It’s a modern day question – do you prefer snaps or Velcro? Many newbies to cloth diapering face this dilemma. Which do you choose? What are the benefits of each? Will people judge me by decision? Will this choice have an effect on my child’s self esteem? Okay, so the last two questions have nothing to do with snaps or Velcro, but what do you choose?
Many people are staunch snaps users, others Velcro. Myself… I think there is a time and place for both. Late night diaper changes may call for Velcro due to ease of use for zombie moms and dads. Snaps are better for the long haul of diaper laundering. Velcro, better for the timid babysitter, i.e. grandpa, who questions how to use those “hippie-dippie things.” Snaps prevent those grabby little fingers from removing the diaper… hopefully.
Snaps or Velcro don’t really matter the first couple of months of your baby’s life. Your child is a peaceful, placid, non-squirming baby blob who lays still for diaper changes. They coo and smile at you. The worse thing that happens when changing a diaper is that the kiddo springs a leak before you can get a new diaper on them. At this point, you may be washing an extra diaper, your hands, and your whole outfit, but you are not really worried about snaps or Velcro.
As your sleepy baby decides to wake up and become involved in the world around it, snaps and Velcro take on a new meaning. Suddenly the question becomes “do I choose snaps so that the baby can’t get the diaper off or do I choose Velcro so I can get the diaper on?”
For example, my 10 month old son loves to twist and shout. When he is on his back his arms and legs thrash about like a turtle turned upside down. He reaches with his left arm up over his right shoulder until he is on his belly ready to do his wounded soldier crawl away from me. At the same instant, my almost 3 year old daughter decides that it will be fun to try to get my son to chase her while I am unsuccessfully changing his diaper.
You can imagine, and probably have experienced, how difficult it can be to get a diaper on a moving target. This is where Velcro has come in handy. I grab the first Velcro diaper I can get my hands on and with two quick flicks of mommy’s wrists, the diaper is secure and more importantly ON.
Then as my son finishes chasing my daughter and is looking for something else to do, now keep in mind that he is still only in his diaper because it is also hard to dress a moving target, he finds the Velcro diaper. This is where snaps come in handy because, rip, rip and OFF comes the diaper. I quickly pick him up, re-attach the diaper, dress him and wonder what I am going to do when it is summer time.
So snaps or Velcro? I have stopped pondering the answer. Instead I ask if it is too early to potty train.
Tammy R. (cloth diapering for 8+ months now, and loving every minute!)