I hate velcro. Okay, I said it. One of the most common frustrations I hear about cloth diapering is how quickly the velcro deteriorates on pocket diapers. It’s no longer sticky, it curls, and it’s a recipe for diaper blowout disaster. Good news is, there are a few ways to fix worn out aplix- um, cloth diaper speak for velcro, on your baby’s cloth diapers.
The best solution for dealing with worn-out aplix, also sometimes called ‘hook and loop’ is to avoid it in the first place. After talking with other cloth diapering moms, it’s a consensus that snap closures are by far superior to aplix. The only time I prefer aplix closures is for diapering newborns in the wee hours of the morning when you’re working on 3 hours of sleep and changing diapers with one eye open. Since newborn diapers aren’t used long before they’re outgrown, they don’t get washed as often and the velcro doesn’t deteriorate much.
Put panties on. No, I’m not talking about instantly potty training your baby, I’m talking about grabbing a pair of toddler panties or a cute little diaper cover (you know, the ones that often come with baby dresses) and pulling that over the top of the loose diaper. The snugness of the panties over top the diaper keep it closed. I do this fairly often with my BumGenius diapers with dysfunctional aplix.
It’s no secret that diaper aplix wears out. The big cloth diaper companies know that velcro is subpar because many including BumGenius now offers refresher kits. If you’re decent with a needle and thread, you should be able to save your favorite cloth diapers for a lot less cost than replacing them. Here’s a helpful tutorial for replacing Bumgenius aplix without a sewing machine.
If you’re sewing machine stupid, like me or you don’t have time to repair your cloth diapers, pay someone else to do the job. You can search the forums on Diaper Swappers and hire a work at home CDing mom, or contact this cloth diaper repair service.
Give it a Makeover
Another great option to give worn out velcro closure diapers new life is to convert the diaper to snap closures. Essentially, you remove the velcro and replace it with snaps. You can do it yourself or hire a diaper repair service to do it for you.
If you’d like to try converting your diapers to snaps at low to no cost, why not grab some free cloth diapers and test-drive your DIY skills on those before you try converting your best cloth diapers? If you’re successful, you could even launch your own home business!
Tell me: Have you tried aplix cloth diapers? What has been your experience and would you recommend them? Please share in the comments below. We love a good CD discussion here!
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