The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2016 | Lil Helper Cloth Diapers

Image courtesy of Diaper-eez
Image courtesy of Diaper-eez

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Lil Helper is partnering with Diaper-Eez in Toronto to participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change on April 23rd, 2016.

What is the GCDC?

One of the questions crossing our desks most frequently* this month is:

What is the GCDC and how can I get in on it?

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an opportunity to increase awareness about reusable cloth diapers. This is a worldwide event involving many countries, languages, and approaches to cloth diapering.

What’s common to all the participants?

Our belief that cloth is the way to go for diapering one’s child. On April 23rd at 10am (local time, so somewhere someone’s NOT having to get up at 2am for this!) we gather at our local events and change the reusable diaper sported by participating children.

Join us for our GCDC EVENT!

Here is a link to the EventBrite registration for our GCDC Event in Toronto with Diaper-Eez!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-2016-great-cloth-diaper-change-tickets-22182922719

There are GCDC events happening all over the world!

If you can’t join us in Toronto at Diaper-eez, click here to find a GCDC event near you.

gcgclogoYou MUST register in advance to participate (please and thanks). We cannot take at-the-door registration.

For our event, there will be goodies, door prizes (and as a BONUS, we’ll have some incentives for all participants to bring a friend (or five) who need a little convincing. We’ll make sure to send a thank you for anyone who can switch a friend over to cloth (and something for your friend, too).

GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION:

  • Each participant (adult over the age of 18) must be paired with one child 39 inches or shorter.
  • Each child must be changed into a cloth, reusable diaper that can be purchased online, at a brick & mortar store, or is offered through a diaper service. It does not matter what type of diaper a child arrives in.
  • At the sound of a loud start signal, all participants must remove their child’s diaper and properly put on a 100% reusable cloth diaper.
  • Before the signal to start, each participant should hold the clean diaper they will change the baby into high in the air. The photographer should take “before” shots.
  • At the signal to start, each participant should change his or her child’s diaper. No photographs or video should be taken at this time.
  • When the diaper change is complete, each participant should hold their freshly changed child in the air. The photographer should take “after shots”. The timekeeper determines when all diaper changes have occurred. There is no set amount of time within which the change should take place.
  • Any participant who does not properly complete the task must be deducted from the total.
WHEN
WHERE
Diaper-eez – 2309 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1, Canada – View Map

We’re looking forward to see you on the 23rd!

–Tracey.

*the other most frequent question was a request for my brownie recipe. Please email me (delight@lilhelper.ca) if you want a copy. 

 

God Forbid Guarantee by Lil Helper Cloth Diapers

The Lil Helper God Forbid Guarantee - God Forbid, if something unexpected were to happen during your pregnancy or birthing, Lil Helper Cloth Diapers will refund your entire purchase The conversation that sparked the need for God Forbid Guarantee

The following is an exchange that took place between a Lil Helper cloth diaper customer and me, let’s call her K., in February 2015.

K. is a loyal Lil Helper customer and I distinctly remember packing her orders and communicating with her on a number of occasions.

I came across K’s post when she was trying to sell her Lil Helper cloth diapers on a Lil Helper Buy/Sell/Trade forum on Facebook.

Here are screenshots of that exchange:

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What kind of a company do we want Lil Helper to be?

When I had this conversation with K., I had no intention of posting it anywhere. But the thought kept bugging me for weeks that there might be other customers of ours who are probably in the same unfortunate position as K.

And since we didn’t have an explicit policy in place wherein customers can get in touch with us in the case of a tragedy, we might be inadvertently causing already grieving parents to relive their loss by selling their diapers.

Even my wife and I had lost a child early on in our pregnancy so I know the pain to a certain extent and wouldn’t wish it upon anybody.

Doubts on Reddit about Lil Helper Cloth Diapers…

A couple of weeks after the above took place, we started posting on Reddit to introduce Lil Helper to new customers.

A prospective customer commented that she had doubts about our diapers and company. In order to explain to her why Lil Helper was different, I uploaded the above screenshots to Imgur.

As an aside: I had made my account on Reddit weeks before posting for the first time and had just made an account on Imgur to post the screenshots there. I had no idea how either of the places worked.

Here’s the exchange on Reddit:

lil helper cloth diapers Reddit Conversation

Why we posted the conversation with K. publicly

The purpose of posting the screenshots was to give a recent example of how we treat our customers. The screenshots were only meant for the Mama and nobody else. I named the image gallery God Forbid Guarantee as I couldn’t think of a better way to address such a sensitive topic before prefacing it with god forbid.

Lil Helper Cloth Diapers going viral

Little did I know that the screenshots would be voted on to the front page of Imgur, and it eventually garnered more than 550K views and spread across the Internet. We were learning what it means to go viral.

How Lil Helper operates when nobody is watching

Now, this isn’t the first time that we have gone out of our way to treat a customer right.

Nader, the mad-scientist-half of Lil Helper, drove in the Canadian winter for 2 hours, one-way, to deliver a $90 order to a customer because her original order was at the Post Office and she had an early morning flight.

I have delivered cloth diapers at 1 am because a customer had a newborn baby with a diaper rash as bad as second-degree burns and the whole family hadn’t slept in days. I could hear the baby wailing as the mom inquired if our charcoal diapers would help her baby. Based on my experience and feedback from customers, I knew for a fact that our charcoal diapers would help the baby sleep and allow the stressed mother to relax, so I went and delivered the diapers in the middle of the night.

As you might already know, each and every order, no matter how small or big leaves our premises with a hand-written thank you card from yours truly as a means of showing that we truly appreciate the business that good folks like you give us and not for a moment do we take it for granted.

Everybody who works for Lil Helper would have done exactly the same thing or more had they been in my place. Yes, but this was the first time more than 2 people knew of our ethos as a company, something that we’ve had from the start.

Update on K.

The good news is that K., our loyal Lil Helper mama, was blessed with a beautiful baby boy soon after the post went viral. And when she ordered more diapers from us, I had the pleasure of telling her that her money was no good at Lil Helper. She was as touched by our small gesture as much we were by her courage to allow us to share her story and help other families who might, god forbid, find themselves in a similar situation.

All’s well that ends well.

Share your thoughts

If you have anything to say about this policy or ways in which we can improve how we run Lil Helper Cloth Diapers, I would love to know your thoughts.

You can leave a comment here, email me directly at mgandhi@lilhelper.ca or call me on my cell at 647 885 4642.

If you are in the US and would like to try our diapers, you can go here: www.lilhelperdiapers.com

If you are in CANADA, please go here: www.lilhelper.ca

Cloth Diapers for Chubby Babies: The Right Fit for your Not-So-Little lil One

lil helper cloth diapers for chubby babies blog header - image shows an adorable chunky baby in a lil helper cloth diaper

Guest Post by one of our very own customers, Shannon!
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My Photoshop skills are off the charts as is clearly seen by specimen #1 above.

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Little sprout. Wee one. Littles. Smalls. Everything is TINY from the clothes to the toes, right?

So there you are, moments after your little bundle of joy has arrived — … except your wee one isn’t so, ….well, ….. little.

So, you are the proud parent of a {not-so-little} little one. Congratulations!

Whether it was your secret Viking heritage or that extra helping of cake during the last trimester (you TOTALLY DESERVED it), you may never know.

But what you *do* know is that now you’ve got to figure out how to cloth diaper little Buddha without any not-so-little leaks and a mountain of unnecessary laundry.

Okay: the name “Lil” Helper initially seems to dissuade you, right?

You’re far too clever for that. You know better.

Of course you you’ve heard about the grow-with-baby design. An adjustable rise, waist AND leg opening that will snugly fit your little giant from 7 to 35lbs? A diaper of clearly mythical proportions.

So how *DO*  you, exactly, achieve the PERFECT fit on your not-so-little squish?

The good folks at Lil Helper get asked this question a lot. So they went to the source: a real, honest-to-goodness Lil Helper-loving mama with a bonafide Viking-sized baby. Moi.

REAL-LIFE QUESTION:

“Hi! I need help with fit on my chunker. He’s just over a year old, over 29 lbs, Buddha belly and chunky thighs. When I put the diaper on, the insert seems to tug on the snap in the front. The front always seem to have a gap no matter how many snaps I snap in. Anyway, any tips are appreciated!”— Cristina E.

RESPONSE:

I’m a visual person, so hooray for pictures!

First thing is first: your rise might need adjusting. If the diaper is coming up too high over your baby’s Buddha belly and not fitting snug at the waist, that can make your fit wonky.

cloth diapers for chubby babies

Wonky fit = leaks and gaps = bad news bear.

Just like some folks prefer the mom-jean high-waisted trouser or the hipsters in their low-rise skinny jeans,  each body is different. LH’s design is adjustable to accommodate every baby’s body type. To adjust your rise, use the three rows of snaps  located on the front of your diaper. Using the top snaps, match them to the desired row. (There are two different row settings, with each removing about an inch off of the length of your diaper’s rise.) Optimally, the top of your Lil Helper Cloth Diaper should sit comfortably just under your baby’s paunch, at the hip line, without any plumber’s crack at the back.

cloth diapers for chubby babies

Next, fiddle with the leg opening for those lovely chunky thighs — use the three vertical snaps along the front to get them snug but not uncomfortable. They should sit in the uppermost crease of the hip/leg — not in a lower crevice — I know, it’s sometimes hard to get them in the *right one* on Michelin baybays. 😉

cloth diapers for chubby babies

Last, there’s the waist. Those handy flaps are stretchy and can overlap — if there’s a gap at the top, making them snap over top of each other can do the trick. Again, just make sure the waist is sitting on the hips, below the muffin top and the Buddha belly.

And there you have it folks! The perfect fit for your not-so-pint-sized baby! Doubtless there will be obstacles ahead for your future physical pillar of society — small doorways, little rental cars and too-short showerheads. But with Lil Helper, cloth diapering won’t be one! Now go forth, and do great things. You will tower above others in your knowledge. Both literally and figuratively.

 

How the right Cloth Diaper will Improve your Love Life?

Admit it. Your love life hasn’t been the same since the baby was born.

Yes part of it is because of the hormones and the added work that is associated with taking care of a new life. But most of it is because you don’t get enough sleep.

Are you feeling stressed all the time? Guess what? It’s because your cortisol levels are through the roof— the stress hormone is elevated by 37% when you don’t get a good night of sleep. So if you feel edgy or overwhelmed during the day, the chances are you haven’t had a good night’s sleep.

High stress levels also dramatically increases your appetite and reduces metabolism,  ultimately resulting in weight gain.

If your cortisol levels are not managed it might also result in the early onset of Type 2 diabetes and obesity because of  imbalances in your blood sugar. Darn you cortisol!

The lack of sleep also reduces your testosterone levels. Testosterone modulates arousal in both men and women. Low testosterone, means a low libido, means.. you get the point.

So although a good night’s sleep will not make your hubby look like Bradley Cooper or make him as handy as Ty Pennington, it will certainly make you feel like the best version of yourself.

If you think this article is kinda simplistic, it is purposely dumbed down for parents who are running on little to no sleep. Because you guessed it right, sleep deprivation also affects your brain function. And just to be clear, the effects are all negative.

Now let’s examine why you don’t get enough sleep.

Because you are constantly waking up at all hours of the night to attend to your screaming machine AKA lovely baby.

Your kid wakes up for mostly 2 reasons in the night.

  1. Hungry.
  2. Needs their cloth diaper changed.

There are a host of other reasons why babies wake up at night like growth spurts, circadian rhythms, teething, etc.  Or they want to teach you a lesson for taking them out of the most comfortable place in the universe- your womb. Mostly they wake up because they are hungry or need a change.

So Lil Helper Cloth Diapers has solved the keeping-your-baby-comfortable-enough-so-they-don’t-wake-up- every -hour part of the mystery.

Lil Helper’s Charcoal Diapers are completely stay-dry and will let your baby easily sleep through the night.

PREwash-Nov2-2014Both charcoal inserts used together can hold upwards of 180 ml of moisture- a lot more than what the average 20 lb. baby releases in 6 hours.

And our waterproof one-size cloth diaper cover ensure that all the mess is contained inside the diaper itself. No messes to clean up.

If your baby is well fed and is comfortable in their diaper, it will help them sleep through the night, which will let you sleep through the night.

And once you wake up with a good night’s rest you can be a better mom and a better partner to your significant other and almost everything else will take care of itself, love life and all.

Inside the head of a sleepless mom

I am a parent. But I feel like a zombie.

Is this what zombies feel like?

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Obama became the president.

I am sure it’s Obama’s fault.

Obama has aged so much in the last 6 years. I have aged so much in the last 3 months.

Being the president of US is a tough gig. But being a mom is tougher. I bet Obama couldn’t do what I do.

NEED TO SLEEP. Everything is better after I’ve slept for 3 straight hours. Undisturbed.

My worst night of sleep before kids was 7 hours.

And I have to still pretend to love my husband. Obviously the baby is far more cuter and doesn’t demand a sandwich every evening. But that poor sucker also needs a bit of attention.

Who is the real baby?

I am sure I could figure all of this out if I just took a nap.

Oh crap. The baby is crying. Time for another change. I just changed him 1 hour ago.

Hope to goodness the baby doesn’t develop another diaper rash. That last diaper rash wrecked even the last semblance of sanity. I will forever remain indebted to the universe if we do not have another diaper rash.

But oh my gosh the love I have for this little screaming, needy, sometimes smelly, mostly moody, poop making piece of…. dust…fairy dust.