Lil Helper Cloth Diapers in Malawi

A proud mom in Malawi holding Lil Helper cloth diapers in her hands and smiling. She is wearing a red dress and standing on a dirt road. There is a brick wall behind her, trees behind the brick wall and a clear blue sky beyond the trees. Cloth diapers malawi.

Lil Helper Cloth Diapers in Malawi

One of the projects we are most proud of at Lil Helper is the Baby Do Good program – for every three cloth diapers that Lil Helper sells, we donate one diaper to a family in need.

We are always deeply humbled to be able to ease the burden on a family dealing with diaper need. But, every now and then we come across a great opportunity to make a huge difference. Making a difference means so much to us at Lil Helper. It reminds us that this is why we do what we do! The Baby Do Good program was recently able to work with an amazing project. We were given the opportunity to partner with Venue Church in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Venue Church members Jenny and Dan Strilzuk took 30 lbs of Lil Helper diapers to Monkey Bay in Malawi, Africa!

lil helper cloth diapers in malawi. 3 images of moms in Malawi with their babies wearing Lil Helper cloth diapers.

Malawi, the poorest country in the world

Malawi has been listed as the poorest country, two years in a row, on the Gazette Review’s list of Top 10 Poorest Countries in the World.  In a country where the GDP per capita is of only $226.50, children are often the ones who suffer most. Priority is given to basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. Buying diapers is considered a luxury. Reusable, long-lasting and cost-effective cloth diapers is what Lil Helper does best! We were honoured to give just a little help in that area. Last year, we received a letter from Venue Church letting us know where the diapers we donated would be distributed. They would be given to families through a village church in Malawi – The Nankwali Church, led by Pastor Alimoni Garrett Prechtl. Here is the letter we received:

 

lil helper cloth diapers in malawi donation receipt letter

Happy Endings

Recently, we received the following humbling letter from Jenny. She also sent the beautiful pictures of the project we are pleased to share with the Lil Helper family!

“Thank you to all the Lil Helper staff and customers that made it possible for us to deliver these diapers to families in need in Malawi, Africa! The project was a success!! Through the Lil Helper Do Good Program, we were able to provide 15  families in Malawi Africa with the resources to properly diaper their babies.

lil helper cloth diapers in Malawi. Parents in Malawi with their young children wearing lil helper cloth diapers. On the left, a toddler stands with his hands on his hips. He seems proud to be wearing a blue lil helper cloth diaper.

In a country where the children struggle and many don’t make it to their 5th birthdays due to preventable diseases caused largely by sanitation issues and lack of resources, this outreach is much more than giving diapers to ‘catch the yucky stuff’, this is giving health and life to these children! These mums were so very grateful to receive these “nappies” [diapers]. They reported that “there is nothing like this available here, and receiving these Lil Helper diapers will enhance our lives and the lives of our children!” 

Thank you all again for this amazing opportunity!  Sincerely, Dan and Jenny Strilzuk”  

Moms with babies in beautiful woven wraps on their backs. a group of toddlers standing and sitting wearing lil helper cloth diapers.

If you would like to work with Lil Helper to spread kindness in the world, please consider becoming a Lil Helper Ambassador.

Can you Wash Cloth Diapers with Natural Detergents?

wash cloth diapers with natural detergents

Most people are turned off from cloth diapers thinking they have to wash them with specifically formulated detergents.

Through years of feedback/ trials & errors, we have found that commercially availabel detergents like Tide original work best to clean cloth diapers. In fact, we recommend Tide because of its super powers to remove the “ickies” (aka human waste aka POOP) from your Lil Helper cloth diapers.

That being said, we are often asked if Lil Helpers can be washed with more natural detergents. To this, we say – YES! You can absolutely wash cloth diapers with natural detergents.

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How Buying Secondhand Helps Save the Planet

how buying secondhand helps save the planet and fights the fast fashion problem

Do you know the term, “Fast Fashion”? 

“The term “fast fashion” refers to a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible.” – Investopedia

With new trends being announced every week, cheap prices and constant sales – we are all being pressured to give in to the fast fashion phenomenon. However, it all comes at a very steep cost to the environment and the people who make these clothes.

Why should you care?

  • The clothing industry is the second-most polluting industry in the world, second only to oil. 

  • Fast fashion clothing is designed to fall apart. It is now estimated that American households dispose of 70lbs of textile waste every year. That is waste that will not be recycled or reused, it is going straight to a landfill where it will sit for hundreds of years.

  • The people who make these clothes are often exposed to dangerous chemicals and substances used in the production process

  • Children’s clothing, accessories and toys are all part of the fast fashion problem (and just think about how much more clothing your kid goes through than you do 😱)

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Textile Waste

How to Fight Fast Fashion

The easiest and most affordable way to combat fast fashion is to shop secondhand. Clothing that makes it to secondhand shops are usually of higher quality, as they have survived a lifecycle with their previous owner. Even if you find barely worn or unworn clothing from some of the major brands that are fast fashion offenders at a secondhand shop, you are still giving that piece of clothing a second life, saving it from the landfill and reducing the resources being used and disposed of.

Kids Stuff

Baby, toddler and kids clothing tend to be worn for a shorter period of time than adults because they grow out of them so quickly. That means by the time they make it to a secondhand shop, they’re still in great shape! Once you start shopping secondhand for kids stuff, you’ll notice a distinct lack of cheaper fast fashion brands available. Instead, you’ll find high-quality kids clothing and accessories. Shopping secondhand means you’ll save money, so you might also find that you don’t mind as much when your kid discovers the joys of mud puddles or decides that ketchup is better placed on a shirt than on food.

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Secondhand Cloth Diapers

For those who choose to cloth diaper for environmental reasons, purchasing secondhand cloth diapers is a fantastic way to help the planet! Quality made cloth diapers like Lil Helpers are built to last through several cloth diapering journeys and you can often find cloth diapers at secondhand clothing stores. Facebook is full of Buy/Sell/Trade groups for cloth diapers and there’s even one just for Lil Helpers! There are often sweet deals to find on cloth diapers that are in great shape but the leg elastics have become too loose. Thankfully, this is something that is easily fixed at home or by your local seamstress for a small cost.

Donate

Don’t forget to keep the life cycle of your clothing and accessories going. If they aren’t worn beyond repair or have too many stains, donate or sell them! And if they are past the point of resurrection? Cut them up to become household rags or use them to patch other pieces of clothing.

Have you made the switch to shopping secondhand? Comment below to tell us about your experience!

Do Overnight Cloth Diapers Exist?

Do Overnight Cloth Diapers Exist? Overnight Cloth Diaper

The Overnight Cloth Diaper.

For some parents, they’re like a mythical unicorn. Often read about in fairy tales but never actually found. If you’re one of those parents, you’ve probably tried every combination of inserts in your cloth diapers, praying that your kid will hold it in for at least 3 hours so you can just…. get… some… sleep.

Baby falling over asleep Overnight Cloth Diaper

Woah. Sorry. Drifted off there a bit. What were we talking about? Oh yeah. Babies, sleeping. The Overnight Cloth Diaper.

The 2 most common reasons why babies wake up during the night are:

1. They’re hungry

Babies gotta eat! From the time they’re born until they’re about a year old, most kids will need to eat 1-6+ times during the night. We can’t help you with this, I’m sorry. If we could, we would. But that might be a bit weird.

2. They feel wet.

For parents who cloth diaper, overnight cloth diapers can be a real struggle. Sure it’s a bonus that kids can feel they are wet when it comes time to potty train. However, it’s not so great in the middle of the night when you’re dreaming about that time you and your partner were on the beach… watching the sunset… woah, woah, woah, we’re going to stop you right there! Phew. Keep that memory to yourself 😉

So your baby pees in their cloth diaper, they feel the wetness which causes discomfort which leads to… 

Waaaaaahhhh!!! Crying Baby Overnight Cloth Diaper

How many times will your little angel pee during the night? And how many times will they wake up, letting you know they need to be changed RIGHT NOW? A lot. A lot of times.

But wait! It turns out the Overnight Cloth Diapers might NOT be a mythical unicorn… they’re just unimaginatively called “Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts”. Charcoal is a stay dry material which means even when it is wet, it does not feel wet. Baby doesn’t feel wet = Baby sleeps longer = YOU SLEEP LONGER

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Charcoal is also hypoallergenic, naturally deodorizing, antibacterial and dark in color (NO STAINS!).

Lil Helper makes 2 kinds of Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts:

  • The standard Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts – These 2 bad boys are super absorbent and when used together, offer 8 layers of absorbency. Many parents find these inserts will do the trick to keep their wee ones fast asleep all night long. (These inserts come with our Charcoal Cloth Diapers and can be purchased separately. If your baby doesn’t poop in their diaper, you can simply snap clean inserts into the same cover! Magic!)

  • Overnight Charcoal Stay Dry Inserts – For the babies that we like to call “extra well-hydrated” (AKA they pee a lot) or kids 18+ months. These inserts are charcoal inserts on steroids. There is an extra gusset on the insert that prevents leaks. Add to that, there is a waterproof layer of PUL on the underside of the insert that keeps the cover dry as well.

** PLEASE NOTE: If your baby poops during the night – you should change them right away. It is not good to let a baby sit with poop against their skin. It’s also stinky. Yuck.

So, in conclusion (or for those of you who just skipped reading everything else): Lil Helper Diapers can be used as an Overnight Cloth Diaper. The stay dry material keeps them feeling dry all night long which means they sleep longer, and so do you.

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For those of you who don’t like taking chances or are currently potty training, we have the Bamboo Mattress Protector and the Charcoal Mattress Protector.

Milton from Office Space "I was told there would be Unicorns" Overnight Cloth Diapers

Oh, fine. Here:

cat unicorn Overnight Cloth Diapers