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Thirsties unveiled their new Simple Tote this summer, and it is a hit amongst our best fans! While we all know what totes are for, let’s take a peek at what your fellow parents are loving them for. First, a few specifications:

  • Waterproof TPU interior prevents leaking and wicking (holy smokes, it holds wet stuff without leaks!)
  • Bag measures 16″W x 15.5″H
  • 13″ drop from shoulder

Shannon loves hers for the beach:

Thirsties Simple Tote bag at the beach.

Svetlana is a fan for beach usage, too:

Thirsties Simple Tote Bag at the beach with girl in a pink hoodie playing in the background.

Eva prefers hers for library runs and story time:

Mom walking down the sidewalk using a Thirsties Simple Tote for her library book.

Cathie’s daughter loves the storage for the back of her wheelchair:

Thirsties Simple Tote hanging on the back of a wheelchair

So whether you need it for outdoor potty training supplies like Jenny:

Thirsties Simple Tote back on the ground sitting next to a kids potty seat

Or an every day bag like Anna:

The Simple Tote is simply the best for waterproof protection for every day organization. A thank you to our Groupies for supplying these amazing pictures! Join us for all the fun shenanigans today

So, you have made the decision to cloth diaper, YAY! You ordered 1 or 2, you have tried them on, reached out to customer service to get a great fit, posted in the Thirsties Groupies to show off your first diapers… and then a few weeks later, it hits you. Something stinks and you need to troubleshoot odor issues!

First thing’s first, remember:

Let’s start with a simple routine overview.

  • warm prewash
  • regular hot wash with the recommended amount of mainstream (or eco friendly*) detergent
  • rinse x 2
  • machine dry on low to medium heat

*some great choices for a more environmentally friendly detergent include Country Save and Planet

If you are washing every 1-2 days, using this routine ^, and still running into issues, let’s troubleshoot a little.

How to wash cloth diapers: prewash, hot wash with detergent, extra rinse, dry on low

“Clean” Diapers Should NOT Stink

When you take your diapers out of the dryer, press them to your nose. You should smell nothing but clean diapers (and it is ok if there is a hint of detergent fragrance in there). If you smell anything reminiscent of feces, a barn, fish oils, or the chemical sting of ammonia, let’s go over how to fix it:

  • Wash your diapers with 1/2 cup Clorox bleach with a ratio of 15 diapers per 1/2 cup (so divide and do a few loads to do all of your affected diapers) to kill the bacteria causing the odors.

The issue may be too much detergent, too little detergent, or the wrong detergent. You may also have soft water that is hard to rinse out, trapping old feces and urine. Or you may have hard water, which makes it hard for the detergent to do the hard work of getting the diapers clean, so we need to adjust the amount and how many diapers are going in the wash. Email us at Support@ThirstiesBaby.com

Another time you might notice odors is when the diapers are freshly urinated in. This means they smelled fine out of the dryer, but once freshly peed in, the chemical sting of ammonia hits your nose. This is more than likely a case of detergent buildup, so follow the bleach instructions above, and email us for help finding the fix going forward!

BLEACH??? This 6 letter word has a very mixed reputation in the cloth diaper community, but there are times where it is not only best, but also necessary to keep baby’s skin healthy. This is one of those times, and it is important to note that emailing us (again, Support@ThirstiesBaby.com) to fix your routine going forward is going to ensure repeated bleach washes won’t need to happen.

WHEN IS ODOR NORMAL?

It’s normal for your cloth diapers to smell while they sit in a wet bag or dry pail between wash days. Washing every other day will help control this and make your diapers easier to clean.

It’s normal for your baby’s nighttime diaper to smell in the morning. The diaper your baby wakes up first thing in the morning has held urine for several hours in a warm, dark environment. Rinsing and wringing out nighttime diapers will help with the smell and make them easier to clean. There is a difference between strong urine odor and ammonia, if there is a chemical smell or rash, this is ammonia territory and you need to bleach and email us.

It is normal for your kiddo’s diapers to smell stronger as they get older. Any veteran cloth diapering parent will tell you that toddler diapers are NO JOKE, LOL! Again rinsing and wringing out these diapers will help with the smell and make them easier to clean.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Keep trying <3

If you are running into issues please email us, once we find the solution, diaper washing becomes a very fast routine in your busy household. Don’t overlook the little problems, give us a holler, and let’s get to work on making diaper washing easy!

Thirsties Baby is excited to introduce our guest blogger this week, Sadie Cora, and the organization that Thirsties is proud to support <3

Our story

The Cloth Option (TCO) was founded in late 2018 by a group of cloth diaper advocates who wanted to work to increase access to cloth diapers, within a social justice-oriented organization. Our program is run 100% by volunteers who give their time because of their belief in our mission. Our organization operates as a collective, and each member-advocate has decision making power to vote on important decisions. 

We launched our cloth diaper loan distribution program in January of 2019. Since that time, our organization has grown to over 65 volunteers in 31 states, and has provided cloth diapers to over 3,300 children. We estimate that we have replaced over 10 million disposable diapers. 

Our mission: The mission of The Cloth Option is to advocate for and provide access to cloth diapers and other reusable hygiene products to reduce diaper need and protect our environment for future generations. 

For us, this mission means working to raise awareness of cloth diapers as a sustainable option for diapering, and make sure that each family has access to the full range of diapering options. It also means that we work to overcome barriers of race, socioeconomic status, resources, and geography to make sure that every family who wants to try cloth is able to do so. 

The social justice aspect of our organization means that we recognize the intersections of race, gender, and poverty; we work to create spaces that affirm and include those who have been excluded from the natural parenting community; and we work to build our own capacities as allies and learners working to tackle the challenging social issues that affect our society. 

How we help families

TCO helps families make the switch to cloth diapers by providing an initial cloth diaper stash with enough diapers to last approximately one day. This allows families to get started with cloth without any upfront cost. Some families wash daily, and others use these cloth diapers as a supplement to a disposable diapering routine. The number of diapers we provide depends on the age of the child, but is roughly the number of diaper changes that would be needed per day (that’s between 10 and 20 diaper changes). 

Studies by the National Diaper Bank Network have found that 1 in 3 families in the United States experiences diaper need. That means that even if diaper need doesn’t impact you personally, someone you know is likely struggling to afford the cost of diapering their child. 

Anyone who is having trouble affording diapers and wants to try cloth should complete our quick online application at www.theclothoption.org/apply. If you have any questions or trouble with the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Once a family has received cloth diapers from TCO, our relationship doesn’t end there! We know that one of the most important factors that helps caregivers continue using cloth diapers is the support they receive. Our TCO volunteers stay in touch with recipient families, reaching out about once a month to check in, answer questions, and provide support. We also have a weekly drop in support session on Zoom every Wednesday from 12-1 EST. This session, run by our volunteers, is open to anyone with questions about cloth (not just TCO recipients). Check out our Facebook page for links and information about the weekly drop in sessions, and many other events!

How people can help

Get the word out!

The biggest thing our supporters can do to help TCO is help us get the word out about our program! We are always working to reach caregivers who may be experiencing diaper need, but aren’t aware of our program and the work that we do. You can share our social media posts, or print out literature to distribute in your community. Connect with your local volunteer to coordinate efforts. 

Donate

Donating is another great way to help. Even small financial donations help a lot. A donation of $10 helps us ship one package, and each monetary donation helps us continue to send diapers to families at no cost to them. Donating is easy through our website or Facebook page. 

We are often asked if we accept donations of cloth diapers, and the answer is absolutely YES! We rely on donations to continue our program, and we accept all styles, sizes, and conditions. If you have cloth diapers to donate, you can drop them off at any of our drop off locations throughout the United States (look up at www.theclothoption.org/network). If you don’t have a local drop off, you can contact our shipping coordinator at shipping@theclothoption.org to purchase a discounted shipping label to the closest volunteer. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, TCO recognizes all donations with a receipt for tax purposes. 

Businesses who want to support our mission can partner in lots of different ways! Those with a physical location can host a drop off, collecting donations from their community which are then distributed by TCO advocates through our program. A sponsorship package is custom-designed for each partnering business so they can meet their giving goals while supporting TCO’s mission.   

Rep TCO with swag 

Twice a year we come out with a new t-shirt design that is available on t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies, and tote bags. We do one design for Earth Day, and run a t-shirt contest in the summer with the design released for Diaper Need Awareness week in September. Every item sold raises funds to support our work! You can shop all of the available items in our Bonfire shop

Become a TCO volunteer

Want to volunteer? We are always looking to grow our volunteer team! Volunteer tasks range from distributing TCO literature in your community; assisting a local TCO advocate with washing, sanitizing, or repairing donations; and building a TCO advocacy team in your community in order to collect and distribute cloth diapers. 

For more information, or if you have a different idea about how you’d like to help support our cause, check out www.theclothoption.org

When families choose which cloth diaper they want to use, often their list includes

  • Easy to launder
  • Easy to put on and off
  • Universal sizing

Which describes Thirsties One Size All-In-One perfectly! Thirsties makes *three* kinds of OS AIO, one made with synthetic fibers and two that use natural fibers. In this article, we’re going to compare the natural fiber version (NAIO for short) and the natural stay-dry variety (SDNAIO). Let’s take a look at both of these great diapers <3

How are Thirsties Stay Dry Natural AIO and NAIO Alike?

  • Both will fit most babies from 8-40 pounds
  • Both will provide a one-step on-and-off process
  • Both adjust with rise snaps to make them taller or shorter on your child
  • Both wash easily and are able to be machine dried
  • Both come in adorable prints with a lot of built-in absorbency!

How are Thirsties Stay Dry Natural AIO and NAIO different?

  • The Stay Dry Natural AIO has a layer of microfleece on top to wick away moisture and adds a layer of fabric between baby and the absorbent natural fibers underneath. This is great for babies who are sensitive to moisture, especially for overnights!
  • The stay-dry version shows less wear than the NAIO because it is topped with durable, stain-resistant microfleece.
  • The NAIO is slightly trimmer than the Stay Dry Natural AIO.
  • The NAIO is available in both snaps and hook & loop closures while the Stay Dry Natural AIO only comes in snap closure.
  • The NAIO has one more layer of absorbency.


If you are into the technical stuff, here’s a visual comparison:

So if you are a fan of our NAIO, but sometimes find the wetness is bothersome to your baby, try a Stay Dry Natural AIO! If you’re worried about wear and tear or staining, try a Stay Dry Natural AIO! They are also a great gift for a growing family, or a friend who wants to put their toe into the cloth diapering waters.

For an up-close look at both of these diapers watch this video!

#ThirstiesLive

We’re thrilled to add Thirsties Pocket Bib to our regular line of products! We’ve made cleanup simple with this easy-to-clean, waterproof bib with two adjustable snap settings and a handy crumb catcher. Thirsties Pocket Bib is made with our waterproof PUL, backed with white mesh, and trimmed with matching binding. Thirsties Pocket Bibis available in Floribunda, Pawsitive Pals, Rainbow, and We All Scream.

Overview

  • Cost $8.95 (MSRP)
  • Colorful, waterproof TPU lined with soft mesh
  • Two adjustable snap settings for a customized fit
  • Handy crumb catcher pocket
  • Measurements: 9.5”W x 9”H
  • Neck Circumference: 11” – 12.5”
  • 100% polyester with waterproof TPU laminate
babies eating pizza wearing Thirsties pocket bib

Washing Instructions

Thirsties Pocket Bibs are easy to clean. Simply machine or hand wash. They air dry quickly, but you can also machine dry them on low. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners.

Customer Feedback

Liz: “I think they are great! They fit both girls (6mos & 20 mos) really well. My one daughter hates having things around her neck but she actually wears this one without a problem. I think because they are so much softer and lighter than other bibs we’ve tried. They are super easy to clean too- everything just rinses right off. I also love that they don’t seem to hold onto stains.

baby wearing thirsties pocket bib and matching cloth diaper

Deondra: The Bibs fit great! I can’t say there’s a single thing I’d change about them. Y’all did a great job! A request for the future, for all of us “baby-led weaning” Mamas… It’d be great if you guys would come out with a long-sleeved version with elastic at the ends of the sleeves, or a “shirt bib.”

Kimberly: I love how nice and wide they are! They cover the entire front side of my almost 8 month old!

Make your baby’s mealtime cuter and easy to clean up with Thirsties Pocket Bib. These make gifts and are the perfect way to accessorize your baby’s favorite Thirsties cloth diapers!

child wearing thirsties pocket bib