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Cloth Diaper Education

Our recommendations regarding cloth diaper care, wash routines, and proper use. Here you’ll find #Thirstiestips, troubleshooting advice, and cloth diapering how-to guides.

Meet Thirsties diaper covers! Five sizes, lots of colors to choose from and many of the same great designs that you will see on a Thirsties Duo Wrap. SO, what makes these covers so different and why would our clients prefer them to the extremely popular Duo Wrap? Let’s find out.

In this article, we are going to review the Thirsties sized diaper cover as well as help you decide if they would be a good addition to your Thirsties lineup!

So first, let’s go whatever what exactly is a diaper cover, for those who are unsure (also, recall minute four of Laura’s video). Each complete diapering system is made up of an absorbent element and a waterproof element. A Thirsties diaper cover is going to provide your waterproof layer, but you will need to add an absorbent layer as well before putting diaper on baby.

Duo Wraps

In other words, the diaper cover is the waterproof layer that holds leaks in and prevents poop explosions out the back. Diaper covers are very similar to do Duo Wrap in that they they have those famous double leg gussets and are sized, but the sized requirement is just a touch different than the Duo Wrap sizes. The covers are also without rise snaps themselves, so they are not nearly as adjustable as the Duo Wrap alternative.

Thirsties Size Three Duo Wrap
Thirsties Size Three Duo Wrap


Duo Wraps come with three different rise setting and therefore allow the recommended weight range to be quite wider that that of Diaper Covers. Let’s look at how the weight range differs from product to product:

Duo Wrap:

Size One recommended for babies 6-18lbs

Size Two recommended for babies 18-40lbs

Size Three recommended for babies 40-60lbs

Diaper Cover:

Newborn/Premie recommended for 4-10lbs

XS recommmeded for 6-12lbs

Small recommended for 12-18lbs

Medium recommended for 18-28lbs

Large recommended for 28-40lbs

Although the Limited Edition prints and releases are special only to the Duo Wrap line, the key difference is that the Diaper Cover line was designed to fit a very special time in baby’s life, to fit perfectly and to know when to size up easily.

Another difference is the roominess in the bum of the diaper over to support nighttime solutions and nap time solutions without having to size up! As well as the newborn umbilical cord cut out in the extra small and small sizes.

The Duo Wrap line was designed for parents who want to use covers, but don’t necessarily want to continue to size up as baby grows, which is ok too! But seriously consider the Diaper Cover lineup if you are looking for that perfect fit!


Whether you decide to choose Thirsties Diaper Covers or Duo Wraps, they are both excellent products that I have used them across multiple kiddos. Something things to consider if we’re down to the nitty gritty: You most likely will not have a preemie baby. (The good news is that if you do, you can send a friend out for a few more premie covers) So, I would personally begin at the XS cover.

I will also say that if you have a history of bigger babies, Duo Wraps may be the choice for you. Covers give that perfect fit every time which will always encourage you to continue to cloth diaper. These are both incredible products that are asked about in our shop daily. You almost can’t go wrong!

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper fit tip? Share it with 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 the Thirsties’ Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Despite Thirsties modern cloth diapers being extremely user friendly, sometimes cloth diapers can be intimidating to put on. If you are a former disposable diaper user, or brand new to cloth diapering, you may be wondering how to put on a cloth diaper. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

In this article, we will discuss how to put on a cloth diaper as well as how to achieve that perfect fit. Fit can sometimes be confusing, but with a few tips and tricks, you can get that perfect fit every time.

Before we get started, here’s a simple Thirsties tutorial detailing how to put on a cloth diaper:

Seems easy enough, right? But let’s get into more detail, starting with the perfect fit. Here are a few ways to check to see if you have achieved the perfect fit:

  1. Make sure you can fit two fingers inside the waistband of your diaper without pinching baby. You shouldn’t see a ‘muffin top’ near your waistband as your baby should have enough room to comfortably exhale.
  2. Check for leg gaps around your leg elastic. The elastic should be snug to baby’s thighs and be without gaps between the elastic and baby’s skin.
  3. Your diaper should be no more than an inch below baby’s belly button and high enough on their back that you cannot see the top of their bum area.
  4. You shouldn’t have any bunching or bulging around the bikini area. Remember, the perfect fit is flat! Your crotch area, back of your diaper and front panel of your diaper should be relatively flat and without lots of extra fabric.

Here are a few more tips to get you and baby the perfect fit when putting on your Thirsties cloth diaper:

First, start with your rise snaps. Your rise snaps are the Thirsties design feature that makes your diaper longer or shorter. Roughly, babies weighing between eight and twenty pounds will be on the smallest rise, twenty to thirty pound babies will be on the middle rise, while babies thirty pounds and up will fit their diaper with the rise all the way open.

Once you have chosen your rise snaps, start with your diaper high up on baby’s back and fold the front panel towards baby’s belly button. Remember, your front panel should be no lower than an inch below baby’s belly button. Then, pull your wings straight out to the side and fold over to choose the correct waist snap. Do this on both sides and then fold or tuck in any extra fabric both near the leg elastic and the rise snaps. Finally, use your finger to run around baby’s waist and leg elastic, checking for gaps and enough room for baby’s waist.

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper fit tip? Share it with 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 the Thirsties’ Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

One of the most common questions I’m asked in our boutiques Introduction to Cloth Diapering class is ‘what do you do with the poop?’ It seems like almost every parent hesitates to ask, but is concerned about solids in their cloth diapers and how to handle them.

There are a few ways to handle solids in your cloth diapers (don’t worry! We’ll talk about all of them.) but the most common way is to use a diaper sprayer. So, what is a diaper sprayer?

In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of diaper sprayers, how they can help you remove solids from your Thirsties cloth diapers and which type of diapers you can clean with your sprayer.

When to Use a Diaper Sprayer

Most people are actually shocked to find out that exclusively breastfed babies, or babies that have EBF poop, don’t need to use diaper sprayers right away. Exclusively breastfed babies, meaning they have nothing more than breastmilk in their diet, produce water soluble solids that don’t need to be removed before entering your washer. How convenient is that? (Another benefit to breastfeeding!)

However, if your baby has any other substance in their diet, be it formula, baby food etc, their solids must be removed from your cloth diapers before entering your washer. So, this would be a great time to take out your diaper sprayer and get to work.

How to Remove Solids

Your diaper sprayer is going to attach to the back of your toilet so that solids can be sprayed off into your toilet. Some people prefer to use a spray shield such as the Spray Pal, but others just prefer to hold the diaper over the toilet.

Most diaper sprayers have an adjustable pressure valve that will change the pressure as you hold down the lever. I always recommend that parents experiment with the adjustable spray pressure without a dirty diaper in hand first to get used to the volume of water. It’s never fun to have more pressure than you need while holding a poopy diaper.

Once your diaper sprayer is installed and tested, hold your diaper over the toilet or secure it to your spray shield and spray the solids down into the toilet. Some people choose to wring out their diaper once it’s been rinsed and others choose to just throw it in their diaper pail or wet bag. Once all your poopy diapers have been rinsed, you’re ready for wash day.

Other Methods

However, using a diaper sprayer isn’t the only way to remove solids from your poopy diapers. Some parents prefer the ‘dunk and swish’ method to remove solids from their dirty cloth diapers. Simply dunk your dirty diaper in clean toilet water, flush your toilet and swish the solids off as your toilet water runs. Once all the solids have been rinsed off, you’re ready to put your diaper in your pail or wet bag or toss it in the wash.

The other alternative is a disposable liner. Disposable liners are about half the thickness of a dryer sheet and lay on the top most layer of your diaper. The solids will remain on top of your liner and the liquids will move through to your absorbency so that when you are ready for a change, you simply remove the disposable liner and put your diaper in your diaper pail.

#ThirstiesTip  Although many brands of disposable liners say that they are flushable, we do not recommend flushing your liners. Pipes can get clogged, septic tanks can back up and if the liner does not completely break down, it can affect your sewage system as well. Please dispose of your used liners, but do not flush!


So, which method do I prefer? I was actually a fan of disposable liners when my babies were introduced to solids and moving away from breast milk. However, as they’ve grown, a diaper sprayer has come in handy so many times when I just needed a deeper clean to my overnight diapers and naptime diapers. The method you choose is up to you, but know that your favorite may change as your babies grow and having a diaper sprayer on hand can be good for so many situations.
Do you have any questions about removing solids from your cloth diapers? Share it with us in the comments! You can shop Thirsties cloth diapers at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For other cloth diaper tips and tricks, you can visit Thirsties on Facebook or join the online community, Thirsties Groupies. And don’t forget to checkout the Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Anyone can use cloth anywhere! Whether you use a washing machine, laundry mat or hand wash your diapers, there are several different methods of washing diapers and hand washing, specifically, can be used pretty much anywhere. Most of the items you’ll need to hand wash your diapers are easily accessible and can be purchased almost anywhere.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to hand wash cloth diapers as well as the reasons some people choose to hand wash, the materials and methods they use as well as some tips and tricks to make this process just a little easier.

Reasons to Hand Wash

So, why do people hand wash their cloth diapers? Maybe your financial situation doesn’t include a washer and dryer just yet. Or maybe you love to camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors without having to drive back into town every time you need to do cloth diaper laundry.

This is also a great method to learn when there are circumstances beyond your control. The power going out or your washer breaking means you need to find an alternative way to get your diapers clean. Or maybe you are traveling with friends and a washer and dryer just isn’t available. Either way, Thirsties has you covered! Let’s learn how to hand wash.

General Routine

The general routine includes removing solids, then a doing a prewash followed by a hot wash and then an extra rinse. So this means that if you do have access to a washer and dryer, your routine would look something like this:

  • Remove solids either by using a diaper sprayer, a liner, or the dunk & swish method
  • Do a prewash on WARM with 1-2 lines of detergent
  • Do a heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent for soiled laundry
  • Rinse

Of course, everyone’s routine will vary just slightly, but in general, your regular cloth diaper laundry routine should be fairly quick and easy.

Plunger Method

So, let’s get started with the bucket and plunger method. For the bucket and plunger method, here’s what you will need to have on hand: a bucket or tub, plunger, gloves, and cloth diaper safe detergent. I like to have some extra towels on hand too in case you have an accident.

Many folks like to use the  “The Breathing Washer”, a plunger that cycles air through the water while agitating your clothing or diapers. It’s a great plunger to use for long term cloth diapering using the hand wash method. However, if all you can find is a normal, household plunger, that will work just fine as well.


The process of hand washing cloth diapers itself isn’t necessarily difficult. You can count the steps in this process by the number of plunges or the length of time, whichever works for you. The point is to fully agitate and diapers and allow the detergent to do its job removing waste.

Here’s the general process for using the bucket and plunger method to clean your diapers:

  • Rinse / Prewash – 100 plunges, or for 5 min
  • Hot wash with about 2tbs to ¼ cup of detergent: 50 plunges, Soak 5-10 min, 50 plunges, drain & wring out diapers
  • Rinse – 100 plunges, drain & wring out diaper
  • Do additional rinses if there are a lot of bubbles or if your diapers feel slimy

Wonder Wash

The Wonder Washer is another great way to get your clothes and diapers clean without the use of a washer and dryer. The Wonder Washer is a cylindrical container with an opening at the top. Just drop your diapers in with the right amount of detergent and you are ready to use the hand crank to start washing!

The general Wonder Washer routine should look a little something like this:

  • Warm Prewash – 60 cranks or about 2 minutes (I use one line of detergent), drain, wring out diapers between ‘cycles’
  • Hot Wash with detergent – 60 cranks, soak 5 – 10 minutes, 60 cranks, drain (this will be one of the very very few instances where Thirsties recommends that your diapers be left soaking)
  • Rinse – 60 cranks or about two minutes, drain & wring out diapers. Do this two times or until water runs out clear.

Using the Wonder Washer is a great way to be able to cloth diaper on the go, save money and save electricity.

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I have personally washed lots of diapers by hand and it’s so much easier than you think! The best advice? Take what works for you and leave the rest. Cloth diaper the way that makes sense for you, your baby and your family.

Are you currently cloth diapering? Which tip is your favorite? 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.

We’re often asked for our best cloth diaper tips and tricks as well as how to make cloth diapering easier. While there is no one perfect way to cloth diaper, there are a few things that can definitely make your cloth diapering journey simpler.

In this article, we will discuss the top ten cloth diapering tips and tricks as well as how these tips can help you cloth diaper successfully.

Here’s our top tips:

  1. Use Your Prefolds for Everything
  2. Don’t Use Fabric Softener, Ever
  3. Toss the Dryer Sheets
  4. You Really Do Need All Those Wet Bags
  5. Use Cloth Safe Diaper Cream (Like Booty Love!)
  6. Try a Few Different Styles
  7. Adjust Your Rise First, THEN Your Waist
  8. Keep Your Wash Routine Simple
  9. Remember My Cloth Baby is Happy
  10. Use Booty Luster Spray for Hands and Faces Too!

Use Your Prefolds for Everything

Prefolds are incredibly diverse cloth diapering items. Many parents choose prefolds because they are absorbent, easy to clean and so multi-functional. Here are just a couple of our favorite uses for prefolds beyond cloth diapering:

  1. Burp Rags
  2. Bibs
  3. Swiffer Pads
  4. Mattress Pads for Potty Training
  5. Cleaning Rags
  6. Spit Up Catchers for Tummy Time
  7. Natural Breast Pads

#ThirstiesTip When nursing, lay a prefold down between you and your mattress to catch any nighttime leaking and save your sheets!

Don’t Use Fabric Softener, Ever

Fabric softener is a cloth diaper no no. It can coat the absorbent fibers of your cloth diaper and cause it to repel liquids rather than absorb them. The strong scent can also hold onto fibers, making any sort of detergent buildup or ammonia buildup even worse. For problem free cloth diapering, skip the fabric softener.

Toss the Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are another cloth diaper no no. Dryer sheets can also coat your absorbent fibers and cause them to repel liquids. If you want to keep your diapers absorbent and free from unnecessary buildup, toss the dryer sheets.

So, if you toss the dryer sheets, how do you replace them?

#ThirstiesTip Use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. They will cut down on dry time, avoid unnecessary buildup from dryer sheets and they can be reused through hundreds to thousands of dry cycles.

You Really Do Need All Those Wet Bags

thirsties wet bag

Have you ever wondered what you can do with your wet bag? The Thirsties Wet Bag is so multi-functional and we love it for storing our dirty cloth diapers. But what happens when you are done cloth diapering? Can you still use your wet bag?

Of course! Maybe you are currently cloth diapering and have an extra wet bag (or five) laying around and you are just not sure what to do with it? Either way, wet bags are arguably the most versatile cloth diaper accessory. Here are our top ten uses for your wet bags:

  1. Storing Clean Cloth Diapers
  2. Storing Swimwear
  3. Momma Cloth/Pumping
  4. Snack/Lunch Bag
  5. Packing a Suitcase
  6. Garbage Bag
  7. Momma Emergency Bag
  8. First Aid Kit
  9. Potty Learning
  10. Outdoor Activities

Use Cloth Safe Diaper Cream (Like Booty Love!)

When it comes to cloth diapering, not all diaper rash creams are created equal. Some creams can stain your diapers, while others can cause your absorbent fibers to repel liquids. In general, remember that diaper creams that contain zinc will stain your cloth and diaper creams that contain petroleum will cause your diapers to repel moisture.

Diaper creams like Booty Love are natural and cloth diaper safe. You can safely use Booty Love without using a liner and it will wash clean in your regular diaper laundry.

#ThirstiesTip If you do decide to use a diaper cream containing zinc, consider a liner to eliminate stains and ensure your cloth comes clean in the laundry.

Try a Few Different Styles

Some people get turned off to cloth diapering, simply because they chose a style that doesn’t work for their family or lifestyle. Having multiple caregivers or attending day care may mean that an All In One may fit your lifestyle better than a system with multiple pieces like covers and prefolds. Trying a few different styles of cloth diapers will help you to find something that works for your family and be successful in the long run.

Adjust Your Rise First, THEN Your Waist

Adjusting your rise snaps first will control how long the diaper becomes. Your waist snaps control how tight the legs and waist will be. To get a great fit, make sure to adjust your rise snaps first and your waist snaps second. This will help you to eliminate bulk, ensure that you are choosing the correct waist snaps and eventually prevent leaks.

Keep Your Wash Routine Simple

Keep it simple! An easy and effective wash routine looks something like this:

  1. Pre-wash on WARM with a small amount of detergent.
  2. Heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent.
  3. Rinse.

Although this laundry routine won’t be perfect for everyone, it’s a quick and simple start to an effective wash routine.

Remember, My Cloth Baby is Happy

When layering different fibers, remember My Cloth Baby is Happy. This will help you remember how fast fibers absorb, in order. From fastest to slowest, fibers absorption happens in this order: microfiber, cotton, bamboo and finally hemp.

So, what does this mean for cloth diapering? This means that you want to layer your microfiber or synthetic layer (like stay dry microfiber) on top, cotton underneath it, then bamboo and lastly hemp. So, if you are using a Stay Dry Duo insert, your stay dry microfiber layer would be closest to baby’s skin and the organic/cotton hemp blend insert would be underneath. Using this method, you will be able to wick moisture away from baby as fast as possible to eliminate both diaper rash and leaks.

Use Booty Luster Spray for Hands and Faces Too!

Booty Luster is one of those multi-functional products that I love for everything. I have used my Booty Luster plus a cloth wipe for dirty hands and faces, scrapes on dirty knees, to wipe off my diaper bags, to wipe down my car and to clean up stroller messes too.


I have used all of these tips and more on my cloth diapering journey, but I can say that this top ten will make your life so much easier. Keeping your routine simple, using cloth diaper safe creams, trying a few different styles and using your prefolds well will save you so many headaches and unnecessary work.

I personally spent and wasted a lot of time trying complicated laundry routines and forever looking for a wet bag I didn’t own before I gave in to several of these tips. The best advice? Take what works for you and leave the rest. Cloth diaper the way that makes sense for you, your baby and your family.

Are you currently cloth diapering? Which tip is your favorite? Are you a super fan of one specific style? 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.