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The #ThirstiesFallFlatLay Challenged encouraged Thirsties customers to get creative composing flat lays, pairing their favorite Thirsties products with items that spoke to them. A flat lay is a picture or video taken from a birds-eye view of a collection of items laid out on a flat surface. Throughout the fall season #ThirstiesGroupies captured and shared images and videos using the hashtag #ThirstiesFallFlatLay and in this article, we are happy to announce the challenge finalists!

Image by @fiddlinbarefoot on Instagram
Click here to watch this video by @minnicoops on Instagram
Image by Normalize Cloth on Facebook
Image by @macknzwood on Instagram
Image by @crazy4cloth on Instagram
Image by @omgitsbecki on Instagram
Image by @leaaharroyo on Instagram
Image by @ashersclothbum on Instagram
Image by @amanda_bacher on Instagram
Image by @laurenewatson on Instagram
Image by @southern_fluff_love on Instagram
Image by A. McClellan on Facebook

We were blown away by everyone’s entries. There were over 400 on Instagram alone! Having a creative outlet helps us find fun in the familiar and we hope that this is what the #ThirstiesFallFlatLay challenge offered our fabulous customers. Thank you, EVERYONE, for filling our social media feed with Thirsties goodness! We will announce the five prize winners on #ThirstiesLive November 21, 2019. See you then!

It’s common in the cloth diapering world for families to have what we call mixed stashes. That is, cloth diaper collections that are made up of more than one style or brand of diapers. There are many reasons to have a mixed stash including two babies in cloth, baby growing, multiple caregivers and more.

In this article, we’re going to discuss mixed stashes, the definition of a cloth diaper, why people have mixed stashes and what mixed stashes can look like.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is a cloth diaper?

The basic elements of a cloth diaper are always the same, no matter which style you choose to use. You’ll need an absorbent component and a waterproof component put together to make an effective cloth diapering system.

These components can come together in many different ways and their differences are part of what makes up a mixed stash. Mixed stashes can be made up of all types of cloth diapers including All In Ones, Fitteds and Duo Wraps, and Pockets.

Why do families have mixed stashes?

  • Budget – different systems fall on different sides of the budget spectrum. Systems like Duo Wraps and lay in inserts are more budget friendly than systems like One Size Natural All In Ones.
  • Different diapers for different times of the day – Night time diapers often require much more absorbency than say day time diapers. Nap time diapers require more absorbency than day time diapers, but probably not as much as night time. Depending on the time of day, you may have different preferences for the type of cloth diaper you want to use.
  • Two or more in cloth – Having two or more kiddos in cloth at the same time can also lead people to have a mixed stash. You may love one style for your newborn, but need something totally different for your two year old. No matter what their ages, having two in cloth will most likely mean that having a mixed stash is exactly what you need.
  • Needs change as baby grows – As your baby gains weight, begins to eat solid foods and starts walking, your diapering needs will change. Newborns output is made up of small amounts, many times during the day. However, toddler outputs are made up of large amounts just a few times during the day. As your baby grows and changes, your diapering needs will change too and a mixed stash is the best way to meet all those needs.
  • Consider the caregiver – The most common reason we see for mixed stashes is multiple caregivers. Mom may prefer a different style than babysitter or grandma and dad might have his own style that he likes too. Remember to consider the caregiver when choosing your mixed stash and you’re more likely to keep everyone happy.

What does a mixed stash look like?

  • Main style of diaper + diapers for different circumstances – Most mixed stashes have one main style of diaper plus a few different styles for specific situations. For example, many families like to use AIOs during the day, but find that they need more absorbency at night, so they have just a handful of fitteds and duo wraps for overnight.
  • Several different styles and brands – When polled, many of our Thirsties Groupies said that they have not only different styles in their stash, but different brands too. We know Thirsties isn’t the only cloth diaper brand out there and other brands may have found their way into your stash too. Having a mixed stash of different styles and brands completely works for some families!
  • One style and different brands – Some stashes may actually stick to one specific style across different brands. There aren’t too many rules about building your own mixed stash.
  • Different closures – The last way to mix up your stash is to have some combination of the above, but in different closures. Many families have one parent who prefers snaps and one who prefers hook and loop! Whatever works for your family is the ‘right’ way to cloth diaper.

Want more info? Checkout Laura’s #ThirstiesLive all about mixed stashes, what they look like and why Thirsties families love them.

Don’t forget, you can shop your favorite Thirsties products at your local retailer or online with Thirsties. For more potty training 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

At the beginning of August, Thirsties proudly released the Simply Sustainable Collection of four new reusable bags. Thirsties customers shared videos and images of how they use their new Simply Sustainable bags in the #ThirstiesBagAbout Challenge. In this post, you’ll find the five finalists. Each finalist will receive a bag of her choice from the Simply Sustainable Collection. We’ll reveal the grand prize winner this Thursday on #ThirstiesLive.

Talk about Melon Party!

We could hardly imagine a more gorgeous way to show off our new reusable sandwich bag! This beautiful shot was styled and captured by Instagrammer @katilinn.nnicole .

Buying Bulk in Style

Buying bulk is a wonderful way to live simply sustainable and look at all those Thirsties reusable bags at work in this pic! We love this real-life snapshot from Instagrammer @clothdiapermommy.

Click here to see the video!

The #ThirstiesBagAbout Challenge was the first contest we’ve hosted that included video entries and we LOVE it! Thank you to Instagrammer @pepperandparker for showing us how easy breakfast on the go is with Thirsties new sandwich bags!

Snack Bag Joy

Being a cloth diaper company, we love seeing our littlest customers enjoy the Simply Sustainable Collection. From the looks of it, this little girl LOVES her O2 Revival snack bag, right @e.l.clark!

Going Green in the Produce Section!

Thirsties Groupie, Destani Nikole shows us how to go green while grocery shopping. Say goodbye to single-use bags in the produce section!

There you have it, the #ThirsitesBagAbout Challenge finalists! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in a comment! Don’t forget to tune LIVE this Thursday when we reveal the grand prize winner on #ThirstiesLive. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your #ThirstiesBagAbout posts and giving these new products in our line up such a warm welcome!

Inevitably, by this part of the summer, everything is falling apart. My kids are over it, I’m over it and we need something to break up the monotony. The kids are bored and starting to fight, the snacks have all been done before and school is still about four weeks away.

So, what do you do when you are in the mid-summer lurch and just the thought of opening one more popsicle makes your head hurt? I like to get organized. Getting organized mid-summer helps me do a little before school prep, gives me a task to work on while everyone is playing and helps to clear my mind. In this article, we are going to discuss ways to get organized over the summer.

Command Center

One of my favorite things in my house is an area we call the command center. It’s an old entertainment center with eight cubbies that hold our four children’s backpacks, lunch boxes, gym shoes and folders. Having a command center in the summer makes my life so much easier.

You can really choose any space in your house, but my formal dining room was turned into a homeschool room, so our command center sits there. The piece of furniture you choose can really be anything that meets the needs of your family. Some choose a bench with a hook overhead or an ottoman with removable storage. You can make your own command center without purchasing furniture with a couple Command hooks and a shoe rack, if you like.

I start with a place for backpacks as they are the biggest items. Ours sit on top of the entertainment center over their cubbies. Then a place for lunch boxes (our cubby #1) and sneakers and folders (cubby #2).

We love our command center in the summer because we do lots of hiking and camping, so we use their lunch boxes and backpacks year round. Hiking shoes can always be found in their cubbies, lunch boxes are emptied each day and filled again so that no matter what our activities for the day, lunch is taken care of and backpacks have extra bug spray, sunscreen, socks, their Hydro Flasks and a towel, in case our activity for the day resulted in dirt, water and/or both.

When school starts? Just switch out the contents of their back packs, replace hiking shoes with gym shoes and you are ready to start!

Art Center

Part of getting organized, for us, was getting all of the kids’ art supplies in one, easy to access place. I started by putting all the crayons and markers in big mason jars rather than dumped in a giant box. I grabbed a paper storage organizer from Michael’s and separated construction paper by color. Paints and brushes got their own plastic tote while finished art projects were hung on bulletin boards I grabbed at the grocery store.

I used command strips again to hang up art smocks and put a wet bag of cloth wipes nearby to make clean up quick and easy. (Because you need wet bags always!) In the end, we ended up with a neat and organized little art corner that the kids will actually spend time in. #winning

#ThirstiesTip You can use wet bags for almost anything. One of my favorite summertime uses for wet bags is as art cleanup bags. We clean the tables with a child safe cleaner and wipe them down with our Thirsties Organic Cotton Cloth Wipes. When we’re done, smocks and cloth wipes go in an extra wet bag to head to the laundry room for wash day!

Snacks

Summer seems like the time where snacks are a 24/7 request. I needed something to help me manage the constant, overwhelming asks so I dedicated an entire food drawer to grab and go snacks that my kids could get without having to ask. It is the easiest way not to have to stop what I’m doing all summer long every time sometime needs a small snack.

Thirsties Sandwich Bag Farm Life

My favorite items are:

  1. Peppers and hummus individual servings
  2. Snap Peas and hummus individual servings
  3. Chips and guacamole individual servings
  4. Yogurt
  5. Cheese Sticks
  6. Cuties
  7. Thirsties Sandwich bags filled with trail mix, apple slices, cashews or almonds (The new Simply Sustainable line has great bags that I use for this!)
  8. Carrot sticks and ranch dip individual servings

#Momrealness™

Mid-summer exhaustion is real, so don’t feel like you need to overhaul your home just to get organized. A few little corners of organization here and there will eventually turn into a much simpler day. I think the command center has to be my favorite way to organize our lives and the most helpful year round.

I also like to add a few little things to help the kids make their corners their own like a painted letter of their first name hung over their cubby or maybe individually designed hooks that coordinate with their interests. They always seem to be more drawn to areas they can call their own.

Do you have a favorite summer organizational tip? Share it with us in the comments! Remember, 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.

Thirsties prints have been on fire lately! There are so many new colors and prints to choose from and 2019 has not disappointed us. However, the star of the Thirsties line is truly their signature 55% hemp/45% organic cotton inserts and diapers. This blend is unique to Thirsties and a staple for any cloth diapering system.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the uses for hemp inserts, why we love them, alternatives to them and how to care for them.

Uses for Hemp Inserts

Hemp inserts can be used in so many ways. My personal favorite is to use two hemp inserts, one small, one large in the duo wrap of my choice. If you have a front wetter, I would suggest folding the small hemp insert in half towards the front to give you extra coverage. Even folded in half, the hemp insert is less bulky than most prefold and cover systems.

Thirsties’ hemp inserts are also perfect for pocket diapers. Pocket diapers are so customizable and the hemp inserts are the perfect size and shape for use in a Thirsties pocket diaper. If you need even more absorbency, you can always pair one large hemp insert underneath a Thirsties cotton doubler for more protection against leaks.

But let’s say that it’s really AIOs (All In Ones) that have your heart. A small Thirsties hemp insert is the perfect size to act as a booster to your AIOs. Using the original AIOs, you would place your hemp insert underneath your synthetic layer for maximum leak protection.

#ThirstiesTip Remember, My Cloth Baby is Happy. In order from fastest absorbing to slowest, fibers should be laid in this order: Microfiber, Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp. In other words, you’ll always want your hemp inserts to be at the bottom of your absorbency configuration.

Why We Love Them

Thirsties hemp inserts are so wonderfully trim! I loved that I could use them in almost any cloth diapering system without adding bulk to my diaper. This is especially important for nighttime cloth diapering systems. Hemp inserts will keep baby from waking up wet overnight and help baby sleep longer too.

As a natural fiber, Thirsties hemp inserts are also easier to clean than synthetic fibers. They come clean more easily and lift stains more easily too. Many caregivers prefer natural fibers versus synthetic when cloth diapering and love that these inserts come in two different sizes, small and large.

Alternatives

A great alternative to Thirsties hemp inserts is the Thirsties Natural One Size All In One diaper. The inners of the NAIO are made of the same signature 55% hemp/45% organic cotton that makes up the hemp inserts, with the convenience of an All In One.

Another alternative to the hemp inserts would be the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold. Prefolds are so versatile and can be folded to customize absorbency for baby through toddler. Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds are quick to dry, easy to clean and grow with your baby. Two layers in each panel provide twelve thirsty layers when trifolded in your Thirsties Duo Wrap.

Another alternative to the Thirsties hemp inserts are the Thirsties All In Two Inserts. Thirsties AI2 come in Stay Dry, Natural Stay Dry and Natural Duo varieties. What’s great about Thirsties cloth diaper systems is that it is so easy to make small changes as baby grows and they enter new stages. Maybe as an infant you need to use the Stay Dry AI2, but for your toddler, you need two large hemp inserts to get maximum absorbency with minimum bulk. Either way, Thirsties grows with you!

Wash and Care

Washing and caring for your Thirsties Hemp Inserts is so easy. Here’s some easy to follow wash and care instructions:

To prep:

Thirsties Hemp products need to be washed and dried at least three times before use to rid the fibers of the natural oils. This is done separately from your other diapering products for the first 3 washes. The hemp products will be fully primed and at their maximum absorbency after 8 wash cycles.

To wash:

Prewash on warm with half the amount of recommended detergent. Heavy duty wash on hot with the full amount of recommended detergent. Add another rinse on warm and dry on medium heat.

#Momrealness

So, what do you do when you have lots of hemp inserts, but are no longer cloth diapering? My husband likes to use them for mopping and cleaning. Some use them as momma cloth or as a barrier for car seats and strollers when potty learning. I have had hemp inserts that lasted us six years and were still passed on to other mommas who were cloth diapering. If you need a workhorse insert for any cloth diapering system, this is it.


Have you found the hemp insert love? Share how you use hemp inserts 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 Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.