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Tall, short, slim or chunky, we’ve got your baby covered! Introducing Thirsties New One-Size Pocket Diaper, our first diaper designed to fit babies from 8 to 40 lbs. This ultra-absorbent diaper was meticulously designed with Thirsties’ signature leg gussets and eight layers of adjustable absorbency to ensure this will be your go-to diaper for both day and nighttime use. Plus, what will surely be everyone’s favorite feature: simply toss the Thirsties One-Size Pocket Diaper in the washing machine and the inserts will agitate free during the wash cycle. No need to remove soiled inserts before washing…how awesome is that?!

Product Highlights:

  • One size: designed to provide a great fit on babies from 8 to 40 lbs
  • Absorbency: we added one additional layer of microfiber terry to make this diaper even more absorbent. Inserts can be used individually or snapped together to provide four different absorbency and size options
  • Closures: Available with Thirsties NEW hook & loop or NEW snap configuration with 2 rows of snaps

Thirsties One Size Pocket is now available at your favorite retailer!  Click here to visit or retailer locator or learn more on the One Size Pocket Product page.

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A what?

 

Poopsplosion: A poop explosion, an eruption of poop

 

Is that really a word? It isn’t in the dictionary or on Wikipedia, but in the cloth diapering world, yes it is! This is not just a leak, or even a blowout, but an explosion that typically makes a lot of noise and a huge mess! There is no other word that describes it better, and when you have encountered one, you understand why it is called that. Sounds like something you want to deal with, right? Unfortunately, this may be an occurrence during the diapering stage, so please excuse the crudities and read on!

 

For those of you who have diapered for a while, I am sure you have your own story to tell. I remember one time in particular when this happened to me. We were on a road trip from Minnesota to Colorado. My smallest was less than a year old, still being breastfed, and had a huge explosion in her car seat. The explosion escaped the diaper at the legs and waist, went through her clothes, through the fleece I had between her and the car seat, and onto the fabric of her car seat. It was a mess!! This is one of those times that you stand there for a second to soak it all in, and to figure out where to start. I can’t imagine if I hadn’t had the fleece on the seat. The amount of poo that that child put out was phenomenal! It took a while to undress her (trying not to get the poo on her or anything else), and then to use my wipes to clean off what had made it through onto the car seat. After the cleaning was done, I layered the car seat with some more fleece fabric I had in the car (thanks sis!), and it was back on the road. Luckily, the odor was not noticeable, and we made it home without another mess. I can say that at least it was in the car seat, and not while co-sleeping in my bed!

 

So why did this poopsplosion happen? In my instance, I was breastfeeding, which makes the bowel movements more liquid. I was using eco-friendly disposables, which do not provide as much protection as cloth. I was also travelling, which can mess with digestion, and only checked the diaper at rest stops. Please see my list of possible reasons below:

 

Contributing Factors:

  • EBF (Exclusively Breast Fed) diet
  • Soft diets (usually until more substantial diets are introduced)
  • Changes in diet
  • Allergy/sensitivity to a certain food
  • Excess gas (newborns tend to produce a lot of gas)
  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel movement after constipation
  • Disposable diapers
  • Gaps at leg holes or waist of diaper
  • Not enough absorbency in diaper
  • Diapers are to small
  • Diapers are to large
  • Diaper is not checked often
  • Diaper does not meet absorbency needs
  • Medications/medical issues

 

There are some things you may be able to do to avoid a poopsplosion:

 

Ways to avoid:

 

  • Cloth diapers (correct size and absorbency)
  • Boost absorbency at nap/nighttime in the form of a doubler or insert.
  • Two piece systems tend to help, since there are two barriers to the leak (such as a fitted/cover and a fastened prefold/cover).
  • Leg and waist holes fit snuggly (Remember, when a child lies down, the stomach falls and there becomes a gap at the waist.)
  • Check diaper every 1.5 – 2 hours for babies
  • For travel, check diapers often, avoid foods that may affect digestion, and keep an extra layer on the car seat.
  • Place a waterproof pad on the bed at night.

 

What do you do if it happens to you and your baby?

 

Remember, although you are the one cleaning it, your baby is the one sitting in it. Try not to make grimaces or expressions to show baby that changing their diaper is awful. Just start cleaning, and soon it will be done. Below are some ways that may make the cleanup easier.

 

To clean:

 

  1. Give baby a full or sponge bath. If travelling, use wipes to clean baby as much as possible.
  2. Rinse everything affected with warm water as soon as you can (use warm water, as soil leaves the fabric at the temperature it was put in – do not use hot, as it will set the stain).
  3. Pretreat with a liquid detergent or stain remover (one with enzymes will help, but make sure to rinse well).
  4. Prewash on warm. You can check to see if the staining was removed. If not, feel free to treat again (hot water will set a stain).
  5. Wash on hot with a cloth diaper safe detergent.
  6. Add an extra rinse.

 

Additionally, you can:

 

-Use a diaper sprayer to aid in cleaning the diaper

-Use a stain remover and/or detergent with enzymes

-Use a detergent with oxygen bleach, or add oxygen bleach to the load (not more than once a month is recommended)

-When travelling, keep additional changes of diapers/wipes/clothes in the car

 

Although there are certain factors that can contribute, this could happen to anyone in the course of cloth diapering. We hope you find this post entertaining as well as educational. Please feel free to share your stories with us!

 

~Sonya

 

Written by Sonya Choron 9/23/13

I’ll be honest with you all…I have an extreme case of writer’s block. It may not seem like a normal thing to admit when you have writer’s block but I do have a good reason for it. You see, a lot of what I write is inspired by my own personal life and right now I’m harboring a secret. It’s the only thing that’s on my mind now and always but I haven’t told you all for some reason. I think it’s because there’s a part of me that feels like it’s not culturally acceptable to talk about it for a little while. It really has nothing to do with my feelings at all. I am basically an open book; it’s just how I’m wired. Keeping something a secret just isn’t who I am.

Here it goes…I’m pregnant with baby #3! I’m happy about it through all of the nauseous long days and exhaustion. There is nothing that I like about the first trimester. Here are a few things that I’ve started doing to help ward off those pesky first trimester side effects:

Sea Bands: Had I known during my last two pregnancies about these wristlet beauties I think I may have had a better experience. The way it works is by applying pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point. This pressure point relieves nausea naturally. Is it a cure all? No. I’ve noticed that it does help.

Naps, when I can get them…: This one is particularly hard on weekdays but Brennan, my almost five-year-old son, understands what’s going on. I mean he understands as much as a five-year-old can. He’ll sit next to me while I rest and he reads a book.

Learning to let go of my expectations: My laundry’s sitting in the washer right now, it takes me days to fold and put it away and you know what? That’s okay. I’m not Super Woman but I am growing a human being which means I need to rest!

Exercise: there are more days than not that I don’t want to do this one but I’ve found that when I get through the mental hurdle of actually doing it I feel great afterwards.

What about you? Do you have any tips for me?

Some big news to share

duowrapsnap_warmstripes_500Cloth diapering is starting to show up in the mainstream media and more and more parents are making the decision to use cloth diapers on their children whether it’s for financial or environmental reasons. Many are on the fence, maybe you’re one of them? Let me tell you why I choose to use cloth diapers on my children and why I feel that you should do the same.

I understand the extra work that’s involved in cloth diapering your child; I have cloth diapered two babies. I know that there’s laundry every other or every two days (speaking of which, I need to do diaper laundry today). I understand that there are more diaper changes  with cloth diapers too. Why would any parent choose to make more work for himself or herself when there’s an easier, more convenient approach to diapers? I’ll tell you why I did…

For me, it started out as a financial decision my husband and I made, but it’s turned into so much more for me. I use cloth diapers now for the same reason that some of you choose to eat only organic, non-processed foods. If you’ve ever wondered what’s actually in a disposable diaper, that goop that keeps your baby’s bum “dry,” well, I encourage you to read the article written here on our blog by our previous Written by Mama Monday author Elizabeth. It’s titled, “Have You Ever Wondered What’s in a Disposable Diaper?” Honestly, if the information in there isn’t enough to persuade you to use cloth diapers well…

You see, our skin is the body’s largest organ. It’s the protector of our vital organs – the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. – and it is a visible force field, warding off nasty viruses and bacteria. Our skin also absorbs any substance it comes in contact with. For example, soldiers and Vietnam citizens who were repeatedly exposed to the chemical, Agent Orange, during the Vietnam War do have a higher occurrence of certain types of cancer and diseases. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also reports this about occupations that have a higher level of exposure to hazardous chemicals, “Dermal exposure to hazardous agents can result in a variety of occupational diseases and disorders, including occupational skin diseases (OSD) and systemic toxicity.”

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Our skin is the shield of our bodies but it’s not an impenetrable fortress; I believe that what I put on my skin and my children’s skin can make a difference in our overall health and wellness. Now am I saying that if a baby wears a disposable diaper he or she will inevitably contract some terrible disease from exposure to the chemicals in diapers? No. My children both have had times where they wore disposable diapers; whether it was from a bad diaper rash to being in the care of a place that did not allow the use of cloth diapers. I do, however, think that there’s something to be said about constant exposure. Look at the issued reports from the Department of Veteran Affairs: Those who had constant exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides are at considerably high risk for diseases such as Prostate Cancer to Parkinson’s Disease.

The math is simple in my book: There are a lot more reasons to use cloth diapers other than saving money and saving the environment. What about saving the well being of our next generation? It’s just something for you to digest..

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