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When a cloth diapering parent hears the word “flat”, thoughts of tedious folding, leaking, and how-on-earth-will-I-get-this-on-my-wriggly-baby overtake our minds. I mean, just look at it, a plain, white, large square of organic cotton. #Boring

Bear with me for just a second…what if I told you that flats can be the diapers with the lowest cost, easiest washing, longest durability, and more versatile ways to keep leaks at bay, from newborns through toddlers?

Shocking, I know!

Flats & Newborns

Flats are perfect for newborns who are leaky, explosive, and need the most diaper changes. You don’t need extensive Origami training to be able to make this work! Simply fold into smaller squares for the perfect pad fold in the duo wrap, a fantastic tutorial can be found here.

You can also be creative with rolling in the sides, “The Bikini Twist” (sounds like a great summer dance party!) or a myriad of others ways to make this diaper fit perfectly, and contain everything your little bundle of joy can dish out. Flats, being fewer layers, are also incredibly easy to wash and very fast to machine or hang dry without the potential for mildew issues in thicker diapers.

Older babies and toddlers? Let’s take a dive-

A flat inside Thirsties Duo Wrap

The Versatility of Flats

Flats for older babies retain the same easy wash/dry perks that we went over for newborns, but hold some extra “pros” for those babies who are crawling, walking or getting close to potty learning.

Since flats can be use SO many ways they are arguably the most versatile style of cloth diaper. For some great folding tips, take a peek here:

Benefits of Flats

You can reuse your cover throughout the day, or replace if it becomes soiled, keeping costs to a minimum! And without elastics, snaps, seams or laminates, flats will last through potty learning for your little one, making the investment one that pays off over time.

And speaking of potty learning? With flat diapers, those natural wetness cues will be a great way for your toddler or preschooler to learn about their own body, and recognize the cues that facilitate the process.

Flats also make diapering a heavy wetter easy. With a number of ways to optimize absorbency where your toddler needs it most, and thin enough to layer hemp, bamboo or cotton inserts to hold overnight, and wrap absorbency all around (not just down the middle).

DID YOU KNOW that there is even a fun challenge for flat users? Every year hundreds of families enjoy challenging themselves to a week of using only flat diapers + covers, and handwashing. The Flats Challenge is a fun way to learn about flats and connect with like-minded families.

Flats combine the best of many perks of cloth diapering, and after your little one is out of diapers, can be repurposed into cleaning cloths, dust rags, or any number of uses for an absorbent piece of fabric. Consider adding one to your collection today!

Have you tried Thirsties flats? We would love to hear what you think!

Thirsties products and prints of 2020

2020, the year everyone can’t wait to say good-bye too, amirite!?! Before we put 2020 in the rearview mirror let’s take a moment and remember that though this year filled the world with much heartache, Thirsties as a community and a company, saw some rainbows amidst the storm.

Reusables to the Rescue

When disposable diapers and even toilet paper were hard to come by reusable products like Thirsties cloth diapers and wipes came to the rescue!

The global pandemic and resulting lockdowns brought many new families to the cloth community. We are so grateful for our fabulous tribe, The Thirsties Groupies, and how they welcome and help cloth diapering newbies. We also have to thank our wonderful retailers who put in many extra hours serving the cloth community, pivoting their business practices, and keeping their chins up during uncertain times.

Thirsties Products & Prints of 2020

Over the course of 2020, we managed to deliver on some long-awaited #ThirsitesGroupies requests. We added three new products to the Thirsties line up:

Despite needing to tweak our originally-planned release schedule we came out with a delightful bunch of limited edition prints: Otterly in Love, Green Scene, Jaws Two, Fish Tales, Cruising, We All Scream, Alice Brights III, and Polar Plaid. Remember those wonderful hard-working Thirsties retailers I just mentioned? Many of them partnered with us to do some fantastic retailer exclusives in 2020.

unity thirsties #blacklivesmatter cloth diaper print

Here is “Unity” a beautiful exclusive with Fluff Journey featuring artwork by artist Fatina Harbali. Proceeds from this print were donated to the NAACP. To close out the year we re-released two customer favorites, Rainbow and Floribunda, and added a lovely new solid, Seafoam, to the regular Thirsties line up of products.

2020 has certainly been a year to remember for the good and the bad. We would love to hear what was your favorite thing from Thirsties this year. Thank you for making Thirsties a part of your journey. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2021!

stages of diaper laundry

Newborn Diaper Laundry

When you hold your tiny little baby in your hands, you will spend countless hours marveling at the exquisite detail of their little body. The toes, the fingers, the ears, the nose…And you will also spend countless hours marveling at how that perfect little body can produce SO MUCH POOP! An absolute machine dedicated to not only generating copious amounts of it, but also being able to project it across a room and into your master closet across the hall (true story). The good news is, even at this stage, diaper laundry is incredibly easy. Until your baby’s bowel movements change form from liquid to semi-solid (meaning it isn’t completely runny and has some texture to it), absolutely nothing needs to be done with it. A good rule of thumb is that you don’t have to spray or dunk poopy diapers until your baby produces enough poo with the texture that you could spread over a piece of toast. Simply plop in the wash and let the machine do the work! You can rinse if you want to, but it is optional. Keeping the water temperature hot will release most stains (make sure your detergent is a good one!), and stubborn stains can be sunned out, sprayed with lemon juice, or Shout stain remover gel if they are sticking around. Diapers will add up quickly, so making a full load every 1-2 days will be easy.

laundry basket of clean newborn cloth diaper
image by Thirsties Groupie, Kayla Russell

Watch #ThirstiesLive Ages and Stages of Diaper Laundry

Diaper Laundry & Starting Solids

Once your baby starts solids, you will notice a pretty substantial change in their bowel movements, and once fully on solids, another one into fully formed and solid bowLearn how your baby’s ages and stages of development through newborn, starting solids, and approaching potty training will impact your diaper laundry.el movements. In *any* stage of your child’s life, new foods or illness will mean less than formed bowel movements will happen from time to time. Formed movements are easily “ploppable”, just roll them off into the toilet, flush, and then take care of the remaining waste by spraying or dunking to remove before putting the diaper in the pail. A diaper sprayer can be an invaluable tool at this stage, but workarounds of dunking/swishing are easy to do without it becoming messy. You might notice your quantity of dirty diapers decreasing a little, as babies tend to hold it for slightly longer periods of time, but washing every 1-2 days is still important to keep odor and stains at bay.

Diaper Laundry & Approaching Potty Training

diaper laundry and the toddler stage

Many babies will start the potty learning process at this stage, so the time your toddler is in diapers may be short-lived, or, you may still have a few years ahead to master this stage. Either way, knowing how to handle the larger amounts of poop is helpful! Much like the baby stage, taking care of the semi-solid and solid waste is important, but what changes here is the quantity of diapers going into the pail. Toddlers tend to hold their urine for longer periods of time. Instead of tiny pees and poops every few minutes, they will have growing muscle control, and then release substantial amounts of urine at one time. In cloth diapering lingo this is referred to as “flooding.” While there will be fewer diapers in the pail, the intensity will be stronger. Rinsing and wringing out nighttime diapers and particularly strong or full diapers can be helpful. If you need to bulk up loads to make sure diapers still get washed every 1-2 days will help consider adding hand towels or other household items to the diaper laundry.

Remember, at every stage Thirsties recommends this wash routine:

  • Prewash
  • Hot wash with detergent
  • Extra Rinse
  • Hang dry or machine dry on low

🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎶

Thirsties holiday gift bags

Cost-Effective & Eco-Friendly

In a year that has stretched our “normal” in every sense of the word, we are nearing that time when holidays galore need to be planned and prepped for. This year, there is a very different landscape in the coming months than our traditions have produced in the past, and Thirsties is here for some ways to keep your festivities “green” in a year where both money and resources need a little boost.

🌲 Reusable Bags and the Holidays 🌲

Did you know that Thirsties offers 5 different bags for your everyday needs? All of which can be a fantastic way to not only give an extra gift to someone you love but also keeps wrapping paper sustainable and reused.

 Giving the gift of toys or figurines to a little one to stay busy in the coming winter months? Pop it in a Thirsties wet bag for easy future carrying and storage in the car or doctor appointments.

Bath and body for a loved one to make self-care more feasible? Wrap it up in a Thirsties clutch for purse or diaper bag storage that lasts for years.

This year has also seen clutch bags as the perfect way to transport masks, if you have a loved one in health care, or an essential worker who deserves an adorable way to tote their PPE back and forth, Wet Bags are a fantastic gift idea ❤️

thirsties clutch gift bag

Gifts That Keep on Giving

And after the holidays have passed, what becomes of all the bags?

As grocery shopping options continue to evolve, one thing that doesn’t change is the need to bring it all home. Various sizes of bags mean that your trips to the store can have both fun and functionality to bring it all home.

grocery shopping with thirsties reusable bags

My purse is also full of clutch bags and sandwich bags for chapsticks, hair ties, lip gloss, medications and more. 

Toy organization is a breeze, with a snap handle that can clip to doors and toy bins, keep those matchbox cars, Legos and blocks in a place where your little one can easily get them, while making cleanup easy and accessible.

*pro tip*- I recently found that the snack and sandwich bags are perfect for American Girl/My Generation doll accessories and outfits, and all those Barbie shoes and pieces that go easily missing. If you are giving the gift of dolls this year, an easy add on keeps it all in place. 

Happy and safe shopping, everyone! A reminder that ThirstiesBaby.com and many retailers are open 24/7 online, with ways to get items quickly to you in this busy season. We hope our fans are staying safe and healthy, and invite you to our Facebook group for parenting and product support in your journey 💞

2020 has thrown us all a lot of curveballs, hasn’t it!?! At the Thirsties warehouse, we’ve had to adjust how we do things to keep our staff safe. We’ve needed to respond to slower supply chains while also meeting demands for more product as #quarentinelife has inspired new families to try reusable diapers. The result was adapting our regular release schedule but finally, we’re baaaaaa…aaaaaaaack at it with four exciting additions to the Thirsties line-up.

Welcome Back Floribunda and Rainbow

After many requests for re-release, Thirsties is bringing back two prints that broke the Internet: Floribunda and Rainbow! Both prints will be part of our regular lineup and will be available in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Stay Dry Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and Wet Bag.

thirsties floribunda and rainbow diapers

Thirties Farm Life Trainer

In the spirit of re-release, we are also bringing Farm Life back…in Trainers! Please note a slightly different feel in the first run of this product, as we struggled with sourcing fabric during the early days of the pandemic. The outer spandex will function equally to our current spandex.

thirties farm life reusable training pant

Meet Seafoam

But wait, there’s more! Remember that gorgeous minty green binding on We All Scream? Yep, that’s right…please welcome Seafoam, our new regular lineup solid! Seafoam will be available in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Stay Dry Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and Wet Bag.

All these will be a part of the Thirsties regular line up and available for purchase starting November 6, 2020. We are so grateful for our wonderful customers and retailers’ support this year. For fun, here’s a peek at the Thirsties warehouse during this crazy season!