As regular readers will know, I started cloth-diapering my son full-time in June of 2010. I absolutely love it and I honestly don’t miss disposable diapers at all. I was intimidated at first by the huge number of choices available to cloth-diapering mamas, but it didn’t take me long before I picked up the lingo and started learning about different types of cloth diapers and their various benefits.
Recently, I got the chance to review one of the fabulous cloth diapers from Thirsties, the Duo Wrap system. This cloth diapering system features two sizes of Duo Covers that provide effective leak protection for babies from 6-40 lbs. and easy-to-use single-size inserts. The system looked incredible and I was thrilled when I was given a chance to check it out for myself.
I received the Size 2 Duo Wrap in Cool Stripes and a Duo Hemp Prefold to review. The blue, green, white and brown stripes on the cover were just gorgeous and I washed and dried the wrap and prefold right away so that I could try them on Benjamin as soon as possible. When the Duo was ready, I folded the prefold in half and laid it into the wrap. Then, I secured the diaper on Benjamin with the convenient Velcro fasteners.
One fact that has become clearer and clearer as time goes by is that the perfect cloth diaper changes as a baby grows. Benjamin is now sixteen months old and hates having his diaper changed. He doesn’t mind taking his diaper off, but putting on the clean diaper is either a screaming battle as I struggled to hold his legs with one hand and strap the diaper on with the other, or a stealth attack in which I sneak up behind him when he’s standing up and quickly slip the diaper onto him.
I hate hearing my son cry, no matter how silly the reason, so I generally favour the stealthy approach. But for this method to work, I need a cloth diaper that is quick and easy to put on. I knew within seconds that the Duo fit my requirements perfectly. Thanks to the easy-to-fasten Velcro, I was able to have the diaper securely on Benjamin in a matter of seconds.
The diaper looked just adorable, but I noticed that it seemed to be hanging down quite low. It’s been a long time since I’ve needed to make one of Benjamin’s diapers smaller, but because the Duo is designed to provide outstanding leak protection and perfect fit right up until age 3, I realized that the wrap actually needed to be adjusted to a smaller size. I chose the middle of the three rows of snaps and fastened them to cinch the diaper tighter. Sure enough, the diaper then fit perfectly.
The Duo Wrap has a very slim look to it, partly because of the trim design of the cover, but also because the inserts are designed to be very slim as well. I loved the feel of these inserts; just as the website promised, the insert felt just like a comfortable cotton t-shirt. But despite its thin design, it provided unbelievable absorbency. I have used the Duo Wrap as Benjamin’s nighttime diaper repeatedly since receiving it, and I am always thrilled in the morning when I find the insert soaking wet and the bed completely dry.
Both the wipeable cover and the insert are designed to wash easily and dry quickly. In fact, the Duo Hemp Prefold dries faster than any other cloth diaper insert I have ever used! The unique folded loop design lets water pass through the insert more easily for deep cleaning and lets air pass through just as effectively for the quickest dry-time imaginable.
I absolutely love the Thirsties Duo Wrap system. It is easy to use, the inserts provide unbelievable absorbency, the wrap fits perfectly and is completely leakproof, and the entire system uses just two sizes of wraps! The quick drying time of the diaper makes it a great choice for busy parents as well as being more eco-friendly, and the stylish and colourful look of the wraps makes them as fun to use as they are effective! For a cloth diaper system that provides every benefit with just two sizes, check out Thirsties today!
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