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Our Thirsties covers were my favourite newborn cover on Little Miss Cub, so I was very excited to try their one-size diaper offerings. Thirsties is a hugely popular brand, and stand out for me as one of the big brands still offering made-in-the-USA products. They make both a one-size all-in-one and one-size pocket diaper, both of which are a success on Little Miss Cub. The two styles are quite different in terms of cut and features, so hopefully I can help you determine which of these two diapers is right for your baby!
Of the two designs, the pocket diaper is my favourite. As a rule, I’m a pocket girl. What sells me in particular about the Thirsties pocket is that it comes with my exact favourite stuffing combo: microfibre and hemp. To be exact, one 3-layer microfibre insert (considered the “newborn” insert) and one “full size” insert that is a 5-layer hemp/cotton blend.
Typically I have to use inserts from another brand in the pocket diapers I love to achieve this combo. Thirsties saves the hassle and the expense by including a hemp and a micorfibre insert which snap together:
I like microfibre because it absorbs quickly, and hemp because it is the most eco-friendly diapering fabric and it holds in the liquid (as opposed to microfibre which can have compression leaks when used alone). I know many Mamas are not big fans of hook & loop closure on their diapers, so fear not, Thirsties also makes a snap version of this pocket diaper. That said, I am a big fan of this sturdy velcro with rounded closure tabs.
The Thirsties pocket diaper has a pocket opening at the front and back for easy stuffing. (And unstuffing: sometimes you do NOT want to put your hand anywhere near the back of a diaper!) Unlike the AIO, the pocket also features a double leg gusset (like Thirsties covers).
The back pocket opening is elasticized:
And the front pocket opening has a fold over flap of PUL to prevent waist leaks:
The fit on Little Miss, now weighing in at about 14 lbs at 4 months old (compared to her brother, who was probably 18 lbs at this age) is lovely, but I’m a bit torn between which rise suits her best.
I think she needs to be a bit longer before we unsnap one level.
Big brother Cub does fit in this diaper, but it’s not the best fit on in him terms of the rise. He is 40 inches tall and 35 lbs, and we’re working really hard to not be in diapers any more, any ways!
The double leg gusset creates a nice blow out barrier:
In terms of absorbency, we use both inserts on Little Miss Cub and we’re golden for a good outing (4-5 hours). I accidentally left it on her overnight, so we did have a leak after 8 hours. For overnight, I’d use a Thirsties hemp prefold with this pocket cover, and the microfibre booster.
My favourite things about Thirsties’ Pocket Diaper
- Included hemp and microfibre inserts;
- Made in the US of A;
- Front and back pocket opening and a roomy pocket that is easy to stuff and boost;
- Double leg gusset;
- Sturdy and strong hook & loop;
- Soft row of piping around the waist;
- EXCELLENT price point (around $25) for a diaper that comes with the inserts I love and is made in the US. [I’ve spotted it on sale for $17.99 at Lil’ Monkey Cheeks!]
The only drawback of Thristies’ pocket diaper is that it’s not the best fit on my 3 year old. He is taller than average, however, and at the tippy top of the weight limit.
Thirsties’ AIO design is quite a bit different than its pocket diaper.
Here’s a comparison of the two:
Thirsties’ AIO features a tongue-style soaker sewn in at the front of the diaper. The inner is entirely synthetic: microfibre for absorbency and suedecloth for a stay-dry layer against baby’s bum.
The weight range on the AIO is 8-40 lbs. It does fit on big brother Cub, but it’s not my favourite fit in terms of a one-size diaper on my tall boy.
As for all 14 lbs of Little Miss Cub, the fit is great!We’re happily on the shortest rise, and will likely be for a while: I snap it one row tighter on one size right now to get the right fit. It’s quite trim in the tushy:
- Double row of closure snaps;
- Tongue-style soaker sewn in only at one end;
- Super fast dry time.
What I like less about the Thirsties AIO:
- I find the diaper bunches a bit at the waist, especially on big brother Cub;
- Not a big fan of the fit on my 40-inch/35-lb son (but it’s great on Little Miss);
- I would like to see an included snap-in booster, ideally in hemp, like the pocket diaper.
I prefer Thirsties’ pocket diaper over its AIO design, and, frankly, the pocket diaper is really good bang for your buck. Consider that there are brands made overseas that only include microfibre inserts (no hemp) that sell for $30 or more, and I’m seeing the Thirsties pocket for under $25!
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