Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thirsties AIO Cloth Diaper With New Hook & Loop [Review]

I have almost 8 months of cloth diapering experience under my belt. Although some of you have many more years experience, I feel like I can begin to contribute my feedback to the cloth diaper community. Prior to becoming pregnant, I read a lot of reviews and spent a lot of time researching cloth diapers. Thirsties cloth diapers always came out on top. They are one of the favorite brands of cloth diapering mamas. Combine the fact that they are made in the US, offer the adorable prints, and last through more than one child makes Thirsties cloth diapers an essential part of anyone's cloth diaper stash.

Thirsties Duo All In One Cloth Diaper        ($16.50)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Closest to disposable diapers (one piece)
Velcro can be hard to peel
Trim fit
Needs doubling for long naps/night time
Tunnel design helps with washing/drying

Gentle elastic for great fit

One of the features that makes Thirsties unique is the availability of two sizes to last a child from birth to potty. Yes, you do invest in one more diaper (as opposed to one size cloth diaper), but you get a much better fit and a fit that will work for most newborn babies. Although there are recommended weight ranges for each size, I have found that Size 1 has lasted well beyond 18 lbs and Size 2 fit my baby before he weighed 18 lbs.


SizeWeight Range
Age Range
one6-18 lbs (3-8 kg)
0-9 months
two18-40 lbs (8-18 kg)
9-36 months

My cloth stash includes almost every type of cloth diaper that can be purchased. From flats with covers to AIO. The more I use cloth diapers, the more I realize that I prefer AIO cloth diapers. There are a few absorbent and trim AIO diapers on the market, including Thirsties. Thirsties DUO All In One cloth diaper features a tunnel design that helps with washing and drying and allows room to boost absorbency with additional inserts. I would not fill my whole stash with AIO diapers, but I could see having about half of the cloth diapers be AIO. They are the closest to disposables and work well for those who are new and reluctant to try cloth diapers. AIOs provide a great one piece diaper that does not require stuffing.

Thirsties Duo All In One cloth diaper fit my skinny and long baby very well. The diaper was so trim underneath clothes that I could hardly believe it was an AIO diaper. Some of my pocket diapers are bulkier than this AIO. Although the diaper is trim, I found that I needed more absorbency when using this diaper for long naps, long trips, or nighttime. The tunnel design allows for stuffing of additional inserts.

After feedback from customers, Thirsties released their new Hook and Loop closure (Aplix velcro) that is stronger and more durable. The new velcro is harder to peel off, which would work well for kids who love to take their Hook and Loop diapers off. However, it was very hard for me to peel the velcro when putting the diaper on or taking the diaper off. After a few diaper changes, I learned to peel the velcro before attempting to put it on the baby. I do appreciate the biggest size of the velcro bullets, which helps me get a good grip to peel it off. The bigger laundry tabs are also a plus.

I washed and dried the Duo All in One cloth diaper once before use. New hemp/cotton products need to be washed at least 3 times separate from other diapering products. Read Thirsties' laundering tips for more information.

Thirsties has become one of my favorite brands of cloth diapers. I love the variety cloth diaper types that will meet anyone's preferences. I would highly recommend that Thirsties cloth diapers and accessories become a part of your cloth diaper stash. The durability and ease of use will keep you reaching for your Thirsties diaper.

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free to facilitate this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

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