Double-wrapped diapers help the Diaper Champ do its job

Emily valiantly attempts to fight the battle of the diaper pail:

We've been using the Diaper Champ since my daughter was born 18 months ago. We chose this diaper pail over the Diaper Genie because it uses regular garbage bags instead of expensive refills. And it's been fine…until the last few months. With my daughter's expanding palate (the girl loves spicy food) and larger meals, the Champ has started stinking up her room. We have a small house with no where else to put the poopy diapers. So last week we started putting the stinky diapers in plastic grocery bags (I know I have a million of them, I am sure most parents do). So if you put the stinky diaper in the bag, tie in and put in the diaper champ, and turn the handle to put it in the bag, there is no more stink!

I'm a bit of a contrarian on this hack. As you may know, I'm no fan of diaper pails. We, too, used a Diaper Champ, and, during the early toddler stage, even double-wrapping in plastic bags didn't do the trick. Emptying the contents into the toilet helps both the smell and the environment, but, during the later years, the diaper pail proved to be more trouble than it was worth.

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  1. inthefastlane says

    I too did the double bagging of the Diaper Champ. We liked it a lot until I overstuffed it one day and broke the mechanism. Since we are down to really only one our two poopie diapers a day we now just bag them in a shopping bag and toss them straight into the trash cans in the garage.

  2. kelly jeanie says

    I have the Diaper Champ. It’s actually in our room and even with my 2 year-old’s stinky diapers, I can’t smell a thing. It might help that we broke the seal about a year ago and we had to replace it. The company sent us a new one for free. Maybe check the seal to make sure it’s still in place and not broken?

  3. Homemom3 says

    I have seen this in numerous Baby Story shows and wondered about it. Thanks for bringing it up, I can’t wait to read other responses. The only thing that ever seemed to work for me was to take it all the way out outside and stay away from that side of the house.

  4. Beth says

    It already takes the plastic in diapers 500 years to break down. Putting them in yet another plastic wrapping will definitely fill our dumps for eons!!

    If you are really worried about a stinky diaper pail try gDiapers.( They are flushable…hence no need for a diaper pail. We use them and LOVE them. The covers also can be used with cloth so it’s a double bonus.

  5. Linda says

    I use grocery bags as well. I put in the diaper, give the bag a good twist, and flip the bag over itself. It’s automatically double bagged. Then I place it by the door or outside (if it’s cold) and every time someone goes out (family, not guests, lol) they grab the “poop bombs” and put them into the outside can. My son and daughter actually FIGHT over who gets to take it out!

    I used the diaper genie with my dd, and then gave it up when she went on solids…it stank (both literally and figuratively!)

  6. Deborah says

    I went through the Diaper Dekor and a no-brand pail that used regular trash bags before getting the Diaper Genie II. It is the best, in my opinion. I can fill it with 2-3 days worth of diapers from my 20-month-old before it gets stinky. Buying the special refills is a downside, but I keep an eye out for good prices and stock up every once in a while.

  7. Lainey-Paney says

    We never used the Diaper Champ.
    We used the Neat system.
    It sucked.

    Son is about 18 months now.
    We have just been throwing the diapers away in the regular trash.

  8. Latia says

    We got the Diapor Dekor as a gift and it, like most diaper disposal systems, doesn’t completely take care of the smell.
    We do the double bagging for the poops that aren’t solid enough to dump. We’ve also resorted to putting a box of baking soda on the inside of the diaper can to help absorb the odors. It helps, but there is still that “smelly baby smell” lingering in the room.
    I don’t know if anything (other than nuclear explosions) can beat the deathly smell of baby poop.
    I think we might be fighting a lost battle here.

  9. b ghali says

    Not trying to be self-righteous, but I use cloth and when they stink, I wash them. A trip to the washing machine is really not much more trouble than a trip outside braving the elements to throw stuff in the trash. I really don’t push this topic, but just felt like perhaps there are some unrecognized conveniences?

  10. SoCalLawyer says

    Foolproof Formula for Eradicating Diaper Smell

    Step 1: Put diaper in bag of your choosing;and
    Step 2: Put diaper in trashcan outside of house.

  11. magpie says

    Ditto what SoCalLawyer said – never used a purchased diaper pail, just used the “free” bags from the supermarket.

  12. Carrie says

    After using the DIAPER CHAMP for 12 months, I opted to tie every pooped diaper in a grocery bag, then to dump it. That extra step just made me take another one: to tie it and leave it on the balcony until my DH gets home and does his trash collection (usually every 3 days).

  13. Liz says

    I like the Diaper Champ but mine has started to smell something fierce. Also my little stinker has figured out the flip mechanism. My husband has gone through 2 cell phones so far which may have ended up here or other trash recepticles since I only now realize his evil potential for disguarding things. We are missing a few pacifiers and who knows what other toys are unaccounted for. I actually watched him shove a clean diaper into the well and flip it over with some difficulty. totally amazing yet aggrevating at the same time. I may try getting new gaskets or a completely different toddler-proof bucket.

  14. Elaine says

    Um, poop goes in the potty, not the landfill. You’re suposed to dump the solid waste out into the toilet. I believe it says so right on the package of diapers you buy at the store.

  15. Caro says

    We double-bagged for a while, then switched to just taking them outside with us. At this point we could move to a regular trash can, but I’ve watched a friend’s kid get into her diaper trashcan and scatter dirty diapers around her room, so I’m pretty happy with the “Mom can barely open it” feature of the Diaper Champ.

    However, now that I’m reading what Liz wrote about her little one figuring out the flip mechanism, I’m guessing that we’ll have only so long before we remove the whole thing entirely and start taking all diapers directly outside.

  16. Nancy says

    I dump baking soda in the champ every few days and that really helps the smell. I will definitely be calling Baby Trend for new gaskets though, as we’re now on our second baby and I’m sure they’re worn.

    And while solid poop should be dumped, not all poop is solid, especially before the baby’s eating food, so that’s not really a feasible solution.

  17. Eric Swayne says

    My wife’s pregnant with our first child, due in about 5 weeks (and it’s a boy!). So, I was telling my Dad about all the wild diaper-gadget-mechanisms we found while registering, including the “activated charcoal filter” ones.

    My Dad, being the eminently practical man he is said “Why not just put some kitty litter in the bottom of the pail? It’s the same stuff as activated charcoal, just with some fragrances.”

    I haven’t a clue if it works, but I’m anxious to try it. Anyone done this before?

  18. Melinda says

    I pick up these little bags at the Dollar Tree for dirty diapers. You get a 100 or so for 1.00. They look like little plastic grocery bags, so you can tie up the handles. They are slightly scented too.

  19. Jim says


    I’d be careful with the kitty litter in your baby’s room. Doing research for our water problem, we looked at kitty litter as a possible solution.

    There are possibly dangers with inhaling the silica crystals found in some kitty litter, if I remember correctly (I could be confused about this). Do some research before attempting and if you do go with that as a solution, make sure to add it outside or away from your child’s room so that the dust raised doesn’t disperse in the room as a simple precaution.

    I don’t remember the specifics, so you’ll just want to do a little research before attempting it.

  20. Elaine says

    Nancy – newborn poops usually don’t stink (unless you’re using formula). And usually once you introduce solids, the poop becomes more so. I do say “usually” here! Some babies aren’t so usual!

    And yeah, as Leah pointed out, it is the law!

  21. jules says

    so with a cloth diaper then, you have to wash a load every time you have a stinky diaper? sounds like a lot of water use to me. i don’t think anyone wins environmentally really, but the g diapers sound interesting. i know they are expensive though.

  22. Katie says

    Nope, you don’t have to do a load with every poopy diaper if you use cloth. You just dump all the solid poopy in the toilet and put the soiled diaper in a pail (I use a cheap-o diaper pail I’ve had for three years). Then you do a load every couple of days or so. I can testify that it’s a lot less smelly to do it this way then to wrap up disposables, as I used disposables exclusively with my first one. I expected the switch to be hard, but it’s really not that much work to use cloth.

  23. Emily says

    A huge thanks you to the person who posting about the replacement gasket. I just called and mine are on their way. I also appreciate all the talk about G diapers and cloth. We all have to make the decision about what works best for our families and homes. While one solution may work for one family, each situation is different.

  24. Nancy says

    Elaine – unfortunately, my 4 month old son’s poops are not the norm, and he’s exclusively breastfed! They can be quite stinky. I called Baby Trend today and my new gaskets are on the way.

  25. Sarah says

    I have a Diaper Champ and I use a combination of disposable and cloth diapers. I STRONGLY recommend dumping all solid waste (poo) in the toilet for either method of diapering. That will not only eliminate most of the odor but is better for the environment. Human waste should really not be in landfills.

    I think for my next baby I will use only cloth diapers. As someone else mentioned, it’s really not any less convenient than disposable.

  26. Ellen says

    I, too, stopped using a diaper pail in favor of just taking them to the regular trash can. One hack to add, however, is that I save the plastic sleeve that the newspaper comes in every day (sometimes two a day!) and use those to bag the stinky ones. I figure they’re going to get thrown away anyway, and they’re the perfect size to “double” bag the diapers, too.

  27. Mike says

    One of the tricks I remember best about the Diaper Champ was to make sure you wrapped the diaper tightly. Basically, after you take it off, use the resealable straps (of course assuming that’s the kind of diaper you’re using)and wrap it into as tight of a self-sealed ball as you can. This keeps the smell better contained, makes it easier to slide down the opening of the Diaper Champ, and most importantly helps prevent pee and poo from getting in the opening, which is where a lot of the accumulated smell comes from.

    Also, bleach and hot water gets the Champ back in the game, so to speak. I found if I disassembled the lid and took apart the moving parts it ensured that all the nooks and crannies were cleaned.

    I don’t worry as much about disposable diapers considering even with them we seemed to have less trash out at the curb than our neighbors. In other words, we’re reducing our trash through other measures. I am intrigued by gDiapers, but more because I want to add them to my compost and get the benefit of the amazing fertilizer.