Originally Posted by JenLove
I've never used cloth pads before, but I'd like to try them. In comparison with store bought pads, are they bulkier and how absorbent are they? Are they more likely for leaks? How many would you recommend buying to start out? Where do you put your 'used' ones if you need to change them while you are out of the house?
Sorry for all the questions.
In terms of the bulk, it really depends on the pad. Some are pretty bulky. But many are not. I've only tried three brands: Luna Pads, Fuzzi-Bunz, and Sweet Cheeks. None of them are particularly bulky, although the first two, since they snap around your undies, have some added bulk there. I think that all cloth pads will be thicker than the "ultra-thin" maxis available (which were all I would use), but the bulk is different. They are compressed by the pressure and the body heat makes them comform to your body, so they're much more comfortable. My faves are the Sweet Cheeks; they're about 1/4" thick and don't have the wings.
I haven't really found the cloth pads to leak anymore than disposables.
I haven't used them outside of the house, so no help there. I know that places sell special bags. Check out www.diaperware.com
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