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Cloth Diaper Education

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

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One of the most common reasons we hear from people deciding not to cloth diaper is that they “don’t have the time” to do cloth diaper laundry. Although we will be the first ones to tell you that yes, cloth diapering does mean a touch more laundry, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can save time washing cloth diapers.

Have you ever wondered how you could possibly save time doing laundry?

In this article, we are going to share all our best time saving tips and tricks to get you more comfortable with your cloth diaper laundry and help explain a few steps that may make you change your mind about how long cloth diaper laundry really takes.

Changing Your Routine

The number one place that people waste time doing cloth diaper laundry is continuously changing routines. It’s easy to get distracted when a friend recommends a new detergent or maybe you get a new washer and you start to play with the settings. However, changing your routine can set you up for less than clean diapers and frustration down the road.

In the midst of all the changes, it’s possible that your diapers are not coming completely clean. Buildup, especially ammonia buildup, can happen over time. In other words, you may not notice right away that changing your routine isn’t getting your diapers as clean as it should be, but eventually, you will end up with a problem you didn’t need to have.

The best cloth diaper routines are those that are tried and true, used often and are fairly simple. Remember that changing any part of your routine means you may also have to change another for your diapers to come out clean.

#protip When possible, print out and laminate your cloth diaper laundry routine. Hang it in your laundry room so that if someone wants to switch a load or help out, they will know exactly what step you are on and how to help.

Complicated Routines

Equally as bad as changing your routine frequently, is trying to use overly complicated routines with several products and cycles. The more products you add to your water, the more need to be properly washed out to keep your diapers clean. And if you are using long and complicated wash cycles, there is probably room for improvement in choosing the correct cycles for your cloth diapers.

Thirsties Laundry Tips is a great (and free!) resource for identifying a simple, easy to use routine that will get your diapers clean every time. In general, a great routine to use would be the following:

  1. Pre-wash on WARM with a small amount of detergent.
  2. Long, heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent.
  3. Rinse on WARM, adding an extra rinse.


To save time while drying, you can remove your pocket shells, duo wraps and wet bags and hang dry them. The dry so quickly that they don’t need to take up useful space in your drier. This will also protect the TPU fabric from breaking down due to excessive heat and give the items that need drying more room.

Inserts, prefolds, and anything made of absorbent fibers can be dried on medium. If you don’t have a drier or you are choosing to hang dry everything, a good way to save time is to put your drying rack over a vent in your home and put the heaviest items (or the items with the most layers) on the bottom.

#protip Know your dryer. If your dryer has a tendency to run extremely hot or very long cycles, adjust your routine accordingly. Excessive heat can damage TPU/PUL and therefore lose the waterproofing ability of your diaper.

Switching Loads

Switching loads is absolutely an area where I tend to waste time. How many of us have heard the signal go off, been distracted by a poopy diaper and all of a sudden five minutes turned into 3 hours and now your cycle needs to run again? I don’t know about you, but this is me almost every load.

Here are some great tips to try and keep loads switched up quickly and on time:

  1. Turn on that signal. Sometimes, you really do need to have a signal to remind you when you clothes are dry or when your washer is done. However, if babies are napping or dogs can get loud, this may not work for you. So…
  2. Set an alarm on your watch or timer in your kitchen. Inevitably, if I have to walk into the kitchen to turn off the signal and I find nothing baking, I will automatically remember that the timer is for the clothes and I hurry to switch loads.
  3. Leave the laundry room door open and the light on if there is a load going. My husband is insistent that we turn every light off all the time, so if there is a light on in the house, there’s a good reason for it. In this case, it’s to remind me that there is a load of laundry going!

#protip I like to start cloth diaper laundry before I leave the house to run errands. That way, I know the first thing I need to do when I get home is switch the loads!

Folding Cloth Diapers

Fun fact: You don’t actually HAVE to fold cloth diapers. If folding isn’t your thing, a clean laundry basket where the clean diapers live is just fine too. Don’t feel like your diaper stash needs to look Instagram ready at all times to be ‘successfully’ cloth diapering.

Some people actually find folding diapers really relaxing. Try just putting in a podcast, focusing on folding and let your mind shut off a little bit. It could be just the break you need! And if it isn’t? Chuck those clean dipes in the clean basket and call it a day. #youdoyou#

Accept Help

Remember when we talked about laminating your routine and hanging it up somewhere on the wall? That’s part of accepting help. Your routine should be easy to read and easy to do.

And accept help! If grandma or husband offers to do cloth diaper laundry, point them to the correct detergent and the instructions and take the help. I know that cloth diapers being ‘ruined’ is always a scary thing, but if your directions are clear and simple, you should have a much easier time accepting (and receiving) help.

#protip Try switching up a chore with your partner if you are having a hard time getting them to participate. Maybe take a chore that isn’t their favorite off of their plate and then request cloth diaper laundry help. And remember, there’s clear instructions, so if can’t be too hard.


As a mom to no less than four tiny humans, any and all time saving tricks are welcome at my house! Even after my almost decade of cloth diapering, I am still constantly looking for ways to save time and just get it done.

One thing I always found therapeutic was stuffing or folding diapers. I would put on a show or just spend some quiet time in the living room and stuff and fold until I was done. It was always weirdly a peaceful thing for me to do once the diapers were clean.

Do you have any laundry saving tips we didn’t mention? Are you a super fan of one specific tip or do you use several of these? 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.

Ironically, the first step to cloth diapering is definitely the hardest. Choosing a style can be overwhelming in the very beginning. However, it can also give you the chance to consider some options that maybe you hadn’t before while researching and gathering information about cloth diapers.

The Thirsties line gives you so much to choose from and there is definitely a style for everyone. Let’s look at all the different cloth diaper styles and how to tell which on is for you.

All In Ones

All In Ones are the one step diaper that every family can appreciate, no matter what your lifestyle looks like. All In Ones (AIOs) have either one or two soaker pads sewn into the diaper shell, making the entire diaper a single piece.

The Thirsties Natural One Size or Newborn AIO has Thirsties’ signature 55% hemp/45% organic cotton inners with two sewn in soaker pads. Because these options are comprised of all natural fibers, you can fold the soakers if you wish, to create more absorbency in the front of the diaper.

The Thirsties AIO is slightly different in that the inner absorbency is comprised of three layers of microfiber topped with microfleece. However, this stay dry option will help baby feel dry and be more comfortable.

All In Ones are so popular because they truly are the closest in concept to a paper diaper. The entire diaper goes on baby and the entire diaper comes off. There are no pieces to snap together or snap in, no prefolds to fold and no Snappis to adjust. With the exception of the rise snap settings, there is nothing you need to do to prepare for a change other than have your AIO handy!

Choosing a fiber can be a little more tricky. When choosing between the AIO and the Natural AIO, there are a few things to consider. The natural fibers of the NAIO tend to clean more easily, but the stay dry layer of the AIO will keep baby feeling dry for longer. The NAIO is also trimmer, but the AIO has one soaker pad as opposed to the two of the NAIO.

So, who should choose the AIO? Caregivers who have an active lifestyle, maybe have multiple caregivers working while baby goes to daycare or any caregiver that would prefer the simplest cloth diaper style will love AIOs. If you consider the caregiver first, you will choose the right style every time.


Pockets are extremely customizable diapers that are perfect from eight pounds through potty learning. Thirsties offers two different pocket options, the Natural One Size Pocket and the original One Size Pocket.

The Natural One Size Pocket has a 100% organic cotton liner with two inserts included. The newborn insert is three layers of certified organic cotton while the full size insert is five layers of the signature Thirsties hemp/organic cotton blend.

The original One Size Pocket has a stay dry microfleece liner with two inserts included. The newborn insert is three layers of microfiber while the full size insert is five layers of the signature Thirsties hemp/organic cotton blend.

So, how do you choose?

The stay dry microfleece liner in the original pocket is perfect for baby’s who have a lot of wetness sensitivity. The liner will keep baby feeling dry, even when used overnight. The microfiber insert will also absorb liquid faster than any other fiber and help to wick wetness away from baby’s sensitive skin.

The Natural One Size Pocket inners are made of all natural fibers for parents who want to keep all natural fibers in their diaper collection. They are also trimmer than the original natural pocket and easier to clean as well.

Pockets are perfect because they are completely customizable. In the infant stages, caregivers can choose to only use the newborn insert in their pocket. As baby grows, you can graduate to the full size insert and then eventually both inserts for nap times and nighttimes.

However, you can also change the inserts completely if you wish. Some caregivers with heavy wetters choose to use prefolds in their pockets rather than inserts. Some choose to use inserts, but prefer different fibers in their pocket, or a combination of fibers. I was always a mom that could never make up my mind as baby grew and used some combination of all of the above to stuff my pockets.

So, who would love pockets? Any family that has more than one child in diapers would appreciate pockets very much. Their ability to be customized at every change means that you can easily make the same diaper work for a newborn and big brother or sister alike. Pockets are also great for foster families, families with multiples and anyone who wants the ability to easily switch inserts, fibers and level of absorbency.

Covers and Prefolds/AI2 Inserts

Covers and prefolds or AI2 inserts are a great budget friendly cloth diapering option. This system is flexible, customizable and easy to wash. Thirsties offers several options for this particular system and they all shine in different ways.

Covers and Duo Wraps are the waterproof TPU material that keeps solids and liquids inside your diaper. Covers come in mulitple sizes, while Duo Wraps are offered in size one (6-18lbs), size two (18-40lbs) and size three (40-60+lbs). The absorbency that you choose to use with your Duo Wrap or Cover is what makes this system so customizable.

Thirsties prefolds are made from the signature hemp/organic cotton blend and are meant to be tri-folded and laid in the cover. Thirsties prefolds actually have a really cool design that leaves the middle open and thus makes these prefolds so much easier to get clean.

If you decide prefolds aren’t for you, you can choose from any one of Thirsties three AI2 (or All In Two) options: the Stay Dry Duo Insert, the Natural Stay Dry Duo Insert, and the Natural Duo Insert. Each have a different fiber content and therefore make customizing your AI2 system so easy to do. Or, you can choose fitted diapers, which are similar to All In Ones, but without the waterproof later.

So, who would enjoy Thirsties’ AI2 system?

If being budget conscious is first on your list of priorities, you will love Thirsties’ AI2 system. You can also add to this system just a little at a time. Swinging by your favorite retailer and grabbing one extra cover and two extra prefolds can get you several more changes! With so many options, this system is for caregivers who want choices now and later.


The ‘right’ cloth diaper style for your lifestyle may be different than your friend’s or your neighbor’s. What’s important is that you consider the caregiver, your lifestyle and your budget and you will find the right system every time.

I have used each system at least once in my 10 years of cloth diapering and they were each my favorite at different stages for different reasons. Ultimately, when I went back to work, All In Ones won out as we got busier and busier. But every now and then we would move into a different stage and I’d find myself preferring something different!

Which Thirsties system are you currently using? Are you a super fan of one specific system 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.

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.

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This week on Instagram, Laura asked us which closure option we prefer: hook and loop or snaps?

(If it just occurred to you that you may not be following Thirsties on Instagram and you navigate away for a minute to find their amazing feed, I won’t be offended. All the best tips, tricks and secrets can be found @thirstiesinc on Insta!)

Naturally, this got me thinking that it was time for a Thirsties Cloth Diaper Showdown, The Closure Edition. And most of all, I wanted to answer some questions like ‘why DO we have two closure options?’ and ‘why DO people have a preference?’

As I began my prep for this post, I also realized that some people feel very passionately about their closure options. There are die hard hook and loop lovers and then some that are so sure that snaps are obviously the better choice. But what makes this such a polarizing cloth diaper topic? Let’s find out.

In this article, we are going to discuss which cloth diaper closure option is the best, how they function differently and why different closures are preferred by different families.

Hook and Loop

Different closure options can be great for all the different stages of baby’s cloth diapering years. The newborn stage tends to bring parents and caregivers a sense of feeling overwhelmed, and they are most likely looking for anything to make life a little easier. Enter, hook and loop.

The hook and loop closure is great in the newborn phase because, as baby is being changed very frequently, it is the easiest closure to use. Getting a great fit with the hook and loop option is simple and the closest in concept to a disposable diaper. The loop strip on Thirsties newborn diapers extends from one end of the front panel to the other, making sure that you have lots of options regarding where to place your tabs.

Hook and loop closures are also very useful when there are multiple caregivers in charge of diapering baby. Some daycares will only accept hook and loop diapers and others simply request it due to its functionality and ease of use. Hook and loop is also a popular preference with older caregivers who may have limited range of comfortable movement in their hands. Snaps can take a little hand strength to close completely and this may not be a possible option for everyone.

To clean your hook and loop closure cloth diapers and duo wraps, make sure to fold the tab inward and stick it to the opposite tab so that your hook and loop stay free from dirt, lint and hair when running through your wash cycle.

The Breakdown: So, why DO people prefer hook and loop? Hook and Loop is simple to take on and off, there are no questions about which snap baby is using now and they are the closest in concept to a disposable diaper. Almost all caregivers can use hook and loop easily and daycares are even more accepting to hook and loop style cloth diapers.


The snap closure, on the other hand, is a favorite among many parents because it can be a lot harder to remove. In other words, if the toddler is in a ‘take all my clothes off in the middle of Target because it’s just Tuesday’ phase, it’s much less likely that they will be able to remove their snap closure as easily as their hook and loop. (It’s also less likely that you will end up THAT parent who brought the naked kid to Target, so you know, I say take the win.)

Snap closures are also slightly easier to keep clean than hook and loop. There are no little hooks to snag the stray hair or string and snaps will never need to be folded or moved out of the way before washing. To care for your snaps, simply unsnap your diaper and place it in the washer before running your normal cloth diaper wash routine. Snaps don’t require any special steps or care. Snaps also don’t wear out like hook and loop sometimes can if not cared for properly and some parents tend to like the small pops of color that snaps bring to certain Thirsties prints too.

And if you’re trying not to wake a sleeping baby, snaps are the way to go. I can’t even count how many times our hook and loop has woken up baby as I was trying to do a secret stealth change in the middle of the night. Snaps are definitely so much quieter.

The Breakdown: Why DO some caregivers prefer snaps? Snaps are much more difficult for children to remove and they clean so easily without any extra steps. Many families prefer snaps when entering the toddler years as baby becomes more mobile and continues to hone their fine motor skills.


I actually began my cloth diapering journey with snaps and didn’t think to use hook and loop until my second baby was almost out of diapers completely. Something about hook and loop just intimidated me and I had seen so many more snap options, that I think I just assumed they were preferred by more people.

By the time I had my third baby and was cloth diapering a newborn, almost half my diaper collection was hook and loop rather than snap. I realized how incredibly easy hook and loop was for my husband to use and that I had a better chance of him helping to change diapers altogether if his preferred style was clean.

When making any cloth diapering decision, whether it be closure option, style or laundry routine, I always recommend that you consider the caregiver. Consider who will be changing baby and what their personal preferences may be. This may mean that there are more than one style of diapers in your collection or it may mean that there are different closures in your collection as well. But trust me, you will have much more diaper help if there are diapers available that are everyone’s ‘favorite’.

Are you currently using Thirsties hook and loop or snap closures? Or are you still trying to choose the right cloth diaper system for your family? Are you a super fan of one specific closure? 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.

Fit Tips

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.

Fiber Facts

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!

You can shop Thirsties Natural Newborn All In Ones 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.