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I am going to tell you a story. This is not a story of triumph. I can share this now because, thankfully, I don’t wet my bed anymore. I have maintained an unblemished track record for the last 20 years and counting. For the record, I am 29 years old.
I was 8- the oldest kid in my extended family. All the other kids looked up to me. I could do no wrong in their eyes.
Our entire family, consisting of 5 uncles and their respective families had gone to a beach resort for the weekend to Daman, a coastal town not too far from Mumbai, India. The place where we lived was a resort in the same capacity as going to Afghanistan can be called a vacation.
All eight kids were sleeping in a dorm like room, splattered on paper-thin mattresses set on the floor. I was sleeping next to my cousin Bob.
No child in India is ever named Bob- the mental torture in school would be unbearable. I call him Bob in this story to cloak his identity. His real name is - never mind- its not Bob.
So Bob was 6. He looked up to me. When we played wrestling, he would let me be Hulk Hogan. He asked me for life advice. I was everything he ever wanted to be. I was his hero.
FYI, Bob is the real hero of this story.
And that fateful night as we slept on those uncomfortable mattresses, I wet my bed. The dream was so real. If you had seen my dream, I am sure you would have peed too.
I woke up as soon as I felt that uncomfortable warm-wet feeling.
My options were limited. Stay and let the revealing yellow patch on the bleached cotton sheet tell a tale of shame to all my younger cousins. But those kids would have lost a hero. Who would serve as an example for my aunts when they had to discipline their brood? I was perfect. I could not be seen as a bed wetter.
Then I saw Bob’s drooling face. I did what I had to do. It would all make sense if you saw the climax of the Dark Knight. In this case, Bob was Bat Man without his explicit consent. He took a blow/leak for the larger good.
Bob was only 6, he was allowed to wet his bed. That’s what I told him when he woke up on my defiled mattress next morning. I assured him that ‘the accident’ was our secret. We took care of the dirty bed sheet better than the Mafioso henchmen dispose off bodies. The camaraderie I felt with Bob could only be matched if we fought a war together.
Bob could have been spared a lot of anguish and years of therapy had my parents had the good sense to just spread something like a Lil Helper Large Organic Bamboo Change Mat on my bedding.
Bamboo Top Layer: The top layer is quilted with organic bamboo/organic cotton (70/30) on both sides and in between is our specialty fabric that provides cushioning in addition to absorption.
This is my very favorite product for baby, and the item used most frequently. Baby has had all kinds of accidents and this mat has never stained. Very easy to wash, and very convenient to throw down anywhere baby lands. Used this in more places than expected, bassinet, crib, floor (for diaper free time), big bed, Grandma's house, etc. Can't recommend enough! Amanda on 24th Jul 2018
We bought this for the crib after using the smaller version as a changing pad. So easy to wash, soft and portable. Love this product. Unknown on 30th May 2016
I haven't yet had the chance to test out the absorbency and durability since baby hasn't been born yet, but so far I am extremely impressed and pleased with my purchase! The mattress protector seems extremely durable, and I love the fact that it is safe for baby and the environment. I can see this product lasting us a long time and I will definitely be ordering a back-up to have on hand! The fact that we can use it not just as mattress protector but as a play-mat/changing mat is clutch. This will be my new go-to gift for fellow parents-to-be! Thank you, Lil' Helper Diapers, for making awesome quality products at reasonable prices! Unknown on 23rd Sep 2015
WE HAVE TWO OF THESE, AND THEY ARE USED EVERY DAY. A REGULAR SIZED CHANGE MAT IS GREAT WHEN BABIES AREN'T OLD ENOUGH TO ROLL OVER, OR IF THEY'RE STRAPPED DOWN TO ONE OF THOSE KOALA CARE CHANGE TABLES.
AS SOON AS OUR DAUGHTER STARTED ROLLING OVER, WE GAVE UP ON HER CHANGE TABLE. WE WEREN'T KEEN AT THE PROSPECT OF HER ROLLING OFF IT AND ONTO THE FLOOR, OR HAVING TO FIGHT WITH HER AND KEEP HER PINNED EVERY SINGLE TIME WE CHANGED HER SO THAT SHE WOULDN'T ROLL OFF.
WE STARTED USING ONE OF THESE MATTRESS PROTECTORS AND IT'S MADE OUR LIVES SO MUCH EASIER. THESE MATTRESS PROTECTORS ARE BIG ENOUGH THAT IF OUR DAUGHTER FLIPS HERSELF OVER AND MAKES A BREAK FOR IT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CHANGE, SHE WON'T LEAVE STAINS EVERYWHERE.
THEY'VE ALSO ALLOWED US TO LET HER GO WITHOUT A DIAPER FROM TIME TO TIME TO AIR OUT, WITHOUT THE CONSTANT FEAR THAT SHE'LL LEAVE A MESS SOMEWHERE.
THEY'RE ALSO SUPER EASY TO FOLD UP AND UNFOLD, SO THEY CAN BE USED ANYWHERE.
AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED, ONE OF THESE MATTRESS PROTECTORS IS A MUST HAVE IN ANY PARENT'S TOOL KIT. KEVIN on 22nd Feb 2015
This mat is known in our home as the "amazing absorbing poop mat!"
I started to use it on my 3 year olds single bed when he started to potty train. It was large enough to stretch across, and would absorb the accidents completely. I could simply roll it up and throw it in the washer after the accidents, it absorbed it all.
Then one day said 3 year old got a stomach bug... he was up all night, throwing up around every 20 minutes. Now, amazing mother that I am... I didn't realize he was also suffering from diahrrea! I kept changing pillow cases, but he never mentioned anything, and I never even smelt the offending stuff since the mat kept sucking it up! The next morning, poop stain was discovered, baby was kissed and apologized to, and mat was held up for all to see (my 6 year old was most impressed!). All the stains came right out in 1 wash, and the mat was as good as new!
Poop mat comes everywhere with us since, as my kids like to say, "Pooping happens everywhere! You never know when Poop Mat comes to the Rescue!" Sakina on 24th Jan 2015
I haven't had my first born yet but the crib is up, the mat protector is on & I'm just waiting! We bought a Nook Sleep Pure mattress and wanted a organic mat protector, not fitted. I also wanted a high quality product that would withstand my baby's needs and his siblings down the road. Invest now, save time and money down the road. My google search lead me to LilHelper who met all my criterias. I didn't want a fitted mat protector for a few reasons - at 3am, I don't feel like doing a workout undoing a mat protector & I want to use it for the glider, bed, car & away from home. I much prefer organic & bamboo is such an awesome material for babies.
I am estatic to have made contact with this company and I hope that stores will start to carry their products for other parents and babies to enjoy! Sonia on 24th Jan 2015
This is the second crib mat I've purchased so I can rotate them. It's soft, durable, and stands up well to frequent washing. It is great to have a waterproof mat that doesn't leave you feeling sweaty! Unknown on 30th Jul 2014