Do I Need a Diaper Pail?

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Q: I'm expecting my first in February and am getting close to getting the things we're going to need and setting up the nursery. I've gotten a lot of good advice from friends about things to skip (like a wipes warmer), but I'm getting conflicting advice on a diaper pail. Some friends swear by their Diaper Genie/Diaper Dekor/etc. and others say they just used a small trashcan with a lid and it was fine. I hate the idea of buying something we'll only use for a few years and which will someday end up in a landfill, but I'm all for a clean smelling nursery, too! I'm wondering what Ohdeedoh readers think?? (One thing to note is that we live in an apartment and take our trash out nearly every day so it's not like the diapers would be hanging out for days on end.)

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Editor: I never had one and didn't regret it, but we also live in an apartment and take our trash out (in small bags) frequently. Readers, if Erica were your friend, how would you advise her on this one?

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