As promised, heres how I got on with cloth sanitary pads,
These are my pads, as you can see I only bought 3 because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money before I had tried, so I wasn’t fully equipped but because they wash and dry so easily (more on that in a bit) I managed to use them every day (as well as some disposables).
As you can see from my picture they look lovely and there are so many designs to choose from, if you have to use sanitary towels why not use pretty ones? Thats what I say!
The pads were all very comfortable I was worried that they would be really thick and uncomfortable but actually I was able to forget I was even wearing them.
Even the thicker, longer night pad was very comfy.
I was concerned that the pads might slip backwards or forwards as they obviously aren’t sticky but over four days I didn’t have any issues at all. Once fastened with the snap buttons the pads weren’t going anywhere.
Another concern was that they may be very warm especially the fleecy topped pad, but again there was no issue.
Obviously the main thing was absorbency and leakage, , on the first night I had leakage issues (lots) but I hadn’t washed the pad before using it (washing increases absorbancy) and also the first night is always very very heavy for me (perhaps a bigger pad needed) also my night pad is cotton topped, whereas a fleecy top apparently would be more absorbent. (This is why I only bought 3, so as not to invest in pads that aren’t right for me) I must say though that I had no leakage issues at all with the night pad for the following 3 nights.
My 2 day pads were fantastic, didn’t leak at all, were perfectly absorbent and stayed comfy.
Washing and drying the pads was easy, if id had more I would kept them in a wet bag and washed them together but as I only had 3 I just put them in the machine, once a day, with Ecover liquid detergent (its got a lovely clean smell btw) put the machine on the 40 degree quick wash and they came out lovely. Then I hung them on the airer (which caused all kinds of mixed reactions from the kids) and they were dry in half a day.there was nothing ick about any of it. Once the pad is used you roll it up and fasten the popper buttons, easy!
I absolutely wont go back to disposables now, I am already convinced, I was so impressed with everything about the cloth pads, and its good to know I’m doing my bit for the environment too.
I just need to increase my collection, Ive already ordered more!
I would highly recommend ordering from http://www.luxurymoon.co.uk the service is very friendly and posting is very prompt.