The Best Cloth Pads for PostPartum – A Resource Guide
I am the proud Mom of 4 boys. Like most things, the first birth was a huge learning experience. After getting a terrible rash on the backs of my legs all the way up to the middle of my back from the disposable postpartum pads the hospital provided, I found cloth.
Reusable menstrual pads for postpartum are better than disposable. They are more comfortable, very absorbent, allow great air flow, don’t contain chemicals and stay out of our landfills and oceans. My next 3 birth plans all included postpartum cloth pads and I’ve never looked back.
If you’re shopping for postpartum pads you may wonder what to buy, how many you need and the best shops to find what you’re looking for. Luckily the list of amazing shops is long and keeps growing! Here’s what’s available and guaranteed to cushion your vulva during the healing process.
Washing Cloth Pads Without an Electric Washer
Washing cloth pads without an electric washer is something that would have been familiar to my Great Grandmother. Disposable products weren’t around when she was younger and I have fond memories of seeing her washboard, with many miles, out on display.
In fact, my Great Grandmother used to do all of her laundries by hand. It was washed by hand and placed outside on a line to dry or indoors by the coal stove in colder months. Once electric washers became available to households, she retired the washboard and started spending more time making pies and less time scrubbing.
Today, even with the availability of laundromats and home washing machines the need exists to wash pads by hand. Maybe you can’t or don’t want to haul pads to the laundromat, maybe you’re going camping, on a mission or to an area of the world without an electric washer in every house.
Luckily, there are still many ways to wash pads by hand and get them super clean. Possibly even cleaner than the washer!
Cloth Pad Pattern Free + Great Cloth Pad Patterns You Can Buy!
If you’re interested in sewing cloth pads, you’ll want to find a pattern. Why? These patterns have been designed and tested thoroughly to make sure you get the best pad on your first try. Why spend the time trying to develop your own pad pattern when there are cloth pad pattern free + many available to purchase at a reasonable price?
Want to find free cloth pad patterns? Here’s a collection of available patterns for cloth pads.
Scrundies VS Bunzies
If you’re on social media and in any pad or cloth diaper chat groups, you’ve probably heard of the terms scrundies and bunzies. You may even be looking for a shop or, if you’re talented, hoping to make your own!
Here’s are all the details on Scrundies vs Bunzies
Omaïki Lötus Review – Reusable Menstrual Pads by Omaiki
Omaiki Lotus pads are made in Canada by Omaiki and are ultra thin, come in great prints and offer a waterproof backing. Made with natural fibers, pads are easy to care for and don’t contain the same chemicals that disposable products do. Plus, they’re comfortable, absorbent and won’t end up in the landfill!
These pads are thin have natural fibers + a waterproof backing and really great prints! See my samples below and find out more about these pads.
Tips For Removing Stains From Reusable Menstrual Pads
In the USA we are obsessed with stains. Walk down any laundry care aisle and you are bombarded with stain care treatments, pretreatments, detergents with stain-fighting ingredients and the general message that clothing should never ever have stains.
When switching to reusable menstrual pads removing stains, keeping pads stain-free and washing pads is a common concern. How do I keep my pads stain-free? How do I remove stains? Are both common questions and I want to provide my experience removing stains and keeping my reusable menstrual pads in tip-top shape.
Billettes Baubles Pad Review
When searching for reusable menstrual pad shops, you’re typically buying from a work at home store. I’ve purchased from many over the past few years and to be completely honest, some are not great. I’ve received poorly sewn pads and pads that weren’t made with the greatest materials.
Luckily, there are shops like Billettes Baubles that provide the best quality, top-notch sewing, beautiful patterns and a high range of absorbency options. Take a look at my pad samples and shop through my affiliate link to see her store!
Period Panties – Do They Work?
Period panties have recently become very popular. Many menstruators use them for period cup backup, as a replacement for menstrual pads, instead of panty liners and as a great overnight period solution.
Period panties come in a huge range of sizes, absorbencies and from many brands.
Do Period Panties really work? What are your options and brands to shop for? Answers below:
Reusable Menstrual Pads 101
Thinking of switching to reusable menstrual pads? I bet you have questions! Want to know where to start, how many pads you need and how to care for reusable menstrual pads? I’ll tell you!
I have the wonderful opportunity of speaking with many menstruators about different topics. One that has come up often is the individual bleeding pattern. What’s a bleeding pattern? For many menstruators, there is a certain area on a pad where they typically bleed. These are often characterized by position and include Center-bleeder, side-bleeder, front-bleeder and back-bleeder. There are persons who may have a varying amount of each pattern or those who vary so much that they can’t identify one more than others. More information and what causes directional bleeding below. Post contains affiliate links