In my cloth diaper experience, I have used many different diapers featuring both Aplix (aka Velcro or hook and loop) and snap closures. I know many people have a fondness for one or the other, but I have found success with both styles, depending on my needs at the time. When I began cloth diapering Brendan at 11 weeks, I used bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers exclusively. The Aplix closure was fast, easy and I could always get just the right fit.
Everything worked great for many months until I began having problems with the laundry tabs not sticking – thus the problem of a diaper train being pulled from the dryer. I now know that you can purchase replacement tabs directly from the manufacturer, but if you’re not a seamstress, and I am not, they aren’t easy to replace. Instead, I simply attached the tabs to the front of the diaper, and turned it inside out to wash – problem solved.
Other Aplix diapers that I have used did not have this problem, such as my Blueberry Minky diapers for example. The Aplix on these diapers is like glue and on some occasions I’ve actually had a tough time unhooking it at changing time. I believe these are the only Aplix diapers that I ever owned that my boys never were able to take off by themselves.
With the exception of the FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers that my oldest son wore at the end of his diapering days, I did not add snap closure diapers to Brendan’s stash until a little over a year ago. My first snapped diaper purchase was a bumGenius Organic All-in-One One Size diaper. I really liked the snap closure and no matter how he tried, Brendan could not get the diaper off. Sadly, this diaper didn’t work well for us for long due to Brendan being a heavy wetter and the diaper’s inability to stand up to his diapering needs. I can’t tell you how many times I wished bumGenius would make their pocket diaper with snap closures!
Today, most of my fluff stash is made up of snap closure diapers. I have even converted several of my bumGenius pocket diapers to have snaps. I wrote about this a while back in the Making an Old Diaper Like New post. Now that Brendan can easily remove most Aplix diapers, I have found snap closures works best of us these days. He can still remove several of his diaper covers, but as long as he can’t remove the diaper itself, I’m not too worried about it.
When it comes to deciding between Aplix and snaps for a diaper, it really is a personal decision that can change as diapering needs change. I’m glad that I have had both styles available to me, and both have been my favorite at one time or another in my cloth diapering days.