In the beginning, I would only buy cloth diapers with snap closures. I avoided Velcro and Aplix closure because of the dreaded diaper daisy chain, wear out potential, and other issues. Eventually, though, I caved. At that time GroVia hybrid diapers were only made with Velcro. TotsBots Easy Fit diapers were in the first generation design and were also only made with Velcro. There were so many awesome diapers that I wanted to try.
Now that Norton is nearly two and a half, one other reason to skip out on Velcro closure cloth diapers is now an issue: Norton will unpeel the Velcro and take his diaper off. A naked, non-housebroken (okay, fine, potty trained for the PC crowd) toddler in his room for a nap is a recipe for disaster. In fact, my making the mistake of putting Norton to bed with only a Velcro closure cloth diaper once resulted in a nice puddle of pee soaked into the carpet. (Fortunately, I also have a Bissell Spot Bot, which managed to get out the urine and the yucky scent that accompanies stinky boy pee.)
That was the last time that I put Velcro on Norton.
I was lucky; I didn’t have an incident like that lovely meme describes. There was no poop on the floor. I’ve never had a kid play in poo or anything else; they seem to find it icky instead of interesting.
I’m finding that Norton’s interest in peeling open Velcro also extends to his sister: if Eudora is wearing a Velcro diaper that is not covered by a onesies, Norton will take her diaper off, too. (He likes to open and unfasten other things, too. His Melissa and Doug latch board, door knobs, child proof door knobs, his father’s belt buckle… nothing is safe from our boy.)
It’s really too bad that I’ve had to banish Velcro. Once I got the hang of the sticky tabs to prevent the dreaded diaper daisy chain, I didn’t have a problem with things sticking together. I’ve never had Velcro wear out, even if other aspects of the diaper might have failed. While Velcro is awesome for getting a perfect fit when you’ve got a baby at an in between size, it’s a bit of a hiccup when raising a smart toddler with a flair for breaking and entering. As useful as I find that it can be, it’s just not practical with my boy on the loose.
Do you use Velcro closures in your house? Why or why not? Which diaper did you find had the most durable Velcro?