In celebration of International Women's Day, we have a very special announcement that is near and dear to our hearts here at Lil Helper.
A while back, one of our Ambassadors posted an image of her little one in a purple diaper and remarked that her mom, who passed very suddenly a couple months back, loved purple and would have been thrilled to see her little grandchild rocking it.
That post set into motion a mission – we had to honor the memory of her mom in a very special way. We reached out to her, got her permission and made a plan to rename our newest purple. From now on, it will be known as Pat's Purple. 💜
Here are a few words from Jesse about her beautiful mother and the legacy she left:
"My mom, Pat, was the essence of what a mother’s love should be. She was encouraging, fiercely proud, protective and loving beyond all measure. She was a strong, outspoken, and resilient woman. I will be forever grateful she was all of those things, as she helped shape me into the mother I am today.
If you knew her, you knew her favorite color was purple, and you also knew exactly where you stood with her (but she probably loved you). My mom believed women can do anything men can do (but better) and that having and raising children is one of the most rewarding and difficult things any person can do (and she did it three times over). She was my biggest advocate in all that I did. She supported me wholeheartedly when I told her I wanted to cloth diaper and loved how easy cloth diapering had become since she had babies of her own (her only complaint was that I didn’t have a purple diaper yet). I ordered the newest purple cover as soon as I could after it came out. She would have adored it, and I feel a little closer to her every time I put my son in it.
When Sophia reached out to me about renaming the newest purple after her, I knew it was a heartwarming and amazing way to honor her memory. The best way to honor her memory, though, is for all of us to love our children with the same fierceness she had in her love for my brother, sister, and I, as well as her grandchildren. When all is said and done, it’s that love that keeps us going. Our family is so grateful to Lil Helper for helping us share her story and her love with the rest of you.
I love you, Mom. As long as I’m living, your baby I’ll be. 💜💜💜"
Let's be honest here: COVID-19 sent all of us scrambling to stock our homes with everything our families need to be able to comfortably self-isolate… Toilet paper. Diapers. Wipes. These were the essentials people grabbed first, and that left a lot of us wandering empty aisles and wondering how we would get by without access to these necessary items.
What if we told you that you could be stocked from now until LITERALLY the end of time? That you NEVER had to worry about whether there would be enough toilet paper to get your family through again?
It's true! Cloth Wipes are a reusable option that will ensure that when difficult times happen – even the most unprecedented ones – your family is stocked and comfortable for whatever comes.
So, if you've never even considered using cloth wipes before, let us break down some of the ways that you'll fall in love with them…
WIPE THOSE BABY BUMS.
There's absolutely nothing better than adorable little baby bums, but here's the thing: babies poop. A LOT.
If you've already converted to the cloth diaper side, you know just how much money you can save by going reusable. So why not swap your wipes out for a reusable option, too? Add even MORE money back into your wallet – and save the planet in the process – by swapping to cloth wipes!
Just add a bit of water to your wipes, clean up your little one, and toss the dirty wipe into the wetbag along with the dirty diaper and you're good to go! You can even toss your wipes in the same load of laundry as your diapers*. Easy peasy!
… AND EVERYONE ELSES BUMS, TOO.
Wanting to make even more of an impact on your carbon footprint? Take your cloth wipes into the bathroom for you entire family! Keep them in a cute little basket on the back of your toilet, or in the front pocket on a dry/wetbag beside the toilet.
Use them exactly the same way as you would for your little one… Dampen them (if you feel it's necessary), clean yourself up, and toss them into one of our dry/wetbags or small zipper wetbags while you wait for laundry day*!
Washable, reusable toilet paper options means that you'll never find yourself worrying about not having enough after Taco Tuesday.
RUNNY NOSE, ANYONE?
So we've saved on baby wipes and toilet paper… why not also skip the tissues?
Keep small baskets of wipes around your house and whip them out when someone gets the sniffles. Toss them right into the laundry when you're done! Plus, they're extra soft on sensitive noses.
Go ahead, grab cold and flu season by the horns. You'll be more prepared than ever before!
IN THE KITCHEN!
Sweatshirt wipes are the best alternative to paper towel that you'll ever use. They're thick and plush enough to absorb even the biggest mess, and thick enough to scrub down a sticky oven.
Move over, Bounty. You're no longer needed!
THERE WHEN THINGS GET MESSY.
There's no reason to beat around the bush: babies are MESSY. Once they hit the age where sensory play becomes the most fun thing to them, expect to go a good five years before your house feels fully clean again.
The good news is, you don't have to be afraid of the mess your little ones want to make! Grab a couple sweatshirt or t-shirt wipes and they'll make quick work of any shenanigans that your tiny humans get into.
So go ahead. Get messy!
SO WHAT ARE MY CLOTH WIPE OPTIONS?
Now that we've convinced you that you haven't started living until you get some cloth wipes into your life, where do you go from here? You might find yourself scrolling through all of the different cloth wipes options on our website and wondering which is the best option for YOU.
If things are a little tight and you’d rather save some money and go with a DIY option for your wipes, check out this tutorial to help you out.
Here's a breakdown of everything we offer, along with recommendations on how you might like to use each one:
Now you've entered the big leagues. Our Boofas (literally meaning baby loofas) are an elevated version of your standard face cloth. This will quickly become your go-to for bathtime or cleanups on your tiny humans soft and sensitive skin. You might even want to steal a few of these for yourself – they're that good.
*NOTE: Any waste should be rinsed off the wipe prior to putting through the washing machine. Please contact email@example.com for more washing information if needed.
DO YOU USE CLOTH WIPES IN YOUR HOME? WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITES? HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO USE THEM?
Self-isolation, chains of transmission, "flattening the curve," social distancing. If you had told me even a few weeks ago that terms like these were going to become part of the common vernacular, I would have told you you were watching too many Netflix documentaries.
But here we are.
It's been less than a month. The world has gone completely bananas and suddenly I have become an at-home epidemiologist.
"Parenting in the Time of a Global Pandemic" was (shockingly) not a topic covered in any of the pamphlets they gave me when I brought my babies home. So to say I've been a tad stressed would be putting it mildly.
The atmosphere in our home is both intensely urgent and weirdly normal, leaving me to feel like I'm constantly either over or under-reacting.
On the best of days, I walk a razor-thin line between keeping it together and descending into panicked chaos.
Add in the pressures of working from home, keeping the kids entertained, washing my hands every 20 minutes, washing the kids' hands every 20 mins, and keeping up with the news…
Quite frankly, I feel like I've never related to this guy more:
But today, somewhere between making lunch for my kids and researching whether or nor my dog can get COVID-19 (he has a suspicious cough), a comforting thought occurred to me.
Despite all of the uncertainty and shenanigans in the world right now, there is one thing about this situation that us parents are already VERY prepared for.
That thing, my friends, is social distancing.
Also being referred to as physical distancing, it's the idea that, as much as possible, we should all be staying away from one another and staying home. (Here's a great article on why this is such a big deal right now)
And whether you realize it or not, your entire parenting career has been preparing you for this moment.
Here are five reasons that parents have the social distancing advantage over our childless peers:
1) Carting Kids Around Sucks
Anyone who has ever wrestled a small child into a car seat knows exactly what I'm talking about.
Children, while adorable, make almost everything about leaving the house more challenging.
Getting them ready. Getting all their stuff ready. Getting them ready again when they take their shoes off or poop.
And that is on a perfect day.
When the weather is exactly right.
And the stars, planets, and galaxies are perfectly aligned.
Heaven forbid it's raining. Or sunny. Or too cold. Or too hot.
Because that means trying to jam even more gear into the back of my SUV. You know, the one already loaded down with all of the "standard" leaving the house things we need.
Not to mention what can happen when you leave the house and vary your child's routine in the slightest.
As it stands, parents already have plenty of incentive to avoid unnecessary trips into the outside world.
In the era of social distancing, not only is staying home more convenient, it's our civic duty.
2) We Are Masters of Logistics
Owing to all of the shenanigans associated with leaving the house with our kids, when we do need to go out parents are well-prepared ninjas.
We do not enter a grocery store without a game plan.
We have a list, a pre-planned route and an exit strategy (for when someone pukes, or poops, or has a meltdown because we brought the wrong water bottle).
That kind of efficiency is now a necessity when heading out for essentials.
And since social distancing dictates that we leave our kids at home, parents everywhere are now breaking land speed records when heading out for supplies.
So if you're childless friends are worried about going out, be a friend and share some of your expertise.
3) We've Been Rocking "Social Distancing Chic" Since Before It was Cool
I've seen a few versions of this meme floating around lately:
While parents don't mind getting cleaned up now and then, most of us are acutely aware of the advantages of comfort and function over aesthetics.
With each day that passes, more of my staple "mom clothes" become accepted by those who have not already embraced them.
Therefore our social distancing wardrobes are already on point.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been advocating for leggings and a messy bun as "business casual" for as long as I can remember.
4) No FOMO
One of the hardest things about social distancing for our childless peers is their fear of missing out (or FOMO, as the kids say).
Staying home is a big lifestyle change for some people. It makes the days seem long and it can make for a much more isolated existence than some are used to.
And I'm not saying that social distancing has been entirely easy for all parents…
Or that we don't miss our normal routine or outings…
But for most parents, it has been a long time since our time has been our own.
We don't often get to leave the house on a whim. Having a night out can seem a little like this:
Instead, our lives revolve around the needs and schedules of the tiny overlords we created for ourselves.
So passing up and missing out on social events is probably less of a big deal to most of us.
5) We Are Used to Germs (And Trying to Avoid Them)
I love my kids more than life itself, but I am fully aware that they are disgusting little vectors of disease on a good day.
They lick everything.
And they have zero sense of personal space.
Before I made the decision to procreate, I actually thought I had a good immune system. Turns out I was just really good at avoiding people who sneeze directly in my eyeballs while telling me what their third favourite reptile is.
Children are walking Petri dishes. They seek out germs that wouldn't normally get anyone sick. Then they lovingly incubate them until they reach critical mass and spread to everyone around them.
So when parents hear that there is a bug going around daycare or some Hand, Foot, and Mouth at playgroup, we batten down the hatches.
We know the hotspots.
We understand how outbreaks occur.
We have seen the chains of transmission and know all too well how one germy little Jenny can take down an entire playdate.
I mean, a Global Pandemic is obviously not the same as dodging a gastro bug that is bouncing around Baby and Me Yoga but our children's propensity for pestilence gives us an extra sense of awareness when it comes to the spread of sickness.
I think it's safe to say that none of us are feeling too prepared for the state of the world these days.
Parenting is nervewracking on the best of days, so throwing the plague into the mix isn't exactly ideal.
Luckily, whether you realized it or not, parenting has actually been preparing you for a world of chaos and uncertainty.
And when it feels tough, remember that we are all on this ride together and figuring it out as we go along.