Sponsored by Wee Willie Winks – an Orlando based cloth diapering retailer.
We’ve had our Thirsties Duo diaper now for a few months and I’m excited every time I pull it out of the drawer. I love the orchid color – it’s a perfect match to a few of Lil’ B’s outfits. Since it has a Velcro closure I know that daddy will use it and I can throw it in the diaper bag for our sitter too.
The Duo is a two part diapering system. While most pocket diapers are one-sized and start at 8-10lbs the Duo comes in two different sizes (Size 1 or 2). The Size 1 is for newborns up to about 9 months (6-18lbs). The Size 2 (the one I reviewed) is for 18-40lbs and should fit through potty training. At 16mo and 21lbs Lil B fits nicely into the Size 2 – she was right at 18lbs when we received it and have never had any problems with the fit.
The Duo is a pocket or sleeve diaper – instead of the traditional pocket with one opening for the insert – the Duo has openings in the front and back of the diaper. This is why some call it a sleeve diaper. The sleeve actually allows you to stuff (or unstuff) the diaper more easily.
Another unique feature of the Duo is the double inserts. The inserts snap together so they don’t bunch or twist when stuffing. One insert is a microfiber terry and the second insert is hemp/cotton – together they form an amazingly absorbent team that will keep your heave wetter dry at night. The microfiber is quick to absorb the pee (place closest to the baby) while the hemp is much more absorbent and locks the pee in for longer periods of time. Added together with the leg gussets (unique from most pocket diapers) nothing will escape this diaper!
When I first spoke with Carissa the owner of Wee Willie Winks she asked what type of wipes I was using. At the time we hadn’t made the break from disposable wipes full time and had only been using baby washcloths on occasion. Carissa sent me some Fab Wipes with the promise that I would fall in love – and I did. They are made from a 2-ply cotton velour and are noticeably softer than any washcloth I’ve ever seen. The Fab Wipes come in a set of 6 bright colors and measure 8″ X 8″ each. Now that we have our wipes warmer I simple wet the wipes (usually with baby shampoo and a drop of Tea Tree Oil), roll them neatly like a burrito, and place them in the warmer.
The wipes wash up nicely – I just throw them in the same load as my diapers and wash away. Just be careful not to add bleach if you are washing your wipes and diapers together – I accidentally did this and now have tie-dyed wipes! *Laughing*
With very few local choices I was excited to find Carissa with Wee Willie Winks. She is located in Orlando, FL (not exactly in my town – but only about an hour away) and I promise that one day I will meet up with her in real life. We travel to Orlando frequently so it’s not impossible. I really do wish she were here in Tampa though – she is very personable and offers monthly classes (more like playgroups with fluff) for local residents. She’s even created a Yahoo Group for residents to keep in touch. Carissa is very involved with the local community and hosts presentations at local baby and environmental events – most recently held an Earth Day event. If you happen to be in Orlando be sure to look them up – while they don’t have a brick and mortar store you can arrange for local pick ups. Maybe I’ll need something over Memorial Day when we go back that way!!
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