The Thirsties pocket diaper has been around for many years, but more recently, we have added a natural option to the pocket diaper design. There are benefits to both and each will serve your cloth diapering needs in a different way.
In this article, we are going to compare the Thirsties Natural Pocket Diaper and the original Thirsties Pocket Diaper.
The original pocket and the natural pocket actually have several similarities between them. The first is their size. Both pocket diapers are made to fit babies approximately 8-35lbs. To accomplish this one size design, they also both have rise snaps on the front of the diaper, used to make the diaper longer or shorter.
Most importantly, both designs have the Thirsties signature double gusset which is great for not only leak protection, but for adding extra absorbency when you need it.
Another great design feature that both diapers share is the sleeve design, an opening at the front and the back of the pocket diaper. This feature allows you to put pocket diapers directly into the washer, without unstuffing, because Thirsties pocket diapers have inserts that agitate out in the wash.
A double insert is another similarity between the two products. Both have a smaller insert and a larger insert and, although the fiber blends are much different, each have a fast absorbing material on the top and a stable absorber on the bottom. The bottom layer of this double insert also comes with a double snap that allows you to size your insert down to accommodate newborns and smaller babies.
The most noticeable difference between the original and natural pockets is their inserts. The top layer of the original pocket is three thirsty layers of microfiber paired with five layers of Thirsties signature cotton/hemp blend on the bottom, which both diapers have.
However, the natural pocket diaper has one insert comprised of three layers of organic cotton and the same bottom insert as the original, 5 layers of Thirsties’ signature hemp/organic cotton blend.
The shell of the original pocket gives no layer of absorbency as it is a layer of polar fleece. However, the natural pocket diaper gives one extra layer of absorbency in its one layer of organic cotton. But, overall, the nine layers of organic cotton and cotton/hemp blend will be more absorbent than the original pocket diaper.
So, let’s recap.
The Thirsties original Pocket Diaper is less expensive (it retails for 21.75 MSRP), it’s not as trim as the natural option and it’s less absorbent than the natural option. But, it gives wetness protection for babies with wetness sensitivity and it absorbs faster than the natural pocket as the microfiber is a fast absorbing fiber.
The Thirsties Natural Pocket Diaper is more expensive (it retails for 23.75 MSRP), but it is more absorbent that the original, trimmer than the original and does not risk compression leaks like the original version.
Do you have more questions? Check out Laura’s #ThirstiesLive all about Thirsties pocket diapers!
Sometimes, we need a diaper that does it all. The Thirsties Natural All In One is the do it all diaper. It’s the one diaper that provides a huge amount of absorbency, leak proof exterior and is a one piece, one use system. If you need something easy on the go, easy to clean and super trim, you need a NAIO.
In this article, we will discuss the sizing, fiber facts and construction of the Thirsties Natural All In One.
What Is An All In One (or AIO)?
Referring to a cloth diaper as an All In One diaper, or an AIO, means that everything you need for a single diaper change comes in one piece.
All cloth diaper systems are made of two parts: something waterproof to prevent leaks and something absorbent to hold in liquids. An AIO combines these two aspects in one single piece diaper.
Each AIO diaper is a single diaper change, meaning that with each change you will need an entirely new diaper. No part of the AIO is reusable once it has been soiled. The AIO is the closest in concept to a disposable diaper as you really want to get, so they are great for babysitters, grandparents, quick changes on the go and day cares.
The Thirsties Natural All In One is designed to fit babies from eight to forty pounds. There are three rise settings located on the front of the diaper that allow for the diaper to be sized shorter or longer, depending on baby’s age and weight.
In general, the lowest rise snap, or the set of snaps furthest from the waist snaps will fit babies from eight to about twenty pounds. The middle row of snaps, or the second rise snap, will fit babies generally from twenty to about thirty pounds and if you let the rise fully out, meaning not snapped at all, this will fit baby from thirty to about forty pounds.
#ThirstiesTip To get the perfect fit, adjust your rise snaps then your waist snaps. This will allow you to get a snug fit at the waist and select the perfect rise setting too.
Fun fact: The Thirsties Natural All In One has eleven thirsty layers of natural fibers. There are three layers of GOTS certified organic cotton in the body and two soaker pads with eight layers of hemp/organic cotton. This signature hemp/organic cotton blend has been a Thirsties staple in many other products and is truly what gives the NAIO its incredible absorbency.
The outer layer is 100% waterproof TPU laminate and prevents leaks and blowouts. The signature hemp/cotton blend is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton, making it one of the most absorbent cores on the market today.
#ThirstiesTip Loving this hemp blend? Look for Thirsties hemp/organic cotton prefolds and inserts made of the same blend for your All In Two cloth diaper systems.
Customize Your Absorbency
Need to customize your absorbency? We’ve got you covered. The twin set of soaker pads in the NAIO can be flipped and folded to get the most absorbency possible directly in your baby’s wet zone.
What’s a wet zone? The wet zone is the area of the diaper that your baby soils most consistently. For some boys it’s at the front of the diaper and for girls, it tends to be at the back of the diaper. Adding extra absorbency to the wet zone will help to minimize the chance of leaks due to flooding and help to keep baby as dry as possible before the next change.
Two soakers not enough?
#ThirstiesTip You can easily add more absorbency by using a Thirsties organic cotton wipe to fold around the soaker pads. This will not only increase absorbency, but is probably something you already have in your cloth diaper collection, making it budget friendly too!
We tried and absolutely loved Thirsties Natural AIO from about 3 months old through potty learning. It was the perfect amount of absorbency for my daughter and the trimness that my husband prefers. It was so easy to add absorbency for nighttime and washing was a breeze.
We used the wipe trick to avoid hard to spray poos and an extra hemp/organic cotton insert for nighttime. The absorbency of the NAIO is absolutely incredible and we rarely needed any sort of booster during the day. The NAIO was, without a doubt, our favorite AIO on the market. (We actually started using the Thirsties Natural Newborn All In Ones and after we realized how much we loved them, we just had to get the One Size version!)
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!