for decades without any trouble. And this is what I was planning to do until the Tommee Tippee Sangenic nappy disposal bin was recommended to me by two separate people before I had my first bub. One was a mum of two who called the product “the single most important thing you have to get” and one was a close friend with a permanent ileostomy who uses disposable ostomy bags. And, I have to admit, the idea of hygienically sealing away dirty nappies sat a little better with me than chucking them in the kitchen bin!
The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy bin consists of a white plastic bin tub with a white plastic removable plunger lid which holds the plastic film cassette for wrapping the nappies.
Installing the cassette into the lid is the only setup required, then you’re ready to go. It’s very easy and the bin comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
To use, simply flip up the lid, place the dirty nappy into the well, grip the little knob on the side and rotate it 360 degrees – this wraps the film around the nappy, encasing it completely to ensure odours are sealed in – then shut the lid and the plunger pushes the nappy down into the bin tub, leaving it ready to use the next time.
Tommee Tippee claims the bin can hold 28 nappies and last 5-6 days before needing to be emptied – while 28 nappies is close enough to the mark, I’d love it if I only changed 28 nappies in five or six days! Newborns, on average, go through 10 nappies a day, although this does reduce as they get older. So I found myself emptying the bin into our outside bin every 2-3 days instead – still better than several times a day!
The bin contains nappy odours well and there was never any smell from it, so you shouldn’t have to empty it due to odours, only when it fills up.
The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy bin is about as stylish as a bin can get, making it a pleasant addition to the nursery.
I’d like to see the bin with a push button or foot pedal to open to make it simpler to use one-handed – leaving the other hand free to secure bubs on the change table.
And if I’m making a wishlist, I’d like the refills to be cheaper – at more than $10 a pop (in bulk) or $19 (single refill at Baby Bunting), I don’t believe they’re affordable enough for long-term use.
I would definitely recommend the Tommee Tippee Sangenic nappy bin to other mothers!