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We are feeling quite fishy this season! If you’re looking for something bright and summery to kick-start the season, Fish Tales is for you! Ultra-bright fish that pop right off the black background are paired with a beautiful, deep teal binding. Fish Tales is limited edition print in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, regular lineup Swim Diaper (three sizes), Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and regular lineup Wet Bag.

At Thirsties we always say diaper laundry does not have to be complicated: -Prewash on warm -Wash on hot -Add another rinse. However, during your cloth diapering journey, you may need to tweak things within your wash routine like load size, water level, detergent, amount of detergent etc. Here is a list of signs that indicate you need to tweak your wash routine as well as the possible causes behind them.

signs you need to tweak your diaper wash routine

Sign: Diapers stink after coming out of the dryer.

Potential Causes:

Diapers did not get clean enough.

  • not enough agitation
  • not enough water
  • not enough detergent

You need to clean your washing machine.

Groupies’ Experiences:

“I had to add in a towel to improve agitation. I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t coming out super clean, came to the groupies and looked through old posts and found that suggestion – works great!” -Krista C.

“I had to switch to a stronger detergent in our prewash. We never had major issues, but sometimes things didn’t smell 100% fresh. Once I made that change and used a longer main wash cycle, things come out so so clean, and I don’t get a faceful of ammonia smell between the prewash and the main wash.” -Svetlana N.

Sign: Diapers stink when freshly peed in.

Potential Causes:

Ammonia buildup

  • Hard water (180ppm or higher requires softener)
  • Not enough detergent
  • Not enough water
  • Nighttime diapers need rinsing

Too many diapers in wash loads.

Groupies’ Experiences:

“I suspected something was off (They started to have on off smell when the babies would wet their diapers) so I had to interrogate my husband to find out that he had been leaving off the extra rinse! On purpose! Because “it seemed long enough without it.” Trust no man with your wash routine, ladies. 😂” -Kayla R

“Once kiddos became about 9 months I had to begin rinsing night diapers to avoid ammonia build-up. And again when they began to potty train and use less diapers I had to tweak my routine.” -Ashlea F.

“I had to add more detergent to my prewash when my baby became a toddler 😭 I was getting ammonia stink.” -Katie D.

Sign: Fast developing edge wear

Potential Causes:

Too many diapers in a load

Not enough diapers to rotate use between.

Washer’s spin speed is too fast.

Groupies’ Experience:

“I was getting crazy edgewear and realized that I was putting too many diapers in my top-loading washer(old school with an agitator). I could tell it was too many because the pocket inserts wouldn’t agitate out and my prefolds would come out all twisted.” Mackenzie W.

Sign: Change in location, Change in your washing machine

Potential Causes:

Different water hardness / softness

Different water levels

Different agitation mechanism

Groupies’ Experiences:

“I’m in the process of completely changing my wash routine. We just moved from pretty soft water to a place with really hard water. It is crazy what a difference water hardness makes. Still tweaking here and there but I had to change the detergent and the amount I was using, adding water softener, and eliminating the extra rinse at the end that was needed for softer water.”  – Kim G.

“We moved from a house with an HE washer to one with a standard washer. I figured out after a few loads of stinky diapers coming out of the dryer that I need to use more detergent since I didn’t have an HE washer anymore. (I actually like this washer better than the HE now that I figured that out! – Kelli D.

Sign: Rashes, Irritation, Red marks that don’t go away on legs or pressure points where diaper hits

Potential Cause(s): These issues could be a factor if you have ruled out potential fit problems.

Detergent Sensitivity

Ammonia Build Up

Detergent Build-Up (Check if there are a lot of suds in the final rinse cycle)

Groupies’ Experiences:

“My kids have detergent sensitivity. They get red splotchy rashes in their diaper area. We actually had our doctor check it at one point to make sure that was the cause.” -Danielle W.

“After following bad wash routine advice (not Thirsties), too much Tide caused a chemical burn. It looked almost like a sunburn but instead of flaking off the skin peels off and is a big open sore where the diaper touched.” -Cheyenne S.

Remember there is a solution to every bump in the road on your cloth diapering journey. Thank you to all the Thirsties Groupies who shared their cloth diapering experiences with needing to tweak their wash routines. Remember, we are always here to help troubleshoot your wash routine so feel free to contact us at support@thirstiesbaby.com.

Happy Women’s Month! Did you know that Thirsties was started by a cloth diapering mom? Stay tuned to hear more about that on Thirsties blog, but first, let us tell you about a giveaway that we’re doing with ezpz, another family-owned company started by another entrepreneurial mom, Lindsey Laurain.

“We (ezpz) create developmentally-focused products that make mealtime less about mess and more about fun. Each product is tailored towards a specific age group and usage occasion, and the mat’s stable base helps baby/toddler to self-feed and meet key developmental milestones. We aspire for family mealtime to be a HAPPY, positive experience where memories are made!”

Lindsey and ezpz’s feeding specialist, Dawn, are passionate about helping little eaters and their families. Eating continuity can be key to fostering positive eating habits for some little eaters. ezpz’s First Food’s Set is perfect for little hands. Pairing these little dishes with Thirsties Simply Sustainable Collection makes bringing your little one’s favorite dishes and favorite snacks on the go!

Click the giveaway below and enter to win this amazing prize pack from ezpz and Thirsties!
– @ezpz First Foods Set in Pewter
– @Thirsties “winner’s choice” wet bag, wet/dry bag, mini, clutch and sandwich bag
– The winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, 4/30
– Open to US only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The #ThirstiesFallFlatLay Challenged encouraged Thirsties customers to get creative composing flat lays, pairing their favorite Thirsties products with items that spoke to them. A flat lay is a picture or video taken from a birds-eye view of a collection of items laid out on a flat surface. Throughout the fall season #ThirstiesGroupies captured and shared images and videos using the hashtag #ThirstiesFallFlatLay and in this article, we are happy to announce the challenge finalists!

Image by @fiddlinbarefoot on Instagram
Click here to watch this video by @minnicoops on Instagram
Image by Normalize Cloth on Facebook
Image by @macknzwood on Instagram
Image by @crazy4cloth on Instagram
Image by @omgitsbecki on Instagram
Image by @leaaharroyo on Instagram
Image by @ashersclothbum on Instagram
Image by @amanda_bacher on Instagram
Image by @laurenewatson on Instagram
Image by @southern_fluff_love on Instagram
Image by A. McClellan on Facebook

We were blown away by everyone’s entries. There were over 400 on Instagram alone! Having a creative outlet helps us find fun in the familiar and we hope that this is what the #ThirstiesFallFlatLay challenge offered our fabulous customers. Thank you, EVERYONE, for filling our social media feed with Thirsties goodness! We will announce the five prize winners on #ThirstiesLive November 21, 2019. See you then!

It’s common in the cloth diapering world for families to have what we call mixed stashes. That is, cloth diaper collections that are made up of more than one style or brand of diapers. There are many reasons to have a mixed stash including two babies in cloth, baby growing, multiple caregivers and more.

In this article, we’re going to discuss mixed stashes, the definition of a cloth diaper, why people have mixed stashes and what mixed stashes can look like.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is a cloth diaper?

The basic elements of a cloth diaper are always the same, no matter which style you choose to use. You’ll need an absorbent component and a waterproof component put together to make an effective cloth diapering system.

These components can come together in many different ways and their differences are part of what makes up a mixed stash. Mixed stashes can be made up of all types of cloth diapers including All In Ones, Fitteds and Duo Wraps, and Pockets.

Why do families have mixed stashes?

  • Budget – different systems fall on different sides of the budget spectrum. Systems like Duo Wraps and lay in inserts are more budget friendly than systems like One Size Natural All In Ones.
  • Different diapers for different times of the day – Night time diapers often require much more absorbency than say day time diapers. Nap time diapers require more absorbency than day time diapers, but probably not as much as night time. Depending on the time of day, you may have different preferences for the type of cloth diaper you want to use.
  • Two or more in cloth – Having two or more kiddos in cloth at the same time can also lead people to have a mixed stash. You may love one style for your newborn, but need something totally different for your two year old. No matter what their ages, having two in cloth will most likely mean that having a mixed stash is exactly what you need.
  • Needs change as baby grows – As your baby gains weight, begins to eat solid foods and starts walking, your diapering needs will change. Newborns output is made up of small amounts, many times during the day. However, toddler outputs are made up of large amounts just a few times during the day. As your baby grows and changes, your diapering needs will change too and a mixed stash is the best way to meet all those needs.
  • Consider the caregiver – The most common reason we see for mixed stashes is multiple caregivers. Mom may prefer a different style than babysitter or grandma and dad might have his own style that he likes too. Remember to consider the caregiver when choosing your mixed stash and you’re more likely to keep everyone happy.

What does a mixed stash look like?

  • Main style of diaper + diapers for different circumstances – Most mixed stashes have one main style of diaper plus a few different styles for specific situations. For example, many families like to use AIOs during the day, but find that they need more absorbency at night, so they have just a handful of fitteds and duo wraps for overnight.
  • Several different styles and brands – When polled, many of our Thirsties Groupies said that they have not only different styles in their stash, but different brands too. We know Thirsties isn’t the only cloth diaper brand out there and other brands may have found their way into your stash too. Having a mixed stash of different styles and brands completely works for some families!
  • One style and different brands – Some stashes may actually stick to one specific style across different brands. There aren’t too many rules about building your own mixed stash.
  • Different closures – The last way to mix up your stash is to have some combination of the above, but in different closures. Many families have one parent who prefers snaps and one who prefers hook and loop! Whatever works for your family is the ‘right’ way to cloth diaper.

Want more info? Checkout Laura’s #ThirstiesLive all about mixed stashes, what they look like and why Thirsties families love them.

Don’t forget, you can shop your favorite Thirsties products at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more potty training tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout the Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc