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Ready to start cloth diapering but not sure if you should go with snaps or hook & loop? Learn which diaper closure to choose: Snaps vs Hook & Loop!
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.
Which Diaper Closure To Choose: Snaps vs Hook & Loop
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.
So tell me… do you prefer Snaps or Hook & Loop on your cloth diapers?
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I bought some hook and loop diapers when we first started cloth diapering… I am definitely a fan of snaps more. Snaps stay looking nice a lot longer. My hook and loop diapers would catch on other diapers and make them look worn out faster too. I never noticed a difference between getting a good fit with either one.
I personally prefer snaps, but this could be because my toddler got into the habit of undoing his hook and loop dipes. I do agree, for newborns, hook and loop are easier and it's easier for grandparents or people who do not use cloth diapers. I'm pretty sure I'll use prefolds for a newborn if we have anymore kids though, I've found a special place in my stash for prefolds!
I tried hook and loop because all the CD Sur's days it's easier to get the best fit… Lies! Hook and loop I can't get a great fit ever! Maybe it's just Mr and my baby though…. And the belly gets eaten up!
All the CD sites say ^ man, my typing while nursing is terrible