Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Impressions: Thirsties Diaper Cover vs. Duo Wrap

I have 6 of each of these types of covers.  There is a difference between them.  The Thirsties Diaper Cover is a sized cover.  There are 4 sizes.  The Thirsties Duo Wrap is more of a one size mentality.  There are 3 sizes built in to each cover.  Total, there are 2 sizes you can buy which means fewer covers and 6 sizing options.

The x-small size of the diaper cover is the size that I purchased.  It has a lower rise in the front for the umbilical stump.  I already had 6 of the duo wraps, but I was nervous they would irritate the stump.  Pictured below, I have placed the two covers side by side.

The x-small is on the left, and the duo wrap is on the right.  They are both supposed to fit starting at 6 pounds.  The x-small can be used up to about 12 pounds, and the duo wrap size 1 can be used up to about 18 pounds.  As you can see, they are about the same size which is good for those parents desiring to save money and purchase fewer covers by choosing the duo wraps.  You can also see the difference in the rises (for those concerned about umbilical stump).  The cover on the left is slightly lower in the center than the duo wrap on the right.  You can tell because the front of the cover does not cover up the tag whereas on the wrap, it does.

Both of these covers are waterproof (they kind of have to be to be a cover lol).  The next picture shows you the inside of the cover (looks the same as the wrap).

The inside is shiny, and the nice thing is you can just wipe and re-use if the cover is not thoroughly soiled after a diaper change.  That means using less covers each day which also means purchasing less covers overall YEAH!!  Also notice that for the hook and loop closure (aplix...velcro is a brand name of the hook and loop) there are laundry tabs.  To demonstrate, the right side is attached while the left is not.  Attaching both sides is nice when the covers go into the washer so that you don't end up with a diaper chain in the washer.  On the inside front, there is a flap...perfect for placing prefolds in the cover!  FYI, these can be washed with your cloth diapers, but to preserve them the longest, they should be hung to dry.

This picture shows the duo wrap on its largest setting.  It allows you to see that there are 2 snapped sizes and the unsnapped size.

This picture just gives you a nicer view of the double leg gussets that both covers have.  These double gussets are for superior leak protection, and I am excited to see them in action!
I am really excited about the duo wrap.  I am not sure how much the x-small cover with the umbilical rise is actually going to help. I was nervous the duo wrap would be bigger and irritate the stump so I purchased the x-smalls.  I guess I was expecting more of a dramatic difference.  I will just have to see it in action on a baby.  My first thoughts are that the duo wrap could be fastened in such a way that it could be just as low.  I am not saying that purchasing the x-smalls were a waste of money, but I will be able to better answer if they were really useful instead of the duo wraps after I try them.

Overall I think these covers are going to be awesome.  They seem to have a great reputation for no leakage, and if they work, I will definitely recommend the duo wraps to all to save money!  At the time of this post, the diaper covers are about $11.50 each, and the duo wraps are about $12.75 each for solid colors.  I believe the duo wraps are also available in snaps or aplix closures.

I will be pairing these covers with the Kissaluv's fitted diapers, the Thirsties Duo Hemp prefold diapers and the indian cotton prefold diapers.


Corley & David said...

I love your pictures. I am just starting the cloth diaper research and was wondering what everyone meant by double gussets! So far it looks like the thirsties diaper covers are the favorite. Great review. Thanks!

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