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 Bob's 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 am not proud of what transpired next but 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 Batman 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 the next morning.
I assured him that ‘the accident’ was our secret. We took care of the dirty bedsheet better than the Mafioso henchmen dispose of bodies.
The camaraderie I felt with Bob could only be matched if we fought a war together.
It is a moment that has stayed with me.
I’ve been waiting for a chance to redeem myself… and Bob’s reputation.
So I created the Lifesaver Mat. A product that could have spared Bob a lot of anguish (and years of therapy), had my parents had the good sense to just spread something like it on my bedding.
Waterproof Bottom Layer: The bottom layer of the diaper change mat is lined with a medical grade waterproof material. Now you can lay your baby down for a nap on anything from grandma’s heirloom quilt to the persian rug in the guest room, with no worries. I’m not sure why you would… but you can.
Baby Stays Dry: This thirsty combination of naturally wicking material will absorb a torrent of liquid and will still keep the surface feeling dry.
Safe For Baby & Environment: I may have been a less-than-proud bedwetter. But I am now a VERY proud tree-hugger. That means I would never use anything in my products that is harmful in any way. The waterproof barrier is phthalate, BPA and lead and heavy metal free.
Sized Perfectly: The mat is sized at a convenient 34’’ x 36’’ (86 cm. x 91 cm.). The large change mat is big enough to be used on a toddler's bed. It is small enough to be tucked cosily in a crib.
One Mat, Multiple Uses: You can use this mat as a play mat when going to the park or visiting a friend's place. It also serves as a portable sleeping area when going on trips or visiting relatives. A stroller cover. A blanket. A towel. There are SO MANY ways to use this mat. (Seriously, head over to our Facebook group Lil Helper: Unsnapped and search “lifesaver” to see all the ways our customers are using this mat.)
Pre-Washed; No Shrink: We pre-washed the organic bamboo to get rid of any shrinkage before sewing it with the waterproof barrier.
And YES! It can go into the dryer: This protector doesn't mind the dryer. You can put it into your dryer at regular heat and it (including the waterproof barrier) will be tickety-boo.
Awesome Gift Idea: No matter the sex of the child or whether your friend decides to use disposable or cloth diapers- one thing is for sure- she will most likely change her baby’s diaper every couple of hours. And leave the house with said baby, now and then. The Lifesaver is designed to tackle a variety of childrearing crises, both at home and in the wild. All while looking adorable, in prints that new and veteran parents alike will love.
I may not be able to change the past. That night with Bob will always be a blight on an otherwise shining career of cousining.
But I created the Lifesaver mat so that you can be better than I was.
So that you never have to make the choice that I did.
So that no one else, including your tiny babe, has to become a “Bob.”