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- cloth diapers
- diaper inserts
- change mats
So, can we talk for a minute about parenting books, magazines, blogs, and websites?
As a new parent, who lived each day in awe and fear of the adorable but fragile little person who had entered my life, these sources of knowledge seemed like a gift from above.
A lifeline to valuable information that I needed to keep my beautiful baby safe from the perils of the world and my own ignorance.
Even before my baby was born, I devoured every piece of information I could find in order to try and prepare myself for bringing a tiny human into my home and life.
One thing that all of these sources of information seem to have in common is some version of the “baby essentials” list.
Being a busy, modern parent, these things drew me in like a moth to a flame. They promised to be a Cliff Notes version of all the things I needed to keep my baby alive and my sanity mostly intact.
I became a baby list junkie. Constantly on the search for these things. Trying desperately to create and complete a checklist that would make the insane task of childrearing seem more manageable.
Now, I am by no means a veteran parent, but being on the other side of things, I am here to tell you that these lists are not all you may hope them to be.
These lists will tell you horrible lies. Things like, “I need a ‘baby food’ blender, even though I have a perfectly functional blender in my cupboard.”
And before you know it, you will become a victim of the lists.
You will end up looking around at a mountain of these “essential” baby products, that have taken over your house, and wondering where it all went wrong.
Now, here at Lil Helper, our very mission in life is to help parents, whether they be sleep-deprived newbies or grizzled (and sleep-deprived) veterans.
So we are here to tell you that getting ready for baby is not nearly as complicated as these publications and their “helpful” lists and articles makes it out to be.
Essentially you and your baby will NEED only three basic things to make it through, despite what the registry lady at your local baby store may try to convince you.
Children are ravenous little hyenas, who’s ability to pack away food will awe and astound you. Whether they are newborns guzzling breast milk or toddlers eating their weight in Cheerios, you will need to have some way to keep your hungry little hippo satisfied.
(Ps. If your baby’s drink of choice comes straight from the tata-tap, check out our breast pads here. Your ladies will thank you, we swear.)
2) A Safe Place to Sleep
It is one of life’s great ironies that a little creature who sleeps so much can ruin YOUR sleep so profoundly. I know it may not feel like it to you, as you guzzle your third coffee of the morning and put toothpicks in your eyelids, but babies actually do a lot of sleeping. So you will need a spot for them to get some peaceful shut-eye.
3) Poop/Pee Catchers
I think it was Sir Isaac Newton who once said, “What goes in, must come out.” Okay, I may have misquoted that but the statement holds true nonetheless.
Remember all that food we talked about in number one? Remember how we said the volume of it would astound you? Well, one of the joys of parenting is that you get to deal with that volume on both the input and output ends. And if you thought it seemed like a lot going in….
So the third ACTUAL essential to add to your list are diapers that you trust to keep your little one (and all of your earthly belongings) dry.
Luckily, Lil Helper has got you more than covered on this one. Not only do we have amazing charcoal cloth diapers to hold back the tide of terror that your adorable little angel is capable of producing, we’ve also introduced some amazing new boosters that should be added to every parent’s list of ‘things they cannot live without’.
ALL THE ABSORBENCY!!!: There is no worse word in the English language than the word “leak”. No good can come from a leak. Leak implies that you trusted something to do a job and it did not stand up to the pressure (or moisture). So lose the leaks. Add our boosters to your Lil Helper or any other cloth for extra absorbency. Even if you aren’t using cloth, these can be added to a disposable diaper for extra leak protection,
4 layers: Absorbent,Soft Bamboo Terry (soft and safe for baby’s bum) + 2 Layers of hidden microfiber (to soak up ALL the moisture) + wicking bamboo-poly mesh (keeps baby feeling dry and sprays clean sooo easily). This awesome combo means that they are not only absorbent, but that they can be used many ways. Use stay-dry-side-up for babies who are sensitive to moisture. Flip it over for toddlers who are training, for added accident protection and so that they can feel they are wet.
Multiple Uses: Not only can you use our boosters for babies of all ages, and diapers of all descriptions, they can also be used for you! Mommas know that babies aren’t the only ones who do some leaking after they arrive. Our boosters, therefore, can also be used as a postpartum menstrual pad.
2 in a pack: There’s nothing like getting more bang for your buck, so we have doubled the fun by giving you not one, but two boosters in each pack.
So, there you have it. A list of real essentials for baby that keeps it simple for you, keeps your baby happy, and keeps your sanity and closet space intact.
Now check that off your list and put your feet up.
Have been using the boosters as my daughter was starting to leak through the charcoal inserts especially at night. The stay dry liner is awesome - will be purchasing more of those on their own - the bamboo holds more than the charcoal liners with less compression leaks! We spend a significant amount of time in the vehicle and the booster has helped with our compression leaks. Would love to see an insert with a material less prone to compression leaks either more bamboo layers and less microfibre or microfibre and some hemp! Michelle on 15th Apr 2019
If you are on the fence, like I was, the answer is YES. These have transformed leaky car rides and those long and glorious naps. They have even give us the confidence to try overnight cloth! I bought a pack just to test them, and we loved them so much I'm placing more in my next order. Char on 2nd Apr 2019
The first day I tried these, they changed my life! I had been stacking extra liners (both of them!) on top of the liners in the diapers because my son is a heavy wetter (but well hydrated!). As cliche as it may sound to say my mind was blown ... there were explosions in my brain! I don't know why I hadn't done this sooner, and know more are in my near, near future! These are awesome and a life-changer! Shauna R on 28th Mar 2019
I was so nervous to cloth diaper at night but really wanted to give it a go. These boosters have made overnight diapering a success! I use a large bamboo, small bamboo and booster and are completely leak free! I definitely remcommend the boosters! Meghan on 1st Mar 2019
These are actual lifesavers!! We use them for overnight because we were leaking no matter what we did. I like a large bamboo insert, this booster and a small charcoal on top. Fantastic Combo! Tiff on 28th Feb 2019
I bought these boosters for my daughters overnight diapers. I lay them on top of her over night inserts and we have had Jon leaks since. I also use them for my 2.5 year olds night time diapers. Chrystal Scott on 20th Feb 2019
we bought a set of these for those, just in case moments. They work well. the extra absorbency is really helpful! Unknown on 16th Feb 2019
Our baby is a stomach sleeper. We have struggled to keep him from leaking in the front at night. We've had some success with placing two large and one small inserts in her diaper cover. We were hoping the boosters would do a better job however they aren't any better than just an extra insert. In our case, it was money we didn't need to spend but you don't know if you don't try. His skin is no less moist either. The boosters are well constructed, as expected. Great customer service as usual. They wash and dry as well as any insert. Unknown on 6th Feb 2019
Worth every penny. I love these! Only thing that helped keep our baby dry overnight! Unknown on 12th Jan 2019
My little girl was setting through her inserts at night and I heard that Boosters May help this issue so I purchased 2 packs and never looked back! I use 2 bamboo inserts and the booster on top and it’s a miracle! She can sleep 12 hours and no leaks! The inserts are sooo heavy in the morning which shows me they’re an absorbing superhero! Maria on 11th Jan 2019
I ordered these boosters to see if they would work for us. So far I'm loving them! They are great for long road trips and also for overnight. No worries about leaks. Baby's skin stays dry. Unknown on 26th Dec 2018
Absolutely love these!! We’re finally able to cloth overnight with these. No leaks at all ! Highly recommend using these for overnight or long drives . Unknown on 3rd Dec 2018
This is my favourite “accessory” to put on my baby if we are heading out of the house for a bit. Great for grocery runs, when I go to the gym (she goes in the playroom daycare while I work out), walking the mall or just when I don’t think I will get to changing her diaper as often! I wish I tried these so much earlier. Worth it! Easy to wash and dry - I thought they would take much longer to dry with the bamboo but they don’t Meag on 27th Nov 2018
My little guy is 6 months old and I’ve never been able to have him in cloth overnight without leaks, so we’ve been using disposables just at night. I ordered the boosters to add to the overnight insert set and we’ve had success most nights! These are great for long naps or car rides too when you know you need some extra absorbency. So far I’m very pleased with the versatility of this product and relieved we’ve found (hopefully) a solution to overnight cloth diapering! Elizabeth Glidden on 15th Nov 2018
Love these boosters! They add so much absorption, are the perfect size and shape, and keep my little one feeling dry! I use them to up my overnight diapers and it works great to help my little one sleep longer Caitlin on 15th Nov 2018
I bought these recently in an attempt to combat leaks that were happening when I took my son out and about and couldn't always change his diaper as often as I should. These boosters are super soft and provide me with peace of mind while we are out and they also work amazingly as a little something extra overnight. Definitely recommend these and I will likely be buying more! Lindsey on 22nd Aug 2018
You can tell this company really cares about their customers! I got a hand written letter, an extra gift, tea and chocolates!
Thank you lilhelpers!!!!
Amanda on 15th Aug 2018
I used to have to change my son once or twice during the night. With these boosters I don’t have to! They’ve been fantastic Unknown on 25th Jul 2018
These boosters are about the same size thickness as the inserts, if not slightly thicker. Makes for a pretty squishy fit.
I have used in other diapers that have more room in the covers and they do okay. Wouldn't buy again. Unknown on 24th Jul 2018
We previously had to bulk up our overnight diapers with the big overnight insert, then a small bamboo insert, then the overnight little liner, then a bamboo stay dry liner = 4 layers to keep our little twin heavy wetters dry. These new boosters are now all we need on top of the big overnight liner and it is keeping them dry for 11-12 hours! Much easier to put on and much less bulk. I'm sure they will also be amazing for a day when we have to be out for a few hours and need some extra absorbency. Will definitely be ordering more of them with my next order. Thanks lilhelper! Meghan on 9th Jul 2018