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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
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Thirsties Duo Wrap with Stay Dry Duo Insert Review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $20 List
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Manufacturer:   Thirsties
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Mar 23, 2023
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RANKED
#4 of 13
  • Absorbency - 35% 9.0
  • Fit/Leakage - 30% 4.0
  • Comfort - 20% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Thirsties Duo Wrap is one of the most popular cloth diaper covers in our best cloth diaper review. We like that the cut of the fabric is generous enough to fit over multiple layers of inserts or bulky fitteds easily. The Stay Dry Duo Insert is a top performer in our absorbency tests, and when combined with the cover, it makes a fail-proof team. 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 even less of a problem when using 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.
REASONS TO BUY
Good wicking properties
Cover can handle bulky inserts
Affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Funky fit
Not one-size
More prep
Editor's Note: This gear review underwent an update on February 28, 2023, with details about the diapers we'd recommend to friends like you.

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Bottom Line Easy to use hybrid diaper system with potential for great absorbency but has more prep and a funky fitA slightly bulky but super absorbent pocket diaperIdeal for use in on-the-go cloth diapering, with a simple set up and cleaning routine, but the liner is free floating and single gussetA pocket-style diaper with notable absorbency but otherwise basic and difficult to adjustAn inexpensive set of pocket diapers to kick off cloth diapering, but it isn't the most absorbent
Rating Categories Thirsties Duo Wrap... Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... Imagine Baby Pocket... babygoal Reusable
Absorbency (35%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Fit/Leakage (30%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Comfort (20%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Thirsties Duo Wrap... Rumparooz Pocket Flip with Stay Dry... Imagine Baby Pocket... babygoal Reusable
Style Hybrid/AI2 Pocket Hybrid/AI2 Pocket Pocket
Tested Material Diaper Natural & Synthetic Fiber: Hemp, Cotton, Polyester Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Polyamide Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon Natural & Synthetic Fiber: Bamboo, Polyester, Polyurethane
Weight Range Size 1: 6 to 18 lbs
Size 2: 18 to 40 lbs
Size 3: 40 to 65+ lbs
6 - 35+ lbs 8 to 35 lbs 8 to 35+ lbs 7 to 33 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 well-liked options 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 - 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

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

Likes


As a hybrid, this Thirsties diaper is straightforward to assemble and use. 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 during the laundry process.

The double gusset helps keep big messes inside the diaper.
The double gusset helps keep big messes inside the diaper.
The double gusset on the Thirsties Duo Wrap helps keep the leg...
The double gusset on the Thirsties Duo Wrap helps keep the leg openings snug against the baby's skin, preventing leaks and blowouts.

The Thirsties system is somewhat trim fitting, as are most hybrid diapers. We appreciate the double gussets on the leg openings on the cover and feel they add an extra measure of leak-proof security to the whole setup.

thirsties duo wrap with stay dry duo insert - 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.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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 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.


thirsties duo wrap with stay dry duo insert - 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. Depending on your child's absorbency needs, this ability provides versatility and customization.

thirsties duo wrap with stay dry duo insert - 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

Dislikes


The Duo Wrap scores below average for 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. Additionally, the insert does not reach both ends of the cover, causing parts of the cover to be uncovered and against the baby's skin. While these issues didn't seem to bother our little tester, we didn't have to worry about them with other diapers.

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 stretchy elastic waistband was covered in a fabric that we...
The stretchy elastic waistband was covered in a fabric that we thought might get itchy but didn't seem to bother our little tester.

While we did not experience any leaks when using this diaper, the fit is something we constantly adjusted 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 seemed like the fabric was bunching and gapping around the waist. While this extra fabric makes the cover versatile, there are certainly some drawbacks if you do not need to stuff it to the max every time.

Like most hybrid-style diapers, the inserts are free-floating. Although they snap together to lessen the amount of traveling they might do, having loose inserts means messes may also get on the cover. If they pair well, they can add a touch of convenience to your life. After a diaper change, you can toss the insert into the diaper pail, wipe down the cover, and reuse it; essentially, it cuts back on laundry and extends the life of your diaper. However, if they don't, you may be dealing with a mess.

thirsties duo wrap with stay dry duo insert - 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, 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. You may spend a bit more as it is a sized diaper, and you will want an adequately fitted diaper for your baby's age. Luckily, you will only have to replace the covers, as the inserts will fit in any Thirsties cloth diaper covers. The actual savings lay in the reduced laundry. A hybrid system can cut your diaper laundry nearly in half, saving you time, water, and detergent.

What Other Cloth Diaper Should You Consider?


This contender used to be an award-winning cloth diaper because it offers outstanding absorption and is very easy to use compared to the competition. However, it struggles for fit and leak protection, preventing 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 may be a good fit. It has impressive absorbency and fit, but the design isn't as straightforward. 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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