Cloth nappies: Poppers vs. Velcro (Applix)

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Velcro (also known as applix) nappies


  1. Offer the most flexibility in fit (ideal for smaller babies)
  2. Easiest to put on a wriggly baby
  3. Can roll the used nappy up and velcro it tab to tab to keep contents secure when out and about


  1. Velcro tabs curl with age so come undone easily
  2. Velcro can collect crap (literally!) in the ‘hook’ parts of the tabs
  3. Velcro nappies always come out of the wash in one giant stuck-together ball
  4. The top of the velcro tabs are quite hard, and can rub the belly causing sore red marks
  5. Start to look old after just a few washes

Popper (also known as snaps) nappies


  1. Harder for older babies/toddlers to undo
  2. Can be pre-fixed so the nappy slides on/off like a pull up (velcro comes undone)
  3. Nursery (day care) staff seem to do a better job with poppers (although don’t get me started on nappies and nursery!)
  4. No bundling in the wash
  5. No poop getting stuck in the fastenings


  1. Can be hard/fiddly to do up (Especially with wrigglers)
  2. I’ve had some poppers pull completely free of the material, ruining the nappy (bumgenius)

My overall preference is for poppers. Despite the fact that written down there aren’t many more “pros” to poppers, the cons to velcro make them a bigger pain in the butt (not literally…)


It’s worth noting that my opinions are off the back of using the following brands of nappies (in order of most used / amount in our stash) – and I’m not counting newborn nappies which are virtually all velcro:

  • BumGenius
  • Baba + Boo
  • Tots Bots easyfit
  • Fuzzybunz
  • Lenny Lamb