Duo Diaper that Thirsties just came out with. It is probably to replace their All-In-One (AIO) which is being discontinued and is currently on clearance.
Well the Duo Diaper is almost as good as the AIO - maybe better! It's based on the Duo Wrap which is a 2 size system. Thirsties said they tried to make a One-Size diaper but it just didnt work. And I totally agree that there are very few babies who are able to wear one diaper from birth to potty training. I never recommend a One-Size for a newborn - they just dont fit well and leak. Plus most One-Sizes say they go up to 35 lb, but for Dovy, my 26 lb - 18 month old, some of these diapers are at their largest setting and will definitely not last until potty training.
So Thirsties came out with this great Duo system. Size 1 is 6-18 lb and size 2 is 18-40 lb. And on my little guy the Size 2 is just on the middle set of snaps so he definitely has plenty of room to grow.
How would the Duo Diaper be just as good or even better than Thirsties AIO? The big benefit of the AIO is it's a one piece system - just as simple as a disposable. A perfect option for babysitters, daycares, CD reluctant relatives, etc. But the Duo Diaper can be just as simple. Like any pocket, you can pre-stuff it straight out of the dryer (or off the line) and it's just as easy as an AIO. Thirsties still makes great velcro closures which are simpler than snaps.
The benefits of a pocket is that it dries quicker and it's more customizable. Most AIO's take FOREVER to dry. I started with AIO for Dovy as a newborn and after 2 dry cycles and hanging overnight sometimes they were still damp! I switched to pockets as I needed the diapers in the morning. Even just hanging overnight most inserts and pockets dry quickly. Thirsties AIO do have a pocket which makes it faster to dry - especially if you turn it inside out - and you can add stuffing, but AIO usually are not as absorbant as pockets. It's fine for a newborn, but not for my baby who sleeps 12-13 hours overnight! I still do use AIO for running out shopping or if I need a quick easy diaper or for the babysitter.
What I love about the Duo Diaper inserts is the hemp part - I think it's ingenious and can't believe no one else has come up with it yet (or at least that I know of). I almost always add hemp to my baby's diaper to increase absorbancy, as hemp is one of the most absorbant materials in the CD market. If you put the microfiber closer to the baby, that catches the moisture and then allows it to soak into the hemp which holds a TON! And it's a lot trimmer than adding a bunch more microfiber inserts.
Thirsties still comes with their great gussets to hold in big messes and make a quality Made In the USA product!