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post #21 of 36
Amaz Cloth Padz are awesome. They saved my post partum period. She also sells really nice breast pads and a wetbag for when you're out- one side for wet, one for dry. She seems to have raised her prices recently, but I would have paid double to get my pads.

They have a snap in soaker that snaps to a winged liner that snaps around your panties. So they are similar to Lunapads, but much less expensive.

I don't need to soak these. I rinse and wring, and put them in a small mesh laundry bag (that I bought at Wal Mart for a $1) that hangs from a hook under my sink. Then, I wash them with the towels on HOT. No stains!

Also, if you don't already have a keeper or a divacup, go the dr. and get a diaphragm (sp?). They make them in latex or sillicone, and they are cheap. They can be used as a menstrual cup, and best of all, you can have sex with them in, and no mess. Not that getting your groove on in the shower is all bad, but sometimes it's nice to be able to do it in bed and not have to lay a towel down.
post #22 of 36
I too made the switch to cloth pads and I am very happy. My flow is so much lighter and much more manageable. My favorite pads are Ama'z pads. They are convenient and easy to use. I have some Glad Rags day and night pads which are okay and some pads I bought off Ebay from a seller called naomiomy. The ones from Ebay are simple and comfortable--they're made from flannel. They also provide a good template for me since I am learning how to sew.

I have a cosmetic bag that I use when I'm out. It's made of plastic and has two separate sections. I keep clean pads in one section and dirty ones in the other. Go to your local pharmacy and check out the cosmetic bags. YOu might find something useful.

I soak all my pads in chlorine-free bleach or hydrogen peroxide depending on what I have and cold water. When I'm ready to wash, I pour out the water and dump my pads in the washing machine. I wash using the longest cycle on hot using Sal's suds and oxygen bleach sometimes or a scoop of Charlie's Soap other times--just depending on what I have. It is not hard at all.

Making the switch is definitely worth it.
post #23 of 36

Cloth Pads

While I love my pads, I just had a NINE day long AF and I had some chafing and now can't wear panties. I'm pretty sure this had to do with the length of my AF. I've never had this problem before but I also used to only use tampons.....

I bought mine from peggy @ homemademama.com. they're organic hemp cotton with snaps so they don't wiggle around on you.

no leaks. She gives you a wet bag to tote dirties around in. They snap up quite tiny - smaller than a deck of cards.
post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by dachshundqueen View Post
While I love my pads, I just had a NINE day long AF and I had some chafing and now can't wear panties. I'm pretty sure this had to do with the length of my AF. I've never had this problem before but I also used to only use tampons.....

I bought mine from peggy @ homemademama.com. they're organic hemp cotton with snaps so they don't wiggle around on you.

no leaks. She gives you a wet bag to tote dirties around in. They snap up quite tiny - smaller than a deck of cards.

I bought mine from her, too! I love them so much, and the wet bag is really small and looks like it could be a kleenex holder or something, so it is really inconspicuous. I rinse mine out every time I change them and put them in a plastic box until laundry day. I wash them on hot with the whites. I can't believe how soft and comfy they are... and they are not sticky and gross like paper pads. I've been using them for about 6 months now and I won't go back!
post #25 of 36
i get mine from www.motherandmaiden.com and i love them. ive been using them for about a year now, and i too have noticed that im having shorter and lighter periods
post #26 of 36
I have to recommend www.homemademama.com pads too. I have a full stash of them now. I chose the ones with PUL backing and a variety of tops (though tie dyed flannel is my favorite for many reasons). With the PUL you can get away with a thinner pad. I use the huge nighttime ones all day/night for the first 2 days. Then I use the shorter/narrower ones for the rest. They never leak. Seriously.

I loved Gladrags for years. I bought my first ones 6-7 yrs ago and they still look as good as when I bought them (and they were used a LOT). Flannel/terry ones tend to distribute the wetness better than say hemp, which I find bleeds right through to the back no matter how thick it is.

I rinse it in the sink and throw it in the diaper pail. Before I had kids I'd rinse it and soak it in a pot, and wash on HOT with towels.
post #27 of 36
I made mine after my last birth. After the birth I used regular sized CPF for post partum, they were so ultrasoft and comfy that I've never gone back.

http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm
I did use my favorite disposable for the proper length as I like mine a bit on the long side. I'm a large woman and find regular pads don't provide the coverage front to back unless they are the "longs".

They are so simple to make, I could not justify spending money for them. My sister who lived near a fabric outlet (like a really nice huge one) bought me reminence of flannel for Christmas so I could make myself more pads. Interesting gift I know, but it was useful.

Flannel outters or fleece prevent slipping as well as the wrap around. They fold & snap together for easy transport and I carry a grocery store plastic bag or diaper bag to put them in when I'm out. I have had maybe 2 occassions of leaking through to my undies, but that was b/c I didn't change when I should have. I have heavy periods. I use Hemp/fleece inners something I purchased for diaper making.

When I get around to making a few more, I have some PUL that I ordered for pull-on diaper pants for my dd. I will probably use a bit of that on the underside of the outer and make a few with it for "going out", just to be safe.

I have a small trash can under my sink that I place the pads in and either when my stash runs out or the end of my cycle I wash them. I will run them through cold rinse first then throw my diapers in and wash my usual diaper routine. Stains don't bother me, they are not for anyone to look at but me. I also have dark colors and prints, so it's not outwardly noticable, my hemp/fleece inners it is noticable. But really, who is going to see them but you? Like diapers, stains happen -- you can spend forever getting a stain out or just accept it is part of the deal and spend your time doing something constructive.
post #28 of 36
I had never liked pads one bit when I had the paper/plastic ones to choose from, but decided to give the cloth ones a try anyway. Oddly enough, once I started using them I much prefer them to tampons and can't bear the thought of shelling out the $ for a keeper/diva cup.

I have two Sckoon pads and like the fact that it's kind of a shell with a trifolded insert. You can refold the insert if it's not soaked all the way. I've never had to change when I'm out of the house, but then again my af isn't all that heavy. We use family cloth here so I have an enamel chamber pot that we keep the dirties in so I just toss the cloth pads in there.

I was dipes just about everyday for ds so amazingly enough two pads have worked just fine for me. BUT...I will be getting more b/c I love them that much (well that and I'd REALLY like to get pg so I'm hoping to jinx myself!)

post #29 of 36
Anyone know where I can get the Amaz pads? I couldn't find a website.

Thanks!
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by A&L+1 View Post
Anyone know where I can get the Amaz pads? I couldn't find a website.

Thanks!
If you Google "www.amazpadz.com" it will be the third thing down. Also, if you go to product reviews on diaperpin.com you'll find a link through there.
post #31 of 36
I made my own with terrycloth hemp. I think there are a lot of patterns out there on the net that are easy to download, and you can make them to your personal specs (thickness and length, etc.). I made the kinds with wings and have a snap press so I can snap them on.
post #32 of 36
I use and love them. After buying them I haven't bought a single disposable and would never go back. Before I used tampons and now I hate the thought of it. I find them so much more comfortable and really easy to clean. In a pinch I would just use some cold water to get the blood out (mine are wool, but not itchy at all).
post #33 of 36
I recently started making my own (VERY cheap to do!)

Does anyone have any experience with these?
Yes

How often do you wash?
Usually at the same time I wash towels or diapers. Or when I see I'm about to run out during my period.

How do you wash?
I wash them in hot water with towels.

Do you soak them?
Yes. I rinse them in warm water as soon as I take them off. Then I have an old baby-wipe container filled with water with baking soda and a little salt that I throw them in.

How do you store them?
Just in a basket under my sink



...if you're interested in sewing them, my friend and I have a tutorial written up. Let me know!
post #34 of 36
I made mine based on Amaz Padz b/c they got such great reviews on diaperpin.com. I bought some flannel for the top layer, used hemp terry for the middle...which I had bought for diaper making...and ultrasuede for the bottom. I then made liners with wings out of fleece. I have found, though, that the ultrasuede against cotton panties stay in place just fine. While my pp flow was heavy, I used the liners, but once it lightened up I just used the pads.

I would love to have purchased them from Amaz Padz, but $$$ is premium these days. It took me a whole day to make enough for my pp flow (about 24), but I am SO GLAD I did it!! While in the hospital I used the big ole paper things they had since I was bleeding so heavily, but as soon as I got home and put those on - wham! - I felt human again. Really reinforced my decision to use cloth on the bambino, kwim? Once AF returns I've got a Diva cup (which I bought the same month I got preggers, figures).

To wash, I just plop in a wet bucket. Change the water once a day, and then wash with the diapers. For out and about, I rinse when possible and toss them in the baby's wet bag. I also carry back ups in the baby's diaper bag. (Just had an IUD put in and had some bleeding from that, so the pads were pulled back out.) I think you have to get over staining, though mine haven't seemed to stain too badly. Of course, the flannel I chose is batik looking, so if they are stained I can't really tell.

I store them in a box in the bathroom cabinet, same place I'd keep paper pads or tampons if I used them.
post #35 of 36
I love my mama cloth, I've been using them for about 5 years, even before I had kids in cloth. I have Mother of Eden and Lunapads and love them both for different reasons. I have about 5 Mother of Eden and 5 of Luna pads plus some smaller liners and that is enough to get me through although I would recomend a few more than that, I need to get more. I don't rinse them or anything, I just throw them in the cloth diaper pail, which I wash everyday anyways. Never had any stain issues or smell.
post #36 of 36
Yes. I have for 31 years and they are great!
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