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Aplix Cloth Diapers vs Snaps Cloth Diapers: Which is Better?

It’s the debate that divides passionate people. It’s the debate that will have you arguing with your friends until late at night. Which side will you be on – aplix cloth diapers or cloth diapers with snaps? All kidding aside, there are definite pros and cons to each.

aplix cloth diapers or snap cloth diapers - which is better

When you first start contemplating cloth diapers, it’s bound to come up pretty soon in the conversation – Aplix or Snaps?  The thing is – cloth diaper users can be quite strong on their stance too – especially those Snap Snobs. This post is obviously a light look at cloth diaper closures, but it is a good conversation to have especially when you’re new to cloth diapering.

What is aplix?

Aplix is simply the term for the “velcro” on a diaper – don’t get confused by different terms you may see, like aplix and “hook and loop”. Velcro is simply a copyrighted name so cloth diaper manufacturers can’t use it.

It’s also important to realize that almost every cloth diaper maker uses different types of snaps and a different type of aplix.  Just because you like Tots Bots aplix, doesn’t mean you will automatically be a fan of GroVia’s. In fact, those two diapers and their aplix closure are VERY different. And the same goes for cloth diapers with snaps. Most manufacturers use different snaps as well.

child wearing aplix cloth diapers and snap cloth diaper

Now that Moreaya is 14 months, I feel like I can get a great fit with both type of closures. For newborn cloth diapers, I definitely prefer aplix, but it’s simply a personal choice. I think those diapers go on faster, easier, and give a more personal fit for an itty bitty baby.

Cloth Diapers with Snaps


  • More durable than aplix, allows diapers to last through more than one child
  • Children can’t usually undo snaps


  • Sometimes hard to get an in-between the snaps good fit

Cloth Diapers with Aplix


  • Faster Diaper Changes
  • Most closely resembles disposable diapers


Both diapers in this post are bumGenius Freetimes. I purchased the Dazzle in the aplix closure a few months ago and then was sent the Dazzle with snaps for review. Right now, I like to reserve the aplix for the the diaper bag, just because I still get a faster change with aplix, and the snap version for at-home, especially nap times. And here’s why…

Because, believe me, you don’t want that little aplix coming undone during a nap!

I want to hear from YOU – which do you prefer – Cloth Diapers with Aplix or Snaps?!


Wednesday 21st of August 2013

Hi, I just came across this post and wanted to comment that Aplix is also a trade name.  I have worked for them for nearly 10 years. Over the years and due to quality and softness of our material Aplix became synonymous with use in nappies and became the hook and loop of choice within the reusable nappy market.  This is still the case today, however some nappy companies (in an attempt to save on cost) use cheaper imported far eastern material rather than the quality hook and loop that we manufacture.  This inferior material often doesn't have the same lifespan as our material, is not as soft and is easier to pull apart and can also even fray (our material should experience only a very small amount of fraying and if applied properly by the nappy maker, cna avoid fraying altogether).

I hope this has been useful and love the discussion.


Tuesday 30th of July 2013

I love the aplix but I'm a little scared for when my munchkin is able to undo it. I had snaps but found they never fit right and I would always get leaks. Then I bought five bum genius diapers super cheap at a garage sale and they were aplix which I didn't originally do because I figured they wouldn't hold up as well and I instantly found that they fit better and I had no leaks! So I bought a whole set cheap used and just replaced the fraying Velcro and have had no problems, and mine have laundry tabs so you never need to worry about the dreaded diaper chain! 


Wednesday 7th of August 2013

Michelle - I am so with you!  Although snaps do last longer {in the long run}, aplix seems to be MUCH eaiser to get a good fit.  I mean, if you need a fit BETWEEN snaps, what do you do?  I know it's a small space, but it happens.  That's awesome that you're crafty enough to be able to replace the aplix!  Thanks for sharing!!


Thursday 4th of April 2013

Hi I am totally new at cloth diapers. actually, I haven't even started using them yet but I want to asap. Can you recommend the best brand, size for me. I have an average size 20 month old. I love the fact that the snaps and velcro make it so much easier then pins they used in the old days. Thank you. Michelle


Thursday 4th of April 2013

Michelle - great to hear! Honestly, you can ask this question to anyone and you'll get a ton of different answers. I truly think that sometimes it's best to start with "the big guys" meaning the most popular brand names for your first cloth diapers. Then, as you get more comfortable - try different styles/brands to see what you like the most. Four of my favorite brands are bumGenius {specifically the Freetimes, which are an AIO and the 4.0s are Pockets}, FuzziBunz, Thirsties are also great {you'll need a size 2 for your little one!}, and I love Bummis too. If you're curious about the different types of cloth diapers, visit my list here - Let me know if you have any other questions and you can always email me at!

Misfit Momma aka Missy

Tuesday 19th of March 2013

I liked snaps better but had lots of aplix diapers too. When she was a newborn the aplix was great but once she started moving around I noticed it would scratch her belly with certain diapers.


Wednesday 20th of March 2013

That's a good point about Aplix that I forgot - I see those marks on Moreaya every once in awhile if I don't get the diaper on just right. Thanks Missy!


Sunday 17th of March 2013

Hmm, I have never thought about the difference! I wish I had known more about cloth with my son, but I want to try it the next time around. I think the aplix sound easier for me.