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*This is a re-post from September 2013 and part of our Thirsties Therapy Help collection.

The answer to this question may seem simple – just change them when they are dirty or wet! However, there is more to it than that. Since babies of different ages will have different outputs, you will need to have a general idea of when you will need to check the diaper, and how many diapers you need to have on hand for each age. Some babies may not let you know when they are wet or dirty, so checking the diaper periodically may be necessary. If switching from disposables to cloth, there may be a considerable difference in the amount of diaper changes.

As a general rule, diapers should be checked every 1.5-2 hours during the daytime. Older babies may go longer in between changes. You will quickly find out what the elimination routine is for your baby, and will adjust according to their own personal needs. The absorbency of the diaper will also determine how often baby needs to be change. Some babies do not want to stay in a soiled or wet diaper for any amount of time, whereas some may seem indifferent. Keep in mind that a soiled (number 2 ) diaper should be changed immediately – day or night.

New or expecting parents may not realize that babies have different outputs at different times during the day. I have researched and compiled some information on the fluid output of children that may help give an idea of how it can change including factors of age and time of day.

Estimated fluid output in newborns in ounces:

7 AM-3 PM 3 PM-11 PM 11 PM-7 AM 24 hours
Total 19.49 oz. 26.12 oz. 31.93 oz. 77.50 oz.
2 hr. average 4.87 oz. 6.53 oz. 7.98 oz. 6.46 oz.
4 hr. average 9.75 oz. 13.06 oz. 15.97 oz. 12.92 oz.


As you can see, newborns will most likely put out more during the nighttime hours. This is, of course, an estimate. Your child’s output will be determined by many factors including diet, age, health, medications, quantity of fluids consumed, and time those fluids are consumed.

The chart below will give you an idea of what the liquid output at different ages looks like.


Stage Age Weight Per hr. Every 2 hrs. Every 4 hrs.
Newborn 0-4 weeks 6-12 lbs. 3.23 oz. 6.46 oz. 12.92 oz.
Infant 1-12 mo. 12-28 lbs. .6-1.2 oz. 1.2-2.4 oz. 2.4-4.8 oz.
Toddler 1-3 yrs. 20-40 lbs. 1.96-2.8 oz. 3.92-5.6 oz. 7.84-11.2 oz.
Preschool 3-5 yrs. 30-50 lbs. 1.96-2.8 oz. 3.92-5.6 oz. 7.84-11.2 oz.
Schoolage 5-11 yrs. 40-80 lbs. 1.96-2.8 oz. 3.92-5.6 oz. 7.84-11.2 oz.


Newborns will have a higher fluid output overall, but it is released more frequently. This is understandable, considering that they are on a liquid diet. Older babies will need fewer changes as they start to eat solid foods and have more control and a greater bladder capacity. You will notice that the fluid output seems to remain the same after the toddler years. This is most likely due to the fact that babies and toddlers tend to drink a lot more than older kids in comparison to their body mass.

As a convenience to our customers, Thirsties has recommendations on how many diapers you will need for each age. This information can be found on our FAQs section of our website:

Newborn: 20-24 diapers
6-12 months: 14-18 diapers
12-24 months: 12-16 diapers
Potty Learning: 4-8 diapers

If using a two piece system, you will need a waterproof cover as well as the absorbent diaper. Below are the cover quantity recommendations:

Newborn-9 months: 1 wrap for every 3 diapers
9 months-18 months: 1 wrap for every 4 diapers
18 months to potty: 1 wrap for 5 every diapers

The numbers above are for a two day supply, as we recommend washing cloth diapers every other day. Wipe covers down in between changes, and wash every 5 uses. Soiled covers should be rinsed and pretreated for stains, then hand-washed or put in the diaper pail for laundering.

Adding an insert to any diaper will boost its absorbency, and is recommended for nighttime use past the infant stage. We don’t want you waking up any more than you have to!

You can also find package recommendations on the following Thirsties blog articles:
Diapering Full-Time with the Duo All in One
Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted Startup Package
Getting Started With the Thirsties Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold
Getting Started with the Thirsties Duo Diaper System

Happy cloth diapering! If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

Resources include:

Written by Sonya Choron 8/25/13

wetbag&paillinerThirsties Pail Liner and Wet Bag

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Girls just want to have fun!  Introducing a new vintage inspired print and two new vibrant solids that are sure to get you grooving. Everyone loves a throwback so we have completely revamped one of Thirsties signature designs, Alice Brights, by adding a pop of Iris and Poppy to the pallet. In addition, we are introducing two new solids Poppy (launched 2 weeks ago) and Iris to complement our new print.

Introducing Iris and Alice Brights

Please visit your favorite Thirsties retailer to get our new products today!


Hello all,

We are thrilled to introduce the following new products.

Introducing Poppy and More

Newborn All in One with Hook & Loop Closures

Your favorite Newborn diaper is now available in hook & loop closures with the same style, fit and convenience as our popular snap version (minus the umbilical cord snap down)! Designed with the needs and comfort of a new baby in mind, with an adjustable rise that provides a custom fit for babies (5-14 lbs). The soaker is sewn in on one side (at the top of the diaper), which makes adding extra absorbent layers a cinch and tremendously decreases drying time. You will enjoy the sleekness and simplicity of this diaper in the new hook and loop version.

Thirsties NB AIO in HL OTB

Diaper Cover Line Additions (Snap Closures & Newborn/Preemie Size)

We are excited to announce the addition of snap closures and a Newborn/Preemie size hook & loop cover to Thirsties Diaper Cover line! The snaps will provide a secure fit and make it more challenging for toddlers to unfasten their diapers. The Newborn/Preemie size will fit babies from 4-10 lbs, has an umbilical cord cutout, and is only available with hook & loop closures. In addition to the NEW Newborn size, the cover also comes in XS, S, M, L in both hook & loop and snap closures. The newborn and x-small sizes feature the 1′ wide hook & loop versus the 1 1/2′ used on the small, medium and large sizes. We have also consolidated the available colors and prints in the diapers covers. Please see below.


Thirsties Diaper Covers HL Snap Colors


We have an adorable new color; Poppy. The poppy is a soft, but rich pink tone which we know you will love. It is available in the Duo Wrap, One Size All In One, One Size Pocket, and Diaper Pail Liner.

Thirsties Duo Wrap HL OTB


Product Videos


If pictures are worth a thousand words, then are videos worth a million? We think so! Research shows the second biggest hurdle (behind up front cost) when considering using cloth diapers is getting past the overwhelming confusion of how technical cloth diapering can be.  We hope these help simplify the process.  These videos are viewable on our website or on the Thirsties YouTube channel.  Please click on the links below to view the videos.  We have completed seven videos thus far with plans to introduce additional product videos over the coming months. To start we are introducing the following product videos:

Please visit your favorite Thirsties’ retailer to get your new Ocean Collection products today!



It wasn’t until the 1960s when a typical middle class household had a television, but today, nearly all of us do—and not only that, but access to information and images of all sorts, all the time on our laptops and smart phones. One very useful and under-used tool that both the World Wide Web and Television can provide for modern-day children, other than keeping them entertained and quiet for a while, is the ability to look into the lives of others. What exactly do I mean by this? Read on.

“I am so hungry—I’m starving! No I do not want a banana or a sandwich or cheese and crackers or carrots and hummus….etc etc.”

To satiate this sort of starvation, I like to serve a hot, savory episode or two of “Survivorman.” “Do you see that man, there? He hasn’t eaten in three days and now he’s cooking up some juicy grubs that he found in a hollow log for dinner. He’s so hungry that even though those grubs aren’t the most delicious food in the world, he’s eating them because he’s really hungry and he needs to eat to stay alive. Oh, you think a banana sounds pretty good, after all? Good choice! I bet Survivorman wishes he had a banana right now too!” I am trying to teach Lauren, Kate and Cooper that food doesn’t have to be “their favorite” or the “one thing that they are in the mood for” if they are really hungry. Sometimes we need to eat for survival. You aren’t really starving if you have enough caloric energy to turn down half a dozen snack choices.

“I’ll clean my room later. It’s not even very dirty,” or “I’ll clean my room but I am emotionally attached to every scrap of paper I’ve ever scribbled on and every contraption I’ve ever made from paper-towel tubes, 8 feet of scotch tape, cotton balls and empty water bottles. That’s NOT trash. That’s a trap for bad guys!”

Time to Clean Your Room!

Time to Clean Your Room!

Time to watch Hoarders: Buried Alive. Yes, it is hard to throw things away sometimes and cleaning up isn’t always fun. But we do these things for a reason because if we don’t, we can actually be buried in our own possessions–just like that woman who can’t walk through her living room anymore on TV. I can relate to being emotionally attached to tangible possessions, books, my children’s artwork, old notes and souvenirs that I’ve saved since I was a child but I draw the line at holding on to actual trash. We don’t need to keep the ripped box Barbie came in—even though it is a pretty color pink and has pretty pictures on it. And the apple core under the bed? Yes, the way the mold is growing on it is really cool, isn’t it? It’s like a science project. In fact, it’s so much like a science project you can take it to school and show it to your class or you can throw it in the trash—where household science experiments involving old food belong.

“I hate brushing my teeth! Noooooo!”-followed by or while running away and/or kicking.  To combat the occasional  Toothbrushing Strike, I have Googled pictures of rotting teeth and shown them to the kids. I really have. Plaque, gingivitis, possible cavities and inevitable dental bills are something too abstract for a lot of kids to grasp and many remain convinced that toothbrushing is simply a cruel and pointless nightly ritual. Thank you Google for bringing Reality and Graphic Images into our home. A single close-up picture of rotting teeth truly does speak 1,000 words…while the 10,000 words spilling from a parent’s mouth often go unheard.

How do you use TV or the internet to convince your children to do things or to put things like “hunger” into perspective? Or maybe you don’t…but would you?