With so many advanced designs in cloth diapering, why would someone even need to use a diaper pin? After all, new technology means that it's easier than ever to take advantage of all the positive traits offered by earth-friendly cloth diapering. In fact, many parents that would never have considered using an old fashioned diapering system get right on board with a fitted or AIO diaper. However, for others, simplicity still rules the day and the diaper pin remains a useful tool in many cloth diapering systems.
There are several types of diapers that require a separate closure system, which is often the diaper pin. Even though hook and loop and plastic snaps are quite common in diapering designs, it's not always advantageous to have a pre-designed closure system in place. In some instances, the presence of closures cuts down on flexibility in both sizing and fit. This is where a diaper pin can be a distinct advantage. They can actually be used with any fitted diaper that doesn't have a closure already in place. In addition, the prefold diaper is still a valuable addition to any diapering stash. For the ultimate in flexibility, many parents still prefer a rather old-fashioned approach complete with a diaper pin to seal the deal.
Unlike your grandmother's day, the diaper pin is safer than ever. In fact, there isn't a diaper pin sold anywhere that doesn't have built in features that ensure that the pin won't accidentally stick your baby's delicate skin. Diaper pins usually accomplish this by one of two means. Some pins feature a small plastic stop on the inside of the pin head that keeps the pin from inadvertently popping out. If you happen upon a diaper pin with a metal head, you may see a sliding system. To close the pin, slide the pin head up; when the pin is in place, the slide comes back down to lock the sharp point in place.
Using a Diaper Pin
If you have never used a cloth diaper before that needs a pin closure, you may be a bit nervous about poking your baby. However, if you use the diaper pin properly, that is rarely a concern. First, a sharp pin will penetrate fabric more easily. Many parents keep a simple bar of soap or wax block in their changing area and use that to hold their diaper pins when not in use. This keeps them both sharp and lubricated. You can also run the pin along your scalp for the same effect, taking advantage of your own natural oils. To secure the cloth diaper with your diaper pin, you will want to bring both sides of the diaper together and hold them securely between your fingers. With this arrangement, you have several fingers on the inside of the diaper, guarding your baby's skin. As you poke the diaper pin through the layers, your own fingers act as a protective barrier, taking the brunt of any potential pokes. You will quickly learn to anticipate the correct depth for the diaper pin, while protecting your baby from any harm.
Most parents have several types of diapers in their modern cloth diapering stash. However, even with so many options, there is a place for simplicity. Both prefold and fitted diapers may be preferable with no closures. If you are considering the diaper pin as an addition to your diapering repertoire, Kelly's Closet can show you what your options are.