Monday, August 15, 2011

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold Review

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Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover (Aplix only)

Size 1 – Fits 6-18 pounds
Size 2 – Fits 18-40 pounds

Price Per Cover:  ★★★★☆  This cover retails for $12.25 - $13.25 making it one of the more affordable covers.  The price varies depending on size and print.  This cover is not a OS cover, therefore you will need 2 different sized covers to get your child from birth to potty.  While needing two different sizes may not be optimal for some parents, some of the other features of this cover may warrant the extra money for the two different sizes.  This cover is available from both of my affiliates, links to right.

Leaks:  ★★★★★  This cover is made from a very soft and stretchy polyester with urethane laminated inner.  This fabric combination is bullet proof at leaks getting through the fabric itself.  This cover also features elastic in the back waist and front waist to hug baby and hold in leaks from these areas as well as elastic leg gussets to hug baby and hold in messes around the legs.  This cover also has a flap at the front of the diaper but Thirsties does not recommend using this to hold the insert in place, the insert should sit on top of the cover, not in the flap.

Fit:  ★★★★★  This cover comes in two different sizes, size 1 and size 2.  While many parents love the longevity of the OS covers and diapers, Thirsties has broken down their diapers and covers into two sizes giving them a supreme fit over the OS counterparts.  In actuality, most OS diapers will not fit at birth and will not last until potty training, meaning many parents have to buy three sizes of diapers.  This cover features a three snap down rise (just like OS) in order to customize the fit for your baby.  I was shocked when I got this cover that my daughter needed it snapped down one rise.  My 20 month old is generally on the largest setting of most OS diapers that claim to fit to 35 pounds.  This cover fits to 40 pounds and I had to snap down the rise one snap.  Also, I have only tried this cover in aplix closure.  The aplix is very strong and well made.  After many washes and wear, I can see no signs of breakdown on the aplix.  Also, the aplix gives you the ability to fit the cover specifically to your baby.

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★  It cannot get any easier than this cover.  This cover is a breeze to put on, fits well, and can be simply wiped between uses.

Washing:  ★★★★★  This cover looks brand new.  The polyester material does not hold stains and shows no wear or tear.  The inner is laminated, so dirt and grime just comes right off.  The aplix shows no wear and appears to be very well made to withstand many years of use.  The best part is, this cover can simply be wiped between uses and only washed when it is soiled or has been used a few times.  This means less laundry for you!

Overall Performance:  ★★★★★  I am in LOVE with this cover!  It does not get any easier than this!  Combine this cover with a Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted for a bullet proof diaper!  Also, Thirsties are made in the USA.  This cover gets a score of 29/30 and it deserves every star!!!

Total Stars:  29/30

Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold

Size 1 –  13.5in x 15in (before wash) for 6-18 pounds
Size 2 –  16.5in x 16.5in (before wash) for 18-40 pounds

Price Per Prefold:  ★★★☆☆  This prefold retails for $7 each.  This prefold is made from 55% hemp and 45% cotton as opposed to traditional 100% cotton prefolds.  The addition of hemp to this prefold makes it extraordinarily soft to the touch (Thirsties calls it “buttery” and it is!), naturally antimicrobial, and more absorbent than the 100% cotton prefolds.  For these reasons, the price may be worth it!

Absorbency:  ★★★★★  My heavy wetting daughter did not pee through this prefold.  I shouldn’t have been surprised since it is hemp, but because it is so trim, I had my doubts.   I used this prefold with the Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover for naps and at night, and had no problems with absorbency or leaking.  The Duo Hemp prefold is extremely absorbent and contained every drop of pee my daughter gave it!

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★  When this insert first arrived, I looked at it like it was a puzzle.  It is not made like traditional prefolds but rather it is sewn in a loop.  Because it is sewn in a loop, there is an additional 1 in. piece of fabric on the one end.  After a few uses, I found just how brilliant this construction was.  Because the fabric is sewn in a loop, the prefold dries extremely fast, even air drying!  It is easy to wash (even hand wash), easy to dry, and easy to simply tri-fold and place in a cover.  This prefold is also easy to size as you can simply fold to make it smaller or unfold to make it bigger depending on your child’s size.  My initial confusion was simply seeing a new item, but after use, I am amazed at how easy this prefold, how well it works, and how easy it is to care for.

Total Stars:  13/15

You may purchase Thirsties products from my affiliate links to right.  Or check out the TMG Birthday Bash Giveaways (to be posted later today) for the giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover in their choice of color/print and Duo Hemp Prefold!

Additional Links:

Thirsties Catalog
Thirsties on Facebook
Thirsties Retailers

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