My three week old girl is going through a king’s ransom of diapers. Her little excretory and digestive systems boast a most undeniably royal output of 8-10 diapers full per day. Not bad for a little almost 9 pound princess. The problem, besides the princely sums I must pay to cover her bottom with diapers, becomes how to best get rid of them. I have found a frugal living method that works beautifully in our home.
If you are seeking an “I can’t believe it” moment, you should go diaper pail shopping one day. There seems to be about four or five main models from different manufacturers. Some of the luxurious options that are available include an electronic roll-the-diaper-into-a-sealed-sausage feature, a motorized charcoal filtered internal air cleansing solution, and a mechanical dirty diaper bag sealing option. Some can use regular tall garbage bags, others need to be refilled with special bags. It is incredible.
I don’t like these diaper pails because they seem huge and you could have pooh sitting in them for days and days until they are full. A large one that I saw looked liked it would hold about 100-150 diapers! That’s a lot of pooh sitting around. They also use batteries (gee, what a surprise with a baby item). They just don’t make sense to me.
I recently saw a movie entitled, Babies. It looks at four babies being raised in different parts of the world. The mother in Namibia wiped her babies bottom clean with a corn cob.
The frugal living idea that I want to share with you is this; put a small compost bin (or two) with a lid on it where you change your baby. Line it with a a bag. Put dirty diapers into this bag. If you use cloth diapers, take the full bag downstairs for washing when needed. If you use disposable, put the bag into the green recycling bin (for organics, if your municipality allows it) when it’s full. Put the full bag into the trash if your city does not accept diapers. That’s it – no enormous diaper pail, no pooh sitting around for days and days, no batteries. As an even less expensive option, you could also use a corn cob.
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