Being out and about with 3 kids aged 4 and under means that we’ve under the continuous onslaught of dirty diapers for… just about the past 4 years. This never-ending poop factory translates into us needing a constant stream of plastic bags to contain and dispose of the done deeds.
For this gallant purpose, the common protective plastic wraps that magazines and brochures arrive in through the post come in handy. I bag each clean diaper individually before storing it into the baby bag and later use the same bag to contain the used diaper before disposing of it in the bin. The slim bag means less extra plastic rustling messily in the (already messy) diaper bag; it’s easy to spot the diaper when wrapped in clear plastic (so that you don’t hurriedly grab what you think is a clean diaper, only to realise that the bag contained the toddler’s half-eaten sandwich) and the adhesive opening seals in the used diaper neatly. Plus, it feels good to reuse all that plastic that comes through the mail.
Unfortunately, not all plastic wraps are made equal. Sometimes they’re too big for that tiny newborn diaper. Some come without the adhesive strip, leaving you no way of sealing in offensive smells. Some have such a sticky strip that the process of unwrapping the publication inevitably ruins the whole bag. So while our method of disposing of smelly diapers works okaaaaaaay, it has – in the words of my favourite drinks uncle at Maxwell Food Centre regarding his competitor’s teh-si – “no standard”.
Then, I came to know about QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags. Toting around the pack of 125 bags means that we’d always have a ready supply of standard disposal bags that are sized for nappies; come with handles so that the bag can be tied closed and smells sealed in; and best of all, fragranced with the pleasant scent of baby powder.
I tend to dismiss the need to fragrance certain items. One such item is, er, panty liners. It’s quite a cringe-worthy thought to smell floral or forest-fresh down there. With the nappy disposal bags, I also thought “Fragrance for what? Use already quickly throw away, can already right?”
Well, motherhood presents you all sorts of opportunities to eat your words.
But first, it never fails to present you with the chance to change (yet another) diaper when you’re out with the baby and at your busiest. (Everybody say “Hooray!”) One Sunday, I was changing Candace out of her wet diaper in the living room of the girls’ music teachers’ home while the 2 older kids were having their lesson. Just as I bagged the use diaper in a QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bag, class ended – bringing with it an exodus of toddlers and parents. As the room filled with people, I scooped up the screaming infant, distractedly stuffed the bagged diaper into the baby bag and hustled all 3 kids out of the house.
Fast forward to the next Sunday. I was packing the baby bag in preparation for music class when my hand touched a mysterious spongy item at the bottom of the bag. I yanked it out and found myself staring at the familiar dark green of a QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bag – containing A WEEK-OLD WET DIAPER.
I quickly (and most reluctantly) sniffed the inside of the baby bag for nasty smells. Amazingly, there weren’t any. No stale pee odour. Not a whiff. I heaved a sigh of relief and continued packing the bag (nope, didn’t bother to air it).
That said, I’m not sure if the scent is sufficiently powder-ful to neutralise the unbearable odour of Number Twos for an entire week… and I’m not about to experiment. Not intentionally, at least.
QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags are now a regular item to have in our baby bag and in the car. I suggested to the supplier to package the bags in smaller quantities, say 30 or 40 bags. I find the 125-bag pack, while compact, rather hefty to tote around given that it would take forever to use up all hundred over bags since we only go out with the kids on the weekend.
Also, look closely for the perforated line that says “Tear Here” on the front of the bag. When used correctly, the individual bags, true to their QuickGrab claim, slide out easily with a gentle tug. The opening wasn’t obvious to me and I hastily ripped open the top of the bag, and had to fumble with a mess of bags. Okay, okay, maybe it was just me being unobservant. But you know lah, even if mothers had 8 eyes, all eyes would still be on their kids and their antics, and dotted lines can be easily overlooked!
If you’re unsure about using new bags (versus reusing old plastic bags) to dispose of poop in, be comforted that QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags are biodegradable.
QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags retail at $4.50 for a 125-bag pack and can be purchased from any of the retailers listed here.
If you have little humans that produce big bad smells, do give these nappy disposal bags a go.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary pack of QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags with no obligation to write a review. The fact that I like them enough to want to write about them is assurance that all opinions reflected here are my own 🙂