Turn a Snap Diaper into a Velcro Diaper – Adapt-a-Snap from GoGreen Pocket Diapers – Review

by Maria Moser on May 5, 2011

in Cloth Diapers,Diaper Accessories,Review,Snap Closure,Velcro/Aplix Closure

go green adapter 1

Last year, I wrote a 4 part post about my thoughts about the future of cloth diapering. In part 4 I mentioned that I’d love to see a diaper with snaps, that also had a Velcro strip and tabs that could snap on and off at a whim. I’d mentioned this to a few WAHMs, and as far as I know, no one had made such a thing. At least one WAHM had made a diaper with both snaps and Velcro, and you just affixed whichever you wanted, but I thought you really needed to be able to remove the Velcro.

Anyhoo, a little while ago, GoGreen Pocket Diapers posted on their Facebook page that they were coming out with a snap-to-aplix conversion kit that sounded exactly like what I was talking about! I’m a little embarrassed to say that I got pretty excited. I mean, really. Who gets all bouncy and squealy about a cloth diaper accessory? Well, me I guess. Largely because I was like OMG, YES! Someone else thinks this is a good idea! I’m not crazy!!

go green adapter 2 front on

OK, so here’s how it works. You can get either white or black, and you can buy them with matching snaps (so you hardly notice them) or multicolor snaps (so they have the cool look of the GoGreen Champ, with the ease of Velcro.) It just snaps right on the front of the diaper.

go green adapter 3 tabs

The tabs snap on the same way.

go green adapter 4 tabs on

I wasn’t sure how well the tabs would stick, since there are snap caps all along the Velcro strip, but it’s as if they aren’t even there, they stick just fine.

go green adapter 6 tabs closed

You can overlap the tabs since they have the loop texture on the reverse side.

go green adapter 5 tabs overlapping

You can also reverse the way the tab is snapped in to make it close up even smaller.

gogreen adapter on bumgenius wreversed tab

When you reverse both tabs, you can close it up just as small as when it’s snapped, or even smaller.  (Only one tab is reversed in the pictures above & below.)

gogreen adapter on bum genius

So obviously, I tested this with a Bumgenius diaper. The adapter will work with The Champ, or any other diaper with 1″ snap spacing, and two rows of 10 snaps. The obvious thing would be to test the adapter with the Champ, but when I received it, my Champ was dirty and I was anxious to try the adapter! This means I was extremely confused by what I thought of as “the mystery tab.”

go green adapter 7 mystery tab frontgo green adapter 8 mystery tab back

It is slightly smaller than the closure tabs (closer to square) and has male snaps on one side (caps on the other) and loop (fuzzy Velcro) on both sides. I couldn’t figure out what it did. I contacted Leah at GoGreen, washed my Champ, and it all made sense. (LOL)

gogreen overlap adapter

I totally forgot that the Champ has an additional set of female snaps on the wing, so you can overlap the tabs for tiny babies. I sound like such a dummy, but since I’ve never needed the overlap, it just totally slipped my mind.

gogreen overlap adapter 2

This additional adapter snaps to the newborn overlap snaps and attaches to the hook of the other closure tab. There’s no hook on the underside of this adapter since it sits up against PUL (hook might snag it.)

gogreen overlap adapter closed

Using this adapter on the newborn snap gets the diaper even tinier for really small babies. Since a baby that small isn’t going to be mobile, you shouldn’t have wing droop issues from the tabs attaching to each other vs. having them both attach to the front of the diaper.

gogreen adapter on flip

You already know the adapter works on the Bumgenius, so obviously, it works on the Flip as well.

gogreen adapter on rumparooz

Rumparooz, check! I was trying to figure out what else I could try it on. I’m more of a Velcro gal myself, so I will choose that over snaps if it’s available. I was mentally inventorying my diapers and thought maybe it would work on the Oh Katy (especially since I remembered that had a newborn overlap snap!)

oh katy not quite right size snaps for gogreen adapteroh katy has only 8 snaps

As it turns out, the snaps aren’t quite the right distance apart, and it only has 8 snaps!

still made it work

Even so, I made it work! The adapter is pretty forgiving! The end of the Velcro strip might rub baby’s tummy this way though!

So, why would you want an adapt-a-snap? I’ve heard so many people say they started out with Velcro because it was simple (also an easy transition from sposies in my opinion), and it was great until their baby figured out just how easy it was to undo! So then they were stuck buying snap diapers, or trying to stop their streaker wannabe. With these adapters, you can buy snap diapers, but use them as Velcro until you need the snaps. Or, if you always love snaps, but want something easier for babysitters, this is it.

The other problem with Velcro is the longevity. The laundry tabs of many diapers aren’t exactly great, so you end up with curling closure tabs, snagged diapers etc. etc. It’s so easy to just pop the tabs off before you toss them in the wet bag, then snap them back on when they’re dry. Alternately, you could get a strip of fuzzy Velcro, cut rectangles, and slap ‘em on the closure tabs before you wash.

At $6.99 each (edit: The price isn’t set in stone since this is still really a prototype. They may end up being less!), the adapters might be a little too pricey to buy one for each diaper in your stash, but it doesn’t take too long to attach them, so you could definitely get away with having just a few. I wouldn’t want to try to snap all 20 snaps on a new diaper with a wiggly, naked baby waiting.  So you’d probably want to at least have enough to have one or two already on diapers, waiting in the wings so to speak!

Hooray for GoGreen reading my mind!  What do you think?  Could you use one of these?

FTC compliance: I received the adapt-a-snap at no charge in order to review it. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom May 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

Awesome to see a review on these! I’ve seen a few threads about them on Go Green’s site. My husband hates the snaps We have so many different brands of diapers he can never figure out which ones snap on which setting. These would be great.

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2 Jill May 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Genius!

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3 Tracy May 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Brilliant! GoGreen’s diapers rock and now amazing accessories from them too? Excited!

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4 Anna May 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

HOORAY!!! Genius! I love the ease of velcro, but hate how it wears-out as you wash. Laundry tabs help, but they don’t solve the problem. I will be ready to buy these as soon as they are available.

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5 Katie May 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I think this is amazing. I love Aplix/Velcro diapers! This totally solves my dilemma between buying snaps because they last longer versus buying aplix for ease of use! I’ll just buy a couple of these babies and voila! The best of both worlds!

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6 Heather Ratliff May 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I love this!! I have some snap diapers that I’ve won, but I prefer aplix for ease of putting them on. However, I have noticed that my aplix covers show a ton of wear. This would be great!

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7 Terri May 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

What an absolutely fantastic idea! My kids are older, but I’ll pass on to my younger sister! Thanks for the intro!

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8 Stacie L May 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

Ok this is the most brilliant idea I have ever seen! I remember when you posted about this idea and I thought it was brilliant but never thought anyone would do it! So glad to see Go Green has made that leap!!!

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9 Pam May 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

That is such a great idea. I will recommend this to my cousin who has a baby due any day.

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10 Sarah Schulz July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

What a great idea! I like the idea of durable snaps, but DS is too wiggly right now so I’m getting lots of Velcro diapers. But this makes lots of sense! Plus it would be easy to replace once the Velcro wore out. Thanks for posting!

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11 Jess August 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Thank for the review. I wondered if these would work with my BumGenius diapers. I like the idea of velcro but couldn’t stand the laundry tabs they sewed inside (too scratchy against baby’s skin) so I went with snaps. Now I can have velcro BG without the laundry tabs and still not worry about diaper chains! yay!

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12 Lyn August 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Oh my goodness, I want! :) I would love having the option of making some of my diapers go from snaps to Velcro. Thank you so much for this review too.

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13 Maria August 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

You’re welcome! Buy some, you won’t regret it! :-D

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14 Tiffany March 29, 2012 at 4:00 am

I wish I found this review last week! I traded some of my snap diapers for velcro and with the money I paid for shipping I could have just got these! I just ordered a 3 pack for $19 shipped from gogreen and can not wait to use them!!

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15 heather c. August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Yay! This is exactly what I was looking for! I’m very excited to see that it works on other diapers that I own also! I much much prefer snaps — hate laundering anything with velcro — but other caregivers in our lives aren’t familiar with cloth diapers and I figured velcro would make it easier. I just didn’t want to buy velcro diapers if I could help it.

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16 Maria August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

It is such a cool idea, isn’t it?

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17 charlotte January 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

do these work as well for sunbaby diapers?

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18 Maria January 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I don’t have a sunbaby, but if they have the same snap setup, they should work fine!

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19 ruby February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This excites me! for the oh katy, could you possibly just cut off the leftover snaps?

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20 Maria February 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I don’t see why not, if you were only going to use it for that brand!

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21 Jessica November 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

this is awesome! Why did I not think of this before! I do not like velcro diapers but had to buy a whole set because the lady that keeps my son can’t do the snaps!

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