But let us help you make the decision that best works for you and your family.
Cloth diapers generally come with two types of closures, snaps and Velcro™-like closures (also generically called aplix or hook & loop closures). Snap closures get “two snaps up” when it comes to which diaper closure preference cloth diaper users have. An overwhelming majority (74%) said in the 1st Annual DiaperShops.com Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey that snap closures were their closure of choice, while only 24% said they preferred diapers with hook and loop closures.
While both closures are adjustable, there are some key benefits and drawbacks to using either. Let’s discuss:
Durability: Think about how you plan to use the cloth diapers you purchase. Do you want them to last for two, three or more children? If yes, durability might come into play and that’s where snaps are king. Snaps are ultra-durable and never “wear out” over time.
Quickness: While durability is nice, snaps do require a few more seconds at the changing table. With Velcro™-like closures, you can simply put the diaper on baby as you would a disposable diaper – simply close the diaper and go. With snaps, you’ll need to play with the snap adjustments a bit more to find that “perfect” fit.
Maintenance: While the time may be saved on the changing table itself, Velcro™-like closures may create a bit more work in the laundry room. You will need to make sure you fold down the Velcro tabs before washing to prevent “stickies” from building up in the diapers. If you do collect lint inside the Velcro tabs, you’ll need to comb the stickies out from time to time. Along these lines, one other drawback to Velcro closures is that they can “stick” to other fabrics and clothes in the wash, potentially snagging and ruining other items in the washing machine.
Preference: When it comes down to it, someone who fears cloth diapering (like Dad or a babysitter) may find it easier to use Velcro. The diaper goes on baby with ease and little thought. Whereas snaps often require a little more trial and error, especially during the learning stages of use.
Cleaner Look: Snaps typically offer a cleaner look all around. There are no worry of “stickies” build up, or the diaper tab’s curling up like they do with Velcro. Snaps always sit flat and look good time after time.
Sticks to Clothes: After months or years of wear and tear, a Velcro diaper may start to curl up and the Velcro may no longer lay flat. There’s a chance that, if not properly maintained, the Velcro diapers can stick and snag your child’s cloths during normal wear. However, the Velcro snagging and sticking may be avoided with proper and diligent daily care of your diapers.
Of Note: Check with each manufacturer’s warranty specifically related to their warranty of their closures. If a snap breaks, will the company fix it? Is it something you can fix yourself at the local tailor? Or if the Velcro wears and no longer seals, will they replace the Velcro or diaper? Or is that specific diaper rendered useless?
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