Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lil Helper Cloth Diaper Review

Graham was recently given the opportunity to try out his very own Lil Helper Cloth diaper. This is a brand I have been dying to review. The diapers themselves look to be great and from what I have seen from their Facebook page, other reviews etc - look to be a great company. I soon found out that both the diapers and the company aren't just great - they are AMAZING!

About Lil Helper:
Lil Helper Cloth Diapers was founded in 2009 by buddies Mohammed Gandhi and Nader Abu El Samid. Both met in Ryerson University, Toronto while studying for their undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. Both these nerds also have a master's degree in aerospace, which they occasionally use to impress people. You can read more about these guys here.

Lil Helper Cloth Diapers was born out of an itch to make a better and more affordable cloth diaper. Read their entire story here.

Lil Helper's sole mission is to provide quality products and great customer service. Their mission is further outlined here.

Apart from providing parents with a greener alternative to disposable diapers, Lil Helper also started the Baby Do Good program, which gives a brand 1 brand new cloth diaper to a family in need for every 3 diapers they sell. It is their way of evangelizing parents to sustainable diapering practices.

Since introduction in late 2011- their diapers and quirky humor has been very well received by bloggers and customers alike.

The small team at Lil Helper is continuously striving to improve their products and services. They document their journey on their blog. The blog also serves to give customers a peek into the working of bootstrapped company.

I was sent an Original Cloth Diaper* with a set of Charcoal Bamboo inserts. I just want to say right off the bat - I knew this would be one of the trimmest diaper we own. The outer fabric is a waterproof PUL, that is so soft and squishy. Some of our other diapers seem 'stiff' not this one. Buttery soft.

As you can see, this is a one size diaper. It has a three rise setting and does have cross over snaps on the waist! BIG bonus.

The leg elastic is very soft as well - Graham isn't overly chunky, but he does have chubby thighs. The leg elastic doesn't leave any red marks on him whatsoever.

Each diaper comes with 2 snap in inserts. One smaller, one larger. Lil Helper has three different fabric options for their inserts. Shown below is the Charcoal Bamboo inserts. These bad boys are SUPER thirsty! The small insert is made up of 4 super thirsty layers while the larger one is made with 3. They suggest using these for nighttime and I have to agree. This diaper help up overnight (7 hours of sleep) no wet sheets or wet clothing. If we are using this diaper for daytime use - I only use one insert - so if the cover isn't soiled I use the large insert after!

The inserts snap into place, which I really like. No bunching or moving around in the cover itself.

What I love most about Lil Helper cloth diapers is that I can reuse the cover if it's not soiled. Snap in a fresh insert and you are good to go. I tested this one day while we were out and about. I packed my single diaper cover and both inserts. I'm sold. As long as Graham gets changed within a reasonable amount of time and there is no poop, we can use the cover twice before I toss it into the diaper pail.

Fit - LOVE the fit. Graham is quite long at 28.25 inches (at 6 months) and he is on the smallest rise setting and the snaps are done right up. We have plenty of time left in this diaper.

We love this diaper. I plan on getting a couple more diapers and inserts. They wash so well, and the fit is just great. They hold up against my heavy wetter and are very trim.

You can find Lil Helper Cloth diapers online - they offer an amazing Starter kit for $65.00 Canadian. The kit includes 2 diaper covers with inserts, a wet bag, and some wipes. You could add in a couple more diapers and get free shipping to Canada and US if it's over $79.00. It would make a great baby shower gift for any expectant mama who wants to cloth diaper.

Their other diapers rang anywhere from $19.00 to $24.00 - a great price in my opinion. Be sure to check them out!

A BIG thank you to Mohammed and everyone at Lil Helper for allowing Graham to test out and review your awesome diapers. Also, thank you for wanting to make our world a better place and for helping families that are less fortunate. You really are making a difference.

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Please note that I was sent the above mentioned product(s) free of charge to facilitate this review. All opinions are strictly my own and may differ from others. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this review. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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