When you've got a baby in the house, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of dirty nappies that your newborn gets through in one day.
Luckily, nappy bins exist to safely contain dirty nappies and trap the smell, meaning you don't have to fill up your normal kitchen bin with dozens of nappies.
Are nappy bins useful?
Simply put, yes.
A nappy bin might seem an odd purchase; why not just take the nappy out to the dustbin when you change your baby's nappy? Does a nappy bin really save you that much time? Basically, yes. And we know, when you've got a newborn, every second counts. If you shave a few seconds off your day by only having to make the trip to the bin once, instead of 15 times, it soon adds up to be a useful buy. This is especially useful if your baby is poorly, or if the weather is terrible.
Plus, these nappy bins have odour-trapping abilities, to keep nasty smells away, and anti-bacterial properties to keep everything sanitised.
How do they work?
Change your baby's nappy, roll it up, pop it in the nappy bin. Nice and easy.
Most nappy bins use liners or cartridges, so it's important to check how they work before you buy - you'll need to factor in the cost of the cartridges and make sure it suits your budget.
Also remember that the suggested usage the manufacturer gives you will be based on Size 1 nappies, so the bins will obviously contain fewer as your baby increases in nappy size.
Are nappy bins safe?
Yes - as long as you always make sure your baby can't reach in and help themselves to dirty nappies. Keep them out of reach of little hands at all times, and make sure the plastic bags or liners aren't within grabbing reach.
But with so many nappy bins on the market, which one should you buy? To make life with a newborn that little bit easier, we've rounded up our favourite nappy disposal systems on the market for you to choose from - from nappy bins, to nappy buckets, and also an on-the-go solution.
The Angelcare Nappy Disposal System features a push and lock system, a multi-layer film in the cassette and one handed operation.
This Amazon best seller makes nappy changing quick, easy and clean - and we know the Tommee Tippee brand well, so we can trust this is a quality product.
This Tommee Tippee Twist and Click Advanced Nappy Disposal bin holds up to 30 nappies and help the environment, as the Tommee Tippee nappy bin refill cassettes are made from 98% recycled plastic. Other features to the bin include twist and wrap to eliminate unpleasant smells, space-saving and stylish design.
It's taller and thinner than most nappy bins. Keeping odours at bay, it has an easy-to-use pedal system that will speed up your nappy changing. This bin also fits most biodegradble liners. Simply use your foot to step and open the bin, and drop the nappy inside.
This 26-litre version is the biggest bin, but you can also buy smaller versions, in 9-litre and 16-litre sizes. This large size contains up to 65 nappies in the bin at one time.
This travel nappy bin is a great idea for long drives or weekend trips to the grandparents'. With an innovative clip-on design, you can take it anywhere for easy disposal on-the-go. It comes with 25 disposable bags, thicker than typical nappy bags to seal the smell in. It seals the bag safely to keep odours inside - super helpful when you're out and about and don't want a smelly nappy bag inside your handbag.
Simple and practical with a lockable lid to keep your little one's hands out, this bin is perfect if you're using reusable nappies. It comes with laundry bags, perfect for popping in the washing machine and fills enough for a good load of washing. Sealing any smells inside the bucket, it's considered essential if you're using cloth nappies; it can contain up to a full load of dirty nappies ready for washing.
Another great option for environmental parents commited to reusable nappies, this nappy bucket has rave reviews from parents. Simply pop the stained nappy into the Tot Bots mesh bag until wash day and lock the lid to seal in any smell. Hygienic, stylish and with a practical handle for easy carrying, you can't go wrong with this 16-litre bucket.
With the sangenic twist system to seal in smells, this nappy bin locks away germs and odour. Storing up to 40 nappies, the maxi size means even fewer trips taking the bins out, wrapping up dirty nappies upon entry and keeping everything safe and sanitised.