This past couple of months, I have been truly amazed by the tiny little cloth diaper companies across North America that I’m learning more about each day. Whether it’s from brands popping in my Instagram DM’s or joining me on the Cloth Diaper Podcast, there are so many passionate people out there trying to make amazing products. First, it was Bebeboo Diapers, and now Les Confections Lili in Drummondville, Quebec. Cloth Diapering is a small market, and I’m falling in love with new brands every month and never thought this would happen 3 years later.
Emilie from Confections Lili sent me two diapers to review and sample.
Who is Les Confections Lili?
Repeating myself, Les Confections Lili, or Lili Diapers, is a Quebec based company in Drummondville which is really close to where my sister lives and where I got in trouble by the police once for not putting shoes on my toddler. Anyways…
Emilie is the entrepreneur behind this business. You can learn her entire story on my podcast coming out early December. Basically, with the help of her sisters (and sister in laws), they sew pocket cloth diapers from the comfort of their warehouse. It’s here all the magic begins and it is here that they work tirelessly on creating a great product.
Les Confections Lili translates roughly to The Lili Creations/Making and the company is named after Emilie’s daughter.
You can only buy their product directly at their website which does have an English version. Yes, the shopping page is in French, but I’m going to help you with that with providing this amazing English break down of the product and my take on the Lili Diapers (that’s what we call them en anglais).
All About the Les Confections Lili Cloth Diaper
This is a one size pocket cloth diaper that fits from 8-35lbs. The rise setting is a standard 3 across 2 down dsign. It features athletic wicking jersey (AWJ) on the inside, with a top open pocket. AWJ is a stay dry experience.
Pretty much all of their cloth diapers feature a solid/print combo of PUL (polyester urethane). You’ll get a strip of pattern PUL on the bum and wings. When you are shopping online you choose what accent print you want.
There are two options for inserts: daytime and nighttime.
The insert I recieved is the new daytime insert with two layers of a hemp fleece – 55% hemp and 45% cotton. Emilie claims 12 ounces of absorbency, and my absorbency test came back similar at 10-11 ounces (variations will exist because of the different methods and time and water and other factors). It is a simple trifold square and just needs to be folded into thirds and placed inside the diaper.
the night time insert is 3 layers of hemp fleece for a total of 17 ounces of absorbency.
Additional perks ot this diaper is the snaps. The waist snaps on one side are male while the other side is female. This helps with inventory but more importantly lets the diaper roll up into a cute little package without over snaps.
I love athletic wicking jersey. It is by far one of my favourite linings for pocket cloth diapers and I wish more brands used it. I love AWJ feminine cloth products and my diapers because it rarely stains, poop slides off like a breeze, it’s super lightweight and cool, drys quick, and is easily sourced in Canada. I think that’s all the reasons, but I’m sure there’s more.
Quality is on point. This is a handmade diaper and the quality really stands out. The snaps are all even and well done, the PUL is a great feel and weight to it and all the stitching is just on point.
Fit & Sizing – I would say this is a bigger yet smaller fitting cloth diaper. It does say 8lbs and measures up to a traditional one size option, but I would lean towards this being a baby-size diaper for once kids hit 10-12lbs. I think that’s when you would get the better fit.
Anna is 23lbs and I did have her in this with the rise setting close. It does fit her bed with a mid rise setting. If you needed the insert to be smaller for a small baby do check out a burrito fold for a better fit. I say smaller because while it has great height in the rise it is a smaller circumference. I feel it would confidently bring Anna to potty training, but I’m not sure it would fit my husky man at 35lbs just because he was really wide. A reminder that 35lbs is relative.
The pocket opening is a little small for my BIG hands. It does have good stretch to it and the width of the diaper allows me to get the insert in there and situated but I could use an extra cm on the pocket for my man-sized hands.
Insert Quality – wow. I have a secret guilty pleasure for loving things that need to be prepped lots and this insert really needed a good dozen washes before it would stop leaking on me. Now it never leaks and the legs never get wet and everything is AMAZING. That’s just hemp for you.
Hemp is going to need to be prepped to strip away those naturally occurring fibres and I just tossed the insert in with every load of laundry I did. It took a few days because I was anxious and wanted to try it out, but I could easily get 10 loads of laundry done in a day or two.
10-11-12 ounces of absorbency is top notch for a daytime insert and their night insert is marked at 17 ounces which is a good amount for most moderate wetters. This is a diaper that is going to set you up to succeed at cloth diapering.
What Don’t I like?
The price point, it’s ouch. Starting at $33.95 CDN without an insert, this is a high-end cloth diaper. If you are looking for budget cloth diapers I might stear you this direction.
Handmade in Quebec sourcing premium quality fabrics is an expense and Emilie talks about that on the podcast. But it’s exceptionally made and absolutely fantastic. The prints are out of this world classic and on point for my style, and maybe yours (check them out here).
That said this diaper won’t be for everyone but cloth diapering is a wide spectrum of budgets and…
Would I recommend Lili Diapers?
I would totally recommend Lili Diapers if you can afford them. If you’re in Quebec you probably can apply for a grant towards cloth diapering to reduce landfill and that will help offset the cost.
If you’re not in Quebec then you can just enjoy this premium quality cloth diaper. I would totally recommend adding one or four to your stash and trying these out. They are amazing and definitely a diaper that is designed to set up for success in cloth diapering.
Check out her shop here to buy Lili Diapers.
And yes, there’s just the one style of pocket cloth diaper.