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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The Thirsties Duo Diaper Covers

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.
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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.

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Biggest setting

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Smallest setting


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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.

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Covers Reusability

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.

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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.

Click Here To Read Reviews Of The Thirsties Duo Diaper Covers And Inserts From Amazon

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

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  1. You have written a very thorough and honest review. I like that you went into a lot of detail. I used cloth diapers for my third child and many of the families who bring their children to my home daycare use cloth diapers. I get to see all the variations in kinds and styles! I love the All in one style personally…so much easier to use!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for visiting my site. 🙂 I heard how All-In-Ones are well-praised by home daycare centers because you just have to put them on to the child and no need to mix and match whatever inserts. 🙂 Let the parents deal with the washing and drying later, LOL. If for convenience sake, I think an AIO cloth diaper is a perfect choice compared to the rest of cloth diaper types.



  2. Pitin, thanks for the quality review on the Thirsties Duo diaper covers and inserts. It’s great to get a review from someone who has actually tried them. It’s too bad the inserts don’t work too well because it seems as though the cover is pretty useful. I will certainly take a look at your Best Bottoms cover review. I was wondering, how much money can you really save from using cloth diapers?

    Thanks in advance,


    1. Hi Jonathan,

      I have written an article that compares the cloth and disposable cost. Using an All-In-Two cloth diaper brand, I have chosen as an example, here are the figures.

      The estimated cost of cloth diapering for 3 years: Initial Stash of 404.14 + Washing cost of $2,121.48 = $2,525.62

      Estimated Cost of Disposable Diapers for Three Years: 6,570 diapers x $0.35 per piece = $2,299.50 *

      *Most economical price is if you buy it from Amazon

      You can read more about how I computed these figures from the article I have written.


  3. It has been a while since we were in a position to need diaper covers and we found this to be an excellent review of this product. I like how you have compared it to a number of other alternatives rather than just written it off and not offered any valid alternatives.

    1. Hi Tony,

      Thanks for dropping by my site. 🙂 I hope my other alternatives help you find what you are looking for. 🙂



  4. I have several diaper covers. They are double gussets and I prefer them to others I have had. I use pockets so I typically just used the diaper covers over pocket diapers for extra protection.

    I even use them over disposables to give me extra protection from poop blowouts and leaks with a lot of success. It helps me to buy the cheap disposables and still avoid leaks. Maybe you can use the Thirsties one for that too?

    The Best Bottoms cover is super cute too boot!! I might just have to pick one up to try it out – it looks very well made.

    I usually use disposables overnight and for long trips out of the house. I noticed that the cloth diapers overnight would get really stinky. Do you know why that would happen?



    1. Hi Shannon,

      Using the cloth covers for extra protection is indeed a good idea. It works like a hybrid system (as they call it nowadays) where you put disposable inserts inside the cover. But I believe what you are doing is way cheaper than buying disposable inserts.

      I think buying disposables and putting the Thirsties cover for extra protection can work but I am not looking to buy anything that I will throw away after use. I try not to use disposables anymore. Cost-saving as a main reason. 🙂

      The Best Bottoms covers are indeed the “best” covers in my opinion. I just bought another 3 pieces for overnight use as well as for going out. I had never felt confident using cloth for going out and at night until I tried them.

      About overnight cloth diapers being stinky? I am quite sure they all stink if you don’t rinse them with water straight away before throwing them in the diaper pail or wet bag. 🙂 I always make sure they get washed every 2-3 days. And Tide made my stash stinked alot. Maybe you have to change the detergent you are using? We are using Purex for all our cloth diapers.



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