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#countryharvesttrio

Adding cheerful color and rustic chic charm to cloth diaper stashes everywhere, Thirsties is proud to introduce the Country Harvest Trio! Believe it or not, today is the first day of fall. There’s something about this season that takes us back to a simpler time and inspires our appreciation for the understated elegance of nature and the purity of home. Even if you’re a city dweller, you can take part in the much-revered simple life with Thirsties’ Country Harvest Trio featuring our new solid and two country-inspired prints.

The #CountryHarvestTrio is truly a labor of love inspired by our #ThirstiesGroupies from our Facebook Group,  Thirsties Groupies Official Fan Chat. For months Thirsties fans, wanting to complete their beautiful Thirsties rainbows have been hankering for a cheerful yellow. Truth be told, the Groupies even made a hashtag, #yellowthirsties. They asked, we listened, and the result is Daffodil, a rich, golden yellow with matching binding and snaps.

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While many families start cloth diapering for financial and environmental reasons, don’t discount the cuteness factor of cloth! After hearing requests for farm animals and florals, we dreamed up Farm Life and Sun Blossom. These limited edition prints bring on the cute without being cutesy.

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Watercolor detailing renders a hint of artistic chic while colored trim and snaps give Farm Life and Sun Blossom a classic look. With tones of primary colors, the Country Harvest Trio sings in perfect harmony!

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Available in our Duo Wrap, Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, One Size Pocket, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One and Wet Bag, the Country Harvest Trio is sure to take you back to your roots…or the roots you wish you had!

Want the whole trio for yourself? Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the Country Harvest Trio in our popular Natural All in One. You can also buy them for a limited time at your favorite Thirsties Retailer. Happy cloth diapering!

 

 

No matter the age of the child, we always want to help them know how special they are. Particularly when they celebrate a birthday – whether it’s their first or 21st – don’t we want to make it as awesome a day as we think they deserve? This was my experience, at least, when our oldest turned five years old recently.

We’ve made all of his birthdays (and his sister…and, for that matter, his future sibling!) fun, but between the fact that this year a) it was his last before heading off to school and b) he seems to be entering that “big kid” stage, we had a big shindig for family AND a slew of his pre-K buddies at our house. I figure we’ll switch between small family parties and doing something with a few friends from hereon in, so we wanted to make it count.

Like many boys (and girls!) his age, he adores superheroes. He’s a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to characters both famous and obscure thanks to reading and talking with my husband A LOT about the heroes and their histories. So, we didn’t just pick one for the theme, but made it an overall superhero blast.

No matter your little one’s age, a superhero party is totally adaptable to suit your needs. Here are a handful of tips that will help make your child’s birthday SUPER fun, SUPER easy, and SUPER special!

* Pick and choose a handful of ideas to keep the stress low and the fun high. * I’ve got TONS of ideas for this theme, and ended up realizing that some fell to the wayside and some I could’ve skipped altogether. So, if you see something listed below that sounds fun, go ahead and do it! But if you think doing ALL of it (or even some of it) seems over-the-top, skip it. I’m definitely learning to pare back, especially with our third child on the way and energy at a premium.

Start with the invitations. I actually Googled superhero invites (sometimes this works even better than Pinterest) then used some of the design ideas to create my own, so this could be as simple as you want or as complicated. Here is one that I created on PicMonkey FOR FREE to both send and email out (with our address and phone number blacked out), but I created another simple one using just the cool fonts and superhero add-ons (and a red background), too.

Go generic whenever possible. While we’d love to have a super eco-friendly shindig every single time, it’s just not plausible when it comes to kids and clean-up. Instead, we try to make whatever we have on hand work for other events – like using a particular color scheme and printing out more specific superhero signage to tie it all together. Plus, since our son’s birthday is in July, it was super easy to grab some inexpensive blue and red sparkly stars, a generic “Happy Birthday” sign to reuse, and tablecloths/napkins/plates in the color scheme.

Then, my husband made superhero signage with a free superhero font (again, thanks PicMonkey!) and printed them on our home computer on cardstock. Easy peasy!

Oh, and less easy peasy but still fun? I used a huge box we had hanging around from our move, cut it into a jagged skyline, painted it black (then added white “boxes” all over it) and – TA DA! – instant backdrop for kids who wanted to dress up and have their pictures taken. Part decor, part entertainment. (And I had everything on hand so it was F-R-E-E!) This would be cute for a one-year-old’s photo op!

Choose an activity or two. This year, I was taught that the birthday party in itself IS an activity. I think that we have a tendency to overschedule our kids’ time as it is (and as an educator, I tend to OVER-prepare just like I would for a lesson…not always necessary). By nature, kids just want to have fun together and a birthday party already has enough structure just in how it’s set up – generally speaking, this might mean food, then cupcakes/cake, presents, with a game thrown in if there’s time.

At this particular event, we had a TON for the kids to do (we weren’t sure if there’d be rain so we had some outside and inside stuff planned). It turns out that the most popular things were coloring some free printables with a variety of superheroes (especially remembering to have ones for girls, boys, and even PJ Masks characters), running around the backyard in superhero masks, and a worm that caught the kids’ attention in the backyard. The simple things.

We also had planned a “Flash Fun Run” that could literally just be a race to the end of the yard and back (this would be ADORABLE to see one-year-olds attempt!), had some additional crafts using old toilet paper tubes for arm cuffs and DIY masks (plus some from the store that the kids DID take full advantage of), and a toss game I made using a cardboard box with three holes and some paint.

But, seriously, depending on the weather, bubbles and sidewalk chalk would be great, and crayons for inside get-togethers are always a hit. Don’t stress it!

Use the food to set the theme. Just as the colors can set the “mood” for a party, the same goes for the food. I actually like to start with the menu first THEN come up with names that tie them in. This way the food’s age appropriate right off the bat, which is super important.

From Poison Ivy’s Veggie Tray to Thor’s Hammers (um…cheese cubes stuck with a pretzel stick; my son still talks about them) to Joker Juice (juice boxes!) to Batwings (actually, instead of wings we used boneless chicken fingers…but they kind of looked like batwings, which was cool and a little creepy) to Plastic Man’s Power Pizza, the food was simple but the kids’ (and adults’) imaginations were totally engaged. Again, making simple signs is half the battle – and not EVERYTHING needs to be labeled. Just a few scattered around can do wonders.

Think “age appropriate” with favors. We had a mix of littles along with the “big kids”, so we made sure to do different bags according to age. The older ones were able to have littler objects whereas the little ones had sidewalk chalk or bubbles and a small Duplo toy or board book. It also depends on how much you want to do (we went overboard, I’m telling you right now…mentally cutting it by half for our daughter’s party in November!) and your own partygoers. Just be thoughtful and cognizant of the age restrictions; some parents stick hard to them and some, say, Play-Doh given to a tot who’s never had it may put Mom or Dad in a tough situation.

So, whether you take some of these ideas to create your own superhero shindig or even just the general tips and apply them to your little one’s next birthday party, I hope you find them helpful! And remember that it doesn’t matter how over-the-top or simple it may be; it’s all about celebrating how awesomely special your child is!

Thirsties Swim Diaper

We are thrilled to introduce the newest addition to our product line, Thirsties Swim Diaper. Why throw your money away on expensive disposable swim diapers when you can easily and affordably cover your baby’s swimming needs with an adorable reusable swim diaper? With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Thirsties reusable Swim Diaper!

Thirsties Swim Diaper

Overview: Available in two sizes, Thirsties Swim Diaper is a beach or pool ready version of our popular Duo Wrap diaper cover. Size 1 fits babies approximately 6-18lbs and Size 2 fits babies roughly 18-40lbs. Thirsties Swim Diaper meets the requirements of most public pools. We’ve designed our swim diaper with your baby’s needs in mind. Mesh interior, a trim cut, customizable rise snaps, and uniquely designed hip snaps keep baby splashing in comfort. Thirsties signature double leg gussets and waterproof exterior shell will keep you and everyone else swimming worry-free!

Let’s talk about the cuteness factor. Thirsties Swim Diaper comes in our adorable Beach Bum Babies Print Collection including: Surf’s Up, Whales, and Beach Party. Beach Bum Babies

With a fun geometric wave pattern, cool color palette, and Thirsties “Finn” gray trim any #ThirstiesBaby can rock Surf’s Up. A parade of adorable pink and gray whales accented with aqua snaps and trim make “Whales” a cute print for the ocean lover in all of us. “Beach Party” is a bold summer print that brings an element of fun whether baby’s building sand castles at the beach or splashing in the sprinkler. The Beach Bum Babies Print Collection is also available in your favorite Thirsites cloth diapers and wet bag, while supplies last.

Care and Use Not only are they cute, Thirsties Swim Diapers are also easy to use. Wash once before using an additive free detergent. While baby swims, our swim diaper will contain dirty messes so you won’t be the family to shut down the pool party. To clean, shake or rinse off any solids into the toilet. Wash on warm with your regular laundry or diaper laundry. To protect your swim diaper’s components, avoid using laundry boosters/additives, sanitize or white cycle on HE machines, pure soap, bleach, and drying on high. After washing, hang dry or machine dry on low. Thirsties Swim Diapers are practical and adorable additions to any baby’s summer wardrobe.

austrialian nappy association 2017 cloth nappy awards

The Australian Nappy Association (ANA) is an organization that, “works towards markedly increasing reusable nappy use in Australia by supporting and educating key members of the cloth nappy industry and potential users. The ANA is the preeminent source of information on reusable nappies and their numerous benefits for parents, caregivers and government agencies.” Like the Real Diaper Association here in the United States, the ANA is an excellent resource for cloth diapering education, advocacy, and support.

Every year the Australian Nappy Association hosts the Cloth Nappy Awards. This friendly competition influses the Australian cloth diapering community with excitement by highlighting the best cloth diapering brands in Australia. Thirsties is honored to have three products nominated in the 2017 Cloth Nappy Awards: Thirsites Natural All in One, Duo Wrap, and One Size Pocket Diaper. Voting is easy and there are 6 prize packages worth over $1000 each available for residents of Australia. Go here to vote for your favorite Thirsties products!

Australian Nappy Association Cloth Nappy Awards

At Thirsties we strive to make cloth diapering easy and affordable for everyone, everywhere! We believe providing our customers with excellent products is the best way to #makeclothmainstream. We’d like to thank our Australian retailers and the Australian Nappy Association for helping more folks learn about Thirsties! #getintocloth #ThirstiesInternational

 

#ThirstiesRoadTrip

I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite childhood memories are of family roadtrips. Whether it is a day trip or an epic cross country drive, roadtrips are a great way to captiolize on the best things about summer, family and fun. This is what Thirsties new print, Road Trip, is all about!

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At Thirsties, we believe anyone can cloth diaper anywhere; so to celebrate next week’s release of Road Trip, and to spread cloth diapering awareness, we’re hosting the #ThirstiesRoadTrip Challenge. We want to cover the map and social media with cloth diapering goodness!  Cloth diapering families, bloggers, and retailers are invited to take selfies with Thirsties cloth diapers by their favorite local landmarks or simply add the #ThirstiesRoadTrip logo to one of their favorite family travel pics and post it on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ThirstiesRoadTrip and remember by participating in the challenge you are giving Thirsties permission to recirculate your images.

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To thank you for participating in our challenge we’re giving away two amazing prize packages including a Natural All in One in Road Trip, Wet Bag in Road Trip, a pack of Organic Cotton Wipes, Booty Luster, and Booty Love. That’s over $80 of Thirsties goodness made with love in beautiful Colorado. Even more exciting, this giveaway is open WORLD WIDE. Yes, Thirsties is going international!

To enter, simply post your #ThirstiesRoadTrip pic on your favorite social media outlet and fill out the giveaway form below. Don’t worry if your social media accounts are private, all you need to enter if the link from you social media image post. Here’s how to get that link from your image posts:

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We hope that posting these images on your personal social media accounts will give you opportunties to share with your friends and family your love of cloth. Thank you for choosing Thirsites and thank you for doing your part to #MakeClothMainStream!

 

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