Cloth Diapering 101 Video Series: Snaps or Hook and Loop Closure?

When selecting cloth diaper many brands allow you to choose between snap closure or aplix closure (aplix is also called hook and loop or velcro). There are pros and cons to both. Check out the third episode in our Diapering 101 Video Series for more info on deciding between snap or hook and loop closures when purchasing cloth diapers.

Now one thing to keep in mind is that Aplix can be cleaned. It’s actually a super simple process. All you need is a fine-tooth comb (a baby comb works perfectly) and you run it across the velcro to pull out any lint (and all that other mysterious stuff)that is trapped in it. A hard toothbrush works as well. Sometimes people think their velcro needs to be replaced, when actually good cleaning is all that is needed to restore the velcro’s effectiveness.

For example check out the picture below of an aplix tab on a very old diaper in my stash. I have had it for over 5 years and am embarrassed to admit I have never once cleaned the velcro…eewww!

And here’s how it looked after about 3 minutes of cleaning it with my dreadlock comb:

As you can imagine it now holds the diaper together much better!

Do you have a preference for snaps or aplix? Why do you prefer one over the other? Would love to hear from you!

-Sarah

PS. In case you missed the first two episodes of our Cloth Diapering Video Series, check them out here:

Episode 1: What are the different types of diapers?

Episode 2: Choosing Sized or One Size Cloth Diapers

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