Snaps or Aplix?

Here’s the poop–err, scoop on Aplix versus Snap diapers.  Aplix is like Velco and sometimes it’s called “hook and loop.” Snaps are button like thingys. Cloth diapers and diaper covers are no longer secured with diaper pins–thank goodness. Here’s the pros and cons, so let’s keep it simple:

1. Aplix makes it easy to get a diaper on and off fast.

2.Snaps make sure that diaper doesn’t come off so fast. Or so easy. (Enter aspiring nudist, ah yes, the toddler.)

When you’re in a hurry, you’ll love smacking those Aplix tabs over with two quick swipes and getting on with your business. But as soon as your baby gets a little chubby, or starts pulling at things, you’ll realize that Aplix is a little too easy to get off.  Snaps, on the other hand, require a bit of effort to pull apart. No kid is going to get past these, so there’s no trouble with Junior pulling his diaper off when he gets a notion.

Worn out aplix

I also find that Aplix wears poorly.  What I mean is this: after a few months, aplix starts looking dingy and eventually, it wears out. (Course, you can fix your aplix diapers with this handy tutorial if you have the time. ) Unless you are very careful, the fabric of the diaper will get picked during the wash by the aplix, making the diaper even more dingy.

For this reason, snap diapers can hold their resale value longer. Snaps don’t wear out and don’t damage the fabric during the wash. Cloth diapers show up all the time on Craigslist and diaper sites. Some diaper companies buy back used diapers.  If you consider that you can get about half the original cost of the diaper back with reselling, you’ve just reduced your bottom line. Sweet.

So what’s the verdict? Snaps are the way to go. Better resale, better performance.


2 thoughts on “Snaps or Aplix?

  1. christiana83 says:

    Thanks for this, I have been wavering back and forth, but I think you’ve tipped the scale for me towards snaps! I didn’t like how the velcro is so “stiff” and seems to restrict movement. The snaps are definately better for that too.

    • Judith says:

      I had to try both before deciding. I love your post “A day in the life…” about ECing. It’s a relief to see another mommy that doesn’t manage to get a shower until 11am. I knew I couldn’t be the only one!

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