If you are just starting to research cloth diapers, chances are you have encountered the phrase “hook & loop.” Outside of the cloth diaper industry, Hook and Loop is not a common phrase. There are a lot of other things you could associate the term with, but either way, you aren’t alone if you are wondering exactly what this means. Hook & loop is the generic term for the type of closure you might call Velcro or Aplix. Just like Kleenex and Puffs = tissues; Velcro and Aplix = hook & loop closure. Easy, right? But not exactly something you can ask your mother or neighbor, unless they know about modern cloth diapers.
So what are the advantages of cloth diapers with hook & loop closures instead of snaps? Well, the most common advantage is that hook & loop closures are easy to use — especially if you or someone who cares for your child is transitioning from disposable diapers. Hook & loop closures make cloth diapers just as easy to use as disposables.
Another advantage, especially in combination with the bumGenius
and Flip Diapers
stretchy tabs and unique butterfly closure, is that hook & loop closures allow a more customizable fit. Babies grow — fast! Their little bellies also expand and contract, sometimes several times a day depending on feedings. Hook & loop closures allow you to adjust the fit at the waist to exactly the right place. Since they have to fit into pre-designed spaces, snap closures can’t achieve the same customized fit.
Hook & loop closures are also easier to close than snaps, making them great for anyone who has difficulty with snaps. This means that hook & loop closure tabs are often a favorite choice for babysitters, grandparents and daycare.
We offer both hook & loop and snap closures in our bumGenius 4.0, Freetime and Flip diapers. If you are curious about the advantages of snap closures, please see this blog post.
Do you have a preferred type of closure or do you like a mix of both? What is your favorite and why?