Velcro vs Snap On Buttons on Cloth Diapers
Velcro vs Snap On Buttons
- Velcro Fasteners Vs Snap On Buttons
- Stuck fibres in Velcro Vs No stuck fibres problem
- May cause blisters with sharp edges Vs Safe, no sharp edges
- Stick during wash Vs Nothing to stick
- Fast & easy to fasten Vs Fast fasten, easy snap on
- Needs alignment, or may not stick well Vs No need alignment, just practice
- Comes loose easily if poor quality Velcro Vs Buttons snap on tight
- Poo in Velcro? Vs Easy wash
Once we have made decision to go for cloth diapers, there is another decision to be made by you: the closing system of the diaper. The cloth diapers will be washed a lot during the time of use. Let’s have a look at some of the pro and cons of the 2 types of closing systems for cloth diapers: Velcro fasteners vs Snap Buttons.
Velcro is a great fastener for all sorts of materials, however for baby diapers there are some things to consider.
STUCK FIBRES Velcro has the nasty habit of picking up fibers which will block the fastening hooks. Often the velcro used on baby diapers is of a lightweight type, which makes it less efficient. And some parents do forget to turn in and seal the velcro flaps before putting the diapers into the wash, that's when most fibres get caught in the velcro.
BLISTERS Velcro when it comes undone while wearing can rub against the skin, this could harm the baby’s soft skin and even cause blisters.
STICK DURING WASH When washing several velcro diapers they will stick together, and it is time consuming to untangle them after they spend some time in the washing machine.
FAST FASTEN Compared to snap buttons, some mothers used to disposable diapers may find the Velcro fastener easier to use, especially on wriggly babies.
NEEDS ALIGNMENT Some velcro cloth diapers require the Velcro to be aligned in line or it will come loose easily.
COMES LOOSE It is easier for toddlers to pull open lightweight Velcro fasteners once they learn how and try to play with it.
POO IN VELCRO? Urgghhh, another point to think about is what happens when some poo-poo gets stuck in the Velcro fasteners? Not such a yummy thought.
EASE OF USE Contrary to popular belief, the snap buttons are fast fasteners, click and the baby is done.
SAFETY Unlike Velcro, there are no stiff bristles or sharp edges on snap buttons, making it very safe for newborns up to toddlers.
MADE FROM STRONG MATERIAL The buttons have an extreme durability and because they are made strong, the washing of the diapers has no influence on the working of the closing mechanism.
EASY TO REPLACE The snaps always work, and if for some reason they stop working, you just replace it. These small fasteners can be bought at any hobby shop. But in principle the snap buttons do not require any maintenance.
TIGHT FASTEN Toddlers are less inclined to pull open the snap buttons compared to Velcro fasteners as it’s not so easy for them to do so. Snap buttons once fastened can hardly come undone, they make the diaper fit more properly and are less bulky than the velcro diapers.
DADDY'S CHOICE Many fathers just love the snap buttons as they are so much easier to fasten. The velcro elements have to line up precisely to be effective, or they become undone. Snap buttons work always.
CHEAPER Snap buttons are often cheaper compared to branded Velcro cloth diapers.