First of all, I want to say that I had very high expectations of the Thirsties Duo diaper covers and inserts. Before buying my first ever stash of cloth diapers, the Thirsties Duo reviews kept me busy for several days. Everyone is talking about it.
I Googled and went to Amazon to check the reviews, and every parent seemed to love it! I was seriously contemplating to get them instead of the Charlie Banana cloth diapers. Looking back, I am so glad I didn’t. Here’s my take on the Thirsties Duo diaper covers and inserts.
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Name Of The Product: Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap Diaper Cover
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Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap for Starters
Unlike most All-In-Two covers I have in my stash, The Thirsties Duo Wrap (cover) comes in two sizes. Size 1 is good for babies from 6 to 18 pounds. The Size 2 is good for 18-40 pounds toddlers. What we have is the bigger size because we first used this when my daughter was already 31 pounds.
I like how LARGE it is. It can definitely be used until potty-training, which in my case is a year more I guess. But I don’t like that it would be too big for a newborn should I decide to use prefolds inside it for my second child.
One of my basis for saving money on cloth diapers is if I can use them for my child from Day 1 up to the last day of diapering. It can definitely address the latter, but I would have to get the smaller wrap (cover) if I’ll be using it for a newborn. Something I wouldn’t have to do if they come as “one-size” in the first place.
See the smallest and the biggest settings of the size two Thirsties Wrap.
The Thirsties Hemp Inserts
The Hemp Inserts came weeks before the wrap, so I managed to use it using different covers. I have tried stashing it inside Charlie Banana pocket cover and Rumparooz pockets. I have also tried laying them flat on my Best Bottom All-In-Two covers. Regardless of which covers I put them into, the absorbency doesn’t seem to improve even after several use and wash.
The shortest they were soaked was 30 minutes and the longest is one hour. The material doesn’t appear to wick the fluid away from the skin, and I can imagine it being very uncomfortable to anyone using it.
It is soft and has a nice feel, but that’s about it.
Unlike the Grovia Hybrid shell snap, the Thirsties Duo wrap is definitely wipeable. I manage to reuse it 2 to 3 times before throwing them for washing. They also dry quite fast even when hand-washed.
There are nights that we ran out of overnight cloth diapers. The Thirsties cover is a good backup. I can entrust it not to leak for 3-4 hours depending on what is inside. I used to use the OsoCozy Prefolds (Size 2) with a Charcoal Bamboo Insert – a super bulky combination, LOL. They work fine except that I can only put my daughter in it when she’s sleeping. She did mind the bulkiness when I tried to put her on it while she’s still awake.
Take note that the material of the cover is not breathable (since it is water repellant) – best not to use it during warm weathers.
The quality of the cover is only OK. It could have been better if it could be made thicker like the Best Bottoms cover. There is definitely leaking when this cover is used for more than 4 hours.
As for the inserts’ quality, don’t count on it. Seriously. You can thank me later, LOL.
How To Wash The Thirsties Duo Wrap and Inserts
As per normal – no fabric conditioners, no bleach, no baking soda and other types of additives to make the most out of this diaper. Machine-wash and hand-wash are both fine. You don’t need to stick to the advertised detergent. The usual Purex in our case does the job. I stay away from Tide at all cost.
I still don’t understand why parents seem to praise this combination like a star. The cover is of average quality you are better off getting the Best Bottoms Cover. The inserts, oh, don’t let me start talking about it again, LOL. I just hated it so much I returned it to Amazon. And it was a painless return. I wanted a refund because I felt cheated and guess what. Amazon refunded in a few clicks and even told me not to send it back.
I would definitely keep the cover (wrap) though. It has been a good backup every time we ran out of overnight diapers, and although the wrap can only contain the wetness for a while, it’s a good tentative cover while I air dry my favorite All-In-two covers.
My 36-month old (39.6 pounds) toddler still comfortably fits in the Thirsties Duo cover. On days we run out of cloth diapers, I put the OsoCozy prefolds inside the cover and reuse the cover until I use up all my prefolds (I only have 4). This combination is a cheaper option instead of resorting to disposable diapers.
If you have any comments, questions and any reaction to my honest take on this All-In-Two diaper system, please let me know. 🙂
Published on: June 29, 2016