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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
Lasts longer

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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