Diaper Tip Tuesday: Add Snaps to Your Inserts to Save Time


I originally got this idea from the inserts that come with the Haute Pocket one size diaper, because (you guessed it) they snap together. Most one size pocket diapers come with two inserts, typically a smaller insert and a medium/large insert. I used the small inserts when my DD was younger, then moved to the larger inserts as I heightened the rise of the diaper, but stuffing my diapers started taking longer when I started doubling my inserts. That is when I had my “lightbulb” moment and decided to add snaps to about 16 of my one size diaper inserts. More specifically, about a dozen one size Happy Heiny inserts and 4 Bumgenius inserts.

Materials required: Snap pliers or a snap press, plastic snaps, awl, ruler or measuring tape and pen.

Step 1: Match up the inserts that will be snapping together.
Step 2: Take a ruler and decide where on the insert to place the snap(s). This will need a little more precision when using 2 snaps per insert set, as I did with my Happy Heiny inserts, because you need the snaps the be exactly the same distance apart to snap together correctly. Mark the spots for the snaps with a pen (tip: if you intend to mix and match inserts for different absorption, make sure you keep the same distance between snaps for all of your inserts).
Step 3: Take the awl and pierce holes where you marked with your pen.
Step 4: Insert the caps (pointed) in the holes making sure you are putting it in the right side.
Step 5: Place studs on one insert and sockets on the other insert.
Step 6: Secure snaps with snap pliers or press.

Voila! You’re done and the time you save will give you a chance to get other chores done around the house relax (for more details on how to use snap pliers, read my KAM snap plier review here).

Happy Heinys
(added two snaps and they rarely separate in the wash!)

(added one snap to the newborn insert/doubler)

Occasionally the snaps will come undone (usually when only one snap is used), but I rarely have to re-snap my inserts together and it saves so much time for my when stuffing my pocket diapers. I recommend this to all of you double stuffers out there and for nighttime and nap time diapers.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I really need a pair of the KAM pliers so I can do this!!! I hadn't thought much about it, but my snapping inserts are my favorites & it would be so easy to make ALL my inserts snapping if I get the pliars.

  2. The Redhead Riter says:

    I never would have thought of this! Cool idea!

  3. This is a really good idea!

  4. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen says:

    Great tip!

  5. This is a great idea! I love the inserts that already have snaps on them. I should look into how much these tools cost so I can do this.

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