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

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!

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

Potty training is a unique time in your cloth diapering journey and Thirsties Potty Training Pants are the perfect tool to use when it’s time to potty train. Potty training can be difficult, but saving yourself from cleaning up accidents doesn’t have to be. The Thirsties Potty Training Pant is the perfect potty training accessory to help avoid messes, prevent unnecessary laundry and make potty training just a little easier.

In this article, we’re going to discuss sizing, fit and laundry basics of the Thirsties Potty Training Pant.

But first, let’s check out Laura’s ‘Fit & Function’ live all about the Potty Training Pant:

Since it’s likely the first thing that will come to your mind when you go to select your Thirsties Potty Training Pant, let’s start with sizing.


Small: 20-27 lbs (think the beginning of 2T or about 18 months)

Medium: 26-35 lbs (2T to 3T)

Large: 33-45 lbs (about 4T)

Extra Large: 42-56 lbs (end of 4T to 5T)

Fit Features

Thirsties trainers have larger leg openings allow kiddos to be able to pull up and pull down their trainers on their own. Thick waist elastic in the front and back also makes taking your trainers on and off easier.

There are four layers of certified organic cotton in the wet zone, along with a single layer of TPU waterproofing. These trainers are not meant to hold large accidents, but they will keep baby clean and dry for those small potty training accidents.


To prep your Thirsties trainers, you’ll want to run them through no less than three wash and dry cycles. This will help your trainers get to their full absorbency. In general, you’ll always want to dry your trainer on low or hang dry to best preserve the elastic and waterproof TPU layer.

At the end of the day, if baby or toddler has not had a potty accident at all, feel free to wash them like regular underwear in your normal load. If toddler has had an accident, remove all solids first. Next, either spray out your trainer or rinse it out in the sink before ringing it out.

If you are cloth diapering, all you need to do is throw it in with your cloth diaper laundry and you are good to go. If not, run a small load with some hand towels or other bulking items in a pre-wash on warm with a small amount of detergent. Then, run a heavy duty wash on hot with the recommended amount of detergent and an extra rinse. Dry as instructed above.

Potty Training Tips and Tricks

Checkout Laura’s #ThirstiesLive all about potty training basics:

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

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.

Fiber Facts

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!)

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.

Do you ever feel like your newborn has outgrown the absorbency of your diapering system but not the size? You’re not alone. It is common for newborns to need added absorbency to their newborn sized diapers to help deal with the increased output and frequency of output of a newborn’s bladder. In this article, we are going to discuss how to add absorbency to a newborn’s cloth diaper and which Thirsties products can help you do this.

Newborn Diapering Options

There are basically two newborn options in the Thirsties line: the newborn All In One style and the cover style. The All In One style, or AIO, is a one piece system. This means that the entire diaper goes on, the entire diaper comes off and there are no parts or pieces to this system. This cloth diaper is one piece and offered in two varieties: the synthetic original AIO and the natural AIO. This style is great for families who need something quick and easy with no parts or pieces.

The cover style is made up of either a newborn size Thirsties cover or a size one duo wrap and some sort of absorbency like a hemp insert, a hemp prefold, a fitted, or a Stay Dry Duo. These two pieces, a waterproof outer and an absorbent inner, make up the Thirsties cover system. This option is great for families on a budget or those wanting to add to their stash a little at a time over a long period of time.

Adding Absorbency to Synthetic Options

When adding absorbency to any diaper, you’ll always want to make sure that you have the fastest absorbing fiber on top and the slowest absorbing fiber on the bottom. To remember, think My Cloth Baby is Happy: microfiber, cotton, bamboo and hemp in order of absorbency from fastest to slowest.

To add absorbency to synthetic options like the original newborn AIO, you will want to add your additional absorbency underneath your diaper’s core. In other words, flip your absorbent microfiber/microfleece soaker pad up and you can add either a newborn organic cotton doubler or a small organic cotton doubler underneath.

#ThirstiesTip Remember to always place the core of your absorbency or the area with the most layers closest to your baby’s wetness zone, or the area where their output is normally concentrated.

Don’t forget, fit first! Make sure that you are paying attention to the fit of your newborn AIO as you are adding your absorbency. If you overstuff, or add too much, you will have leg gaps that will cause leaks. You want to add absorbency without changing the perfect fit of your cloth diaper.

Adding Absorbency to Natural Options

Adding absorbency to your natural fiber diapers like the Thirsties Natural Newborn AIO is so quick and easy. You can grab the Thirsties Organic Cotton Doubler and lay it right on top for the perfect absorbency addition to your Natural Newborn AIO. Or, you could choose to use a newborn fitted under your Duo Wrap and a Thirsties Stay Dry Doubler as your added absorbency for that style.

Whichever combination you choose, remember to check to make sure that all your absorbency remains inside your waterproof outer to prevent leaks. There is almost no limit to the different ways you can customize your newborn absorbency and that’s just one of the many reasons we love cloth diapers!

#ThirstiesTip Want more bang for your buck? Try using a Thirsties organic cotton wipe to add more absorbency to your natural AIO. The organic cotton is the same material as that of the organic cotton doubler, and can provide just the right amount of added absorbency.

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.

To find out more, checkout Laura’s newest #ThirstiesLive all about adding absorbency to newborn cloth diapers!

Fun fact: Sometimes, if you are having issues with your wash routine or using diaper rash creams unsafe for cloth diapers, your cloth diapers can get what we call build up. Build up is a concentration of either hard water minerals, leftover detergent or petroleum based diaper rash cream that causes your cloth diapers to smell badly or repel moisture. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to deal with build up, what causes buildup and how to prevent build up in the future.

Let’s start with the most common type of build up, hard water build up.

Hard Water Build Up

Hard water build up happens when the extra minerals in your water deposit onto your diapers, making them extremely hard to fully clean. As a result, your cloth diapers will start to smell and rashes can occur.

#ThirstiesTip It’s worth it to note that diapers with hard water build up may smell clean right out of the dryer. However, you will notice the smell as soon as baby wets the diaper, usually referred to as stink or barnyard stink.

To treat diapers with hard water build up, you’ll need either a packet of RLR or a GroVia Mighty Bubbles pod. Wash your diapers in hot water, using either the RLR or Mighty Bubbles to release the mineral deposits and help get your diapers back to smelling clean.

You may also consider doing a bleach wash immediately after your RLR or Mighty Bubbles treatment to sanitize your diapers. Use 1/4 c. bleach for HE machines or 1/2 c. for non-HE machines in a warm water wash to finish the stripping and sanitizing process.

To continue on cloth diapering without hard water build up, you’ll want to add a capful of Calgon to your regular wash routine to help soften the water and prevent minerals from being deposited back onto your diapers.

Detergent Build Up

Detergent build up is somewhat the opposite of hard water build up, as it results from using too much detergent in softer water. Detergent build up is less likely than hard water build up, but it can and does happen. Detergent build up occurs when your diapers feel slimey out of your washer or create lots and lots of suds in your rinse cycle. There are however, a few ways that you can check to see if you have detergent build up and they are both very easy.

To check your detergent build up while your diapers are in the washer, open the lid mid rinse cycle and look at the water. Lots of suds and/or cloudy water mean detergent build up. If your machine does not allow you to open the door during a cycle, you can still check for detergent buildup. You’ll need a bowl filled with water and a clean cloth diaper from your diaper collection.

Wet the cloth diaper and the absorbent pieces as much as possible and wring them out over the bowl. If the water looks murky or has soap suds sitting on the top, you have detergent build up. To get rid of detergent build up, you’ll need to do a few hot washes with extra rinses until your diapers no longer suds when in clean water. Afterward, continue your routine as normal, but reduce the amount of detergent you’re using while also considering switching to a powder detergent as they typically suds less than liquid.

Diaper Rash Cream Build Up

Although diaper rash cream is uncommon, these cases mostly stem from the use of petroleum jelly based diaper creams. Vaseline can also cause this build up, as well as several other Zinc based creams.

To prevent rash cream build up, use a cloth diaper safe ointment such as Thirsties Booty Love. If you must use another cream, remember to use either a fleece liner or a cloth wipe as a barrier to prevent your diapers from repelling.

To treat diaper rash cream build up, use hot water and blue dawn along with a scrub brush to scrub the surface of your diapers. This should help break up the petroleum and keep your diapers from repelling.

For more info on cloth diaper build up, checkout Jessica’s latest Thirsties Live all about how to deal with build up in your cloth diapers!

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.