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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.

It’s summertime and the livin’ is… HOT. Warmer temps mean dirty cloth diapers get warmer, cars get warmer and it’s probably too hot to run the drier.

You can easily cloth diaper all summer long, but there are a few tips and tricks that will help make your summer cloth diapering journey a little better. In this article, we are going to discuss ways to make cloth diapering in the summer easier and include some tips about washing and reusing your Thirsties cloth diapers. Let’s start by talking about how to beat the heat!

Beat the Heat

Are you in a hot climate? Be careful. Dipes that sit for too many days in hot climates are at risk for developing mold, mildew or attract unwanted insects. Make sure your dirty diapers are in a well ventilated area and you are washing every two to three days. Make sure to spray out any poopy diapers before you wash (provided that you are not exclusively breastfeeding. Exclusively breastfed babies produce water soluble waste that does not need to be rinsed.) 

#ThirstiesTip Leaving your diaper pail or wet bag open to air will help air circulate and keep mold and mildew at bay. Wash your pail liner or wet bag after every use during the summer to keep mold and mildew away from your storage items as well.

Bring It In

Being out in the heat makes us want to run inside towards the air conditioning! However, make sure that after every trip out of the house, you remember to grab your wet bag with your dirty dipes and take it inside. Your car can harbor even more heat than your house and leave dirty diapers and wipes more difficult to clean if left too long. 

If you have pre-wet wipes, it’s a good idea to bring those in too. To get the most longevity out of your wipes, you’ll want to keep them in a cool, dry place whenever possible. Finally, don’t forget your wipe spray. Wipe spray can also turn sour if left in the heat for too long, so make sure to bring it in the house as soon as you can. 

Sun’s Out, Dipes Out

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Are you trying to rid your diapers of stains? On wash day, simply wash as normal and then lay your clean, damp dipes out in the sun and watch the stains disappear! Need even more stain fighting power? Grab some cloth diaper safe Buncha Farmers stain stick and apply to damp cloth diapers. Wash as normal and then sun. 

#ThirstiesTip The sun isn’t just for dipes. Lay your damp, stained cloth wipes out in the sun to rid them of stains and they’ll be ready to use again.

Swim Diapers

Headed to the pool? Don’t forget to pack your Thirsties Swim Diaper! The Thirsties Swim Diaper comes in two sizes: size one is recommended for babies 6-18lbs while size two is recommended for babies 18-40lbs. The Thirsties Swim Diaper has a jersey mesh liner and a layer of waterproof TPU. Solids will stay in and the waist and leg elastics will prevent yucky messes in the pool. Waist snaps will ensure that changes are quick and simple with no messy diaper to slide down baby’s legs. 

#ThirstiesTip Always pack an extra swim diaper. The swimming pool tends to be a relaxing place for baby, which means you will probably go through at least one dirty diaper while you are swimming. 


It’s a good thing Thirsties cloth diapers and trainers are SO cute because that’s all my kiddos will be wearing in the foreseeable future. With record high temps here in Alaska, we are all melting for sure. 

My favorite summer time cloth diapering tip is actually a cloth wipe tip. Wet your Thirsties cloth wipe and freeze them! These make awesome cooling rags or teething aids for hot littles. And the new Thirsties Organic Cotton Wipes are so thick that they can really take a beating. You can even use your frozen wipes between you and baby to cool you off when you are nursing, babywearing or just snuggling for a long while. 

Do you have a favorite summer cloth diapering tip? Share it 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 the Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Meet Thirsties diaper covers! Five sizes, lots of colors to choose from and many of the same great designs that you will see on a Thirsties Duo Wrap. SO, what makes these covers so different and why would our clients prefer them to the extremely popular Duo Wrap? Let’s find out.

In this article, we are going to review the Thirsties sized diaper cover as well as help you decide if they would be a good addition to your Thirsties lineup!

So first, let’s go whatever what exactly is a diaper cover, for those who are unsure (also, recall minute four of Laura’s video). Each complete diapering system is made up of an absorbent element and a waterproof element. A Thirsties diaper cover is going to provide your waterproof layer, but you will need to add an absorbent layer as well before putting diaper on baby.

Duo Wraps

In other words, the diaper cover is the waterproof layer that holds leaks in and prevents poop explosions out the back. Diaper covers are very similar to do Duo Wrap in that they they have those famous double leg gussets and are sized, but the sized requirement is just a touch different than the Duo Wrap sizes. The covers are also without rise snaps themselves, so they are not nearly as adjustable as the Duo Wrap alternative.

Thirsties Size Three Duo Wrap
Thirsties Size Three Duo Wrap


Duo Wraps come with three different rise setting and therefore allow the recommended weight range to be quite wider that that of Diaper Covers. Let’s look at how the weight range differs from product to product:

Duo Wrap:

Size One recommended for babies 6-18lbs

Size Two recommended for babies 18-40lbs

Size Three recommended for babies 40-60lbs

Diaper Cover:

Newborn/Premie recommended for 4-10lbs

XS recommmeded for 6-12lbs

Small recommended for 12-18lbs

Medium recommended for 18-28lbs

Large recommended for 28-40lbs

Although the Limited Edition prints and releases are special only to the Duo Wrap line, the key difference is that the Diaper Cover line was designed to fit a very special time in baby’s life, to fit perfectly and to know when to size up easily.

thirsties sized diaper covers

Another difference is the roominess in the bum of the diaper over to support nighttime solutions and nap time solutions without having to size up! As well as the newborn umbilical cord cut out in the extra small and small sizes.

The Duo Wrap line was designed for parents who want to use covers, but don’t necessarily want to continue to size up as baby grows, which is ok too! But seriously consider the Diaper Cover lineup if you are looking for that perfect fit!


Whether you decide to choose Thirsties Diaper Covers or Duo Wraps, they are both excellent products that I have used them across multiple kiddos. Something things to consider if we’re down to the nitty gritty: You most likely will not have a preemie baby. (The good news is that if you do, you can send a friend out for a few more premie covers) So, I would personally begin at the XS cover.

I will also say that if you have a history of bigger babies, Duo Wraps may be the choice for you. Covers give that perfect fit every time which will always encourage you to continue to cloth diaper. These are both incredible products that are asked about in our shop daily. You almost can’t go wrong!

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper fit tip? Share it with 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 the Thirsties’ Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Despite Thirsties modern cloth diapers being extremely user friendly, sometimes cloth diapers can be intimidating to put on. If you are a former disposable diaper user, or brand new to cloth diapering, you may be wondering how to put on a cloth diaper. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

In this article, we will discuss how to put on a cloth diaper as well as how to achieve that perfect fit. Fit can sometimes be confusing, but with a few tips and tricks, you can get that perfect fit every time.

Before we get started, here’s a simple Thirsties tutorial detailing how to put on a cloth diaper:

Seems easy enough, right? But let’s get into more detail, starting with the perfect fit. Here are a few ways to check to see if you have achieved the perfect fit:

  1. Make sure you can fit two fingers inside the waistband of your diaper without pinching baby. You shouldn’t see a ‘muffin top’ near your waistband as your baby should have enough room to comfortably exhale.
  2. Check for leg gaps around your leg elastic. The elastic should be snug to baby’s thighs and be without gaps between the elastic and baby’s skin.
  3. Your diaper should be no more than an inch below baby’s belly button and high enough on their back that you cannot see the top of their bum area.
  4. You shouldn’t have any bunching or bulging around the bikini area. Remember, the perfect fit is flat! Your crotch area, back of your diaper and front panel of your diaper should be relatively flat and without lots of extra fabric.

Here are a few more tips to get you and baby the perfect fit when putting on your Thirsties cloth diaper:

First, start with your rise snaps. Your rise snaps are the Thirsties design feature that makes your diaper longer or shorter. Roughly, babies weighing between eight and twenty pounds will be on the smallest rise, twenty to thirty pound babies will be on the middle rise, while babies thirty pounds and up will fit their diaper with the rise all the way open.

Once you have chosen your rise snaps, start with your diaper high up on baby’s back and fold the front panel towards baby’s belly button. Remember, your front panel should be no lower than an inch below baby’s belly button. Then, pull your wings straight out to the side and fold over to choose the correct waist snap. Do this on both sides and then fold or tuck in any extra fabric both near the leg elastic and the rise snaps. Finally, use your finger to run around baby’s waist and leg elastic, checking for gaps and enough room for baby’s waist.

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper fit tip? Share it with 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 the Thirsties’ Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

One of the most common questions I’m asked in our boutiques Introduction to Cloth Diapering class is ‘what do you do with the poop?’ It seems like almost every parent hesitates to ask, but is concerned about solids in their cloth diapers and how to handle them.

There are a few ways to handle solids in your cloth diapers (don’t worry! We’ll talk about all of them.) but the most common way is to use a diaper sprayer. So, what is a diaper sprayer?

In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of diaper sprayers, how they can help you remove solids from your Thirsties cloth diapers and which type of diapers you can clean with your sprayer.

When to Use a Diaper Sprayer

Most people are actually shocked to find out that exclusively breastfed babies, or babies that have EBF poop, don’t need to use diaper sprayers right away. Exclusively breastfed babies, meaning they have nothing more than breastmilk in their diet, produce water soluble solids that don’t need to be removed before entering your washer. How convenient is that? (Another benefit to breastfeeding!)

However, if your baby has any other substance in their diet, be it formula, baby food etc, their solids must be removed from your cloth diapers before entering your washer. So, this would be a great time to take out your diaper sprayer and get to work.

How to Remove Solids

Your diaper sprayer is going to attach to the back of your toilet so that solids can be sprayed off into your toilet. Some people prefer to use a spray shield such as the Spray Pal, but others just prefer to hold the diaper over the toilet.

Most diaper sprayers have an adjustable pressure valve that will change the pressure as you hold down the lever. I always recommend that parents experiment with the adjustable spray pressure without a dirty diaper in hand first to get used to the volume of water. It’s never fun to have more pressure than you need while holding a poopy diaper.

Once your diaper sprayer is installed and tested, hold your diaper over the toilet or secure it to your spray shield and spray the solids down into the toilet. Some people choose to wring out their diaper once it’s been rinsed and others choose to just throw it in their diaper pail or wet bag. Once all your poopy diapers have been rinsed, you’re ready for wash day.

Other Methods

However, using a diaper sprayer isn’t the only way to remove solids from your poopy diapers. Some parents prefer the ‘dunk and swish’ method to remove solids from their dirty cloth diapers. Simply dunk your dirty diaper in clean toilet water, flush your toilet and swish the solids off as your toilet water runs. Once all the solids have been rinsed off, you’re ready to put your diaper in your pail or wet bag or toss it in the wash.

The other alternative is a disposable liner. Disposable liners are about half the thickness of a dryer sheet and lay on the top most layer of your diaper. The solids will remain on top of your liner and the liquids will move through to your absorbency so that when you are ready for a change, you simply remove the disposable liner and put your diaper in your diaper pail.

#ThirstiesTip  Although many brands of disposable liners say that they are flushable, we do not recommend flushing your liners. Pipes can get clogged, septic tanks can back up and if the liner does not completely break down, it can affect your sewage system as well. Please dispose of your used liners, but do not flush!


So, which method do I prefer? I was actually a fan of disposable liners when my babies were introduced to solids and moving away from breast milk. However, as they’ve grown, a diaper sprayer has come in handy so many times when I just needed a deeper clean to my overnight diapers and naptime diapers. The method you choose is up to you, but know that your favorite may change as your babies grow and having a diaper sprayer on hand can be good for so many situations.
Do you have any questions about removing solids from your cloth diapers? Share it 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 the Thirsties Instagram feed, @thirstiesinc.

Anyone can use cloth anywhere! Whether you use a washing machine, laundry mat or hand wash your diapers, there are several different methods of washing diapers and hand washing, specifically, can be used pretty much anywhere. Most of the items you’ll need to hand wash your diapers are easily accessible and can be purchased almost anywhere.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to hand wash cloth diapers as well as the reasons some people choose to hand wash, the materials and methods they use as well as some tips and tricks to make this process just a little easier.

Reasons to Hand Wash

So, why do people hand wash their cloth diapers? Maybe your financial situation doesn’t include a washer and dryer just yet. Or maybe you love to camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors without having to drive back into town every time you need to do cloth diaper laundry.

This is also a great method to learn when there are circumstances beyond your control. The power going out or your washer breaking means you need to find an alternative way to get your diapers clean. Or maybe you are traveling with friends and a washer and dryer just isn’t available. Either way, Thirsties has you covered! Let’s learn how to hand wash.

General Routine

The general routine includes removing solids, then a doing a prewash followed by a hot wash and then an extra rinse. So this means that if you do have access to a washer and dryer, your routine would look something like this:

  • Remove solids either by using a diaper sprayer, a liner, or the dunk & swish method
  • Do a prewash on WARM with 1-2 lines of detergent
  • Do a heavy duty wash on HOT with the recommended amount of detergent for soiled laundry
  • Rinse

Of course, everyone’s routine will vary just slightly, but in general, your regular cloth diaper laundry routine should be fairly quick and easy.

Plunger Method

So, let’s get started with the bucket and plunger method. For the bucket and plunger method, here’s what you will need to have on hand: a bucket or tub, plunger, gloves, and cloth diaper safe detergent. I like to have some extra towels on hand too in case you have an accident.

Many folks like to use the  “The Breathing Washer”, a plunger that cycles air through the water while agitating your clothing or diapers. It’s a great plunger to use for long term cloth diapering using the hand wash method. However, if all you can find is a normal, household plunger, that will work just fine as well.


The process of hand washing cloth diapers itself isn’t necessarily difficult. You can count the steps in this process by the number of plunges or the length of time, whichever works for you. The point is to fully agitate and diapers and allow the detergent to do its job removing waste.

Here’s the general process for using the bucket and plunger method to clean your diapers:

  • Rinse / Prewash – 100 plunges, or for 5 min
  • Hot wash with about 2tbs to ¼ cup of detergent: 50 plunges, Soak 5-10 min, 50 plunges, drain & wring out diapers
  • Rinse – 100 plunges, drain & wring out diaper
  • Do additional rinses if there are a lot of bubbles or if your diapers feel slimy

Wonder Wash

The Wonder Washer is another great way to get your clothes and diapers clean without the use of a washer and dryer. The Wonder Washer is a cylindrical container with an opening at the top. Just drop your diapers in with the right amount of detergent and you are ready to use the hand crank to start washing!

The general Wonder Washer routine should look a little something like this:

  • Warm Prewash – 60 cranks or about 2 minutes (I use one line of detergent), drain, wring out diapers between ‘cycles’
  • Hot Wash with detergent – 60 cranks, soak 5 – 10 minutes, 60 cranks, drain (this will be one of the very very few instances where Thirsties recommends that your diapers be left soaking)
  • Rinse – 60 cranks or about two minutes, drain & wring out diapers. Do this two times or until water runs out clear.

Using the Wonder Washer is a great way to be able to cloth diaper on the go, save money and save electricity.

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I have personally washed lots of diapers by hand and it’s so much easier than you think! The best advice? Take what works for you and leave the rest. Cloth diaper the way that makes sense for you, your baby and your family.

Are you currently cloth diapering? Which tip is your favorite? 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.