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#31 of 36 Old 12-16-2006, 12:57 AM
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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.
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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).

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I recently started making my own (VERY cheap to do!)

Does anyone have any experience with these?

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!
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I made mine based on Amaz Padz b/c they got such great reviews on 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.
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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.

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Yes. I have for 31 years and they are great!
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