I’ll be honest – If I had reviewed this item just after my bambino was born or up till she was about 12 weeks old, I would have had mostly very positive things to say about it, but 20 weeks in and I have a different tale to tell.
This bin became an annoying, smelly, fiddly thing that started to drive me bonkers. I had my heart set on having one of these ever since I saw the original Diaper Genies years ago in the US. I loved the idea of being able to dispose of nappies quickly in a storage unit and then get rid of them in a large batch when they were full. I received my Tommee Tippee Nappy Wrapper as a baby shower gift and was delighted but unfortunately I think I’ll be forking out for a Vital Baby Nappysafe or something similar.
The basic principle of the Nappy Wrapper is that you insert a cassette into the top of the bin, release some of the tube of plastic bag wrapping which is scented, knot the end firmly, pull it through the hole so it dangles inside the bin, drop a nappy in, use the handle to twist it, and hey presto it’s wrapped the nappy and you’re ready for the next nappy.
For a start, they try to make it sound like it’s simple to set up and use and whilst it’s not rocket science, it’s bloody fiddly. My first issue with it is that even when you follow the instructions to the letter, for some strange reason when I would put the first few nappies in, it would twist the plastic to seal it off into it’s little space in the bag…and then untwist. Very annoying if it’s a pooey nappy. I would then have to faff around with the plastic to coax it into staying wrapped around the nappy, or find things to stuff it in it, to trick it.
But my biggest bug bears are 1)by about 10 weeks, the bin was creating strange a whiff even if just one nappy with wee was put in it and 2) in the long run, it’s actually not that economical. I have washed the bin several times and no matter what, it still reeks once a nappy goes in and I can’t be bothered with it anymore. I almost went and brought the next stage of wrappers but I’ve had enough, especially as I have several unused 0-6 month cassettes.
Ease of Use/Setup – 3/5 Fiddly, annoying, with a plastic mind of its own.
Value – 3/5 Quite cheap now but that’s probably because once you start buying cassettes, it can really add up over a long period of time.
Â£14.97 from Kiddicare.com (RRP Â£29.99)