|My cloth pad stash. Bring on the cotton!|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I first heard about 'mama cloth' after I began cloth diapering my first child. But I didn't really begin to look into it until after I became pregnant with my second child. After reading about so many benefits for using cloth, I knew that I wanted a good stash for my postpartum time. I am so, so glad that I did it because it made things so much more comfortable. So much more comfortable in fact, that I hope to never use a disposable pad again! They were so much more soft and gentle, absorbed fantastically, and really weren't more 'obvious' than disposables. Not to mention that they are so easy to care for- just wash, dry, and reuse. I didn't use a wet pail, but just a Small Bummis Fabulous Wet Bag that I hung from the towel rack in my bathroom. And to be honest, that was a whole lot less conspicuous than an overflowing trash can of nasty, smelly, and bloody pads! (sorry for the specifics!) You can purchase them online at places like Etsy and eBay as well as the specialty sites like Glad Rags, etc. All of these pads are really nice, but they were just too expensive for us so I ended up sewing a ton of winged maxi style pads myself. I also found that preemie prefolds work fantastically for the heavy (or night) time. By the way, you could easily wear two at a time for those first few super heavy days postpartum. And I would like to add that after wearing cloth myself, I am glad to know that I used/use cloth on my babies. Wow, cloth is just SO MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE and natural. I most definitely would not want to wear disposable pads 24/7, so why would my baby (who has even more sensitive skin than I do) want to wear disposable diapers ALL OF THE TIME for like two years? Look into it, give it a try, I bet you will be so glad that you did. And of course, cloth isn't just for mamas and babies!