Thursday, November 17, 2011

Go ahead and skip it!

We use diapers with snap closures.  I only have one hook & look diaper in my stash, and I only have it because I was testing out the Rumparooz Aplix.  When I first started cloth diapering (over two years ago – wow!), I was a bit OCD about the snaps.  They had to line up exactly – the same number of snaps on each side.  Vertical snaps were lined up one on top of the other.

While snapping diapers definitely get the award for longevity, and probably for “nicest looking” (no fuzzies or diaper chains in the washer), they do have a down side.  Sometimes your baby needs a setting that falls in between the snaps.  Or maybe {gasp} it means the snaps won’t be symmetrical on each side. 

In the last two years (and more so recently) I have learned that it is okay to have “mis-matched” snaps.  You, know, skip a snap here or there, or choose a different snap setting on each side of the diaper.

When Nolan is wearing an overnight diaper that is double stuffed, I have to give him a little more room around his legs to compensate for the bulk.  On his Rumparooz diapers (two vertical snaps on each side) he has three snaps showing on the top row, and four snaps showing on the bottom row.  He needs more room around the legs, but not at his waist.

Elaine has always been a petite, skinny little thing.  She hovers around the 10th percentile for weight.  (Imagine my surprise when the doctor announced that Nolan is in the…um…98th percentile.  Yeah, I was shocked).  Her FuzziBunz diapers are always skipping snaps.  With two waist snaps and one hip snap, I just pull the diaper until it is snug in all areas.  I often button one waist snap on the last snap, and then skip several snaps as I work toward the center of the diaper, cinching the waistline tight enough.  And on her Apple Cheeks diapers she goes two snaps in on the legs and three snaps in the waist.

See?   It’s okay.  Don’t stress.  Just use the snap that gives the best fit, even if it means skipping snaps or have a non-symmetrical diaper.  Go ahead…just skip it!


Lindsey said...

This made me laugh this morning, as I'm the SAME way! Do you think there's a bit of an OCD streak in all of us CD Mama's?! I'm a bit OCD when it comes to using inserts with diapers too... I'm just now starting to realize that I can mix and match my inserts with different diapers! ;)

Unknown said...

While I always go with whatever snap sequence fits best, I always have that little voice in the back of my head that says "no! they aren't even, they aren't lining up!"

Thanks for the laugh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has these random thoughts lol!

Amanda H said...

I was a little like that at first. I think Luke was the first one to put a diaper on not perfectly symmetrical, and I realized it wasn't a problem:) At this point, both kids are in-between sizes, so none of their diapers go on symmetrically!

Conservamom said...

lol! I am a fan of snaps as well:) Sure hook and loop is nice at first until it starts getting all fuzzy. I stopped by from cloth diapering mama. Hope you can stop by my blog and check out my giveaway for babylegs :)

Unknown said...

Andrea, this was hilarious! I'm sure I'll be just as crazy about the snaps matching when I get to the cloth diapering days :)

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