Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review

I was really pleased when I found out that Cozy Bums, my local cloth diaper dealer, would be getting in the Thirsties Duo cloth diaper line.  I thought that the Scottish Rose diaper was just gorgeous and I really wanted to get it for my Eudora.  As soon as I got it, I was thrilled.  The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper in Scottish Rose was even more beautiful than I’d thought.

It wasn’t my first Thirsties Duo cloth diaper; I’d had one with a Velcro closure for Norton when he was smaller… but I sold it after discovering why we couldn’t have Velcro diapers in our house.  Now I might be on the verge of a full blow Thirsties Duo cloth diaper addiction.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper in sizes 1 and 2, both on smallest rise settings.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Construction

The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper is a pocket diaper with a difference: both ends are open to allow the insert to agitate out during the wash cycle, so no unstuffing necessary.  However, since I use so many different types of diapers, my husband can never remember that, so he just shakes the insert out.  He loves how easily it comes out when he shakes.  The inserts are also a bit different: it’s two pieces, snapped together.  One piece is microfiber, the other piece is hemp.    The shells are made with double gussets designed to hold even the worst of poopsplosions.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Sizing

The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper comes in a size one and size two.  The size one diaper is designed to fit from 6-18 pounds (or birth to nine months for average size babies), while the size two is meant to fit from 18-40 pounds (or 9 months to three years).  Each size also comes with three snap rises so that you can get a customized fit for your little one.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Size 1 on the smallest rise measures right at 11 inches from end to end, while size 2 measures a little over 13 inches from end to end.

 

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Size 1 on the highest rise setting measures 14 inches. Size 2 on the highest rise setting measures 16 inches.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Fit

Eudora is nearly eleven months and weighs about seventeen and a half pounds.  Norton is almost three years old and weighs about thirty-three pounds.  Both are modeling size two diapers.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora is modeling the Scottish Rose print in size 2.

At just under eighteen pounds, Eudora is on the edge of too big for the size one and too small for the size two.  She’s wearing the size two on the smallest rise.  Even though it looks a bit large, I do get a perfect fit with a little fudging.  I’ve yet to have any issues with leaking.  We haven’t had any poos in the Thirsties Duo cloth diaper (which is surprising; usually the first thing she does in a new diaper is produce a really disgusting “present” before I even manage to take her picture in it), so I’m not sure how it will perform on that front.  However, I don’t forsee any issues due to the double gussets.  With Norton, we get a perfect fit with no fudging and two snaps to spare.

What I Love About the Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Norton is modeling a size 2 Thirsties Duo cloth diaper in Ocean Blue

I love that this diaper will fit larger children and smaller children without requiring special sizing.  I like that there’s no need to unstuff and the pocket is large enough that my husband (who has quite large hands) could stuff it without an issue.  The double gussets are great for looser stools.  The inserts are also absolutely amazing.  The layer of microfiber is fantastic for quickly absorbing moisture.  The hemp (which is the softest hemp I have ever seen) is great for increasing the amount of moisture that the diaper can hold.  I also find that these inserts are quite trim, particularly for having two separate pieces of fabric.  The diapers are also made in the USA and are quite reasonably priced: solid diapers are typically around $19.  Patterns are a dollar more.

What I Don’t Love About the Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper

As much as I love the ability to fit larger and smaller babies, I mainly buy one size diapers.  I’d have a bit of a hard time with essentially buying two separate stashes.  I’d also love to see a hip snap to prevent slippage.  Crossover snaps to help babies on the cusp of a size get a better fit would also be fantastic.  (For Eudora, I actually end up having to not lie a snap flap flat because I can’t cross them over.  I end up having two snaps on that flap snapped closer together than intended.)

Would I Recommend It?

Absolutely!  In fact, thanks to Kerri at Cozy Bums loaning me the Hoot diaper for size comparison, I’ve decided that the Hoot diaper is even cuter in person.  So now I have to buy it.  It’s also something that I recommend over newborn diapers simply because one will get longer use out of them.

Keep your eyes open for an upcoming Thirsties giveaway right here on this blog!

Disclosure: I received one of these diapers at a discounted price.  This in no way influenced my review, as I’d already fallen in love with the first one that I bought!

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I’ve never been a cloth diaper girl. I find out hard enough to clean a dirty bum nevermind washing dirty diapers, but I have to admit those diapers are so cute and very appealing.

    • You might find that you’ll do less cleaning in cloth. Everything stays in the diaper, unlike when you use disposables. You’ll just clean the diaper from time to time instead of an entire outfit!

  2. I had 10 of these as my newborn stash, and LOVED them! They fit right from day one, with just the microfiber insert to make them trimmer. My only complaint was my girl outgrew SZ1 at 4 months, and didn’t fit SZ2 till 6. I love Thirsties so much!

    • At least it holds its value for reselling. And if you’re planning on more, it’ll be great for cycling through later babies because it doesn’t get as much use as the size 2!

  3. I liked the one sized diapers, also. But, I’ve heard fabulous things about Thirsties and have many friends who swore by them!

  4. I was afraid of the laundry aspect of cloth diapering too… until I had one of those poops that goes up to the shoulder blades and destroys everything in it’s path. That was far grosser than a bit of diaper laundry… which honestly, is less gross that dealing with the cat litter 😉 I wish these had been available when I started using cloth – I would have been all over them!

  5. I LOVE the plaid. I had a Thirsties with velcro that I gave away too. I like the snaps, but I’m not so fond of the different sizes. I like a one-size diaper.

  6. i too love thirsties, the only thing i dont like is the gussets get wonky after a bit. Overall though its a great diaper 🙂 i wish their aio worked for us but it didnt.

  7. I love the Duo Wraps, but I agree…I wish that they had crossover snaps and maybe a row or two in the rise to make it a OS. The benefit though is that their products are built to last and have a great resale value.

  8. Thanks for the reveiw! I think I will have to add a Thirsties to my stash…want to try that hemp insert!

  9. We love our Thirsties and wish we had more in our stash. They are so cute. But I have to say I absolutely love the hemp insert. I have extra of their hemp inserts that I have put in other diapers we own because we love them so much

  10. I have one of these diapers in size 1 in velcro. It’s a nice diaper but the velcro is giving out. Really glad to see they come in snaps now.

  11. Love the Duo Wrap covers, would love to try the diaper itself!

  12. I just bought the Scottish Storm to try. I really like the pink of the Scottish rose, but (1) my daughter prefers blue over pink and (2) if we have a boy down the road, I do not want to have just pink diapers on hand (although I will put him in pink if he has a shirt that matches).

  13. Cherie Strange says:

    I love our Thirsties, but since we’re huge aplix fans here, I do wish their’s were better. We’ve had them for about a year and they’re still going! The aplix still sticks (but barely) and I don’t really care for the snaps. But all in all, it’s a really great diaper for the money!

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