We’ve come a long way since the days of pins when it comes to cloth diapers. Now cloth diapers are as simple as disposable diapers; you just lay one down, put your baby on it, fold up, and secure. No poking, no pricking – just fast and easy.
How are cloth diapers secured now? Cloth diapers use either Snaps or Hook & Loop to secure the diaper on the baby.
I’ve used both methods for securing our cloth diapers and they both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Snaps are attached to the diaper to help secure the diaper. Snaps are generally made of plastic so they will not rust.
Harder for a toddler to remove diaper
Easier to wash
Takes a bit longer to secure – but not by much
May be harder to get a perfect fit
Hook & Loop
Hook & Loop, also known as Velcro or Aplix is the closure method that is the most similar to the way disposable diapers secure. Most hook & loop diapers also have laundry tabs that help keep the hook & loop stuck to itself and not to the rest of your laundry.
Easy to get the fit that you desire
Fast to put on
Easy for non-cloth diaper users to manage
Can stick and potentially mess up other clothing when washing
Tends to wear out faster than snaps
Easy for a toddler to remove
Usually needs lint cleaning maintenance
As you can see, there’s really no perfect closure choice. I have and use both methods. I personally like hook & loop for newborns and younger babies because it gives me that perfect fit which is hard to get before the baby chunks up a bit. However, I really enjoy snaps for when babies get older and smarter. In the end, it’s all about what your personal preference is. Both closure methods work great; it’s just a matter of which works best for your family.