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Newborn Diaper Laundry

When you hold your tiny little baby in your hands, you will spend countless hours marveling at the exquisite detail of their little body. The toes, the fingers, the ears, the nose…And you will also spend countless hours marveling at how that perfect little body can produce SO MUCH POOP! An absolute machine dedicated to not only generating copious amounts of it, but also being able to project it across a room and into your master closet across the hall (true story). The good news is, even at this stage, diaper laundry is incredibly easy. Until your baby’s bowel movements change form from liquid to semi-solid (meaning it isn’t completely runny and has some texture to it), absolutely nothing needs to be done with it. A good rule of thumb is that you don’t have to spray or dunk poopy diapers until your baby produces enough poo with the texture that you could spread over a piece of toast. Simply plop in the wash and let the machine do the work! You can rinse if you want to, but it is optional. Keeping the water temperature hot will release most stains (make sure your detergent is a good one!), and stubborn stains can be sunned out, sprayed with lemon juice, or Shout stain remover gel if they are sticking around. Diapers will add up quickly, so making a full load every 1-2 days will be easy.

laundry basket of clean newborn cloth diaper
image by Thirsties Groupie, Kayla Russell

Watch #ThirstiesLive Ages and Stages of Diaper Laundry

Diaper Laundry & Starting Solids

Once your baby starts solids, you will notice a pretty substantial change in their bowel movements, and once fully on solids, another one into fully formed and solid bowLearn how your baby’s ages and stages of development through newborn, starting solids, and approaching potty training will impact your diaper laundry.el movements. In *any* stage of your child’s life, new foods or illness will mean less than formed bowel movements will happen from time to time. Formed movements are easily “ploppable”, just roll them off into the toilet, flush, and then take care of the remaining waste by spraying or dunking to remove before putting the diaper in the pail. A diaper sprayer can be an invaluable tool at this stage, but workarounds of dunking/swishing are easy to do without it becoming messy. You might notice your quantity of dirty diapers decreasing a little, as babies tend to hold it for slightly longer periods of time, but washing every 1-2 days is still important to keep odor and stains at bay.

Diaper Laundry & Approaching Potty Training

diaper laundry and the toddler stage

Many babies will start the potty learning process at this stage, so the time your toddler is in diapers may be short-lived, or, you may still have a few years ahead to master this stage. Either way, knowing how to handle the larger amounts of poop is helpful! Much like the baby stage, taking care of the semi-solid and solid waste is important, but what changes here is the quantity of diapers going into the pail. Toddlers tend to hold their urine for longer periods of time. Instead of tiny pees and poops every few minutes, they will have growing muscle control, and then release substantial amounts of urine at one time. In cloth diapering lingo this is referred to as “flooding.” While there will be fewer diapers in the pail, the intensity will be stronger. Rinsing and wringing out nighttime diapers and particularly strong or full diapers can be helpful. If you need to bulk up loads to make sure diapers still get washed every 1-2 days will help consider adding hand towels or other household items to the diaper laundry.

Remember, at every stage Thirsties recommends this wash routine:

  • Prewash
  • Hot wash with detergent
  • Extra Rinse
  • Hang dry or machine dry on low

🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎶

Thirsties holiday gift bags

Cost-Effective & Eco-Friendly

In a year that has stretched our “normal” in every sense of the word, we are nearing that time when holidays galore need to be planned and prepped for. This year, there is a very different landscape in the coming months than our traditions have produced in the past, and Thirsties is here for some ways to keep your festivities “green” in a year where both money and resources need a little boost.

🌲 Reusable Bags and the Holidays 🌲

Did you know that Thirsties offers 5 different bags for your everyday needs? All of which can be a fantastic way to not only give an extra gift to someone you love but also keeps wrapping paper sustainable and reused.

 Giving the gift of toys or figurines to a little one to stay busy in the coming winter months? Pop it in a Thirsties wet bag for easy future carrying and storage in the car or doctor appointments.

Bath and body for a loved one to make self-care more feasible? Wrap it up in a Thirsties clutch for purse or diaper bag storage that lasts for years.

This year has also seen clutch bags as the perfect way to transport masks, if you have a loved one in health care, or an essential worker who deserves an adorable way to tote their PPE back and forth, Wet Bags are a fantastic gift idea ❤️

thirsties clutch gift bag

Gifts That Keep on Giving

And after the holidays have passed, what becomes of all the bags?

As grocery shopping options continue to evolve, one thing that doesn’t change is the need to bring it all home. Various sizes of bags mean that your trips to the store can have both fun and functionality to bring it all home.

grocery shopping with thirsties reusable bags

My purse is also full of clutch bags and sandwich bags for chapsticks, hair ties, lip gloss, medications and more. 

Toy organization is a breeze, with a snap handle that can clip to doors and toy bins, keep those matchbox cars, Legos and blocks in a place where your little one can easily get them, while making cleanup easy and accessible.

*pro tip*- I recently found that the snack and sandwich bags are perfect for American Girl/My Generation doll accessories and outfits, and all those Barbie shoes and pieces that go easily missing. If you are giving the gift of dolls this year, an easy add on keeps it all in place. 

Happy and safe shopping, everyone! A reminder that and many retailers are open 24/7 online, with ways to get items quickly to you in this busy season. We hope our fans are staying safe and healthy, and invite you to our Facebook group for parenting and product support in your journey 💞

2020 has thrown us all a lot of curveballs, hasn’t it!?! At the Thirsties warehouse, we’ve had to adjust how we do things to keep our staff safe. We’ve needed to respond to slower supply chains while also meeting demands for more product as #quarentinelife has inspired new families to try reusable diapers. The result was adapting our regular release schedule but finally, we’re baaaaaa…aaaaaaaack at it with four exciting additions to the Thirsties line-up.

Welcome Back Floribunda and Rainbow

After many requests for re-release, Thirsties is bringing back two prints that broke the Internet: Floribunda and Rainbow! Both prints will be part of our regular lineup and will be available in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Stay Dry Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and Wet Bag.

thirsties floribunda and rainbow diapers

Thirties Farm Life Trainer

In the spirit of re-release, we are also bringing Farm Life back…in Trainers! Please note a slightly different feel in the first run of this product, as we struggled with sourcing fabric during the early days of the pandemic. The outer spandex will function equally to our current spandex.

thirties farm life reusable training pant

Meet Seafoam

But wait, there’s more! Remember that gorgeous minty green binding on We All Scream? Yep, that’s right…please welcome Seafoam, our new regular lineup solid! Seafoam will be available in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Stay Dry Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and Wet Bag.

All these will be a part of the Thirsties regular line up and available for purchase starting November 6, 2020. We are so grateful for our wonderful customers and retailers’ support this year. For fun, here’s a peek at the Thirsties warehouse during this crazy season!

How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. ~Dorothy Ferguson 

Stephanie Daniel, here. I am honored to highlight this important topic today on the Thirsties blog.

October Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

The month of October is dedicated to many important issues in our society, one that is tragically relevant in our parenting community is that of pregnancy and infant loss. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women will experience a loss at some stage of pregnancy, and many parents mourn children who have been born but left their arms too soon. Indeed, if you have experienced this type of loss, you are not alone.

pink and blue heart for pregnancy and infant loss awareness month

Each family will walk a unique journey in how to cope and heal from their loss. And each may differ from the one before. Some families may choose to not disclose a pregnancy until a specific milestone is reached, keeping the circle of those who would again mourn with them small and intimate. Some will share a positive test immediately, widely reaching their circles of friends and family, knowing that if tragedy strikes, their grief will be shared with many. There is no right or wrong way of mourning after a loss, there is no time that is “perfect” to hope for a rainbow baby to come into your family, and there is no shame in choosing to close the door on family growth if the pain and anxiety of the loss are too much to possibly encounter again.

Grief, a Personal and Unique Journey

While trying to establish what a “new normal” looks like following a loss, remember that the “rules” are up to you. For my children who are earthside, I keep a Rubbermaid tote full of first outfits, baby blankets, pictures they drew, cards they have received, and other trinkets and memories of their special moments. In the back of those bins, now very dusty and not opened in quite some time, is a smaller bin that doesn’t have a bright name sticker on the side. It doesn’t hold much, but the items in it carry the memories of those losses. A pillow that a friend made, with a little boy’s name embroidered on it. A sonogram picture of a baby that never was photographed again. Some ripped pages of a baby journal that had the last entry well before it should have. A few outfits, some receiving blankets, items that could have been used for a baby born healthy but had too much emotion woven into them to be able to hold and view without tears. I realize that when my children leave home and take their bins with them, the only one left on that shelf will be that tiny, dusty case of things and memories that only my husband and I understand and hold dear.

October 15th Wave of Light

On October 15th, many of us participate in the Wave of Light, lighting a candle for each little one we have lost. Over the years of participating in this event with our cloth diapering community, I have watched parents light candles of 2,3,4, sometimes upwards of 10. Each one a testimonial to love and bravery lit with the hope of trying again, or perhaps in memory of a chapter that is now closed. On this day, join us in The Thirsties Groupies to share your picture of your candles or lights, and share your stories with us.

candles for October 15th wave of light

If you have or are experiencing loss, and in these uncertain times are finding that accessing help is harder than you expected, a good resource (in addition to your primary care doctor) can be found below at Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support.

Thank you for reading and making Thirsties a part of your journey! -Stephanie Daniel

An expression that all parents can agree on: The days are long, but the years are short.

Whether the stage of “being out of diapers” is 2 years, 3 years, 4 years…or a few days away, it seems to feel fast and unexpected, because surely our babies are not growing up that quickly? The emotions that accompany every transition in our children’s lives can be intense, and this is certainly a stark one that marks leaving behind a “baby” stage for one of *child*, so it is perfectly okay to need to take a few breaths while figuring out what comes next. 

After you have washed, dried, checked for stains and spots, sorted and folded, you may be staring at that pile and be thinking- what now?

For some, another baby, or maybe-baby will be using the same diapers, if you have a stash that has been well cared for you will absolutely see life from them in a second or subsequent child. Maybe a friend or relative is excitedly awaiting your supply of diapers, and you will see the cutest pictures coming across in prints your family once loved!

Or, maybe your chapter for little ones has passed, and your pile of memories is now ready to be sold, repurposed, or donated for another baby to wear. Like most baby items, cloth diapers have a life beyond one child, and there are many organizations that are happy to take on your beloved memories and let them mark a new chapter for another family.

How does one donate their cloth diapers?

We do recommend a deep clean of diapers to donate. Speak with the organization beforehand as to their specifications, some may require them to be bleached before sending, some may do that process in-house, so just being clean will be the requirement. Some may be able to do minor repairs, such as snaps or elastic, some may need them in full working condition. If you have diapers that need PUL repair or are no longer functional in their waterproof capacity, they may be done, and disposal of them may be the only option.

Picking a cloth diaper charity is the next step! If you do a quick google of “cloth diaper charities”, you will find local and global links. Thirsties supports Jake’s Diapers another updated list can be found here:

Especially in the time of COVID, please email prior to sending in your diapers to make sure donations are being accepted.

Some things to check for, to ensure your donation is best used:

– Ask if the organization is a non-profit. If they are, they will be able to show you a valid 501c3 certificate that serves as verification. This process can be a lengthy and expensive one, so newer organizations may still have a pending status. If the organization either does not have this status yet or is for-profit, it is up to your comfort level in making a donation.

– Ask the organization if they are inclusive in who they serve. It is expected that they will have boundaries on the age of the baby, the number of diapers sent, and the expectation to have them sent back (with or without a deposit required), but factors such as religion, age, race and more should *never* be used to deny or give a family a necessary service.

– Ask the organization how they fundraise, see if you recognize brands they support or that support them, and do some checks to ensure they are ethical in how they raise funds. Also ask if you can see a corporate snapshot on how funds are used, transparency with percentages of funding is always a good sign the organization is able to handle their mission well and help the most families they can.

Finally, you will reach the day where your fluffy lovelies are packed in a box and ready to go. It is perfectly fine to give them one last pat to remember all the diaper changes that meant a meaningful moment between you and your growing child. Remember though, even though the next chapter looks different, it will be full of new memories and stages to love, and your donation will continue to share the love.

We want to thank you for making Thirsties a part of your families’ diapering journeys. Remember when your last little one graduates from their Thirsties cloth diapers you do not have to graduate from our eco-conscious parenting community so don’t be a stranger!