Today, we answer on our blog THE WORLD’S MOST DIFFICULT QUESTION. Well, if you’re new to cloth diapering, this (and laundry how-to’s) is likely the biggest question troubling you today.
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!
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.
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.
- Diaper-eez – 2309 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1, Canada – View Map
We’re looking forward to see you on the 23rd!
*the other most frequent question was a request for my brownie recipe. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want a copy.
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.
- 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.
Both 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.
We all know the reasons cloth diapers makes sense. We’ve researched the facts and figures, added in the moral responsibility to save the Earth one diaper at a time, but here are the real reasons “real” parents choose Lil Helper Cloth Diapers:
10. Increase your Cool Factor by 100%
Any baby can wear disposables but slip that tiny bum into a Lil Helper Cloth Diaper and watch the cool meter climb…a thrifty, environmentally conscious babe… no one will be able to resist your cloth-clad kid.
9. No Need for Pants
The bright, fun colours and unique patterns match any outfit, on any occasion. No pants are ever required to dress up an outfit. Just slip a Lil Helper onto your tot and head out the door.
Pants are highly over-rated anyway. I mean, who actually wants to wear pants?