This week, we’re going to take a closer look at one of the Thirsties lineup staples, Booty Love. If you have yet to try Booty Love, this blog is for you! In this article, we are going to share the product details, popular uses and a few Thirsties tips all about Booty Love.
Let’s start with the product details.
The Booty Love 2 oz. jar retails for $14.95 and contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Beeswax*, Oregon Grape Root, Myrrh Gum, Yarrow Herb*, and Calendula Flower* (*certified organic ingredients). This formula is perfect for families who are allergy prone because it contains none of the major allergens.
Booty Love soothes and heals diaper rash as well as acts as a preventative barrier cream for those susceptible to diaper rash. Booty Love is also a ‘cloth safe’ diaper cream. What does that mean? It means that it does not contain petroleum, a substance that will cause repelling in your diapers, or zinc, a substance that can cause permanent staining.
#ThirstiesTip If your current diaper rash cream does in fact contain petroleum or zinc, remember that you will want to use a liner on top of your diaper to keep your cloth safe.
Uses beyond the diaper area? The beeswax and extra virgin olive oil contained in Booty Love make it perfect for healing small cuts and scrapes as well as helping scabs and bruises heal as well. Booty Love is also great for minor burns and any dry skin that needs some healing.
Or, you can use it before dry skin occurs when the snow hits and littles have chapped cheeks and runny noses. A little Booty Love on a Thirsties Organic Cotton cloth wipe will help wipe runny noses while healing.
#ThirstiesTip Grab two jars! One for the changing area only and one for family use so that they don’t get mixed up. If you can’t grab two jars and you are working with one, make sure not to double dip.
So, what are caregivers saying about Booty Love?
“I am thrilled with how this works so quickly to clear up any redness on my little ones bum. I LOVE that is made with natural ingredients and it smells great.” – Samantha
“We have used several cloth diaper safe ointments, and this is our favorite! I even use it for rashes on other parts of my baby’s skin. It works great!” – Dandi D.
“Booty Love is without a doubt the best diaper rash (as well as other things) cream that I had ever used, I have 3 littles. I love how sensitive it is on my babies, and the all natural ingredients makes you feel great about using it on your little love. :)” – Lauryn
My absolute favorite thing about Booty Love is that it contains none of the major allergens that you typically see, even in cloth safe formulas, in diaper rash creams. I can safely recommend it to all my mom friends, even those who struggle with allergies. And you guys know I love a multi-functional product. Anything I can use with my big kids and my little kids alike is a win at my house! (Just don’t forget one tub for the diaper bag and a different tub for the big kids!)
For many parents, All In Ones or AIOs are a great choice because they are one step cloth diapering system. However, some parents may prefer having more fiber and absorbency choices than an AIO can offer.
Recently, Thirsties added two new All In Two Inserts to their line and we couldn’t be happier. All In Two inserts allow caregivers to customize their absorbency in so many ways and the new natural products will give parents even more options.
In this article, we will discuss the full Thirsties All In Two lineup, their fiber facts and give you some tips about using these inserts in your everyday cloth systems.
Stay Dry Duo Insert
Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Inserts has one layer of Stay Dry fleece on top, followed by two layers of microterry on the bottom of the first insert. The second insert is five layers of the Thirsties signature 55% hemp/ 45% certified organic cotton. This insert is ideal for babies with wetness sensitivity that still need the extra thirsty hemp/organic cotton insert underneath.
When layering your fibers, you should always work from the fastest absorbing to the slowest absorbing material. An easy way to remember the order is My Cloth Baby’s Happy: microfiber, cotton, bamboo and finally hemp. For this reason, you will always want the Stay Dry fleece layer closest to baby’s skin as it will wick away moisture faster and prevent rashes from wetness sensitivity.
Because this Duo Insert snaps together rather than being sewn together, each insert also makes a perfect doubler when used on it’s own. The stay dry insert can help transform your Natural One Size All In One to add a wicking layer or you could use the hemp/certified organic cotton layer to boost your nighttime absorbency. Either way, the Stay Dry Duo Insert is amazing on it’s own or added to another cloth diapering system.
Natural Stay Dry Duo Insert
The Natural Stay Dry Duo is similar to the Stay Dry Duo, but more natural fibers are present. The top layer is one layer of fleece followed by three layers of 100% certified organic cotton. The second insert is the same as the second insert of the Stay Dry Duo: 55% hemp/45% certified organic cotton.
Together, you get the same benefits of natural wicking material to fight wetness sensitivity, but more natural fibers than in the Stay Dry. This also means that any layer of this All In Two can be placed against baby’s skin, and therefore gives you more options when using the individual inserts as doublers.
Natural Duo Insert
The Natural Duo Insert contains only natural fibers and includes three layers of certified organic cotton in the first insert and five layers of the signature Thirsties 55% hemp/45% certified organic cotton. Like the Natural Stay Dry Insert, any layer of this insert can be placed against baby’s skin, making this insert customizable and versatile.
This insert is also a great replacement for your Thirsties Natural Pocket insert or extra layer of absorbency in your Thirsties Natural All In One because it’s so trim. You could even add your top insert to another Duo Insert for an extra layer of absorbency as well.
I love the convenience factor that comes with All In Two inserts. And some of the caregivers in my life would rather not fold or use prefolds, so All In Twos are perfect to lay inside our duo wraps and go. Since we are now in the throes of potty training, my All In Twos are making great nighttime boosters when split apart (because we aren’t quite nighttime confident enough yet…).
I personally went to an all natural fiber stash, and so the Natural Duo Insert was my choice. I love how thin they are because it doesn’t make my potty trainer feel like she has a bunch of big bulky inserts in her trainer and they are so easy to clean (because poop happens).
Are you currently using Thirsties All In Two inserts? Which insert is your favorite? Are you a super fan of one specific insert or do you change it up? Tell us in the comments! You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.
One of the most common concerns we hear at our boutique about cloth diapering is that it ‘must be difficult’ to cloth diaper a newborn or that ‘cloth diapers probably won’t fit a newborn baby’. The truth is, cloth diapering a newborn isn’t really that much different than cloth diapering an older baby. The right diaper, a great fit and the right absorbency can completely change your opinion of cloth diapering your newborn.
More often than not, parents struggle to cloth diaper their newborn because they are trying to make a system work for them that isn’t truly designed for newborns. Although one size diapers can be great for larger babies, the Thirsties Natural Newborn All In One is truly designed to fit your newborn and cater to the diapering challenges of an infant. In this article, we’ll breakdown some fit tips, fiber facts, prep and care and even troubleshoot some common newborn diapering problems.
(Spoiler: No, we can’t make them poop less.)
Since fit is pretty much the name of the game with a brand new baby, let’s talk fit tips first.
The Thirsties Natural Newborn All In One (NNAIO) is different from the other All In Ones in the Thirsties line in that it only has two rise settings (instead of the three seen in the One Size AIO diapers). In other words, choosing your rise setting won’t be too difficult.
The fit recommendation for the NNAIO is five to fourteen pounds. Beginning at five pounds, you’ll want to start with the rise settings completely closed and make sure those snaps are adjusted first. Then, you can adjust your waist snaps to the proper setting. Remember that you don’t want to see any gaps between the fabric and baby’s skin, as that can be the cause of leaks in the future.
There is also an umbilical cord snap on the front and center snap of this diaper, making it perfect right from birth. Snap the umbilical snap down to give baby’s cord room to heal and unsnap when baby is all healed up.
As baby approaches ten pounds, it’s time to let out the rise snaps, unsnap the umbilical snap and give baby room to grow. The same fit checks apply once your rise snaps have been let out too. Make sure to stretch your wings out and then over to get the perfect waist fit and find the proper snaps. When baby’s diaper is fully snapped, you are hoping for a flat fit all the way around.
#ThirstiesTip Run your finger along the back waist and inner leg elastic of your newborn diaper. You should have enough room to insert your finger, but no visible space between the diaper and your baby’s skin. If you see a gap, try your fit again by either closing the rise (if you haven’t already) or moving in a waist snap.
The Thirsties Natural Newborn All In One is made with the same signature hemp/organic cotton blend that you’ll find in the Natural One Size All In One and Duo Hemp Prefolds. There are six layers of 55% hemp/45% organic cotton in the soaker pads, as well as two layers of the same blend in the shell. Although this sounds like a bulky diaper for a newborn, it’s actually one of the trimmest newborn AIOs on the market.
The outer shell is made from 100% waterproof TPU laminate, helping prevent leaks. There are also two inches of TPU laminate on the inside of the shell, at the top of the front panel to prevent tummy leaks as well.
So, what does all that mean? That means that although this diaper may look trim, it actually has more absorbency than many other newborn diapers and its absorbency is made of completely natural fibers as well. Easy to use, easy to clean, trim to wear.
#ThirstiesTip Because the soakers in this diaper are only sewn into the front panel, you can fold your soakers in half to help heavy wetters or tummy sleepers get a little extra absorbency right where they need it. This is yet another benefit of choosing natural fibers.
Prep and Care
Before you use any cloth diapering product, there is a certain amount of prep that is required to make sure that your diaper is as absorbent as possible. Hemp products actually take a bit longer to prep than other fibers, but I promise, they are so worth it.
To prep your NNAIO, you’ll want to wash and dry your diaper at least three times, using a small amount of cloth diaper safe detergent and making sure to do so separately from your other cloth diapering and laundry items due to the release of oils during prep. Technically, your diapers are now ready to use. However, keep in mind that eight full wash and dry cycles are needed to maximize the absorbency of your Newborn Natural All In Ones.
Have I ever cheated and used a diaper before being fully prepped? Yes. And I have also regretted it. Trust me, you will want to fully prep your diapers before introducing them to your newborn.
Another common concern we hear regarding cloth diapering newborns is ‘won’t meconium be impossible to wash out?’ when in fact, it’s pretty simple. An exclusively breastfed baby’s waste is water soluble. In other words, toss it right in your washer and run your diaper laundry like normal. If your baby has any formula or supplementation in their diet, their solids will need to sprayed out or removed with a liner before washing in your laundry. It’s that easy.
To wash your diapers, start again with a cloth diaper safe detergent and about 18 to 24 Natural Newborn All In One cloth diapers. Start with a pre-wash on WARM and half the amount of recommended detergent. Once this cycle is complete, do a heavy duty wash on HOT with the full amount of recommended detergent. Add a rinse and you’re done.
#ThirstiesTip Wash your diapers every other day for the easiest, problem free routine. This will keep your diapers clean and keep mildew, mold or any potential stink issues far away.
So, you’re cloth diapering your newborn and everything is going great until… they start leaking. Let’s troubleshoot some common cloth diapering problems that will eventually create leaks.
Baby is flooding the front of the diaper. This is a common problem and very easily solvable. Take the soaker pads on your Natural Newborn All In One and fold them in half so that there is double the amount of absorbency in the front panel of your diaper. This will help absorb the extra liquid when flooding occurs and prevent leaks.
Baby is leaking out the legs of the diaper. Leaking out the legs of your diaper can be one of two issues. If you are having leg leaks, check to make sure that the elastic of the diaper touches baby’s leg when the diaper is secured. Gaps in the leg areas of the elastic will almost always result in leaks. Also, this may mean you need just a touch more absorbency. Try folding a Thirsties Organic Cotton Wipe longways and adding it in as a doubler!
Baby is leaking out the back waist elastic of the diaper. This type of leak is less common, but it can occur when caregivers are not properly securing the waist snaps. Make sure that your waist snaps are tight enough that your material is touching baby’s skin and there is only room for two fingers to be run around the inside of the waist elastic.
Cloth diapering a newborn only seems intimidating. Once I just decided to do it, I realized that cloth diapering my newborn wasn’t really that much different than cloth diapering my older babies. In fact, it was even a bit easier than wrestling an active one year old while you try not to get peed on. You can absolutely cloth diaper a newborn successfully and the Thirsties Natural Newborn All In One is an incredible way to start.
I do wish that I would have known in the beginning how many diapers newborn babies truly go through. When I started cloth diapering my first son, I started with about 18 newborn diapers and I really ended up needing 24 to get through two days and three to four extra for the diaper bag and changes while our diapers were in the washer. Having two full days worth of diapers really made the difference for me and eliminated the constant stress of feeling like we might need to do laundry right away.
Are you currently using Thirsties Natural Newborn All In Ones? Or are you still trying to choose the right cloth diaper system for your family? Tell us in the comments!
Caregivers have all different priorities when it comes to choosing a cloth diaper system. For some families, the most budget friendly option, like the Thirsties Duo Wrap, is going to be the best fit. Other caregivers may need a diaper that’s highly customizable like the Thirsties One Size Pocket Diaper. Some families need a combination of styles that will work for different environments, depending on whether baby is at home, day care or with friends.
Mostly commonly, we are asked ‘But which cloth diapering system is the easiest?’
First let me say, cloth diapering itself is much easier than people believe it to be. Preconceived notions, misinformation or the selection of a diaper system that doesn’t quite match the lifestyle of that particular family can leave some feeling like there is something inherently difficult about using cloth diapers. However, the Thirsties One Size All In One (OS AIO) wins the award for the easiest cloth diapering system by a long shot. Let’s look at the one step design, fit recommendations and fiber facts about the Thirsties OS AIO.
One Step Design
So, what does a ‘one step design’ mean?
The one step design means that the OS AIO functions and goes on almost exactly the same as a disposable diaper. The difference between the two would be that you are going to wash your Thirsties cloth diaper instead of throw it away in a landfill. See? Easy.
Each One Size All In One is one change for baby. The cloth diaper itself doesn’t require any parts or pieces. There is nothing to snap in or add and each time the diaper is dirty, you’ll need an entirely new one. Because the entire diaper is one ready to use piece, the closest in concept to a disposable diaper and goes into your cloth diaper laundry as is without any unstuffing or unsnapping, it is by far the most simple cloth diaper system on the market. The One Size All In One is also the easiest to use for any caregiver, making it the most requested by day cares and alternate care providers.
#ThirstiesTip If your day care or care provider is initially resistant to cloth diapering, try actually bringing your child and cloth diapers in to demonstrate how simple each change really is. More often than not, resistance to the idea of cloth diapering comes from misconceptions due to a lack of education. You might be surprised how many minds you can change just by demonstrating a OS AIO!
Not only is the OS AIO a one-step change, but the One Size All In One can fit babies from birth through potty training. Because the One Size All In One is recommended for babies eight to forty pounds, you can get a great fit easily at all stages of your cloth diapering journey.
Getting a great fit starts with adjusting your rise settings. Your rise snaps will control the overall length of the diaper and can help protect against leg gaps and leaks. There are three rise settings on your one size cloth diaper. The lowest rise, or snapping the diaper on the front panel all the way down, generally fits babies from 8 to 20 pounds. The middle rise, or using the second snap on the front panel of the diaper, generally fits babies from 20 to 30 pounds and using your one size with the rise all the way unsnapped generally fits babies from 30 to about 40 pounds.
Once you have your rise settings selected, you can select the correct waist snaps easily. Make sure to choose corresponding upper and lower snaps to prevent bunching and gaps in your waist and snap the lower snap first to ensure you get a great leg fit. Although it seems like there are several steps to getting a good fit, and truthfully there are, once you get the hang of it, many of these steps will never have to be repeated. For instance, OS AIOs can be washed with the rise setting still snapped. So, once you choose the correct rise, you won’t have to adjust it for several more months.
#ThirstiesTip It’s important to adjust your rise settings before your waist snaps. Adjusting the rise first will allow you to select the correct waist snaps and eliminate leaks easily. Once your snaps are selected, run your fingers around the elastic in both the leg and the waist. If they feel snug to baby’s skin with no gaps, chances are you have a good fit.
Every cloth diaper system needs at least two parts: something that is absorbent and something that is waterproof. Your absorbency + your waterproofing make up everything you need for one diaper change. Each diaper system will put these two pieces together in a different way. But, what makes up a Thirsties One Size All In One?
This is where the ease of this diaper really shines. The top layer of the soaker pad and shell are lined with a stay-dry microfleece that wicks wetness away from baby, keeping baby feeling try and comfortable. The elastics on the waist and legs are completely lined with the same microfleece so that none of your TPU is touching baby. Not only does microfleece wick so easily, but it also makes diaper clean up a little easier. Solids tend not to stick to microfleece and sometimes using a diaper sprayer isn’t even necessary. (If you have yet to encounter toddler poop, please trust me when I say this is a huge benefit.)
There are four total layers of microfiber making up your absorbency inside your AIO. Microfiber is a fast absorbing material, meaning you are less likely to encounter diaper leaks and your dry time will be quicker too. (Sign me up for less laundry time any day.) The outside of your AIO is waterproof TPU, meaning that you don’t need to add any parts or pieces to this diaper system. The microfleece/microfiber absorbency + the waterproof TPU are everything you need.
#ThirstiesTip AIOs come in two different closures: hook and loop and snaps. We are commonly asked which is ‘better’ but honestly, it depends on personal preference. Snap closures are definitely easier to keep clean, but we always recommend that you consider the caregiver when making any cloth diapering decisions. Consider whether or not caregivers have the dexterity to squeeze together snaps or whether the of the hook and loop closure may be easier for caregivers who aren’t sure which snap is correct.
Bonus: Customizing Absorbency
Although this diapering system is meant to be used as a single, one step change, you can customize it to your baby’s needs by adding a doubler or booster to increase absorbency. If you choose an Organic Cotton Doubler, make sure to place your doubler underneath your AIO insert. This will allow the naturally wicking microfleece to do its job, while the doubler still gives you the benefit of more absorbency. If you choose a larger addition to your diaper like the Thirsties Hemp/Organic Cotton Insert, consider folding this insert slightly in the front to catch any flooding that can occur, while also placing it underneath the microfleece.
All In Ones were my first introduction to cloth diapering, and I truly loved them! I liked that I could explain how to use the diaper to my husband, friends, and family so easily. We definitely have used a lot of AIOs throughout our years of cloth diapering and I still get excited when I explain to new parents just how simple they can be to use.
I did struggle with getting the right amount of absorbency into my AIOs as we got closer to potty learning. Adding a booster can really make all the difference if you find it hard to get to the one hour mark between changes. (Ideally, you’ll want to change baby every one to two hours, but if you are struggling to make it to the hour mark, please consider using a booster! It can make all the difference.)
I always secretly loved how amazing Thirsties prints look in an AIO too. I was always ridiculously jealous of the mommas who could plan an entire day of AIOs in a cute little diaper lineup when I could barely remember if we had an diapers clean at all. I always swore I was going to do a diaper lineup shot eventually, but I was never that put together! #goals
One of the most popular questions I hear at the boutique is ‘what do you do with the dirty cloth diapers?’ Most caregivers who are new to cloth already know they will be washing diapers, but they just aren’t sure what happens in that in-between stage when a wet bag is exactly what they need.
Wet bags are the perfect waterproof go-between when you are out and about or it’s not yet time to wash. They will keep your dirty diapers contained and your diaper bag or storage area leak free. Wet bags are a cloth diaper necessity, no matter which cloth diaper system you choose.
Beyond being a popular curiosity, Thirsties wet bags are also usually the first to sell out on release day because they are so multi-functional. (This always makes me wonder if there is a secret Thirsties wet bag vault that must be dipped into to compare past colors and prints.) Once you add wet bags into your daily life, their uses can seem endless.
In this article, we are going to breakdown the capacity and use, laundry tips and care, and multi-functional uses of the Thirsties Wet Bag. Let’s start with capacity and use.
Capacity and Use
The Thirsties Wet Bag is suitable storage for a full day away from home as it can hold up to eight diapers. Waterproof TPU laminate and fully-taped waterproof seams prevent leaking and wicking, keeping everything else in your bag dry. This means you can store your dirty diapers in your wet bag and toss it in your diaper bag or vehicle without worrying about leaking or wicking onto other items or fabrics.
The Thirsties wet bag also has a cute, color-coordinated snap handle that may be used to hang from a doorknob or to wrap the wet bag for easy storage in a diaper bag. In terms of capacity, Thirsties does recommend up to eight diapers per wet bag, but this will greatly depend on the diapering system you are using. You will find eight Thirsties One Size Pockets to be a tight squeeze, but easily be able to pack up to ten Duo Hemp Prefolds. Once your wet bag is full, you can remove your diapers, turn it inside out, and launder your wet bag with the rest of your cloth diaper laundry.
#ThirstiesTip Remember to remove all solids (unless baby is exclusively breastfed) before putting your diapers in your washer. A diaper sprayer can help you make sure you remove all solids completely and your diapers come out clean.
Laundry Tips and Care
When doing cloth diaper laundry in general, it’s best to empty your wet bag into your diaper pail after use, if you are using a larger pail, or keep it unzipped until laundry day to allow air to circulate through your cloth diapers. Bacteria, molds and unwanted stink can begin to develop if your dirty wet bag is left closed for too long.
Washing your wet bags isn’t going to be very different from washing your cloth diapers and best of all, they require hardly any prep.
Before you use your Thirsties wet bag, wash once on warm with a small amount of cloth diaper safe detergent and hang dry or dry on low. That’s all the prep you need!
To wash your Thirsties wet bag after use, prewash on WARM with half the amount of recommended, cloth diaper safe detergent. Then do a heavy duty wash on HOT with the full amount of recommended, cloth diaper safe detergent. Add an extra rinse and hang dry or dry on low.
Although there are several cloth diaper safe laundry detergents available, try to avoid those with bleach, fabric softeners, pure soap or borax. They can damage your wet bag and void your warranty on your Thirsties products. #ThirstiesTip Wet bags dry so fast. I have always hung mine to dry because I don’t trust my dryer. Hanging your wet bags to dry will also prolong the life of your wet bag so when in doubt, hang it out.
So, are wet bags just for storing diapers? No way!
Thirsties wet bags can be great for so many things. 2018 has brought some fantastic Thristies Swim Diaper prints and wet bags can be great for wet suits and towels, flip flops and clothes. Although camping isn’t my personal favorite pastime, it’s one of those activities where bringing multiple wet bags is a must. Muddy sneakers and clothes, pants that smell like campfire or even tee shirts that have taken a dip in the lake all need wet bags.
Here are some of our favorite multi-functional ways to use wet bags:
For after sports practices to keep dirty clothes separate
For after swim class to keep wet suits separate
When traveling, to separate dirty clothes
As a reusable grocery bag
To replace lunch boxes
As an eco-friendly trash bag for your car or office
To separate toiletries while packing
For backup outfits while potty learning
#ThirstiesTip No matter how you use your wet bags, you can still throw them in with the rest of your cloth diaper laundry! No special cycles or maintenance needed. I choose to use my cloth diaper routine for all my wet bags, to keep them interchangeable. And, because I’m not responsible enough to remember for a fact which ones were used by the potty learning toddler and which ones weren’t.
It’s hard to think of very many things you can’t do with a wet bag, so I’ll share some of my very favorite uses instead. I always carry a ‘mom’ wet bag in my truck. I am often the very last person I pack for (I say as I eat dried dates for lunch at my desk) and because of this, I’m often the one without so many things I truly need throughout the day.
So, what’s inside MY wet bag? Always two tubes of Hurraw chapstick and at least one sample tube of my favorite lotion (Alaska problems). Two tampons, a single dose of Tylenol, an extra mascara and at least a few bobby pins, hair ties and a pack of deodorant wipes. (Deodorant wipes y’all, just trust me.) I also keep an emergency bar of the good dark chocolate, a $10 gift card to my favorite coffee house, an extra pair of contacts and this one pen I absolutely love and hate when it gets lost. Oh, and also this little rubber wine stopper that looks like a person that my toddler stuck in their ages ago and never seemed to retrieve.
It’s my emergency mom bag. When I just need two minutes to put my hair up or an extra coffee or, more often than not, deodorant wipes because I ran out the door too fast. Or maybe our day was absolutely too much and now it’s hockey and I just need to grab some mascara and go. Either way, wet bags are for moms too.
Do you use wet bags strictly for cloth diapers? Or have you branched out to using them for #allthethings? Tell us your favorite way to use the Thirsties wet bag in the comments!