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There are so many choices when it comes to cloth diapers that it can be so overwhelming when you’re just starting out. From picking what type to use, what size, what brand – you can also pick how you’ll close the diaper around your baby! Below I’ve listed the different cloth diaper closure options out there. I hope it helps you decide – and it’s really not that difficult! Especially if you stick to the more modern day cloth diapers (i.e, pockets, AIO’s, etc..)
Cloth Diaper Closure Options
Snaps: Probably the most popular option, snaps let you achieve a great fit (all those snaps to choose from), and they keep your diaper looking nice (no fuzzies). On the downside – snaps break. While it’s not often, it definitely does happen and is usually covered under your diapers warranty. When choosing a snap closure diaper, you’ve actually got 2 options – front snapping (most common) and side snapping. Side snapping diapers, like the Babykicks Basic that I was sent free to review, are unique in that they create a really trim and flat front look to the diaper making it a great option under baby jeans. And they’re incredibly hard for your baby to get off if you happen to have a diaper escapee on your hands.
Hoop and Loop: The closure of many names. Aplix and Velcro are brand names when referring to generic hook and loop. It’s really all the same though. You’ll find that each brand uses something slightly different that varies in size, shape, and strength no matter if they call it Velcro, Aplix, or Hook and Loop. Another common one that is slightly different is Touch Tape. It’s slightly more rigid and less sticky (in my opinion), but picks up less fuzzies. Hoop and Loop diapers are great for getting a customized fit, but do become less sticky over time. And there’s always the dreaded diaper chain.
Pins: Here’s your tried and true, old school way to close a flat, prefold, or other similar type of diaper. I have a set of pins, but have honestly never even tried them. Some people love them – but I think there’s just better options like those below.
Snappi: The Snappi definitely revolutionized cloth diapering. An easy to use diaper closure system with little teeth instead of sharp pins. You simply hook it on each side and down the middle and you’re all set.
Boingo: The Boingo is a new product on the market that works similar to a Snappi. Instead of one piece, like the snappi, you use 2 Boingos at each diaper change – 1 on each side. Alternately, you can use one across the front of the diaper on a small baby. I actually just got my first pair, so I’ll let you know how I like them over time.
Ties: Although not a popular option, there are prefold diapers on the market that are closed with a ribbon tie. I think it might be cute for photos, but I’m not sure of it as an everyday type of diaper.
Babykicks Basic Pocket Diaper
Can you believe that over 3 and 1/2 years of cloth diapering I’m just now trying a Babykicks diaper?!? I’ve long used their Joey Bunz Hemp Inserts for added overnight protection, so I was really psyched when the opportunity came around to review one. I’m not sure why I never bought one before, but I’m glad I have one now!
What sets Babykicks apart from other diaper brands is that all their products incorporate hemp fibers in some way. If you’re not too familiar with hemp – just know that it’s super absorbent. They’ve got several different pocket diapers, different sized hemp prefolds, hemp nursing pads, wipes, and lots of inserts to choose from – all with super absorbent hemp.
Haley was sent the Babykicks Basic Pocket Diaper in snaps. Like I mentioned above, this diaper is side snapping. So it’s opposite of what you’re used to if you use regular snap diapers. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it’s no harder to do.
The inside is lined with stay dry microfleece and the outside is PUL. Haley is wearing their Poppy color, which is red. Although I often think it looks more reddish orange.
The insert is a combination of microfiber and hemp – one on each side of the insert. I like to stuff it in to the front opening pocket with the microfiber side up since it tends to absorb faster than hemp. Alternatively, you can choose to not stuff the pocket at all and just place the natural hemp side of the insert on top of the diaper against your baby’s skin. I prefer to stuff it, although the pocket opening is quite small and the diaper is overall pretty narrow. It’s not the easiest diaper to stuff, but it’s doable for me. My husband can’t stuff this diaper though. I’m sure he could if he really tried, but he skips over it during diaper laundry.
This diaper uses a snap down rise to adjust size (approximately 7-40 lbs.). You’ll end up with 4 different sizing options. I like to refer to them as small, medium, large, and extra large. Haley is 19 months old and 22 lbs. and is wearing this diaper on the large setting. So I still have the option of unsnapping it fully opened. The diaper is incredibly trim due to the side snaps and the placement of the rise snaps (in a sort of V shape) and we get a stellar fit around the legs.
I had some leaks the first few times I used the diaper but that was ALL my fault because I was too impatient to fully prep the hemp insert. Oops. It’s worked perfectly fine after a few more washes to get it to it’s maximum absorbency and I haven’t had any leaks since. So overall a great, trim diaper!
Which cloth diaper closure options are your favorite? Have you tried a side snapping diaper yet? You’ve got to try Babykicks – so trim!
One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a $15 Gift Card to spend at Babykicks! You can choose to use it towards one of their diapers or buy any other item(s) you wish!
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Winner: Sharon F.