Which Is Better? Snap Diapers Versus Velcro Diapers

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Cloth diapers with snaps on sides and tab closure. Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

In the words of one wise baby philosopher, a baby diaper is only as good as its ability to hold content in. OK, so that's not a real baby quote, but it makes sense, right? If you've ever dealt with a baby poop explosion, you know the importance of a quality baby diaper that keeps stuff in when the stuff gets explosive.

Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers come with a variety of closure options, from everything like Velcro to the old-fashioned pins of your grandma's days.

(Although don't worry, no one really uses those anymore!) If you plan on or are already cloth diapering your baby, you might have noticed the different styles of diapers available. Diaper covers, pocket diapers and all-in one diapers come with snap closures or Velcro (also known as hook and loop) closures, but which one is the best?

Snap and hook and loop closures each have their own advantages, so it all depends on your own preferences. Here's a rundown of each kind:

Snap Diapers:

  • Pros: Based on my own experience, I think the most noteworthy advantage of snap diapers is that they seem to hold up much longer. Whether you are using a prefold or fitted diaper cover, a pocket diaper or an all-in-one, cloth diapers with snap closures stay looking nicer for a longer period of time. If you plan on recovering some of your investment, snap diapers are also more likely to resell at a better price.
  • Cons: There are a few drawbacks to snap closure diapers. For starters, snap diapers usually cost a little more than other styles. On average you can expect to pay about $2 more per diaper. Snap diapers also don't allow you to customize the fit nearly as well as you can with a hook and loop closure.

    Hook and Loop Diapers:

    • Pros: There are two major advantages to hook and loop closures worth mentioning. The first advantage is price. Hook and loop diapers are cheaper. I like saving money, so cheap is good. The second advantage is that you can customize the fit much better than snap closure diapers. You can tighten the waist and angle the sides to account for thinner or chunkier thighs. I think you get a much better fit with a hook and loop diaper than you can one with snaps.
    • Cons: The biggest drawback to diapers with hook and loop closures is that after a while they just don't look as nice. Even with laundry tabs to fold down the material, I always find that the hook and loop snags on other diapers or itself. Fuzz balls and hair collect in the scratchy side and seems to curl up. They also wear out more quickly, which will affect your resell value.

    Velcro? Aplix? Touch Tape?

    "Velcro" has become a sort of generalized term used to describe all hook and loop closures, but it's not the only method.

    You may also see cloth diapers that fasten with Aplix. I find Aplix to be stronger than Velcro, and it's also much softer and less abrasive to your baby's skin. Touch Tape is strong and soft, and you'll likely find it to be the least expensive of the three.

    The only way to find the best cloth diaper for you is by trying both styles. Build up your cloth diapering stash and buy a few of each kind to find what works best for you and your baby.

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