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6 Ways to Cut Yourself Slack When Parenting Gets Tough

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Maybe you’ve got a newborn at home. Maybe you’ve just gotten over a 2-week family bout of the stomach flu (like in our household). Or maybe it’s just the day-in, day-out craziness of schedules and bathtimes and keeping the house presentable and work responsibilities and, well, life.

As amazing as it is, parenting is just tough sometimes.

These are the times that I have to remind myself to ease up. Sometimes we make things more stressful than we need to, and sometimes we simply need to make things easier on ourselves when life throws us curveballs.

So, today I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to do just that – ways that I cut myself some slack while I try to regain that equilibrium again. Maybe they’ll help you when things get stressful.

Use (or find!) a favorite essential oil to relax (or motivate). I have a favorite, relaxing … Read More

#ThirstiesReaLife Photo Contest January 2017

We can’t think of a better way to start 2017 than with a celebration of cloth diapers and adorable little ones. Well friends, that is exactly what the #ThirstiesRealLife Photo Contest is ALL about! The early years of our children’s lives are here and gone before we know it. Thankfully, as photographer Roger Kingston says, “A camera is a save button for the mindseye.”

In that spirit, every month Thirsties has a fun photo contest in which folks capture and share their #ThirstiesRealLife moments on Instagram or in the Thirsties Groupies on Facebook. On Thursday every week we select one or two feature photos, which become finalists in the photo contest. At the end of the month fans vote for their favorite photos. Here are the finalists for January 2017.


This month we had a record number of votes, over 1,000! Now that’s what we call working to #makeclothmainstream! We … Read More

Thirsties 2016 Year in Review


The holidays are marked with such vibrant memories we get to December and can hardly believe a whole year has past. Has it been a whole year already? I remember when… One of our favorite things to do at the end of December is look back and remember the last twelve months and celebrate what made the year special. In that spirit here is Thirsties 2016 Year in Review.

2016 was a year full of amazing new products and fabulous cloth diaper prints and colors. Starting us off in January was the release of our Valentine’s print, “Straight to My Heart.”

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In February 2016 we released our Organic Cotton Wipes and celebrated #ClothCommunityDay.

March was a noteworthy month because we started broadcasting live through Thirsties Facebook Page. #ThirstiesLive is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with our customers and folks in the cloth diapering industry. We strive to provide … Read More

Meet Thirsties Outdoor Adventure Collection


Here at Thirsties, we’re passionate about the Great Outdoors. Camping, hiking, simply basking in the breathtaking beauty – it’s one of the things that make life great. That’s why we’re ecstatic to share with you our newest release – during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service – Thirsties Outdoor Adventure Collection. The Collection includes 4 new nature-inspired prints and 1 new color.  Available in all your favorite sizes, styles, and absorbencies, these colors and prints evoke the fun, serene calm, and beauty of the outdoors.

Thirsties Happy Camper

Happy Camper

This hand-drawn print served as the starting point for the Outdoor Adventure Collection. Our designer doodled some of our favorite aspects of camping and scanned them into her computer, resulting in an adorable work of art. With cheerful birds, quaint picnic tables, classic canoes, s’mores by the camp fire, pop up tents, and even line-drying diapers, this print will make … Read More

Vote for the #ThirstiesRealLife October Winning Photo


The #ThirstiesRealLife Photo Contest showcases the intersection of Thirsties cloth diapers and our customers “real life.” While parenting small children is often less than picture perfect in the conventional sense of the term, #ThirstiesRealLife is always real and that my friends is always beautiful.

We’re bringing our Thirsties fans into the mix even more because this month YOU are selecting the winning photo! Below are October 2016’s finalists. Vote for your favorite photo by telling us your favorite in a comment on this blog post. On Facebook you’ll find an album “#ThirstiesRealLife October 2016 Photo Contest Finalists. You may also vote for your favorite photo by liking that image on Facebook. Voting will close Monday October 31st at 9:00pm and the winning photo will be announced Tuesday November 1, 2016.

Riley from the Thirsties Groupies on #Facebook writes, "Had to share my thirsties natural AIO daycare stash! They look so pretty all lined up in the bin 😍 she's the only cloth baby in our center and our teacher loves her prints! She says it's exciting when I bring in new ones 😂 #thirstiesreallife" Congrats Riley, you're one of our #ThirstiesRealLife feature photos this week. That's right folks, you can use cloth diapers at day care! #photocontest #thirstiesbaby #daycare #clothdiapers #thirstiesreallife

October 6, 2016 Riley from the Thirsties Groupies on #Facebook writes, “Had to share my thirsties natural AIO daycare

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