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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.

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.

Sizing

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!

#Momrealness

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.

Of all the Thirsties products currently available, pocket diapers are the most customizable. There are so many different ways to stuff pocket diapers as well as different strategies to accomplish different goals.

This Thursday’s Thirsties Live was all about stuffing pocket diapers, which fibers to use when stuffing your pockets, and how to strategically place your absorbency. In this article, we will discuss which fibers absorb fastest, the wetness zone, adding absorbency and overstuffing your Thirsties pocket cloth diapers.

Fastest Absorbency First

When stuffing pocket diapers, you always want to place your fastest absorber closest to your baby and your slowest absorber furthest from your baby. Fibers absorb in order from fastest to slowest like this: microfiber, cotton, bamboo, hemp.

This means, if you are using a Thirsties hemp prefold with a cotton doubler to stuff your pocket, you would put your cotton doubler on top of your hemp prefold and stuff your pocket with the cotton doubler closest to baby’s skin because cotton absorbs faster than hemp. If you were to use the Thirsties original pocket diaper, you would put your microfiber insert on top of your hemp/organic cotton blend insert and stuff your pocket with the microfiber closest to baby.

#ThirstiesTip A good way to remember which fibers absorb the fastest is My Cloth Baby is Happy: Microfiber, Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp.

Wetness Zone

When stuffing pockets, it can be beneficial to know where your baby’s wetness zone is located. The wetness zone is going to be the area of their diaper that they wet the most. Little boys tend to wet more towards the front of the diaper while little girls tend to wet more towards the back of their diaper. Knowing where your baby’s wetness zone is can help you more strategically stuff your pockets and customize your absorbency.

Start by adding a full layer of absorbency. Next, choose a top layer of absorbency and fold it in half. Place the folded layer on top of the full layer in baby’s wetzone (this would be the front, middle or back side of your insert). Stuff your pocket while keeping both layers in place so that eventually, your baby’s wetzone will have triple the absorbency.

Adding Absorbency

You can use all kinds of combinations of fibers to add absorbency to your pocket diapers. Some caregivers prefer to use only the Thirsties Duo Inserts that come with their one size pocket diapers. However, if you have a heavy wetter or you are using your pocket diaper for nighttime or nap time, you may need to add absorbency to your pocket.

Thirsties Cotton Doublers are a quick and easy way to add absorbency to your pocket. They are trim, absorb quickly and are narrow enough not to create any creases or folds inside your diaper. Another great option, which you probably already have at home, is a Thirsties organic cotton wipe. Folding a wipe in half long ways can give you a quick and easy boost of absorbency without having to purchase anything new.

For really long nights or naps or really heavy wetters, you may consider stuffing your pocket with a Thirsties hemp prefold in addition to one of even both of your pocket inserts. Hemp prefolds are stable absorbers and will hold onto liquids regardless of baby’s position or length of time. If you have a flooder, you may consider a microfiber insert on top of a hemp/organic cotton insert or two. This is the combination that comes with the original Thirsties one size pocket diaper and adding an extra hemp/organic cotton insert to this pair will give you so much more absorbency without adding bulk.

Overstuffing

While all these options are great ones for really customizing your pocket diaper to meet the needs of your baby, you want to be careful not to overstuff your pocket diaper. Overstuffing will cause leg gaps in the gussets near baby’s legs which leads to leaking. To ensure you aren’t overstuffing, put baby’s diaper on and run your finger along the edge of the leg elastics. If you can feel a space there or any sort of gap, your pocket is overstuffed and you need to rethink how much absorbency you’ve added to your pocket.

You may also need to swap out one fiber for another, trimmer fiber. For example, cotton prefolds tend to be thicker and fluffier than a hemp/organic cotton blend. Consider swapping out a cotton prefold for Thirsties’ hemp/organic cotton inserts instead. They will absorb more and be trimmer as well.

#ThirstiesTip Don’t forget that just by adding a Thirsties organic cotton wipe, you will have already added a decent amount of absorbency to your diaper. Sometimes just a little will go a long way!

#Momrealness™

Hemp and organic cotton inserts were what my fourth baby lived in for almost two years. The combo of fibers holds so much liquid and the trimness was just perfect for her. I used two large hemp/organic cotton inserts overnight and one small and one large for daytime. When she was a newborn, I used All In Ones, but still was able to add just an organic cotton wipe for lots more absorbency.

Pockets might be my favorite diaper style because they are just so customizable, so easy and your inserts will even agitate out in the wash. Not having to unstuff them before wash day was a huge plus and ultimately was the reason I added more pockets to my cloth diaper collection.

Do you have a favorite pocket diaper tip? Share it with us in the comments! 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.


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

Thirsties Lightning Bug

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. 

#Momrealness

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.