Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Snaps or Velcro: Which is better?

In all my research on cloth diapers, the overwhelming response to the age-old question, “Snaps or Velcro?” was a resounding: snaps. Velcro gets pilly. Velcro wears out. Older babies figure out how to undo Velcro and take their diapers off, etc. All answers pointed to snaps, and I was satisfied. The first diapers in my stash were all snaps and I was pleased. They were easy to put on, they stayed put, and my husband didn’t mind them either.

Then two things happened: 1. I went back to work part-time and would be having a nanny (a wonderful young lady who had never heard of cloth diapers) watch my daughter, and 2. My daughter mastered what we call “the death roll” and diaper changes went from a fun, bonding experience to an Olympic event. My decision to swear off Velcro because of its downsides quickly reversed. All of a sudden Velcro sounded wonderfully easy for an inexperienced nanny and extremely quick and efficient to put on.

We purchased 6 bumGenius pockets with hook and loop closures (i.e. Velcro). They came, I prepped, and we tried them out. I was instantly in love. They are quick, efficient, and they fit like a glove around her thighs and waist every time. Do I still love my snaps? Of course, but my Velcro serve a wonderful purpose in my stash that I never knew I would need.

There are definitely still downfalls to Velcro aside from the common wear and tear. Although I remember to put them back on their laundry tabs each time, it isn’t usually on my husband or nanny’s mind to remember to do so. This typically isn’t a problem unless it’s a poopy diaper. Velcro + poop = a mess! My mother in law also likes to treat them like a disposable, because they are similar to one, and will roll them up and use the Velcro tabs to stick to the outside of the diaper (much like you would roll up a disposable and fasten the tabs around it to create a “ball”). This snags the diapers and makes my skin crawl! With Velcro, there is more reminding of others that you don’t have to do with snaps.

Downfalls aside, I would say I actually prefer Velcro. So if you are researching cloth diapers for a future baby, or if you were swayed in the “only snaps!” direction like I was, take note. Velcro has its place in a cloth diapers stash and serves a wonderful purpose that snaps do not.

Bio: Michelle is a part-time stay at home mom to a beautiful 9 month old baby girl. When she isn’t scouring the Internet for fluff deals, she can be found reading, running, and hanging out with her husband and baby girl.

5 comments:

Christine said...

All my secondary care providers roll the diapers up like a disposable too. Drives me crazy.

Funny ... when I take off a sposie now, I fasten the tabs down as if I were putting them on laundry tabs.

Caryn Lantz said...

I am SO dealing with the diaper battles right now too! And guess what...all my hook and loop diapers are out and in use, and the snaps have been packed away. No way I could get one snap affixed right now. :)

Natalie said...

I completely agree! Plus, when the velcro does wear out you can replace it or have the diaper converted to snaps!

thelaundryblog said...

I'm more from the only Velcro camp. We tried snaps early on and had a hard time ever getting a good fit because of my daughter's unusual proportions. I'd rather have to replace the Velcro on my diapesr (which I have had to do during the last two and a half years) then be faced with major fit issues. Though I am considering a few one-size snap diapers in case our next baby has the habit of taking off his diaper.

Amy Joel said...

For what it's worth, at about 18 months my DS figured out how to unsnap his FuzziBunz to pull them off, which I felt kind of negated the benefit of the snaps :P.