Lifesaver Original Mat

$59.00 +1180pts

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

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LENGTH: 34 inches
WIDTH: 36 inches

  1. Heavy-Duty wash (longest cycle) on warm (max. 140 F/60 C) with recommended amount of detergent. Make sure you use enough detergent.
  2. Line dry when you can or tumble dry on medium.
  3. Use a reputable, commercially available detergent, either plant based or synthetic
  4. Do not use laundry soaps such as castile or coconut based soaps and detergents with fabric softener.
  5. Watch your favourite reality show. Light up a celebratory cigar with a glass of red and give yourself a pat on the back for choosing a reusable swim diaper. A cape is recommended but not necessary.

Keeps moisture in its place

The bottom layer of the Lifesaver 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

Hidden deep in the magical depths of this mat are layers of absorbency that will hide a shocking amount of liquid. Plus the naturally wicking charcoal topper will hide stains and keep everything feeling dry.

One Mat, SO MANY Uses

A play mat when going to the park or a friend's place. Portable sleeping area. Wind-proof stroller cover. Blanket. Mattress Protector. Towel. (Head over to our FB group Lil Helper: Unsnapped and search “lifesaver” to see all the ways our patrons are using this mat… cuz there are A LOT)

Sometimes, size does matter.

Sized Perfectly

Goldilocks has daydreams about this bad boy, cuz it is not too big and not too small.The mat is sized at a convenient 34’’ x 36’’ (86 cm. x 91 cm.). This means it is big enough to be used on a toddler's bed and small enough to be tucked cosily in a crib. Since it is convenient for both at home and on-the-go, you’ll realize the uses are vast and it won’t be long before you decide you need more.

We call this “The Original” because there is a Lifesaver Mini and an XL version of this exact mat!

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Easy to use, easy to take care of.

Family Heirloom In The Making

The waterproof barrier is guaranteed to outlast 200 commercial launderings. Your rugged jeans that you spent a whole afternoon picking out and that give you “internet breaking” curves will tear into rags after just 100 washes. And yes! It can go in the dryer too.

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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- they will most likely change their 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.

Whether you want to be known as the friend who gives the best gifts, or the parent who makes child rearing look effortless (despite the fact that those jeans haven’t been washed in recent memory), the Lifesaver is the product for you.



Looking for more effortless parenting hacks? Us too. If you find some, send them our way. In the meantime, here is more info about this wicked awesome mat.

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Newbie Guide

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.
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.
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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 89 reviews
Lifesaver Original Mat

I have been using lil helper diapers since the birth of my oldest child five and a half years ago. I have purchased many diapers from them throughout that time to diaper my three children and with the birth of my fourth child this year I purchased a lifesaver mat I find it works great for the times I put my child in a diaper that has stretched around the legs. These diapers are not tight enough around the legs for a newborn and sometimes leak however with a lifesaver mat I can let my child sleep on it and not worry about the bedding needing to be washed in the morning. My only regret is that I didn't purchase the mini and original together. These have the best patterns and the thank you cards are a really nice gesture. I recommend lilhelper to everyone I know! Thank you lilhelper!!

Jacqueline Wiltshire
Versatile and amazing!

We love these mats in our house and babe is only 4 months old! Our two favourite uses are to use on the floor for tummy time and to use as a couch protector from spitup and drool.
They are also great for in the car for a wet dog and to bring to friends and families houses for a clean/comfy place for babe to lay down.
I definitely plan to use one under the highchair once she starts solids too.
Now I just gotta get more of these!

Literally lifesavers

Not only are these great for diaper changes but they are fabulous for sensory play (to contain all contents), great as blankets, and as towels to wrap littles in after a swim or a visit to a splash pad 😊

Stephanie Sharp
The most used item in my arsenal

The number of uses is ENDLESS! I was using my lifesaver before my LO arrived! I was hesitant to buy because of the price (what FTM wouldn't be) but they are well worth it! I have 6 now and honestly I could still get more. Do yourself a favor, get the mat.


This is hands down my favourite baby/kid product ever and is my go to baby shower gift! We use ours from everything like a change mat to a “protect the floor from the baby tsunami in the bathtub” mat. It’s great for water sensory play and I can attest it can hold at least 10 mixing bowls worth of water dumped by an overexcited toddler.

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