Originally Posted by here we are
How long are those disposables? I saw the Natracare one with wings also while searching. When you put them on top of a overnight cloth pad, did the cloth get wet, just not too much? That sounds like a good backup plan if they stick in place. I was wanting to get some cloth too, like lunapads, which cost more but i think since the top cloth part is replaced and the waterproof base can be reused, it might last longer..? I get stumped on how many to get. Since the disposables are so cheap, it seems easier. Are cloth overnight pads as absorbant as disposables, as reliable? I am happy with my natracare for periods, just after many days its uncomfortable, but to think of all that washing with cloth is a good motivation.
Oops, just saw this. :) Uh, about the size of an average overnight pad. I'd guess 9 inches long or so. I've tried the natracare with wings, they aren't quite as thick, but after the initial few days-week, they could be enough. I don't think natracare had overnight, only regulars? But, maybe I'm wrong. I put the natracare maternity pads on top of the overnight cloth ones because the maternity pads don't have any wings, so it's a back up in case the pad gets too full or in case I leaked off the side. They are slightly more natural than the seventh gen. ones if you are looking for that, but the seventh gen ones look pretty good too and actually have wings. Either way, I think you can't go wrong. I do think you'd still wants some depends or something for the first day or maybe 2. Just a small pack. But, it's up to you.
I wouldn't invest too much in heavy cloth pads for just that one post-partum time. It wouldn't hurt to get a few. I have 13 overnight cloth pads. But, 4 of them I got off of etsy and I don't think they are absorbent enough. I found the imse vimse brand overnight cloth pads more absorbent and not too spendy. I think you should think if they'd be useful during your periods as well. I wouldn't get more than is useful for that. I have a bunch of regular size cloth pads too. I use them all the time. I have mostly imse vimse brand. The regulars of their brand work great as just liners. I think I have 27 imse vimse regulars (bought 9 more recently) and I maybe a dozen of another brand that I wasn't as fond of, but since I have them, oh well. I don't like the idea of reusing the same backing because if you accidentally get it wet you'd have to change the liners part and I think that would happen for me a lot, so I don't think I like the idea of luna pads as much. Those are my thoughts. Hope they may have helped. :)
If I had to guess numbers. I'd say a good start would be like 2 dozen regular cloth pads and maybe 4-9 overnight cloth pads? But, you could start potentially with even less and see exactly what you need. One way to guess would be how often did you have to change your disposable pads. The absorbency should be somewhat similar.
If you wanted to know how many disposables to get... that's hard to say. I went with 30 maternity pads (3 packs) and 1 pack of the seventh gen overnights for now. I'm thinking that should suffice with my collection of cloth to take over after I run out. I'm having a home birth and had my water break early on in one of my children's labors and had to go through a bunch of cotton (what they had instead of pads in the country I was in.) Anyway, that was in my head as well. Though, with my daughter my water didn't break until I was pushing. So, who knows.
Edited by dayiscoming2006 - 4/23/13 at 7:04am