One of the first brands I discovered when cloth diapering was Thirsties. It’s consistently one of the most popular on the market and no wonder. After factoring in the reliable fit, premium features, and huge selection of colors and prints, you’ll still find Thirsties to be quite affordable. Plus, their diapers are manufactured in the USA. I loved the Thirsties Fab Fitteds on newborn Erik, but today my review focuses on the Duo Wraps. Although mine was a bit too bulky when Erik was firstborn, it’s now become one of my favorites.
Thirsties Duo Wraps come in size 1 and size 2, which means the size range is very broad. Instead of the 3 or 4 rows of rise snaps that you generally find on a one-size cover, the Duo Wrap line offers SIX rise snap settings because of the two sizes. I think the two-part system really helps when you’ve got a toddler still in diapers; it’s tough sometimes to find larger diapers and covers.
Opened up, you can see that the Thirsties Duo Wrap is a wipe-clean, waterproof, 100% PUL cover; you can use it a few times before laundering as long as no poo gets on it. Just freshen with a wipe and re-use. There’s a flap on the front which serves as facing to cover the stitching and snap holes; I think it’s perfect for holding a diaper/insert in place. There are also double (inner) gussets on the leg bands for extra leak control. The Duo Wrap in these photos also features the new and improved hook and loop (i.e. “velcro”) closure, but is also available with snaps.
Thirsties Duo Wraps work great with any type of diaper underneath. I use them with padfolded flats, hemp prefolds and fitteds. The Duo Wrap holds everything in place so securely that I never have to fool with pinning my flats or prefolds.
Duo Wraps are very trim-fitting. If you like to “double stuff” your pockets at night, or double up on prefolds, then you might try the sized Thirsties covers instead of the Duo Wraps which are not quite as roomy.
Here’s the Duo Wrap Size 1 on Erik as a newborn….and now at 9 months:
There’s one thing I don’t like about my Thirsties hook and loop covers. When Erik starts crawling or moving around, the waistband curls inward, causing the scratchy “Velcro” to touch his tummy (if you are using the snap wraps then this would obviously be a non-issue). Sometimes the hook and loop scratches enough to cause redness, but it doesn’t happen every time he wears the Duo Wrap. The only reason I have a few hook and loop covers is that they are easy for my daughter to use, and also faster for me to deal with at night. For those reasons, I have been putting up with the waistband problem because it’s only a minor annoyance at this point.
Before I show you some pictures of the Duo Wrap in action, here’s a close-up of the double gussets. You can see how the extra set of gathers helps keep the bad stuff from escaping:
Like all Thirsties products, the Duo Wraps come in LOTS of wonderful colors and prints (find them at Diaper Safari -aff link with free shipping!), and they are manufactured in the USA. The size 1 cover fits (approximately) from 6 to 18 pounds and the size 2 fits (approximately) from 18 to 40 pounds. Erik is 9 months old and only 17 pounds and he still has one more snap setting to go on his size 1 cover, so he’ll get to wear it a bit longer.
If you’ve tried the Duo Wrap, or the sized Thirsties covers, I’d love for you to share your thoughts. Got questions about my review? Post those as well!