Thirsties creates and carries everything from their trim, Fab Fitted diapers to a variety of covers, inserts, prefolds, and doublers. For this review, Thirsties was kind enough to send me a super eco-friendly option--their Duo Hemp Prefold (with a Duo Wrap to go overtop). The Duo Hemp Prefold is quite different than other flats and prefolds I've used in the past. Made of 55% hemp and 45% cotton, I love that this prefold is made of 100% natural materials and is made in the USA.
The first thing I said to my sister who was with me when I took the prefold out of its sleeve was, "Hey! This feels like a t-shirt!" Rather than being a starchy, stiff, and scratchy prefold (like some others I've tried), this one is made from super-soft hemp jersey knit. It is stretchy and really does feel like a cozy, favorite t-shirt! Hemp is a great choice as well as it is very environmentally friendly, is 25% more absorbant than cotton, has superior durability, and also has naturally antimicrobial properties. Rather than being completely flat, this prefold is sewn kind of in a loop (see graphic) to give extra layers of absorbency. It is also sewn with several lines on which you can prefold (including a small top band to make it shorter or longer, depending on your baby's size).
Thirsties' Duo Wraps come in two sizes (Size 1: 6-18 lbs and Size 2: 18-40 lbs), in snaps or aplix, and in a variety of gorgeous prints and colors. I chose the "Alice Brights" size 1 snapping wrap for 16lb Baby Aurelia, and it had a great, snug, and trim fit. I like that even though there are two sizes available, both sizes still come with three rows of rise snaps and a variety of waist snaps to still create a great, custom fit. And, even though Baby A was near the upper end of the weight scale for a Size 1, I found that the Duo Wrap fit great and didn't dig in at all. The snaps are nice and chunky, are easy to snap closed (even when you're half asleep! Ha!), will be durable and long-lasting, and still provide a great amount of flexibility in terms of sizing. The cover itself is made of polyester PUL, is super waterproof and lightweight, and has no VOCs, PVC, phthalates, lead, or latex.
|the prefold fits snugly inside the cover|
One of my favorite parts about the fit of this trim diaper wrap is that it also has terrific leg gussets. A double layer of elastic ensures that wetness and poop will be contained until it comes time for a change! We never had any leaks or accidents with this great-fitting wrap!
The one downside with using natural fibres as inserts would be that they do have a bit of a tendency to hold onto stains more than their synthetic counterparts (i.e. fleece), and this hemp insert is no exception. However, with a little love (and some lemon juice and sun), and staying on top of the laundry regularly, I'm hoping that I can get the prefold looking bright white again. If not, however--oh well, I just have to keep reminding myself what diapers are really for when it comes down to it ;) I did love, though, just how absorbant the insert was even from the get-go, needing only one prep wash to get it going. The wrap also washes easily with the other diaper laundry and dries in a jiffy on the line!
Overall, this system is terrific for any cloth diaperer looking for a versatile, simple, responsible and inexpensive way to diaper. The products are eco-friendly and domestic. The prefolds are inexpensive (suggested retail value is ~$7 each) and simple to use and maintain. The exterior wraps are resusable (simply let air-dry between uses if unsoiled), trim, simple, and also affordable (retailing for approximately $13 each). They can also be used with other prefolds or flats, or over your own fitted diapers as well.
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Thirsties is generously offering the same two items that I reviewed to one lucky winner! You'll get a Duo Hemp Prefold as well as a Duo Wrap in your choice of available size, color, and closure!
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