In a size just for newborn babies, this is an all-in-one diaper (aio). This means that the diaper cover part (waterproof outer) is sewn together into one piece with the diaper part (absorbent part). It goes on in one simple step - cloth diapering doesn't get easier. Interior consists of 8 thirsty layers of natural fibers - 2 layers of organic cotton in the body and 6 layers of hemp/organic cotton in the soaker pads. Snap closure version offers umbilical cord snap down which may be used while cord stump is present or belly button is healing. This diaper is convenient, trim fitting and absorbent. It has gentle elastic around legs and waist to provide protection against leaks. (Note from Karen: The elastic actually is gentle, unlike some others that are so tight that I can't think that the overly tight elastics could possibly be comfortable for baby. This elastic is just right - tight enough to work but softly stretchy enough for comfort.). Sized specifically with the needs and comfort of a new baby in mind.
Available with hook and loop or snap closure. This page has the snap closure version.
The hook and loop closure version of this is here.
This newborn diaper, imo, is too small for a normal sized baby. My little girl (my 5th child) was the first of my kids to try Thirsties newborn all in one. When she tried on the diapers she was almost 7lbs, 20 inches long, and the diaper fit so snug on the largest setting it seemed it would hurt her. I can't imagine how this could fit up to 14lbs as Thirsties claims. The only plus is that the diapers are super cute...but looks are vain. I posted a similar review on another popular diaper shop because I bought (I think) some from GMD and some from them, I posted photos there, but can't seem to find the photo anymore for this review. I can't speak to the quality of the newborn because I did not use them, but the bigger sized I assume would be pretty much the same in terms of quality. The bigger sized natural-all-in-ones don't hold up. I have purchased many products from GMD over the years (I love GMD), and this is the only product I don't think lasts. Holes appears all over the insides of the diaper, along the elastic, on the pad, etc, after only 4 months of use! I wash as instructed. I used 20 Thirsties Natural All in Ones from 6months of age to 10months of age. That is not even one child use of diapers and they are falling apart. Kinda stinks that we spent all that money to cloth and it's wasted. I dunno, I love the idea of cloth, but I sometimes hate cloth.
We bought a few different AIOs to try out along with our prefolds for our newborn. We love this diaper it's very absorbent and as our 6 week old daughter is now over 10 lbs she is soaking though the newbie prefolds, we may stock up on more of these nice AIOs. We like the newborn size since they should fit her a while yet, unlike the Simplex AIO newborn which is already on the largest snap and probably won't fit in another week or 2. Compared to the Simplex, this diaper seems just as absorbent but is flatter in the back and looks very trim under clothes. The simplex is a nice diaper too but the Thirsties is winning out on value and trimness for us. I wish they made a couple sizes of this diaper so we wouldn't have to jump to the one size once she outgrows these!