Tutorial: Adding Snaps to Prefolds
I like prefolds. I like them with a snappi, boingos, and sometimes I prefer them most with pins. Sometimes, I even love them trifolded into a cover. But I didn’t always feel this way. Learning to appreciate this diaper took a while for me. My husband never understood why I liked them. He will use prefolds if they accomplish a purpose our other diapers can’t—such as combating a bout of sensitive skin and diaper rash, or because all the other diapers are dirty. Otherwise, he doesn’t see the point of having them if we already have the easier diapers.
In an attempt to make things easier on my husband and on myself; and also so I could let my daughter go coverless in prefolds, I decided to make them easier to use by adding snaps to them.
The following is a documentation of my attempt (which turned out to be successful) and can serve as a tutorial for any of you who are interested in similarly altering your prefolds.
- Prefolds available at Diaper Junction
- Snaps available at Diaper Junction
- Snap Pliers available at Diaper Junction
Place your prefold on your baby the way you normally would when fastening with a Snappi, Boingos, or pins. Instead of fastening the prefold, mark the areas where the fabric overlaps when attached.
Add a size
If you want to make this more versatile, you can add a second row of studs on the wings of your prefold by folding the back down as you would when fitting it to a baby with a lower rise. In fact, your baby may currently wear his/her prefold this way so you may want to do this to begin with. You can also add a second row of sockets on the front panel.
Add the Snaps
Follow the directions of your snap pliers/snap press for adding snaps to the specified spaces on your diaper. Remember, the studs will be added to the back wings, and the sockets will be added to the front panel.
Wear the diaper.
The diaper is now ready to be used. I really enjoy the simplicity of a prefold diaper now that one of the steps has been removed. Also, it’s nice to be able to wear the diaper coverless without having to use pins.