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Diaper Fastener FAQ's

The least expensive method of cloth diapering is the tried and true prefold with a water-proof cover. However, to keep the prefold secure, many parents find that fastening them before putting the cover on keeps things much more secure.  At Enkore Kids we offer two methods of fastening the prefolds: Safety Pins and Snappis.

Questions? Read below...

Boingo Baby Fasteners

Boingo is a fun way to fasten a cloth diaper without using old fashioned pins! Just hook on one side of the diaper, pull, grip and you're done. Boingo fasteners grip on the sides of the diaper which prevents uncomfortable compression on baby's tummy and delicate areas like other cloth diaper fasteners on the market today. Boingo stays put and does not fall off during play.

Boingo comes in a pack of two allowing you to use only one Boingo for babies under 14 lbs. Boingo also comes in nearly a dozen cool and funky colors, including glow in the dark and glitter! So ditch the pins, because Boingo is in!

Instructions:

  1. Hold the Boingo with 2 hands, gripping in the center away from the claws.
  2. Pinch the fabric of the diaper and hook one end of the Boingo into the diaper. It is helpful to insert th teeth as you would a diaper pin (but the teeth aren't long enough to get to baby).
  3. Gently stretch and pull your Boingo to the opposite side and fasten again. Boingos do NOT need to be fastened tightly to grip the diaper properly. You want to have some give and stretch in the Boingo so that it will be comfortable for baby. A good rule of thumb is that you want to be able to comfortably slip one finger under the Boingo when fastened. You should be able to pull on the Boingo and have it stay tightly gripped.
  4. You may pull on the center of the Boingo to make sure it is attached firmly.
  5. Cover with your favorite diaper cover!

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Safety Pins

Are Safety Pins really, well, safe?

Yes, Safety pins have been used to secure cloth diapers nearly since the invention in the late 1800's. The modern Diaper Safety Pin is even safer than the original with an extra catch that the parent must navigate before the pin will open.

What's the Main Advantage of Safety Pins?

Very economical.

Tips for Using Safety Pins:

  • Lubricate the tip with a bar of soap to help the pin slide through the fabric easily.
  • Place your hand between baby's skin and the diaper to guide the pin through and ensure you don't stick baby.
  • Fasten by inserting the pin from the back to the front.
  • Keep extra safety pins closed and out of reach of children.

How Many Pins do I need?

Minimum of 4 pins. Since they are used in pairs, it always a good idea to have at least 1 extra set. Click to buy safety pins now.

Snappis

What are Snappis?

An EASY to use fastener that offers a PRACTICAL and RELIABLE way to fasten a cloth diaper, replacing the diaper pin. It comes in a variety of colors and is made from a stretchable non-toxic material, which is T-shaped with 'teeth' on each end. These 'teeth' hook into the diaper fabric to ensure a snug-fitting diaper with enough natural movement for the baby.

What Makes Snappis Safer?

Snappi SafetyWhen the Snappi fastener is not in use, fold the loop over the back of the Snappi end to fit over the teeth of the white grip - see photo above. This acts as a barrier and prevents the sharp teeth from being exposed. These loops are NOT to be pulled on when attaching the Snappi fastener to the diapers.  When attaching the Snappi, hold onto the solid part of the tab.

 

How Do You Use the Snappi?

Snappi Instructions

  1. 1. STRETCH the Snappi fastener before its first use. The stretching triggers the 'memory' of the Snappi to return to its original size, and in so doing, will pull the diaper together to the middle to allow for a snug fit. This is essential for the Snappi to work properly. This can be done by holding the Snappi in the center with one hand, and close to the end of the leg with the other hand. Then s-t-r-e-t-c-h a few times (10 or so). As you do this you should feel how the material 'softens' or gets more elastic. Follow this stretching procedure with each leg. The Snappi is now ready to go!
  2. Make sure that the Snappi is ATTACHED SECURELY. It is important that the Snappi® 'leg' being attached be stretched across the diaper before hooking it into the diaper.  When attaching the Snappi®, hold onto the solid part of the tab.  DO NOT pull on the loops.  So,
  3. Hook Left,
  4. Stretch ACROSS and Hook Right,
  5. Stretch DOWN and Hook Center

In other words, the Snappi® fastener should go from a ‘T’ shape to a ‘Y’ shape.

By following these instructions, the Snappi should be secure and the diaper will fit snugly. ALWAYS place a cover over the diaper and Snappi fastener.

Tips for Using the Snappi:

  • Work best with terry cloth diapers, cotton prefolds and other loosely woven cloth diapers. They do not work well with tightly woven diapers.
  • Clean your Snappi in hot soapy water. Do NOT launder them in the washer as this may weaken the grip attachment.

Warnings:

  1. ALWAYS use a cover when using a Snappi fastener with your baby’s diaper.
  2. Keep out of children’s reach when not in use!
  3. Do NOT use a Snappi fastener on toddlers that have the ability to undo their cover and take off their diaper and/or clothes.
  4. Do not use your Snappi for longer than 6 months.
  5. Do not leave your Snappi lying in the sun as it is not UV resistant and can reduce the effectiveness of the Snappi.

Cautions:

  • Any tear in the Snappi can lead to separation of a piece, presenting a possible choking hazard. 
  • Do not cut your Snappi as this could create weak spots in your Snappi.
  • Do not pull on the side strips of the Snappi when attaching it, as this can cause them to break.  These strips serve as a safety feature only, as explained above.  Use the flat tabs for leverage. 
  • Inspect your Snappi before each use and discontinue use immediately if there is any sign of cracking, tearing, breakage or wear of the teeth or any other parts.

How Many Snappis Do I Need?

We recommend a minimum of 2 Snappis. Used individually, but you'll be happy to have a back up. Click to shop for Snappis now.

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