Posts Tagged ‘hemp’

Thirsties Update: What’s New

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Thirsties updateOne of the gold standards in cloth diapers is Thirsties. We use their hemp inserts in literally every diaper we use. The year our diapered babe went to childcare we immediately purchased a stack of their AIOs. Thirsties is the only brand of which we own every single one of their products. They offer an outstanding company ethic too, a Colorado-based family company that stays connected to their clientele, committed to sustainability, and partnered with Giving Diapers Giving Hope.

If you’ve been away from the cloth diaper scene for a couple years, but especially the last year, Thirsties has made some major updates on most of their products that you’ll want to know about. In the last several years they updated their aplix to a larger tab with a higher quality aplix. It is arguably the best on the market if not one of the best. They also introduced a one-size pocket diaper with a hemp insert that is trim and absorbent. At the same time they’ve kept the quality and double-gussets that offer superior protection.

thirsties-6The most recent additions to Thirsties in the last 6-12 months include:

  • Cotton organic doublers—a natural-fiber alternative to the cotton velour doublers.
  • Natural fitteds in one-size and newborn options—Bamboo cotton replaces the old style fitted cotton mix. The inserts are also updated, and no longer fully sewn in like the older design.
  • Natural AIO in one-size and newborn options—The updated AIO has inserts of hemp and organic cotton, an update to their previous micro terry version. The material adds absorbency with its natural fibers. Change in design of the inserts (two sewn in at one side of the diaper) cut down on dry time and add versatility in how you place the absorbency for your child’s specific needs.
  • Sized covers now cover down to four pounds with the newborn size option.
  • Organic cloth wipes—updated from velour to an irresistible organic cotton and terry.

Thirsties also released a slew of prints in the last 18 months including the Ocean Collection, Woodland Collection, and a handful of limited and seasonal editions. Pick yours up today!

Lynette is a mom of three children from 6 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Nighttime Diapering Solutions

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nighttime Diapering SolutionsWhen deciding to cloth diaper, I was most nervous about cloth diapering at night. But it’s not hard, especially when you find a nighttime diaper that works.

Below are a few ideas of nighttime diaper solutions from our team of bloggers:

  • Kawaii Heavy Wetters- These one-sized pocket diapers consist of a waterproof outer cover and two extra large microfiber inserts.  Add a hemp or bamboo insert for extra absorbency.
  • Sloomb Overnight Bamboo Fitteds with Wool Cover- The overnight bamboo fitted includes a shell with a double-length three-layer snap-in fleece soaker that can be folded for customizable absorption. Pair with a wool cover for overnight success.
  • AIO with Micro Fleece Insert and a Thirsties Fleece Insert- There are many different AIO diapers out there; you can try this with one you have in your stash and add the inserts for the extra absorbency you need at night.
  • Econappis- This pocket diaper is one sized and designed to work from 10-35 pounds. It comes with two inserts made with a blend of organic cotton and bamboo. You can add your own inserts for custom absorbency.
  • Elementals(Old Style)-BumGenuis’ AIO diaper; they have a new design, but one mom prefers the old version for her nighttime diapers.
  • Bummis Premium Sized Prefold with Infant sized prefold inside-These prefolds are made out of cotton and can be paired with a Bummis or wool cover.
  • Toddler prefold with a bamboo or hemp doubler inside with wool or Bummis cover- This is similar to the option above but the user combines a cotton prefold with the wool or hemp doubler for a different option.

You might be able to go through your existing stash and put together one of these ideas to try on your baby tonight.  Most of the ideas above included some form of hemp or bamboo liner or a wool cover. Keep in mind there are different wash routines for prepping the various fabrics, and your wool should be washed separately always. Do you have a nighttime diaper solution that works well?  If so, please share with us!

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two that still wear diapers at night and is always looking for suggestions to make nighttime diapering even better!

Cloth Diapering: Where to Begin

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Interested in cloth diapering but not sure how to get started? I can totally relate! When I first examined the option of cloth diapering, I was completely overwhelmed with all the information. Words such as all-in-ones, prefolds, or wetbags were not in my vocabulary. I actually had never seen a cloth diaper in real life before making the commitment to cloth. Needless to say diving into cloth diapering was navigating a whole new world of parenting products and choices.

Selecting a cloth diaper
This is actually probably one of the hardest parts of cloth diapering; selecting a style diaper for your initial investment in cloth. There are pros and cons to all the available options so individual factors such as budget, baby’s body size/proportions, who will be changing baby on a regular basis, how many subsequent babies you plan to have, etc will influence your decision. It helped me to organize the options into two basic categories: one-step diapering systems and two-step diapering systems. A one-step diapering system would include all-in-ones or pocket diapers (assuming you pre-stuff them) and a two-step diapering system would include pre-folds /flats or fitted diapers with a cover. Some factors to consider when deciding between a one-step or two step diapering system is primarily budget, however some additional considerations include fabric type, ease of diapering, age of baby, and amount of laundry. Some people prefer to stick to natural fibers such as hemp or wool in which case you would select from available two step diapering systems. As for ease of diapering, there is a big difference in changes a newborn’s diaper as opposed to an older toddler’s diaper. Differences include how cooperative (or rather uncooperative) the child is during diapering, frequency of diaper changes, and the consistency of the poop. Yep, can’t talk about cloth diapers without mentioning poop! Something to keep in mind is that infant breastmilk poop is quite different than a toddler who eats a variety of foods which may impact diaper choice. Additionally when a toddler is starting to explore potty training, a two-step diapering system might be less desirable.

For me initially deciding between a one-step diapering system or a two-step diapering system helped narrow down my choices into a more manageable selection. Once you have decided what type of diaper you want, you will then need to determine what size to purchase. The available sizes range per brand of diaper, but typically you would need to invest in two sizes; one stash for newborn/early infancy and then another stash for later infancy/toddlerhood. There is also the option of one-size diapers that grow with baby which is a concept that appeals to many parents.

The next big decision is how many diapers to purchase. If you plan to cloth diaper full-time my recommendation is to have around 25 diapers in your rotation. That is a generous estimate as you could get by with less, however 25 diapers would allow you to comfortably get through three days of diapering. You are likely going to wash diapers every 3rd day and this will ensure you have clean diapers available while you are washing the dirty diapers. It’s not fun to run out of clean cloth diapers!

What style cloth diaper do you use on a regular basis? What do you like about that style? Sharing your experiences may help mamas decide what fluff to put on their baby’s bottom!

Stay tuned for more cloth diapering information throughout the week! Tomorrow’s topic is cloth diapering accessories!

-Sarah