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Thanks to Emily from No Pins Required Baby B and I were able to test out and review the Thirsties Duo Diaper. Baby B has a Thirsties Fab Fitted and a Thirsties Diaper Cover and I have had my eye on the Thirsties Duo for a couple months so I was excited to get the Thirsties Duo Diaper for Baby B.
The Thirsties Duo diaper is a 2 piece diapering system that combines a 7 layer insert with a waterproof sleeve diaper. It's available in 2 sizes that will last from birth to potty learning. Both sizes come with adjustable rising for an even better fit. Size 1 fits 6-18 lbs. or 0-9 months and the Size 2 fits 18-40 lbs or 9-36+ months. Baby B received a Thirsties Duo Size 2 in Meadow.
The basic shape of the Duo is the same as the Duo Wraps. It also has the same signature Thirsties velcro tabs that allow crossover for a snugger, more custom fit around the tummy. I'm not a big fan of velcro closures but the Thirsties diapers and covers are exceptions. The Thirsties Duo also have the same double leg gussets as the Thirsties Covers. They are soft (no red marks on baby thighs) but still help contain messes. I know this for a fact because Baby B had diarrhea a couple days ago and had a rough one and I didn't have to change his clothes, just change his diaper. I'm grateful for those double leg gussets!
The sleeve design of the Duo reminds me of Smartipants cloth diapers. You stuff the sleeve with the insert and the front of the sleeve has light elastic that helps agitate the insert out of the diaper into the wash so there's no need to unstuff a dirty insert with your hands. I tested that out too. The runny diaper Baby B had I mentioned above with the double leg gussets, I didn't pull the insert out. I left it in and hoped it would come out in the wash and you know what? It did come out completely and it came clean.Since you dont have to unstuff this diaper Dads and other care takers should have no excuses as to why they don't want to use cloth diapers 😉
Which brings me to another point about the Duo. The insert. The Thirsties specialty insert is 2 layers of serged microfiber terry snapped together with 5 layers of hemp jersey. That's 7 layers of absorption! I had to wash the hemp part 3-5 times for maximum absorption and I knew it had to be done for Baby B because he is a heavy wetter. The Thirsties hemp jersey is like no other on the market. They found someone in the USA custom knit the hemp to their specifications making it thicker, softer and holds up better than any others on the market. Gotta love those USA made products! I have nothing against buying non USA made products but when I have the opportunity to support my own country I'll do it.
After describing the Thirsties Duo to y'all, I'm sure you want to know how it worked out for Baby B right? The day I received it I washed it in Rockin' Green Cherry Lemonade detergent (I purchased from No Pins Required). I washed all of the diaper once and then washed the hemp insert the extra times required. Day 1 of Baby B wearing the Duo I left it on him for as long as possible to see just how much it could/would hold. I left it on him a while. It lasted through breakfast, lunch, a nap and 24 oz of fluids. The next day Baby B wore the Duo was the day he had runny diapers. Like I mentioned above, no mess. The leg gussets held it all in so I wouldn't be afraid to have this diaper on Baby B and be busy in town running around. The 3rd wearing I let Baby B sleep in the Duo. He sleeps from 9pm until 8am, that's 11 hours and the Duo had no leaks. I was impressed.
The Thirsties Duo sells for $18.50. Reasonable I think when you only need 2 purchase 2 sizes of diapers. It is available in 8 different colors. The meadow is gender neutral and a nice and bright, fun color. I like it! You can watch the video about the Thirsties Duo from No Pins Required for more information here.
Day time use: A+
Nap time use: A+
Night time use: A++
Over all fit: A+ (it's hard to get a good rise in "one size" diapers for Baby B)
Price: A- (only because the Smartipants are very similar and are $4 cheaper but the insert for the Duo is better)
Now for the fun part. Emily from No Pins Required is offering one of Thrifty Mama B readers a $30 gift certificate by coupon code. Want to win? Of course you do because Emily is super to work with. Fast shipping, great communications and she sells some great cloth diapers and accessories. A 1 stop cloth diaper shop. To read more about Emily and No Pins Required you can go here. If you live in or near Ferndale, Michigan you can stop in to shop or do local pick up at the No Pins Required brick and mortar store.
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disclaimer: We were given the Thirsties Duo Diaper by No Pins Required so I could do this review. No monetary payments were offered for my post. The opinions/ ratings of this review are my own.