Lifesaver Mat - Original

$44.95

Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
22 reviews

A change in the weather that you didn’t plan for. An overflowing poopnami on grandma’s bed. Forgetting to bring your overtired toddler’s nap time blanket. Sometimes it doesn’t take much for an outing with your little one to go from picture perfect to a code-red emergency. Enter the Lifesaver Mat. Well-made, adorable, and multipurpose, this little lifesaver will make the unexpected and chaotic seem downright boring and manageable.

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Lifesaver Mat - Original

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.

We're not worthy

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.

Sad

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.

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.

sleeping

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.

You didnt see anything

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.

oh the SHAME

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.”

  1. Maria

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    LOVE!

    I have a regular sized charcoal mat for my change pad but wanted to get a large one for tummy time and diaper free play! Love this mat so much! It’s so big and soft!!

  2. Steph

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Great Size!

    We purchased this mat so that we can change our newborn worry free when visiting friends houses. The large size catches everything! We have enough to worry about as moms so having this mat in my arsenal is a blessing.

  3. Dana

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    A Mind (and mattress) Saving Miracle!

    I ordered this large charcoal change mat with the intention of using it as a mattress protector when I was ready to make the jump to Lil Helper overnight. My guy is a heavy wetter so I wanted to be prepared for leakage. Well guess what; no leaks! So you might think it was a waste of money. Wrong! On the odd night that diaper laundry is still drying I’ll throw on a disposable diaper 🙁 and that one almost always leaks. Glad I have my charcoal change mat in my corner!

  4. Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Awesome Mat!

    I recently got my large charcoal mat. I think I have used it everyday since the day it arrived. My little one is at the stage where she no longer wants to be contained in the changing table, so this may has become my changing area mat. I take it with me to the pool, to use as her changing area in the changing room. I also use it in my house, car pretty much anywhere I can. However I wished it had a Velcro or snap button so that when you fold it stays put in my bag.

  5. Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    LOVE this thing!

    Honestly the coolest thing I’ve purchased so far. My baby is a puker and this thing has saved me from so much laundry and upholstery cleaning. A nap on a bed, crib or the couch is more restful and cleaner. It absorbs any liquid quickly and spit up wipes off easily until the next wash. I ordered one more to leave in my diaper bag

  6. Hannah

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Great change mats, cute prints.

    This mattress protector is a good size and I love knowing that if my baby springs a leak during the night his mattress will still be ok. It’s super soft and is able to be waterproof without sounding crinkly or noisy when the baby rolls on it so he can stay asleep. It gave me peace of mind when he was still wearing disposable diapers that he routinely leaked out of during the night!

  7. Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Handy item to have around

    I love this product! Works great as a diaper change mat. Very versatile.

  8. Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Bedsaver

    I love having this large change pad. My babies spit up ALOT. If I laid them down on a bed other than the crib you could bet on soaked spots in short order. I got this change pad and the bed stays dry. Plus, even wet, it feels dryer so my babies sleep better.

  9. Ashley

    Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    This is a 'must have'!

    Absolutely love this mat!! It has saved our beige couch from several ‘accidents’, even the projective spit ups (due to it’s large size). It’s also great for travelling.
    Our wee babe isn’t in her crib yet, but when she transitions, I’ll likely need another one 🙂
    This would be a great gift for new moms.

  10. Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    Great Mat!

    This is a fantastic mat overall. It has saved my sofa and mattress several times as I have a heavy spitter-upper a squirmer. We have used this product every day since since my little one came home. The only downsides to the large mat are: 1) wish there was a snap or something to keep it together when travelling with it (it keeps unraveling in my bag), and 2) it takes a rather long time to dry if you don’t put it in the dryer. I was expecting it to dry much quicker, but it look more than one overnight for it to be usable again.

    Overall, a highly recommended addition to baby gear, regardless of whether you are cloth diapering or not.

  • How Do You Wash It?

    This wash routine is easy peasy! The Life Saver mat can be washed with your regular wash, we do however caution against using hot water. We suggest not washing it with cloth diapers as its quite bulking and can disrupt proper agitation of the diapers. For drying we suggest hang drying, however, if tumble drying we recommend using LOW-MED heat.

  • What is the Mat made of ?

    The design on these things is equal parts simple and genius! There is a waterproof backing that comes in our AH-MAZING prints. Paired with our comfy stay dry charcoal material you find in our beloved cloth diaper inserts. Our charcoal layer is a thirsty combination of naturally wicking material that will absorb a torrent of liquid and will still keep the surface feeling dry.

  • What are the Dimensions?

    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 cosy in a crib.

  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "This mat was a necessity! It’s perfect for sitting on the wet ground. Amazing for keeping car seats dry from a wet child. It’s probably odd that I’m looking forward to potty training so I could use this more and maybe buy another one (or two?)."

    nadellfh | September 2020
  • Rated 0 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "I think the lifesaver mat is my all time favourite Lil Helper product (although that’s hard to say because I love every lil helper product). The lifesaver mat is truly a product with endless uses! One side super absorbent for spills, accidents, leaks, etc. The other side water proof PUL so the liquid doesn’t leak through AND messes can be wiped right off. I have 3 lifesaver mats and I want more! Don’t buy one unless you are prepared to buy multiple!!"

    Erica | September 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "Walking in the rain? Lifesaver. Walking in the wind? Lifesaver. Forgot your towel? Lifesaver. Forgot your beach/ picnic blanket? Lifesaver. Baby diaper free time? Lifesaver. Playmat on a dirty surface? Lifesaver. You get my drift. We use it for everything! There isn't a reason NOT to have at least one!"

    Dez | September 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "The Lil Helper Large Lifesaver mats are so versatile and have uses far beyond diaper changes! They are great for naked tummy time, potty training, blankets while in a car sear, stroller, picnics, or on a couch. I also used one for myself while pregnant and breastfeeding to protect my mattress. The soft cozy side is absorbant, and the cute fabric print side is water resistant, making this a parent’s dream. Under sensory play, high chairs, and any mess making situation, I find I grab this mat for everything. These can sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long to order if you love a print - you don’t want to miss it!"

    Katie | September 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "We used to only use it under the bedsheets since we sometimes have leaks. Now that we are potty training, it's literally life saving. I need more."

    Vanessa Delcarmen | August 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "An absolute essential for us. Use it for everything...naked time, post-bath, change pad, nursing in bed, etc. Thanks Lil Helper...I’ll be getting another one soon"

    Allison Tennant | August 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "Been useing this mat for night training my almost 7 year old. Her brain wasn't cooperating when wearing diapers or pullups, it was 100% pee every night. With this waterproof mat its large enough to lay over her twin mattress and catch any nighttime accidents with big girl undies! Which BTW her brain now know shes not wearing diapers and wakes up dry most mornings. I've only had this for 2 weeks! 2 more younger sisters means this mat will be used for many years at home and while traveling. GOLDEN!"

    Stacey | July 2020
  • Rated 0 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "I love this mat. It’s perfect for sitting on wet grass with baby or protecting my car seats from my son’s wet butt from swimming. I just got the Lifesaver mat a few weeks ago but have used it almost everyday. Loveee it!!"

    Nadell Hawkins | July 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "I love this mat. I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the print I was eyeing and scooped it up as soon as it was available. I’m happy to say it has exceeded my expectations. The mat is lovely and waterproof and is surprisingly super soft. No crinkly noise or rough material. I was so tired of bringing blankets to the park only to have baby’s butt all wet from the grass. Doesn’t happen anymore. I’ve used this as a changing mat, ground seating, or baby blanket everyday since it’s arrived. Really a no brainer but. "

    Jusdyna | January 2020
  • Rated 5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
    9 reviews

    "I bought this mat intending to give it away as a gift. However, once our baby was born we moved in with my parents in order to sell our house—and this mat quickly became my new changing table mat. Thank you, lil helper, for letting me feel at home away from home."

    Ashley A meulink | November 2019

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