AMP Duo Diaper Review & Giveaway:
AI2 and Pocket

In this AMP Duo diaper review, find out why this made-in-Canada cloth diaper became the foundation for our entire cloth diaper stash - plus what we wish we could change about it!

Cloth Diaper Brand - AMP Diapers

Diaper Type - AI2 or pocket

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥

What size did you purchase? - This diaper comes in 3 sizes: Small (6-18 lbs), Large (15-35 lbs) and one-size (the same size as the large, but with snap-down rise settings to allow to adjust from newborn to 35 lbs).  We tried all 3 versions.

How much did you pay for it? - $18 each for sized, $20 each for one-size, purchased directly from the AMP Diaper Store.  Note, inserts are sold separately.

What do you love about this diaper?

AMP has a huge selection of colors, including lots of gender neutral offerings.  When we purchased our first AMPs more than 3 years ago, there weren't any prints available, but there are a few print options now. 

I really appreciated the design of the Duo, which is relatively unique: it functions as both a pocket and an AI2.  As an AI2, the insert can either be laid over top of the fleece layer (allowing the shell to be reused), or as a pocket, the insert can be stuffed inside to provide a stay-dry barrier layer and a one-piece diaper experience.  Plus, the pocket opening is at the front of the diaper, making removal of the insert from a messy diaper even easier than diapers with a back pocket!

We used this diaper with AMP's 2-layer hemp inserts, and sometimes added one of AMP's 3-layer hemp boosters for naps and overnight.  I LOVE AMP's hemp inserts, and recommend them frequently, especially for heavy wetters.  They are one of our absolute favorite inserts, and together with the Duo shell offered a very reliable fit for our little one.  We also used these for day-care diapers without any issues.

I love to support small businesses, and this diaper is made by a family-owned company right here in Canada, which we feel good about!

How do you think this diaper fits relative to other diapers?

I would say these diapers fit about average.  They seem to fit well on smaller babies, plus they do provide a good fit right up until the claimed 35 lbs on the larges.  Below is our experience with each of the 3 size options we purchased:

  • Size Small- we tried these diapers on our newborn, but didn't feel they fit.  I started using them as pocket diapers full-time when baby was about a month old and 10 lbs.  The diapers fit until baby was about 18 lbs, and then we switched to larges and one-size diapers.
  • Size Large started fitting my baby when he was about 15 lbs, and continued to fit right up until potty training at around 35 lbs.  We still had room left with the waist snap adjustments at that time, so I expect they could fit up until about 40 lbs, depending on the build of your baby.
  • One-size diapers - we tried these diapers on our newborn, but didn't feel they provided a snug, leak-free fit right away.  The one-size diapers are the same as the size Larges, except that they have adjustments that allow you to snap down the rise.  We actually started using the one-sizes when we needed to move out of the smalls.  I wanted the one-size diapers so that we could start using them earlier for the next baby.  That said, the elastic hasn't held up long enough for these diapers to make it for round 2 with a new baby.  (See more notes below).

The "ruffles" that the elastic and extra fabric around the legs form provides a nice snug fit against baby's back, tummy and legs.  We had no trouble with leaks from these diapers, even when baby slept on his tummy. 

This diaper does not have cross-over waist snaps, which may be part of the reason why I didn't think we got a good fit on our 8 lb but skinny newborn.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yes, on a scale of 1 to 4 (with 1 being never, and 4 being absolutely!), I give the AMP Duo a 3.

I mentioned it earlier: AMP Duos made up the majority of our stash.  They were, and still are, a diaper that I love the fit and ease of use with.  We used these diapers almost exclusively with our first little one.  We purchased 22 of the size smalls, 2 size large, and 16 one-size Duos.

I'm not sure I will be able to use them on my second baby when it arrives.  I was disappointed with the quality of the elastic used in these diapers: by the time we had used the Size Larges and one-size diapers for a bit over 2 years, the elastic was pretty well shot.  It will all have to be replaced to make these diapers functional again.  Some diaper makers, such as Fuzzibunz, make replacing elastics a cinch - but with AMP, stitching on top of the elastic (in the front, back and both legs) makes replacing the elastic a labour intensive project.  With more than 20 diapers needing all the elastic replaced, I haven't decided whether to pay the AMP Store to repair them ($5 per diaper plus shipping both ways), finish doing it myself, or sell/donate these diapers as is!

What would you change about this diaper?

I love the design and look of these diapers.  That said, I absolutely wish the elastic had been higher quality, such as swimwear elastic.  I was disappointed that the elastic has broken down over time.  I have other diapers in my stash that were used in rotation as frequently as any of our AMPs and the elastic are still in great shape for our second baby.  Every single one of our Size 2/one-size AMPs will require all 4 pieces of elastic to be replaced, as they no longer stretch.

Where to Buy

NatureBumz sells the one-size AMP Duos for $21.95, and offers free Canadian shipping on orders over $74.99.  They also ship to the US.

Disclosure: I did not receive any form of compensation or free product from AMP Diapers. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own, and your experience with the product may differ from mine. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” For more information, see our Disclaimer and Copyright.

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