Disclosure: I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions: the Snuggie, the Slap Chop, the Schticky, and now Snap Blockers. The velcro versus snaps debate is one that rages amongst passionate cloth diapering Mamas, and each side has its own fervent supporters. The strongest point for velcro (aka aplix or hook & loop) is its ease of use: Papas, grandparents and babysitters can handle it. And in snaps’ corner we have the durability argument: velcro loses stick, or gets stuck to the wrong things, while snaps stand the test of time. Snap blockers allow Strictly Snappy Sistas (SSSs) to have the main benefit of velcro without having to buy a separate stash for Papa or for Day Care: it makes snap diapers foolproof.
As you can see, snapping up Cub’s Hip Huggers is not one of Papa Wolf’s many talents. But, the majority of my stash is aplix: I love my TotsBots Easy Fits, velcro and all. The only snap diapers I use regularly are my WAHM-made diapers and my Hip Huggers Supreme. For the purpose of this blog, I also used a BumGenius 4.0 snap diaper, since I know it’s a favourite of many, many SSSs.
So usually I’m quite competent with snapping Wolf Cub’s diapers, and Papa tends to choose the aplix fluff any way (aside from the Snap Gate incident, pictured above). But lately, Cub has started getting extremely squirmy, and I find myself trying to snap up his diaper while he’s in all sorts of acrobatic positions. This makes finding the right snaps hard. Just today, I snapped him into his BumGenius – thanks to the snap blockers- while he was in his own version of Downward Dog (Downward Cub?!) Furthermore, I actually don’t use the same snaps on both sides of my BGs to get the right fit.
As you can see, Snap Blockers make snapping up diapers…. a breeze! (You totally thought I was going to say “snap,” didn’t you?) Figure out which snaps you use to get the perfect fit, block all the others, and, as we say here in Quebec, le tour est joué!
I recommend getting a set with bright colours, not only to spice up your diapers but also so it’s easy to see which snaps are blocked. They are offered in gender neutral, girly and boyish colour combos.
Note that once snapped in, it’s hard to get the snap blocker out. This is good because we don’t want baby pulling them out and eating them. (Use a butter knife or your nails.) Be smart though: it’s easy to leave the bag of snaps lying around… and it’s a total mischievous baby magnet.
So for a stash that’s like mine and mostly velcro, a set of blockers is an inexpensive treat ($8 for a pack of about 100, free shipping Canada or $1 to the US) to help get those couple of snap diapers on a wriggly worm and also make them even prettier. But I’ve heard of lots of Snappy Moms buying a whole separate stash of velcro diapers to accommodate day care or Papa, or just yoga-posing acrobat babies. In that case, buying enough blockers to block your entire stash is obviously a huge savings!!
You can buy Snap Blockers at Earth Tribe’s online store.