I used cloth but did not sew my own.<br><br>
For the first 36 hours or so, I just used the hospital's washcloths and dropped them in the Soiled Linens bin. I did not have to worry about the laundry! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Since then I've heard of moms using infant prefold diapers for postpartum, and I think that would be better than washcloths--softer but similarly absorbent.<br><br>
Once using actual pads, I used a wide variety of styles I had bought. The most absorbent were those with flannel next to me and terry inside. Often I was grateful for leakproof backing--nylon or PUL. Styles that unfold for washing are easier to get clean, esp. if you don't have time to rinse thoroughly immediately after use, as is so often true when you have a newborn!<br><br>
I'm skeptical about the safety of synthetic microfleece on the genitals, and in particular I wouldn't use it postpartum when things are more open. Natural fibers feel fine.<br><br>
Best wishes for a smooth birth and recovery! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I just used flannel and terry (from a very soft old towel) and everything was fine. I didn't put wings on my pads, and I was fine, but I made them pretty large. I also made them not too thick, but would sometimes use more than one.<br><br>
I never used a waterproof barrier and was fine also.
thanx guys so much for the ideas.i have a new conceptions pattern,now i know the fabric combos to try.i so agree on the flannel next to your skin,i do not need anymore irritation than would already be going on,if you kwim.so excited to get started!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sewmachine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sew">