Wednesday, March 07, 2012

BFBBP: Thirsties Duo Diaper & Hemp Prefold

I was thrilled when Thirsties offered my family the opportunity to try another one of their cloth diaper products. In case you haven't read them; please check out the blog I wrote about the Fab Fitted, Hemp Inserts & Duo Wrap, and my review of the Fab Wipes, Booty Luster, & Booty Love. The Booty Love is still my favorite cloth diaper accessory; it's a CD safe ointment that keeps G from getting even a hint of rash. As part of the Babies First Birthday Blog Party, Thirsties sent us a Duo Diaper to review. It's a pocket style diaper & very easy to use. While the BFBBP is geared toward one-year olds, this diaper is perfect for any diaper stash!

Why Thirsties is great for one-year-olds
I obviously use cloth diapers with baby G, and believe that you should too. Briefly, cloth diapers help the environment and your wallet. They mean less waste in landfills and less money spent on diapers. Sure you have to do a little extra laundry, but the natural resources used to manufacture disposables far outweighs the water you use cleaning cloth diapers. Using cloth diapers means you don't have to shell out cash each week for disposables. A little extra money up front means less money spent over all. I also find that cloth diapers leak less when used correctly. They are more customizable to your baby's wetness needs & look cuter too.
Thirsties is by far the most absorbent brand of cloth diapers I have come across, and because they offer all-in-one, pocket, fitted, & pre-fold options, I highly recommend starting your stash with Thirsties. They are made in the USA, some even by work-at-home moms. I love their commitment to using local products when possible and the fact they work hard to reduce the company's carbon footprint. Thirsties warehouse is 100% wind powered and they use 100% biodegradable mailers. You can read more about their sustainability efforts in my other reviews or on their website.

Duo Diaper ($18.50 solid colors - $19.50 prints)
Material. The outside is PUL (polyester & waterproof urethane coating) and the diaper's lining is polyester microfleece. The Duo Diaper comes with two inserts that can snap together; one is 55% Hemp, 45% Cotton & the other is terry microfiber. Thirsties products are free of VOC’s, PVC, phthalates, lead, & latex. I was bummed when the hemp insert shrunk, so just be prepared for that with washing. Check out Thirsties website for all of the color/print options. We chose the mud color for review & I like having a brown diaper in the mix.

Pocket Style. The waterproof cover part of the diaper is just like the Thirsties Duo Wrap, including the extra leg gussets that have stopped many a dirty mess from spilling out. The cover is attached to the liner that has an elastic front and back opening that is the width of the diaper. It is very easy to stuff the inserts into, with room to include doublers too. The waist opening has comfy elastic in just the right places so that it fits snugly on any size baby--even chubby thigh, average waist baby G. The only downside for me is that it doesn't seem to have a very good "stay-dry" feel, although it is microfleece so it pulls most of the moisture away from G.

Closure. The snaps used are great--they are sturdy and stay closed very well (they don't just pop open when you tug on the diaper, like some other brands we have), but are also easy for me to open. Thirsties Duo Diaper does come in aplix, but I can't offer a review of its quality because we are snaps people.

Size. Thirsties offers Duo sizes. Their diapers are split into two sizes weight categories (rather than small, medium, large) to reduce the number of total diapers you need to buy. While there are one-size fits all options out there, the Thirsties Duo sizes offer a more tailored fit with reduced extra-fabric on the snapped down sizes.
Smallest Settings (size 2)
Largest Settings (size 2)












Size 1 is estimated to fit from birth to 9 months old at 6 - 18 pounds. Size 2 is estimated to fit from 9 to 36 months old at 18 - 40 pounds. I've found this to be pretty accurate. Baby G was in Duo Size 1 from birth (over 8 pounds) until she hit about 17 pounds, and then I moved her up to Duo Size 2 because we needed more rise for her long torso. She is about 19 pounds now, with one snap down, and we usually use all but 1 waist snap. Of course, your baby may fit differently based on body shape.

Use. The first time I used the Duo Diaper, I didn't add any extra inserts and put baby G down for her nap. I was really bummed when she woke up with wet jammies & sheet. I immediately contacted Thirsties customer service to see why this happened because we've never had problems with our other products they make. Sonia suggested I add a doubler at nap or night time for more absorbency since G is a heavy wetter. Since adding a Thirsties hemp prefold to the inserts we've not had a leak issue while G sleeps. If we use the diaper during the day I don't add the prefold & the diaper is pretty thin under clothes.

Material. 55% Hemp, 45% Cotton soft jersey knitted in the USA. Thirsties prefolds feature a unique, patent-pending design that is very trim but absorbent. The hemp fabric is sewn two layers thick but then looped around so that it ends up being 4 layers thick with a quick drying time due to the design. There is also an extra inch or so of fabric that can be folded down for smaller babies to decrease the length.  They are offered in the two duo sizes I mentioned above, but can be folded long or short-ways for added versatility. Ours still feel soft like a jersey t-shirt after a full year of use.

Use. I can't recommend Thirsties Hemp Prefolds enough. You really won't be disappointed with them, any way that you use them. They can be stand alone diapers, tri-folded & placed in a diaper cover as a super-budget friendly way to cloth diaper your baby. They can also be snappi'd or pinned for more containment of dirty messes. Additionally, I've found the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds to make excellent doublers for pocket diapers. I believe that the key to our night time cloth diapering success is the Thirsties Hemp Prefold that I stuff into a stay-dry pocket diaper (we also use the Fab Fitted with hemp doubler for night time).


You can purchase Thirsties cloth diaper products from many local & online retailers. Check out Thirsties' website to request or download the current catalog so that you can read all about their awesome diapers and accessories. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter--you'll also get extra entries in the giveaway for doing so.

Thirsties has offered to give one Letters from Momma reader a free Duo Diaper & Hemp Prefold for added absorbency. Winner will have choice of color & size. Open to US & Canada. Enter to win using the new version of Rafflecopter form below. If you need help with Rafflecopter please contact me or see this video.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received the Duo Diaper to facilitate this review. Prize will be sent from Thirsties. All opinions are my own, yours may differ. Not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by Facebook. Entries involving Facebook are not mandatory, and Facebook has no liability for this giveaway. Ends 3/23/12 at 12:01 AM Eastern. Open to US & Canada.

144 comments:

  1. I'd want to win this for Lucia, who just turned three months. I'd have to get a size 2 because she's probably about 15 lbs already (maybe more!). And I'd really love to get a girly color, but since I'd want to use it for multiple kids, probably the storm cloud would be best (plus, we don't have any blue covers at all!).

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  2. I am trying to win this for my daughter {most likely} or my new nephew {he's <1 month old, but his parents have a pretty good stash now}. I'd pick warm stripes in size 2.

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  3. I like the black bird size one.
    It will be for the child we have one day :) ttc

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  4. I am trying to win this for my little girl. She is 3 months old already. I would want warm stripes in Size 2 since I try not to buy gender specific colors it would be fun to get one that is more girly. :)

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  5. If I won this would be for us. We are TTC. I would choose Blackbird, Aplix in Size One. If my BFF conceives before us, though, I would give it to her. :)

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  6. I'm trying to win for my baby boy who will be 1 year old next week! I'd like the Hoot in size 2.

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  7. For my son who is 4 months. Size 2 black bird print

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  8. i am trying to win the hemp prefold for myself and the duo diaper for my expecting friends. The insert would be for my boy who is 20 months. I would pick a size 1 duo for my "lucky" friend probably in hoot.

    debnmike m
    dmoretti1967 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I'd like the Size 1 in Ocean Blue -- this would be for Baby #2! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

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  10. I would get Size 2 in Black Bird for my son who is 6 months old. I just bought the same in Hoot :)

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  11. I'm trying to win this for our little one due in the summer. I think I'd choose Size 1 in Hoot. Thanks!

    huntermb3 at gmail dot com

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  12. My son who is 14 months. I would get size 2 in blackbird.

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  13. I am trying to win this for the LO due in May...probably a size 1 in Hoot :)

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  14. I have a little one due in May...but I want to get a size 2 in Cool stripes for when he gets older.

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  15. I am trying to win for the twins I am having in May :) I would pick the cool stripes in a size one.

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  16. I would like to win one for baby #2... we are currently TTC after a miscarriage but I am still working on building a NB stash as we are hoping to have one coming along soon :) I would pick size one in mud

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  17. I'd like to try this diaper with our little girl who will be 4 months old in a few days. I'd choose the Alice Brights in size 2.

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  18. I would love to win this for my two new little ones coming this summer. I would pick a size 2 black bird
    beth.rees333 at gmail dot com

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  19. I am trying to win this for my first baby due in July! I would like Size 1, Mango.

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  20. I'm trying to win this form my son who is 21 months old and loves fluff! trows a fit when I try to put paper diapers on him! He would love the size 2 hoot print!

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  21. I would like to win this for my 2 year old Grandson! I would choose the Mud color in size 2.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

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  22. I want to win this diaper for our yet-to-be-conceived second child.... in size 1, cool stripes (or hoot!).

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  23. I an trying to win this diaper for my eight month old daughter. I would pick a size two in honeydew!

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  24. I an trying to win this diaper for my eight month old daughter. I would pick a size two in honeydew!

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  25. I am trying to win this for my 1yr old. I would love the orchid or mud diaper in size 2.

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  26. I've love to win this for my new baby boy. I'd choose Blackbird in snaps, size 2

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  27. I am trying to win this diaper for Baby#2 due in August. I would pick Mango in size 1.

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  28. I would love to win this for my daughter, who is 16 months. She would need size 2 and the Owl print is soooo adorable!

    mmjohnson555@gmail.com
    GFC:Mechele Johnson

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  29. for my daughter who is a bit over six weeks. I'd like size two (because she is already 10lbs and will outgrow a size one soon!) in alice brights (so she has a girly diaper instead of just boy/neutral diapers from her brother). :)
    (mary michaud)

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  30. This would be for our boy bun in the oven due in June! I would choose the size one in ocean.

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  31. For my 16 month old son. I would choose Hoot size 2

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  32. like to win it for our 13 months old son. i love their hoot print with snaps in size 2.

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  33. I would like to win this for my baby I like the size 1 in blackbird with snaps.

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  34. I would love to try this diaper on my 6 month old DD. I have a couple of their Duo Wraps for use over prefolds, but really want to try the diaper too.

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  35. I would like to win for my unborn baby.. due in August. I am not sure of gender yet, but I'd like the owl print in size 1. (Nancy Partin)

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  36. Trying to win for my 8 month old. She would be size 2 and I would pick ocean in snaps.

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  37. I want to win this diaper for my 8 1/2 month old daughter. I would pick orchid in size 2.

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  38. I would love to win a Size 2 diaper in the Alice Brights pattern for my daughter!

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  39. I am trying to win this diaper for our baby girl N~ who just turned one. We only recently started cloth diapering and would love to try the Thirsties Duo Diaper. I've also wanted to try the hemp prefold now that I have discovered the great benefit of hemp. Baby N~ is in a size 2 at 22 pounds and I love the Alice Brights print. :)

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  40. I want this for my 4 month old baby girl. I would get a hoot print in size 2.

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  41. for my baby girl who is due at the end of this month!! :)

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  42. I would love to win this for my baby boy, almost 5 mos. I would get a meadow in size 2 to fit him later on.

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  43. My little girl is due in a couple months, and I'd like to try cloth diapering with her. I'd want a size 1 and I like the warm stripes the best!

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  44. I want to win this for my little girl, who is 6 weeks old today. I'd pick the Hoot print in size 1 because she's still tiny!

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  45. I would want a blackbird in size 2

    (Rachel N on raffelcopter)

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  46. I'd love to win the owl print, size two for my son!

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  47. Hannabert, my 13mth old son. He would love Blackbird Snaps

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  48. I want to win this for both of my children. DD is almost 3 months and DS is almost 20 months. So I would go with a size 2 and the Hoot print.

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  49. My son is 22 months, so size 2 and I like the blackbird snaps.

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  50. I am trying to win this for my little one. I would pick the Blackbird in a size 2. Thanks! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  51. my baby ashton he is 4 mths and i would love hoots.

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  52. I would like to win this for my 5 months old daughter. I would pick storm cloud size two in snaps!

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  53. my 7 month old son size 2 in mango

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  54. I am trying to win this diaper for my daughter who is almost 10 months old and around 18lbs. She would most likely need a size two and I would like the Alice brights print. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I'm trying to win for my four month old, I'd pickthe alice brights pattern in sz 2 in aplix

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  56. I'm trying to win this for my son, who is 11 months old. We would need size 2, in the Hoot print with snap closure. Thanks!

    Carolyn H
    graceink at yahoo dot com

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  57. would love to win this for my daughter who is 5 months old in size 2 hoot.

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  58. I"m trying to win this diaper for my son who's "due" in about 6 weeks :) If I won, I'd choose the Blackbird in size 1.

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  59. im trying to win this for my daughter who is due in may i would pick alice brights or any pattern would be ok and size 1

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  60. I'd like cool stripes size 2 for my 17lb 4 month old

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  61. I'd like cool stripes size 2 for my 17lb 4 month old

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  62. Trying to win for myself to stock up for the future.
    Fave: Hoot, Size 1, snaps

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  63. I'd like to win a Size 2 in the Alice Brights print for my 9mo old daughter!

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  64. I'd like to win this for Rowan, who will be 14 months old in a couple of days! I like the Black Bird print (size 2!) and aplix :)

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  65. For me :-) It would be for a new baby, so size one in blackbird

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  66. I would like to win this for my 10 month old daughter and would like meadow - size two

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  67. I want to win this for my 2-year-old daughter and baby #2 due this summer. I love the black bird print in size 2.

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  68. I would love this for my 20 month old son in Hoots print, size 2, snaps closure.

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  69. My son, 6 months old, size 2 snaps, love black bird!

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  70. My son, 6 months old, size 2 hoots or black bird print in snaps closure!

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  71. Size 1, white Dino Diaper I'd want. I am trying to win for my nephew who is expecting a baby but we don't know the sex of the baby yet
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

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  72. I'm trying to win this for my 8 week old daughter, i love the alice brights in size one.

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  73. I would get a size 2 for my 20 month old son - Blackbird.

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  74. This would be for my 3 months old who was 15 lbs at 2 mos, size 2, hoot or mud print.

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  75. I want to win this for my baby girl who is due in June. I would choose the rose color in size 1.

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  76. I want to win this for my future first child. I'd like Blackbird in size 1.

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  77. my 8.5 month old daughter, would like hoot in size 2 :)

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  78. I'm trying to win this for me! I mean... my son. He's 17 months. I'd choose a size 2 and I love love love all the colors but would probably pick Ocean Blue

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  79. I am trying to win this diaper for my 6 month old son. I'd choose size 1 in blackbird

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  80. I'd like to win this for my 8 mo. old son. I'd pick size 2 in the ocean blue color.

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  81. for my 5 mo old Abby/ Blackbird in sz 1

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  82. I want it for my son :) 12months / 26lbs / 33in in size 2 Blackbird <3

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  83. I would use it for my son who is 13 months.size 2 and its a toss up between the hoot or black bird

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  84. My son who is 8 months old :) I'd love the size 2 in a hoot print!

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  85. We are TTC so I am trying to win this for a new baby in our life! I would like this in Size 1 Blackbird!

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  86. Trying to win this for our 11 week old! He's already 15 pounds, so I'd go with size 2 in the owl print! I <3 owls!

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  87. Size 2 in warm stripes for my friends baby!

    hun423 at hotmail.com

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  88. I'd love to win a size 2 for myself in cool stripes (yes I know it's discontinued, thus I'd love to win one!) My son is 21 months. I'd also like to win it to maybe give to a friend who I am trying to convince to CD when she has baby #2!

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  89. I'd love to win this for my Abigail, she is 14 months, and I think she'd look adorable in the Cool Stripes!

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  90. I'm trying to win this for my 8 month old daughter and would like the size 2 with snaps in Rose. :-)

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  91. i want to win this diaper for my son who is 3 mons old we have a very limited budget and a very small stash... size 2 in black bird or storm and aplix would be nice :)

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  92. I want to win this diaper for my son (33 mos) and my daughter (9 mos). I'd like the size two in blackbird, because it could fit both of them.

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  93. i would love to win this for my 9 month daughter in size two black bird. thanks for the giveaway!

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

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  94. My 3 week old daughter in alice brights size 1.

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  95. I would like to win it for my 18 month old daughter. I would choose a size two in Meadow

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  96. I would like to win for my baby due in June! I love the blackbird print! Size 1!

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  97. I am trying to win this for my 3 month old daughter. I love the Alice Brights in Size 1. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  98. for my baby girl :) she is 2 weeks old and i would get the size 1 in meadow or hoot. :) i love thirsties products

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  99. I want to win this for my daughter! I would love an Alice brights in size 1

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  100. I want to win this for my little girl. I'm due in May! I would like size 1 in the hoot pattern!

    Jess Toothman
    Happysoul12 at att dot net

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  101. My daughter, 17 months, alice brights or warm stripes size 2.

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  102. For my daughter! Warm stripes size 2

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  103. For my 11 month old girl. Mud size 2

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  104. Size 2 owls, for my 20 month old son! His sister, 4 months old, has quite the stash of diapers and poor Eli has only a few!

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  105. My son, He's 2.5 months. Size 2 in hoot
    hmahan_0529 @yahoo dot com

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  106. My baby girl due in May. Size 1 in blackbird

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  107. I would like to win this for my 7 month old son. I'd like the size 2 in Hoot!

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  108. I'd like to win for my twins due June. Would want size 1 in mud

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  109. I'd love to win this for my daughter who just turned 9 mos. "Hoot" is adorable, would like size 2!

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  110. I would love to win this for my diaper closet to help needy families color and size do not matter but neutral is always better.

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  111. I'm due with #2 in June, so I need to beef up my diaper stash! I'd get size 1 in Mud. Thanks for the giveaway!
    maria.the.uncommon at gmail dot com

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  112. I am trying to win this for my niece, shes 3mo., I like the Warm stripes size 2

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  113. I want to win this for my 10 day old daughter. I would choose Mud, size 1.

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  114. I would love to win this for my daughter due in about a week. And I would like a Size 2 in Alice brights.

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  115. I am trying to win this for my 12 month old son Oliver. I would like a size 2 in Hoot.

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  116. I'm trying to win this diaper for my son who's 4 1/2 months. I'd get a size 2 in the cool colors print

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  117. im trying to win this for my daughter who is due in may id get size 1 in alice brights

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  118. I am trying to win this for my 4 month old daughter Amelia and I would choose warm stripes.

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  119. Warm stripes in size 2 for my 6 month old b-g twins.

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  120. my twins 9 months old size 2 in hoot

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  121. I am trying to win for my daughter who is 18 months old. I would pick size two in Honeydew.

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  122. my new lo.. she will be born in a couple months.. size 1 and mango

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  123. I want to win this for my cousin who had a leap year baby (so she's about 3 weeks old) She would look cutest in a size 1 alice brights

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  124. I would love to win a Size 2 with snaps in an Owl Print for my 18 month old daughter

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  125. I'd like to win this diaper for my 2 year old son. I'd like the size 2 hoot print.

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  126. I'd like to win this for my 20 month old son in size 2 hoot print with snaps.

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  127. I am trying to win this for our first son due in May. I would love the size one in Hoot

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  128. I am trying to win for my 5 months old daughter. I would pick the black bird in a size 2

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  129. I would like to win for my 14 day old daughter. I'd pick Size 1 in Alice Brights

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  130. Warm Stripes, Size One, for my sister-in-law who's trying to talk my brother into cloth diapering!

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  131. I'd get hoot in size 2 for my 11 month old son

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  132. I'd love to win this for my DD, size 2 in rose or hoot. I have a friend who can use it after DD's finished :)

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  133. This would be for my next baby. I would choose size 2 Mud.

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  134. Ashlee MacLeod DavisMarch 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I'm trying to win this diaper for my son who is 18 months old. Ok, so he doesn't care what i put on his butt so i guess it'd be more for me, lol. A size 2 in Ocean Blue would be awesome! In snaps too of course!

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  135. I am trying to win this for my son, just born on the 3rd =D I like the cool stripes, size 1.

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  136. We're expecting a baby this summer we don't know the gender but our babies tend to be larger than average so I'd like size two, blackbird with snaps. Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  137. I'd like the mud in either size for my 2 mo old son -- we have enough covers for now, but who likes to wait to use new fluff?!

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  138. laura4him@bellsouth.net
    I would give this to my sister who is pregnant. So, her baby would be a newborn, and I would get size 1 print blackbird

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  139. I am trying to win this for my son..he is 13 months old and i am trying to grow a small stash on a strict budget. I like Hoot in size 2. thanks for this giveaway!!

    cgdunhoff885@gmail.com

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  140. I want to win for our 3 mo old. I love the black bird pattern in a Size 2.
    girlofgod_5_11diva@hotmail.com

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