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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.

You are a brand new parent and baby has arrived! You’ve decided that you want to cloth diaper, but maybe you aren’t totally ready to commit and/or don’t want to add yet another element of parenting to deal with right away. Enter: a cloth diaper service.

In this article, we will be discussing what makes up a cloth diaper service, reasons to choose a cloth diaper service, how exactly to use a diaper service and the benefits of using a cloth diaper service.

What is a cloth diaper service?

A cloth diaper service is a professional cleaning service that takes your dirty diapers every week and gives you a fresh, clean set in exchange.

Usually, cloth diaper services are set up on a monthly payment basis and can be great options for new parents who are navigating the ins and outs of parenting for the very first time.

Why choose a cloth diaper service?

Those with shared laundry or ‘coin op’ laundry facilities, may truly appreciate the convenience of a cloth diaper service. Coin op laundry facilities can be very expensive and using a diaper service may actually save you money in the long run if you are using shared laundry.

In terms of budget, choosing a diaper service will give you a definite monthly price for cloth diapering. You can budget in the exact amount of the service and you won’t have to figure out how much coin op laundry will cost that much or whether or not you can afford it.

There are also specific health codes that all cloth diaper services must follow, so one of the big benefits of using a service is that you know your diapers are going to be very clean. No worrying about did you use the right wash routine or are your diapers clean enough!

And honestly, if you just have a hard time coming to terms with washing soiled diapers, a cloth diaper service may be for you. It will take one more thing off your plate each month and you won’t have to deal with dirty diapers. (And for the record, washing dirty cloth diapers is definitely doable and we would love to show you how, if that’s your desire that is.)

How do you use a cloth diaper service?

First, you’ll need to ensure that you have a cloth diaper service available to you. Checkout Google to make sure that there is a service in your area and read some reviews to make sure you are choosing a high quality organization.

Each diaper service will have its own procedures, so make sure you are familiar with their washing procedure, the detergents they choose to use, the pricing and any other requirements they may have of their clientele.

Some services rent everything you need to cloth diaper; covers, prefolds, inserts and even the diaper pail itself. Others will provide the prefolds, but not the accessories like pail liners and covers. All of the parts and pieces of each cloth diaper service will be a little different, so it’s important to get that information ahead of time to decide which particular service will work for you.

Benefits of a diaper service

You can actually use a diaper service from birth to potty training. Services will have prefolds and possibly covers, if that’s a part of their offering, to fit a full range of sizes. Just let them know when your little one has grown out of their current size and they will replace your stash with the appropriate size.

Saving disposable diapers from landfills is always a huge benefit! Going green from birth will make the sustainable switch so much easier at each age and stage. Most cloth diaper services are largely environmentally friendly and use green practices as well.

Many diaper services have been around for decades and there are so many reasons to think about using them. There are lots of different ways that you can use diaper services and still use your Thirsties, so don’t automatically think you have to give up your cute Duo Wraps if you join a service. And remember, it’s important to be open to this option. Just because it may not work or be needed in your home today, doesn’t mean that will be the case in the future!

Want more info about joining a cloth diaper service? Checkout Laura’s Thirsties Live all about cloth diapering services here:

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

Dear parents of older babies, babies who have just hit their first birthday, or even toddlers,

It’s not too late to switch to cloth! There are even benefits of starting later on in the game. In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of starting cloth later on in your diapering journey as well as share some tips to help you navigate the later diapering stages.

Starting Cloth

Kiddos that are 12-24 months only have between six and eight diaper changes a day, on average. In comparison, an older toddler (two year olds and older) may only need four to six diaper changes per day. This means, assuming that you are washing your diapers every other day (which is what we recommend), you can get away with having a collection of only twelve to eighteen diapers in total.

When choosing a diaper style for your older baby, aim for something that has maximum absorbency. You may want to invest in a small collection of doublers as well which will allow you to boost absorbency should you need to for nap time or nighttime.

A great style to use for this stage of diapering is the Duo Wrap/Duo Hemp Prefold combination. Duo Hemp Prefolds are extremely absorbent and allow you to customize absorbency should you need to add a different fiber, an addition insert or even double up on your Organic Cotton Doublers for nighttime.


One great advantage of this system is that it is less costly than others due to the fact that your Duo Wrap can be wiped out and reused as long as your baby has only wet their diaper. Each cover can be used two to three times and therefore each individual change will be less expensive than a one time use diaper such as a the Thirsties One Size All In One. To take this system from day time to night time, you can simply add a Thirsties Natural Duo Insert for increased absorbency and fast absorption.

Another great advantage to cloth diapering later in the diapering stages is that potty training will be faster and easier. Kiddos who potty train after using cloth typically have an easier time making the connection between feeling wet and needing to use the restroom. The bonus is that because you will already have all the diapers you will need, there is no rush to complete potty training in order to save money on buying more diapers.

The environmental impact of using disposable diapers is another fantastic reason to switch to cloth diapering, even if you are getting a later start. Each disposable diaper saved from a landfill makes a difference, so don’t feel that your later contribution isn’t important!

Recouping Your Costs

The amazing thing about cloth diapering is that cloth diapers can be used across multiple children. Even if you start your cloth diapering journey a little later than most, you will still get your money’s worth by using your diapers for subsequent kiddos.

Another thing we love about cloth diapering is that cloth diapers hold their value well. Consider reselling your cloth diapers on local sales pages or even checking to see if your local cloth diaper retailer accepts used diapers as part of a consignment or store credit program.

Don’t want to bother selling your diapers and done having kids? Think about donating your diapers to a non-profit organization such as Jake’s Diapers. Many families are truly in need of diapers and even a few donated cloth diapers can make all the difference.

Sizing Up

The Thirsties Duo Wrap in size three (40-65+ lbs) will allow you to continue your cloth journey well beyond your toddler years. This system may be perfect for families with toddlers that potty train a little later and/or families of kiddos with special needs. It may also eliminate the need to buy costly pull ups for the nighttime accidents that are a little tougher to out grow.

As always, you can shop the entire Thirsties collection 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

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.