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One of our favorite blogs, in addition to our fabulous Thirsties blog of course (wink, wink), is Padded Tush Stats. Padded Tush Stats was started by a statistician and survey designer to help answer the question, “THERE ARE A LOT OF CLOTH DIAPERS ON THE MARKET, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE OF YOUR BABY. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH CLOTH DIAPER WILL BEST SUIT THEIR NEEDS?”

 

In 2011 Padded Tush Stats started the Padded Tush Stats Diaper Awards. We at Thirsties are humbled and honored to have won “Best Insert of the Year” every year since the category was added in 2012! The question is what makes Thirsties Hemp Inserts so great?

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Thirsties Hemp Inserts add a tremendous amount of additional absorption capabilities to your existing cloth diapering system yet adds only the thickness of two stacked nickels! Made from 6 layers of remarkably soft hemp & organic cotton blend knit jersey, you will find that these are exactly what your baby needs to sleep comfortably through the night without leaks.

By the way…did you know that Thirsties’ new hemp jersey is like no other on the market? We work with a knitter right here in the USA to custom knit the hemp textile to our specifications. You will find this hemp is thicker, softer, and holds-up better than any other on the market.

To celebrate our winning streak we’re going to do a fun giveaway on the Thirsties Facebook page. So visit us on Facebook and tell us why you love Thirsties Hemp Inserts. Happy Cloth Diapering!

This month Thirsties started a fun photo contest on Instagram, #ThirstiesRealLife. To enter fans simply shared photos using the hashtag #ThirstiesRealLife and tagged @ThirstiesInc. We are honored that you took the time to capture and share your #ThirstiesRealLife moments. It was a real joy looking at everyone’s photos. From adorable blurry baby shots to siblings posing, from hilarious personalities to sweet angelic smiles, your #ThirstiesBaby pics are priceless.

Each week we choose one or two feature photos on #ThirstiesThursday. These photos are April’s finalists and April’s winning photo.

Week 1 Feature Photos
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Week 2 Feature Photo

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Week 3 Feature Photos

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Week 4 Feature Photo and April Winning Photo

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Congratulations, Keara B and a big thank you to everyone for sharing your photos. We are grateful for our customers and truly enjoy connecting with you on our social media outlets. Remember this is an on-going photo contest so keep those #ThirstiesRealLife photos coming. Happy Cloth Diapering!

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New Hook & Loop

We spent the majority of this year in quest of a hook & loop that has a longer life cycle and is stronger than what is currently available on the market. We have found what we believe to be the strongest and most durable hook and loop on the market – making the convenience of this closure option even more attractive.

We have increased the size of the bullets in order to provide additional surface area for improved hold. While we were at it, we also increased the size of the laundry tab to ensure that the hook doesn’t detach during the wash cycle and get caught on other garments in the wash, resulting in broken hooks and decreased performance.  The increased size will yield improvement in the following areas.

 

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Color Consolidation

The fabulous colors and prints from the Duo Line (Duo All In One, Duo Fab Fitted, Duo Wrap) are going to be carried over to the Diaper Cover Line. All of the current colors from the Diaper Cover line will be discontinued with the exception of two of the favorites; aqua and celery – which will carry on in both lines. Making all colors and prints available in all lines will enable us to introduce new prints more frequently, thereby keeping your Thirsties line-up fresh and new. We will not be adding any new colors to the Duo Fab Fitted Line.

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We hope you love the new changes!

 

 

No doubt, many of you reading this are residents of Colorado since Thirsties is based out of Loveland, Colorado. And for those of you who aren’t in Colorado, you’ve most likely seen on the news the massive flooding that’s been taking place in Boulder (where I live), Lyons (where I have many friends) Loveland, Longmont, Denver and so any other small cities and towns.

Here in Boulder we don’t get a lot of rain–when faced with buying another umbrella or raincoats and boots for my three children, it often seems like a waste of money. The kids might get to use them once or twice and then by the time they need them again in 6 months, they’ve outgrown them already. Imagine our surprise last Monday when it started to rain and didn’t stop.

After the first two days of heavy rain, there was an initial flash flood warning that I took about as seriously as the TV weatherman telling us we might get rain. “Yeah, right. I’ll believe that when I see it.” Too many times a forecast of rain and even dark ominous clouds and flashes of lightening only bring enough rain to make a polka-dot pattern on the sidewalks. But after a few days when the rain was showing no signs of stopping and we could see our small neighborhood creeks rising, the threat of an actual flash flood seemed much more real.

Wednesday night, my oldest, a second grader at Horizons K-8 in Boulder, arrived back safely from a two night sleepover at the Keystone Science School with her class. I remember it was raining at pick-up time and I asked if she had gotten wet in Keystone. “At little,” she replied, admitting that splashing in the puddles had been her favorite activity during the field trip.

That night, the rain fell even harder, reminding me of my home state of Vermont where this kind of rain is a common occurrence. However, the soil there is able to soak up excess water much more so than the hard, compacted soil and clay here in Colorado–imagine dripping water onto a hard, dry sponge as opposed to a sponge that’s already damp. At eight p.m. I got my first text message alert that read “Severe Alert: Flash Flood Warning in this area til 10:45 p.m. Avoid flood areas. Check local media. –NWS (National Weather Service).” At 11:17 that night I got a second Flash Flood Alert and by midnight, our power was out. A few hours later, I got an email saying that all schools in the Boulder area were closed due to imminent flooding. “Uh oh,” I thought, “this is not good.”

The next morning without power, we had very little idea of what was going on in our city and state. My cell phone could still access the internet and make calls which meant I could get a little information about the outside world. In fact, I got most of my information from my parents in Florida who were watching the flood coverage on the news and then passing it on to me. Finally by mid-afternoon, our power was back on…but the worst of the storm was yet to come.

The steady, pounding rain continued for the rest of the afternoon and all that night. The creeks around our house became frothy, brown swirling monsters that spread angrily, far from the narrow creek beds in which they usually ran. We watched the news helplessly, wondering how our friends in surrounding areas were doing, most especially in the small town of Lyons, Colorado where we have a relative who has a beautiful organic farm with goats, chickens, a llama and a bunny. We had seen on the news that Lyons had been absolutely devastated but we couldn’t get in touch with anyone who would know how Betsy was or if her farm had been lost.

On Friday, the process of evacuating residents by helicopter began…every road in and out of Lyons was destroyed by water, washed away, houses were demolished and splintered into unrecognizable chunks of debris and were left churning in a muddy soup. Older students from my daughter’s school were stuck above Jamestown on another outdoor education field trip. The reports were that they were safe and dry but that every road leading to them had been washed away. Their worried parents reached out to each other on Facebook, comforting each other with the idea that the kids were safe, yet struggling with the fierce parental instinct that makes us want to keep each one of our chicks tucked firmly under a wing while we hunker down in the same warm nest and wait out the storm together. The kids from our school, along with students from a few other schools, were rescued by helicopter a few days later. Even today, the sound of choppers going back and forth overhead reminds me that the rescues are still happening. There are still people cut off from the rest of the world and waiting for help.

I’m happy to report that our house, being on just enough of a rise, was completely untouched and the folks at Thirsties in Loveland are also okay.

As this natural disaster of historic proportions has unfolded, stories of survival and narrow escapes are mixed with those of loss of life and property. Social media has made me aware of a young couple from Lyons named Meg and Micah who have a 22 month old daughter and 3 month old twin boys. They evacuated the town in the nick of time, with only the clothes they were wearing. They lost everything. The last time their house was seen it was under five feet of water. I simply cannot wrap my mind around the desperation of their situation and yet, their community and a new community of concerned strangers touched by their story, are already reaching out to help. There is also the woman whose due date was right on or around the day the flooding began. She was rescued on Friday by helicopter and her water broke later that night.

While the worst of our suffering was in the form of cabin fever from having four days off from school, my heart aches for those who have been  rendered homeless or worse. I’m looking for ways to help, particularly those with children and pets. How about you? Were you affected by Colorado’s flooding? And what are you doing to help your neighbors?

We all have dirty diapers, now Thirsties has a better solution to keep them under wraps! We’re excited to introduce our new line of wet bags and pail liners in several of our popular solids and prints to add to your array of Thirsties products.

Wet Bag

Features and Benefits:

• Waterproof PUL and fully-taped waterproof seams keep messes and moisture sealed within.

• Cute, color-coordinated snap handle can be used to hang or wrap wet bag for compact storage in your diaper bag.

• Can easily fit up to 8 diapers and inserts.

• The matching zipper seals the bag and keeps odors at bay.

• Now available in your favorite Thirsties prints and solids.

 

Diaper Pail Liner

Features and Benefits:

• Elastic opening provides a snug fit on most diaper pails up to 54 quarts.

• Waterproof PUL and fully-taped waterproof seams prevent leaking and wicking and keep moisture out of your diaper pail.

• Sewn-in closure strap keeps odors in when liner is not in a diaper pail.

• Now available in your favorite Thirsties colors.

We hope you love the new products!  Please visit our retailer locator to find a store near you.