Why I love diaper pins!
Over five years of using cloth diapers, I’ve done things backwards. I’ve gone from the
most modern cloth diapers to the most old fashioned. I used to be a pocket diaper junkie,
but now I prefer pinned prefolds. Flat’s aren’t really my thing in the traditional sense but I
stuff my pockets with them (for my husband and for daycare) because they’re so easy to
wash. I know why I switched to prefolds—they’re easy to clean and they work better
than pocket diapers for my son. I’m not sure what exactly lead me to fasten them with
pins rather than my Snappi or Boingo fasteners, but I have a couple of guesses. Maybe
it just brings me back to my very first cloth diapering days—7 years old and using diaper
pins and prefolds on my baby brother because those were the only cloth diapering
options back then. I guess there’s just something about diaper pins that feels safe and
familiar. I still remember when my mom would have to replace a package of them
because my sisters and I had lost all of ours. The heads on the pins those days had
different colored animals on them—yellow ducks, blue bears, and pink piglets. Most
people my age don’t know this stuff because disposables were on the rise during the
80s. But I remember those pins—using them, sticking myself with them, losing them, and
fastening diapers with them.
So there’s the nostalgia. That has to be the reason I started using pins, but it’s certainly
not why I keep it up. There are a plethora of other reasons that I haven’t traded in my
diaper pins for more modern options.
Maybe it’s just that I’m not wellpracticed with a Snappi, but I really feel that you can get a
better fit when using a prefold with diaper pins. Get that angel folded prefold wrapped
around a baby’s bum and with gentle but firm tugs on each of the corners, you can wrap
that diaper almost as tightly as a fitted when you use diaper pins.
Diaper pins are sturdy. They’re durable. They’re hardy. They don’t break or fall
apart—especially if you buy the kind that are made entirely of metal.
Safe to go cover less
I like to let my babies go cover less. It reminds me to change their diaper as soon as
they’re wet, and lets their sensitive skin breathe. I also like using prefolds. You can’t let a
baby go cover less in a prefold if they’re using a Snappi or Boingos because those are
easily removed and then the sharp teeth are exposed to sweet, little fingers. Diaper pins
are safe to use on a prefold without a cover. Little fingers can’t unfasten them, and the
sharp point is safely tucked inside.
Anything that you’re familiar with is easy. If you have never used diaper pins, you’d
disagree with me that they’re simple to use, but if you used them all the time, the practice
will make them pretty straightforward. When I first tried them on my daughter, all the
practice I’d had as a kid was out the window. I just couldn’t get them to work. Because I
use them all the time with my son, they’re now easy for me.
Some of my prefolds are rather narrow. When I try to use a Snappi with these guys, it
either makes the diaper too tight around Baby Bear’s waist, or it doesn’t reach at all. This
problem doesn’t happen with my diaper pins (or my Boingos, to tell the truth).
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a Snappi or Boingos. They’re easy and
quick to use and fasten a diaper just great. But I just can’t help but prefer my diaper pins.
Maybe it’s because of the memories, or maybe it’s because of the reasons listed above,
but they are and will always be my favorite fastener!
Desiree Date 6/19/2014
With my first son (he is 3 now) I tried to do prefolds and pins but I couldn't figure it out. I ended up going back to disposable. With my second son (7 months old now) I've been doing pocket diapers and I love them. I still hope to learn how to use prefolds and pins one day!
Hope Date 6/19/2014
I use pockets for overnight, and a prefold inside a cover during the day. I tried going cover-less, but then changing the baby also meant changing my pants (where she sat and peed), or washing the carpet (where she sat and peed), or the couch (where...you get the picture). I almost gave up on cloth entirely at that point (I did give up for a couple months), but then I found some flip covers while thrifting, and it was a total revelation!
Sooo addicted to cloth now. What am I going to compulsively buy and hoard once my baby is using the toilet??? lol
Jami Smith Date 6/19/2014
I rememeber those pins! I still have a duckie that was from my mother's stash. I wore it on a ball chain necklace during my grunge stage in the 90's, I used it with my emergency stash of cloth with my first two children, my third daughter took her first step with that pin in her diaper and it's now safely kept in my mother's antique jewelry box. I keep it as a reminder that her choice to cloth diaper was never second guessed and her journey had a lot more struggle than mine. I think pins hold better than the boingos and are my go to with my wool and fleece covers and the occasional no cover day.
Mia Hicks Date 6/19/2014
Thank you for sharing this! I am new to cloth diapering but I really enjoy hearing what works for everyone and what people have found to be the easiest way of cloth diapering.
Maureen L Date 6/19/2014
My mom used them on me when I was little. I have Snappi's for my little one. Lately it's hard with diapering the squirmer to think about trying to get a pin on her!
Melissa Larkin Date 6/19/2014
I remember using pins in my baby sitting days. However, my son is so squirmy and flips over so fast during diaper changes now, I'd never get a pin on fast enough - I can barely press the Velcro down in time!
erin meeh Date 6/20/2014
I don't know if my lo would hold still long enough to use pins!
Ainee Ramos Date 6/20/2014
Love pins occasionally :)
Suzy Smith Date 6/20/2014
I have been debating using some kind of fastener on my prefolds under covers and was pretty sure I was going to buy a snappi, but now you've got me thinking.
Rebecca T Date 6/20/2014
I never really got into using snappis. I don't seem to get a good fit. Maybe I should try pins instead! For now I just trifold in a cover.
Janelle Date 6/20/2014
I never thought about reverting to diaper pins.
Kristen P Date 6/20/2014
We're going to use prefolds and covers with our next baby. We're used to using pockets, so it'll be all brand new! We're using Snappis for now.
Mallori Loughridge Date 6/20/2014
I go back and forth between liking covers with flaps/prefolds and all in ones. I have never tried pins as my LO, like the other mommas here have said , is super rolley poley when I am changing her. Do you have any suggestions to be able to get a pin in ( since you said they are an awesome fit) without drawing blood from you or said wiggle worm?
Danielle B. Date 6/20/2014
My sister was all set to use prefolds with her daughter when she was a newborn. Once the baby was born, she decided she didn't like them. I may still try prefolds when I Have my own kids. I kind of liked the boingos in addition to snappis. I'm not sure if I'd like pins.
Kierra Date 6/20/2014
My Mamaw used diapers like this. I don't think I would be able to use pins. My little girl moves around way too much during changing time. It is hard enough getting the snaps or Velcro on her in time.
Courtney Date 6/20/2014
Hey, this is the way our grandmothers use to do it!
Cassy Johnson Date 6/20/2014
I don't know if my lo would hold still long enough to use pins! :)
Ainee Ramos Date 6/20/2014
Love pins occasionally
Maggie M. Date 6/21/2014
I've always used prefolds and flats and covers but I've never used pins before. I don't even know why, I just haven't ever thought of it. Awesome post!
Amy Wright Date 6/21/2014
I agree. Love the simplicity of a prefold.
Jennifer Waller Date 6/23/2014
I have not used flats or prefolds. At first, they just didn't appeal to me. I wanted the convenience of aio's. I'm coming around to the idea now though. Unfortunately, I can't use covers with my LO because of an allergy, but I am definitely going to try flats and covers if we have another.
Wendy Date 6/26/2014
Great post. I am so scared I would accidentally stick her with a pin! But I do love prefolds with snappi's.
Kinzi Date 6/26/2014
Hmmm I find this very interesting. I am thinking about cloth diapering it sounds like a good option for us. But I was going for prefolds. I guess I'll see where the adventure takes me.
Brenda P Date 6/27/2014
I'm new to cloth diapering. I have slowly built my stash throughout my pregnancy but have shied away from prefolds and flats and I think that's largely due to my memories of them! Lol. I remember the plastic pants and leaks that always went along with them. I know now that leaks can be prevented though. I just purchased my first prefolds last week with the intent of using them in covers. I'll see how that goes before I start using pins ;)
andrea sypek Date 6/30/2014
Maybe ill give it a try. This has me curious.
Meridyth Date 7/4/2014
My mom and dad cloth diapered me when I was baby, and they used good 'ol pins and flats. No fancy cloth systems back then :)
Ashley Wakeland Date 7/4/2014
I'm new to the whole cloth diapering thing! I bought 3 bumgenius 4.0's and am hooked! I ordered some more and are waiting for them to come in. Can't wait to make the full switch over to cloth!
Audrey G Date 7/7/2014
I like the IDEA of pins. I just can't get on board. I am still too scared I'd stick my wiggly baby.
Cindy Garcia Date 7/7/2014
I want to have a few flats and refolds in my stash and I/m undecided on pins or snappis. One of the girls on FB told us horror stares about snappis flinging into her husbands face, though I don't want that to happen to me, I wouldn't mind it happening to my husband every now and then loll!
rosy moreno Date 7/8/2014
I tried prefolds and pins, my baby is 21lbs now, I'm not sure if I'm buying the wrong prefolds, but when I folks them up to put around her, it barely reaches to pin it... so I went ahead and night 35 pocket diapers.
Amy Date 7/10/2014
I have found prefolds to be much easier and less complicated. I love them. They're cheap, too!
Jessica O Date 7/10/2014
I really need to get over being scared of using pins! I use a snappi on my prefolds and fitteds now and it never seems to "catch" right!
Ashley Seymour Date 8/14/2014
Right now, I'm wishing I had more Velcro in my stash......my little one doesn't hold still! I can't imagine using pins on him; when he was younger, sure. My mom used cloth with me. There were no disposables when I was a baby, I just hope for her sake, I wasn't a squirmer, lol :-) :-)
Jessica C Date 9/4/2014
I've definitely done more damage to my fingers with Snappi and Boingos than with pins! I love a flat in origami fold with a single pin in the center. Such a great summer diapering option. And receiving blankets make super-cute flats!
Erin B. Date 9/13/2014
Those are some great benefits. I used snappis, but could see how pins would give a tighter hold and fit. I probably would have been better at fastening pins than the snappi!
Mara Davenport Date 12/7/2014
I use both pockets and prefolds with covers, although it never occurred to me that I could let my little guy go coverless if I used pins!!! I am gonna have to try that!
Katie M Date 1/14/2015
I've never thought about using diaper pins but may just give them a try because I never know if it'll be easier for me or work better than the snappis I have. Anything to make cloth diapering easier for our first time.