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Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert Review

A hybrid diaper system ideal for heavy wetters with ample room for thick inserts, but may not fit all babies
Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $15.30 at Amazon
Pros:  Good wicking properties, cover can handle bulky inserts, affordable
Cons:  Funky fit, not one-size, more prep
Manufacturer:   Thirsties
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Apr 20, 2022
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  • Absorbency - 35% 9.0
  • Fit/Leakage - 30% 4.0
  • Comfort - 20% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0

The Skinny

The Thirsties Duo Wrap is one of the most popular cloth diaper covers on the market. We like that the cut of the fabric is generous enough to fit over multiple layers of inserts or bulky fitteds with ease. The Stay Dry Duo Insert was one of the top-performing diapers in terms of absorbency. When combined with the cover, it made this pair a fail-proof product. While we did struggle a bit with getting a snug fit around the baby's waist, we did not experience any leaks during testing. We found the fit to be even less of a problem when used in conjunction with thicker inserts that fill in the extra space, making it a perfect option for heavy wetters or as an integral part of your diapering regime.

Editor's Note: We updated this review on April 20, 2022, with details about the diapers we'd recommend to friends like you.

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Pros Good wicking properties, cover can handle bulky inserts, affordableHighly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakageTrim fit, easy assembly, easy to get good fitAssembly free, option for extra inserts, quick absorbencySoft lining, inexpensive, large pocket
Cons Funky fit, not one-size, more prepBulky, requires stuffingFree floating liner, single gussetNon-removable bulk, single gusset, line dry onlyRequires stuffing, bulky
Bottom Line A hybrid diaper system ideal for heavy wetters with ample room for thick inserts, but may not fit all babiesA high-quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers, but requires extra effortEasy to use, easy to clean diaper perfect for on the go cloth diaperingEasy to use diaper perfect for first time cloth users, but has a bulkier fitFirst-rate pocket diaper that shows strong absorbency performance and a low price tag, but not as soft
Rating Categories Thirsties Duo Wrap... Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Absorbency (35%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Fit/Leakage (30%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
4.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Thirsties Duo Wrap... Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Style Hybrid/AI2 Pocket Hybrid/AI2 AIO Pocket
Material Natural & Synthetic Fiber: Hemp, Cotton, Polyester Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Polyamide Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon
Weight Range Size 1: 6 to 18 Lbs.
Size 2: 18 to 40 Lbs.
Size 3: 40 to 65+ Lbs.
6 - 40+ Lbs. 8 to 35 Lbs. 8 to 35 Lbs. 8 to 35+ Lbs.
Gusset Double Double Single Single Single

Our Analysis and Test Results

Thirsties is a Colorado company established in 2014 by Erin Kimmett. With a desire to create the perfect cloth diaper cover, Erin began creating patterns, cutting, and sewing products, all on her dining room table. With some modifications here and there, it did not take long until Thirsties grew into one of the most popular cloth diapers on the market. Today, Thirsties remains in Colorado, and it strives to provide budget-friendly cloth diapers for families while highlighting the health and environmental importance of cloth diapering.

Performance Comparison


Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - we let our little tester roam and explore to see how the diapers...
We let our little tester roam and explore to see how the diapers would hold up in a real life situation.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

A heads up to our readers, the Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert is sold separately.

Absorbency


The Thirsties system includes a set of two inserts that snap together to provide maximum absorbency and wicking powers. The first layer is a hemp/organic cotton blend that is the real soaker. Over the top of that goes the polyester terry cloth layer that wicks away any remaining moisture and keeps the baby nice and dry.


The Stay Dry Duo Insert scored exceptionally high in our tests, earning it a top-ranking place in diaper-dom. The mock urine we used was almost instantly absorbed, with no pooling or runoff. The insert was slightly damp after changing during hands-on use, but not enough to bother our little tester.

Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - the average of three tests, this filter paper shows the small amount...
The average of three tests, this filter paper shows the small amount of mock urine that was not absorbed by the insert.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We think you will especially appreciate this diaper if you have a heavy wetter on your hands. The cover allows for multiple inserts and is still roomy enough to fit comfortably around all the fabric. This ability not only improves absorbency, but it also opens up the diaper for a variety of uses.

Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - we struggled to eliminate the waist gap with the thristies cover.
We struggled to eliminate the waist gap with the Thristies cover.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fit/Leakage


Compared to other hybrid systems, the Thirsties cover seems to have a lot of extra fabric. The extra room allows the cover to fit comfortably over the top of multi-layered inserts or prefolds and those bulky fitteds that are good for overnight use. While we did not experience any leaks when using this diaper, the fit is something we were constantly adjusting and could never quite get right. This problem was partially due to the single row of waist snaps, rather than the two, which we prefer. Although the cover was the correct size for our tester, it still seemed like there was an excessive amount of fabric bunching and gapping around the waist. The odd fit is evident in the photo above. While this extra fabric makes the cover so versatile, there are certainly some drawbacks if you do not need to stuff it to the max every time. We appreciate the double gussets found on the leg openings on the cover and feel that they add an extra measure of leak-proof security to the whole setup.

The double gusset helped keep the leg openings snug against baby's...
The double gusset helped keep the leg openings snug against baby's skin, preventing leaks and blowouts.
The Thirsties Duo Wrap has only one row of snaps around the waist...
The Thirsties Duo Wrap has only one row of snaps around the waist. We weren't too keen on this as we felt it made it more difficult to get a snug fit.

The Thirsties system is very trim fitting, as are most hybrid diapers. The inserts are highly absorbent relative to their size, and many users appreciate that the diaper fits under regular clothes with no problem.

Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - the stretchy elastic waistband was covered in a fabric that we...
The stretchy elastic waistband was covered in a fabric that we thought may get itchy but didn't seem to bother baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort


The Duo Wrap is just average in terms of comfort. The fabric that hems the cover feels like it could get itchy, and there are exposed snaps on the inside that left red marks on our little tester's belly after being worn for a while. Neither issue bothered her, but we didn't have to worry about them with other diapers. Additionally, the insert does not reach both ends of the cover, so parts of the cover are exposed and lay directly against the baby's skin.

On the other hand, the Stay Dry Duo Insert is incredibly soft. The cozy microfleece lining is something we imagine would be comfortable to sit in for hours at a time. Its primary purpose is to keep the baby dry, but the fact that it is also impressively cushy is a bonus.

Lay the cover down, and lay the insert down. The simple two-step...
Lay the cover down, and lay the insert down. The simple two-step process makes diaper changes quick and painless.
The double gusset helps keep big messes inside the diaper.
The double gusset helps keep big messes inside the diaper.

Ease-of-Use


As a hybrid, this Thirsties diaper is very simple to assemble and use, second only to an AIO. The liners snap together, which can help you better keep track of sets. It also helps add extra absorbency without the fuss of trying to line up the insert with each other mid-change. Another benefit is that taking apart the liner can significantly reduce dry time.

Like most hybrid-style diapers, the inserts are free-floating. Although they do snap together to lessen the amount of traveling they might do, having loose inserts means that messes may get on the cover as well. It is helpful to keep these things in mind when looking at the combined fit of the insert relative to the shell. If the pair is well fitted, it can add a touch of convenience to your life. After most changes, you can toss the insert into the diaper pail, wipe down the cover, and reuse it. In this way, you can cut back on laundry and extend the life of your diaper.

Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - thirsties has a variety of simple but adorable patterns for their...
Thirsties has a variety of simple but adorable patterns for their diaper covers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Thirsties Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Duo Insert?


The Thirsties Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Duo Insert is an ideal pair for anyone looking for a diaper that allows for buildable absorbency and fantastic wicking properties. We were impressed with the performance of the liner and love that the sized cover offers a customizable fit while also being roomy enough to handle a lot of bulky inserts. It is one of the easiest diapers to assemble and use. If these all sound like things you have been searching for in a cloth diaper, then look no further; Thirsties is here for you. Individually, the components of this diaper seem relatively low cost, but you must buy both parts separately. This diaper is in the middle of the pack when it comes to price. You may spend a bit more as it is a sized diaper, and you will want to have a properly fitted diaper for your baby's age. Luckily, you will only have to replace covers, as the inserts will fit in any of the Thirsties cloth diaper covers. The actual savings lay in the reduced laundry. Using a hybrid system can cut your diaper laundry nearly in half, saving you time, water, and detergent.

Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert cloth diaper - the duo wrap and stay dry duo insert can be used together, or in any...
The Duo Wrap and Stay Dry Duo Insert can be used together, or in any other insert/cover combo you prefer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

What Other Cloth Diaper Should You Consider?


This diaper used to be an award winner because it offers impressive absorption and is very easy to use compared to the competition. However, it does struggle for fit and leak protection which prevented it from earning an award this go around. If functionality is your priority and you don't mind a little more involved process, the Rumparooz Pocket is a good fit for you. It has impressive absorbency and fit, but it isn't as straightforward of a design. If ease of use is a priority, but you don't want to sacrifice fit or leak protection, the Flip with Stay Dry Insert offers a great all-around diaper with above-average results in every metric. The Flip is an easy-to-use hybrid diaper that is also easy to clean.

Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD

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