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November 28, 2010

Snaps or Velcro? What is a Benefit of Each?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #6

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

Snaps or velcro to fasten your nappies?Snaps or velcro? What is a benefit of each?

Typically, mums often start with velcro, or touch-tape, as it is easy, quick, similar to sposies in use – and move to snaps later – that popping sound is such fun!

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums, Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what tips your nappy doula’s have about the features of Snaps or Velcro as a nappy fastening.

Louise from Nip Naps:

Snaps for sure! My son hated the sound of the velcro undoing and I hate washing it. And I can never get “wrap” style nappies or covers to fit right. Nappies or covers with multiple snaps around the legs and waist are actually much more adjustable and easier to get on than ones that “wrap” around with velcro.

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Snaps – look nicer, no snagging other items in the wash, secure closures every time.

Velcro – much more adjustable than snaps which may at times meet in the middle of snap placement leaving slight gape.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Snaps- more durable over time, harder for bub to undo, can be easily colour coordinated.

Velcro- easier to do up especially on a squirming bubba.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

I lean towards snaps over velcro, but I use both.

I like snaps because they look ‘newer’ for longer, and they don’t snag with other washing while doing the laundry. Another bonus: snapped nappies aren’t as easy to remove compared to velcro by babies/toddlers!

I like velcro for its ease of use. Velcro is infinitely adjustable as well: point velcro tabs upwards to make leg holes smaller for skinny legs, and point them downwards to make leg holes bigger to accommodate chubby thighs.

Yoland from Bumbino:

Snap fitting nappies look very neat and they don’t require that sometimes unattractive strip of Velcro loop across the front . The snaps wash well and so the nappy retains its good looks and does not acquire the slightly tired or even tatty appearance that Velcro nappies can have after they have been well washed.

Snap fitting nappies don’t catch on other things in the wash, don’t have the same potential to scratch delicate skin and don’t have that habit of collecting lint and bits of this and that in the wash, as Velcro nappies do.

Having said all that. I do know that lots of people do prefer the Velcro nappies. They are quick to fit and easy to fine tune for fit and are more similar to a disposable nappy in that regard. And on a super-wriggly baby, a quick change is a good change.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

I am a big fan of velcro, mostly because it is infinitely adjustable and makes for faster nappy changes. Snaps look tidier but take longer to do up since you have to figure out exactly which snaps to do them up to, and if your bub is at an in-between size it can be hard to get a good fit. Many people prefer snaps because they say the velcro sticks to other nappies and clothes in the washing machine, but I find with good sized laundry tabs this isn’t an issue, and even when they do stick it’s only to the velcro on the other nappies.
Nat from Little Diamond Bums:
This is such a great debate with opinions frequently changing over the time of your child being in nappies. Velcro is so easy to use especially on a wriggling baby. Snaps are long lasting, look great and much harder for a curious toddler to undo. We always discuss the pro and cons of both with our customers as it comes down to being a personal choice. If you’re unsure try a selection of each; we recommend Velcro for your plain nappies and snaps for your prints.
Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

Snaps tend to be more durable and harder for some toddlers to undo.

Velcro is more adjustable – which is important in the early poosplosion days and is often preferred by carers (and many Dads!)

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

I have tried snaps and velcro. Velcro always wins for me, as I like a quick and easy nappy change and with a wriggly toddler believe me snaps seem to take forever. I also found snaps are no way near as adjustable as velcro. With a whole velcro band across the cover it means you can adjust from the tiniest to the largest quickly and easily, usually with snaps you can only adjust the cover to 2 or sometimes 3 different places. Having said that if you have a baby that likes to undo their nappy, snaps are great as they are tricky to get off. You do have to make sure you close the velcro tabs before washing too so as to avoid lint build-up.

Some people believe velcro does not last as long as snaps – well with Real Nappies this is no longer an issue. Real Nappies offer a unique 2-child guarantee, which guarantees they will replace your covers or nappies if they fail at any time during this period, see their website for more information. Plus with Real Nappies being used in hospitals and daycares and washed daily by an industrial washing machine at very high temperatures, they have to be up to the rigours of what a domestic washing machine can throw at them!

The question for you is easy: Snaps or velcro? When for each? What did you start with, what do you prefer now?

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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