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I would like to talk to you, today, about a concept that can strike both joy and fear into the hearts of parents everywhere.
It is the ultimate “double-edged-sword” of the parenting world.
Much like other double-edged-swords, such as sarcastic comments about your friend’s parenting style or all-you-can-eat tacos, it can lead to feelings that are both profoundly positive and undeniably negative.
I am talking, of course, about the dreaded “p-word”: play dates.
Now, new parents out there may be raising their eyebrows or yelling at their computer screen.
But, chances are, most veteran Mamas and Papas are on the same page as I am.
Either way, let me explain myself.
Play dates have the potential to be a magical and amazing experience. They allow parents, who have a tendency to pour all of their time and attention into their kids, a chance to connect with other parents.
This means that you get to talk about things other than trucks or Peppa Pig and use words that are longer than two syllables.
You can also commiserate with other parents about the triumphs and terrors of raising offspring.
Your baby can socialize with other youngsters and learn some valuable social skills that will make them seem less like they have been raised by wolves.
It CAN be wonderful.
But it can also leave you feeling a little more like this:
These highly scheduled moments can come attached to some crazy pressure.
What if you and the other moms don’t get along? What if your baby and the other babies don’t get along?
And heaven forbid you decide to host this soirée.
You will have to figure out a way to remove the fossilized Cheeto dust from the window where your baby likes to stand.
Shave the dog so he doesn’t shed everywhere before everyone arrives.
Make some Pinterest worthy snacks for both the babies and the moms.
The list of things that could go wrong is both endless and daunting.
Now imagine, if you will, that you are in the thick of one of these play dates.
You still aren’t sure how this one is going to go, but you are impressing the other moms with some conversation about your decision to cloth diaper.
At a usual playdate, the other mom’s make you feel like you are living on the verge of doing permanent damage to your child at any moment.
Like, come on. How is it not acceptable to feed your kids chicken nuggets three nights in a row when you have a cold Stacey?
You think I’m gonna make kale chips when my face looks like I barely survived the final fight scene from a Rocky movie?
But this time, you’ve got them. They are buying in. Eating out of the palm of your hand.
They are in awe of your commitment to saving the planet and your hard earned money.
You are playing it off like it is the easiest, most amazing thing in the world.
You think to yourself, “I have done it, this is going to be one of the good play dates.”
And then it happens. Your little one decides to, literally and metaphorically, drop a deuce all over your good time.
The other parents raise their eyebrows and you can see the second edge of that damn sword (and their judgement) flash before your eyes.
You freeze and every eye in the room is on you.
The atmosphere in the room noticeably changes. You suddenly feel like bomb tech being watched anxiously by a group of onlookers who don’t have time to flee.
Luckily, you have a secret weapon that is going to make the nuclear disaster in your baby’s diaper seem like no big deal at all.
Your Lil Helper flushable liners are going to help you show these other parents that, unlike these stupid play dates, cloth diapering is most certainly not a double-edged sword.
Best of Both Worlds: These handy little devils mean that you can enjoy both the convenience of disposables and the benefits of cloth. They protect your lovely cloth liners from poop or diaper creams and can then be flushed away. No muss, no fuss.
Easy Poop Cleanups: Diaper sprayer, scrubbing poop, dunking/rinsing not required.
With these babies, simply lift out, flush away, and wash your hands of the situation. Seriously. I mean they help with the mess A LOT but you should probably still wash your hands.
Essential for On-the-Go: While these liners would be a welcome addition to your home routine, they really shine when you are out and about. Mostly because they save you carrying around a bag of poop. ‘Nuff said.
Perfect Size: 7 in x 11 in (18 cm x 28 cm). While, of course we would love to see everyone using these liners in nothing but our super awesome charcoal cloth diapers, we know that spreading the love is also important. Therefore each of our liners fits comfortably into any cloth diaper.
So, the next time your mixed emotions about leaving the house for a play date have you waffling between sprinting for the car and barricading your front door, remember that our Flushable Liners can help take some of the awkward out of your day.
I find it also helps to remember that, at most of these things, there is at least coffee... if not wine.