Looking for a baby mattress pad? If you are tired of changing your baby
or child's bedding in the middle of the night, you'll want to check out
our review of two made-in-Canada crib mattress protectors that have
become must-haves in our home.
Have you had enough of wrestling with wet sheets and fitted mattress
protectors in the middle of the night? Whether you're dealing with spit
up or drool from a teething baby, the occasional leaky diaper, or a
chronic bed wetter, the baby mattress pads from Lil Helper can bring you
relief...When accidents occur, it is possible for you to get back to
bed sooner with less disruption to both yours and your little one's
Both of the baby mattress pads from Lil Helper can be laid on top of your baby's bedding. I find laying it on top makes for faster, easier clean-up (usually no sheet changes are required!) but you can tuck them underneath the fitted sheet if you prefer.
Please note: Before we get too far into this "review", I want to point out that this isn't a normal blogger product review. Lil Helper DID NOT send me these products free of charge to facilitate a review... after having to change the sheets on my son's bed in the middle of the night, every night for weeks on end, I purchased these products at full price in a desperate attempt to gain back precious minutes of sleep in the middle of the night. I haven't regretted that desperate purchase for even a minute!
Lots of baby mattress pad protectors stink - but neither of these baby mattress pads contain stinky plastic or vinyl backing. If you're familiar with cloth diapers, you're probably thinking, oh, well it's PUL (polyester urethane laminate, a lightweight knit with a waterproof backing for those of you that aren't familiar with cloth diapers).
But the backing on these baby mattress pads is neither plastic nor PUL: it is actually a medical-grade waterproof material that is heavier duty, and of a somewhat rougher texture than PUL. More importantly, the backing material is also free of phthalate, BPAs, lead, and heavy-metals, and is made in Canada.
Why this is important?
One of the best things about these crib mattress pads are that they lay on top of the bedding (although you could also tuck them under the fitted sheet if you prefer. I find it almost impossible to change bedding in the dark. The trouble is, by the time we turned on the lights and wrestled clean bedding onto our toddler's bed, we were all wide awake.
Some of the other benefits of these mattress pads are:
On a scale of one to four, with one being never and four being absolutely, I would rate these products with a four. They have become must-have baby essentials in our household, and I regularly recommend them to friends and family... they have made our life much easier and our nights much happier!
I recommend purchasing 2 mattress pads - one for on the bed, and another as a back-up for when the first is in the wash. Overall, I prefer the bamboo mattress protector over the fleece, but I purchased the fleece one for our back-up to save a few dollars. The fleece one is now getting use with our newborn for co-sleeping and in the playpen. It's awesome that I can move it back and forth without taking the bed apart, and it's plenty large enough for baby!
I wish that the fleece mattress pad had a binding on the edges, similar to the bamboo pad. I find that the corners on the fleece crib mattress protector sometimes flip up, and I think a binding would help it lay in place better.
I love these baby mattress pads, but they don't replace the fitted mattress pad I have in my little one's crib. I would love to see Lil Helper introduce fitted mattress pad covers for cribs, play pens, and bassinet mattresses as well, since safe and organic products baby sleeping products are so hard to find!
Both of these mattress pad protectors are available directly from LilHelper.ca.
LilHelper offers free shipping to
the US and Canada on orders over $79.