The Parenting Olympics – Why would you win gold?

In August 2016, the Summer Olympic Games were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In between diaper changes and Peppa Pig marathons, we managed to watch snippets of the games. At the end of the day, we climbed into bed and dreamt of hurdles made out of cribs, canoeing in a bathtub full of rubber ducky’s and mountain biking over a pile of laundry. Which got us thinking… if the Parenting Olympics existed, what would they look like?

 

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So, of course, we had a contest!

The question – “If the Parenting Olympics existed, in which event would you win gold?”!

The prize – a gold Lil Helper Charcoal Diaper (well, we actually call it Mango) and by random draw, the prize went to Fleur Fouchard in Saskatchewan, Canada!

We got so many incredible answers; we had to share them on our blog. Here are some of the best entries we received in our “Parenting Olympics Contest”

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How often should I change my baby?

how often do I change cloth diapers

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.

How often do I change cloth diapers?

How often should I change my baby?

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God Forbid Guarantee by Lil Helper Cloth Diapers

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God Forbid…

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, lets 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 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 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 where in customers can get in touch with us in 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 screen shots 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:

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 diapers at 1 am because a customer had a 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, 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

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.