Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Review: Snappi Diaper Fasteners
I'm a big proponent of cloth diapering. There are just so many benefits to using cloth diapers over disposables. First off, they're healthier: there are no nasty chemicals for baby to breathe in or to irritate baby's skin, and the breathable material helps prevent diaper rash. They can also be much more economical (when not using a diaper service), saving parents $1000 to $2000 in diapering costs - and these savings increase when parents reuse their cloth diapers for future children. Another huge consideration is that cloth diapering is vastly more eco-friendly than using disposable diapers, which take hundreds of years to decompose, pose the danger of contaminating ground water, cannot be recycled or reused, contribute millions of tons of waste to landfills each year, and require substantial resources to produce. On top of it all, cloth diapers can be reused for future children or repurposed as household rags, eliminate large amounts of waste from your personal garbage bins, and are just plain cute! Twee Poppets is all about the cute.
However, all-in-one cloth diapers can be spendy. Prefolds are more economical, but they require a separate diaper fastener. Until recently, most folks have used diaper pins, which can be difficult to manipulate and are extremely sharp. I know I would be afraid of poking myself or baby if I were to use a traditional diaper pin - and I would definitely be on the look out for a better way to fasten the diapers!
Enter the Snappi Diaper Fastener.
Snappis are so handy that they have become a must-have for cloth diapering. They are T-shaped rubber fasteners with a few plastic teeth on each "leg" of the device, and they are very simple to use. Once you fold the diaper into place, just hook the left leg of the fastener onto the left side of the diaper, stretch the right leg over to the right side of the diaper and hook, and then bring the bottom leg down and hook, changing the Snappi from a T-shape to more of a Y-shape.
I've changed many diapers using these fasteners, and I find changing a cloth diaper with a Snappi to be just as easy as changing a disposable diaper. I love that the design of the Snappi makes it so quick, easy, and safe to change a cloth diaper! The plastic prongs on each leg of the fastener are a bit pokey and you should definitely avoid handling them directly, but they are nowhere near as sharp as diaper pins! I've felt the prongs with the tips of my fingers several times and have never been hurt. The ends of each Snappi are just sharp enough to ensure that they stay firmly hooked onto the diaper, but not sharp enough to cause concern about injuring yourself or the baby during a diaper change - in fact, another benefit of Snappis are that they don't have the potential to poke straight through the diaper and onto the baby's skin the way traditional diaper pins do. They also include a terrific safety feature in the form of a loop that can be used to cover the sharp plastic teeth when the Snappi is not in use; I have never found this to be necessary, but it's wonderful to have the option!
The fasteners are surprisingly durable. While their website recommends only using a particular Snappi for six months, I nanny for a family who used theirs for over a year, only stopping when they switched to disposable diapers, and their fasteners held up very well. The only issue with their Snappis was that a couple of the loops eventually broke; however, this was really a minor issue, and while I would love to see it fixed, I can't say it really impacted the usefulness of the fasteners.
Snappis come in a rainbow of colors, so you'll even be able to coordinate them with different outfits! While you technically only need one Snappi (per cloth diapered baby) at any given time, I'd recommend purchasing at least a few, not only for convenience, but also because it's so fun and cute to match them to baby's clothing! And since Snappis are so reasonably priced (MSRP $3.95 each, $5.75 for a double pack, or $7.55 for a triple pack in baby size, or just slightly more for toddler size), you won't have to break the bank buying them!
Visit the Snappi website here.
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