June 1, 2015

Cloth Diapers Decoded: Snaps, Snappis, and Hook & Loop!

Cloth diaper lingo can be confusing! But anytime you see the "Cloth Diapers Decoded" logo above, you'll know we are here with a post to help clarify things for you! Have a cloth diaper word, phrase, or expression you'd like us to clarify in a future post? Leave us a comment below and we will do our best to make it happen!

Cloth diaper closures can be confusing if you're new to the game. Here's the scoop on some of the most common types:


What it means: plastic pieces that snap together to hold a diaper closed
Pros: good hold, cute, durable, toddlers generally can't undo
Cons: can be confusing to figure out which snaps to snap together, limited adjustability (can only snap where there's a snap, even if in between would fit better)


What it means: A specific brand of fastener generally used to hold prefolds or flats in place, on their own or under a cover. Snappis have grippy metal hooks on three arms that latch onto a cloth diaper to hold it in place
Pros: great substitute for safety pins etc, all one piece, easy to use
Cons: sharp, dangerous when not in use, not usable on waterproof fabrics like covers

Hook & Loop

What it means: fabric strips such that one side has soft loops and one has little barbs to catch the loops. Often referred to by brand names including Velcro (which actually isn't all that popular in the cloth diaper world!), Aplix, and more. 
Pros: simple, very adjustable for width
Cons: can't adjust rise with H&L, easier for toddlers to pull apart on their own

What's your favorite way to fasten a cloth diaper?