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Diaper Pin Tricks for Cloth Diapering

Posted by Bert on 5/23/2013 to Cloth Diaper How-To
“I’m sorry but why on Earth would anyone choose to use diaper pins?” This is what I thought to myself tonight as I was thinking about my blogging friends that are participating in Dirty Diaper diaper pins,snappis,fastenersLaundry’s 3rd Annual Flats Challenge. Diaper pins are so archaic, right?

After doing a little research and perusing Diaper Swappers I found that I was wrong. Some moms LOVE their diaper pins and prefer them over using the Snappi. Why?

Apparently they feel that they can get a better fit with a diaper pin over a Snappi because you can place the diaper pin anywhere on a prefold or flat. A Snappi, because of its design, has to be placed at the top of the diaper so that it can use all three of its special “triggers.” Moms also said that diaper pins provide a snugger fit than the Snappi which is interesting because according to Snappi that one of the benefits to using a Snappi.

A few tips that I learned when it comes to using diaper pins:

  • Use natural oils either from your own scalp (rub the pin against the scalp of your own head and the pin will pick up the oil – please be careful!)or keep your pins in a bar of soap that’s covered in fabric. The reason why you want to do this is because the oil on the pins makes the pin glide easily through the fabric.
  • Always be sure that the diaper pin is parallel to your baby to avoid pricking that sweet baby skin.
  • The other major benefit to using diaper pins is that they are more cost efficient than the Snappi. If you’re in a financial pinch don't underestimate the power of a prefold or flat with diaper pins to hold everything in place. The diaper pins of today have a safety lock on them making them pretty safe even for that curious toddler’s little hands.

Do you use diaper pins? Tell us why you prefer them over using a Snappi! rd Annual Flats Challenge. Diaper pins are so



Kim Hendricks
Date: 5/23/2013
I have heard of the hair & soap tricks, but I fell in love with the Snappi! I have a package of pins in my son's closet that I bought before he was born as backup in case I didn't like the Snappi, but I never opened the pins. I think babysitters & family members are more willing to use the Snappi as well since we only use prefolds & wraps & don't have any AIO's for when my husband & I are gone.
Date: 5/23/2013
I LOVE diaper pins, but I didn't know all those tricks for using them. Sweet!
Date: 5/24/2013
I'm honestly too scared to use diaper pins, especially since my LO is soooo squirmy. It's hard enough getting the Snappi in place!! I don't think I'll ever try pins! I've heard of using a bar of soap to store the pins in. The wax coats the tips making it easier to get through the fabric (or so I've heard).
Jel Tan Wee
Date: 5/24/2013
Useful tips, i will be buying a couple of diaper pins and snappis to see which one will work for me and my coming baby.
jennifer laur
Date: 5/25/2013
i've been too afraid of pins, but a few of my friends absolutely swear by them.
Jessica Douglass
Date: 5/27/2013
We are planning to use flats and prefolds, but I'd assumed pins were not an option.. might have to rethink!
Date: 5/27/2013
If you hold the fingers of your opposite hand (the one not trying to pin the diaper) between the diaper and the baby, you are less likely to poke the baby with a pin by accident, and it also helps adjust the tightness of the diaper, so it's not too tight. Never knew the hair or soap trick, but never had trouble getting the pin through the cloth.
Rachel N
Date: 5/28/2013
I have never tried pins...I can see why some people might prefer them to a snappi though. I have had snappi's come undone before, that would be pretty hard to have happen with pins.
Date: 5/29/2013
I learned more today about pins. They still scare me alot! I have snappis but I'm a tucker, I love tucking my prefolds into the covers. it's my favorite way
Vanessa V.
Date: 5/29/2013
I have used pins before but didn't like it too much. I also had bongos too which I loved but I haven't needed to pin anything down anymore lately
amanda hoellrich
Date: 5/30/2013
I tried pins once and was afraid I would poke the baby. I prefer snappis or boingos, much easier.
Date: 8/21/2013
I tried once, but the fit was too loose. I didn't account for "settling" I suppose. I need to learn though, because the snappi pulls the fabric downward, which would be great for a NB, but cloth diapering a boy who tummy sleeps with his butt in the air and legs under him is like the trifecta of doom.
Date: 11/14/2013
I'm going to use diaper pins. For one thing, I think the snappis are ugly. And I agree about the snugger fit. I think it just takes practice to get it right. My parents diapered all six of their children this way, so I think I will be able to manage. That being said, I definitely wouldn't mind winning some of those fancy diapers!
Date: 1/29/2014
Love pins...tried the Snappy with 3 of my babes and never liked the fit and sagging. Pins are also the only fasteners my Houdini's can't get out of.
Beth Schafer
Date: 1/30/2014
I used the denby diapers on my baby(who turned 29 Today.) But, I also used prefolds with pins. I still have them also.! I always stuck my pins into a bar of soap.
Beth Schafer
Date: 1/30/2014
Carmen H.
Date: 1/31/2014
Good to know! Thanks!
Date: 11/7/2014
When my daughter was born (21 years ago), there was only Diaper pins to use - no Snappi, velcro, or all-in-one's and only rubber pants.
Date: 6/28/2019
We have a newly adopted 14 year old daughter and we are using the cloth pin on diapers and rubberpants on her 24/7 due to her day time accidents and bedwetting.I pin her diapers on her with regular baby diaper pins with pastel colored heads that are self locking.I stick the diaper pins in a bar of soap to prevent them from rusting.When we baptized and christened her three weeks ago,we did her in the traditional,white,baptism/christening gown and bonnet with the lace anklets and white shoes.and we did extra diapers on her with her white rubberpants over them.i had to use two diaper pins on each side.

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