As with my previous post on this subject, if this subject disturbs you or will in anyway affect the way your interact with me either online or in real life, please abstain from reading this. Below is my reiterated warning.
This is a post dealing with feminine product choices. If you know me in real life and/or are male, consider yourself forewarned. If you think this may distress you or affect our in person relationship, please, by all means, DO NOT READ THIS! Now that I’ve warned you, we’ll be moving on.
Having had such a wonderful experience with cloth panty liners I decided I would move forward and try cloth menstrual pads. Let me just say that I realize that the washing of cloth menstrual pads could be potentially gross. But since I have a daughter in cloth diapers, I can simply rinse with my diaper sprayer and wash the pads with her diapers. There are other sites that have potential suggestions for how to easily care for reusable menstrual pads. But I won’t be covering those kinds of details here.
$9 or $10 (Kelly’s Closet and other diaper retailers)
One fleece liner, two pads, regular and large, that snap on to the liner or can be stacked for overnight protection.
I purchased two of these and I found them to be a little disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, the color combination is always random. Mine came with light blue fleece on both and purple pads for one and orange pads for the other. I was hoping for the more neutral sage green and white that was pictured. But color doesn’t really matter that much to me in this case. These pads are definitely bulky when stacked and the liner moves a little more than I would like, but definitely more comfortable than the plastic disposable pads. They also washed up very well. However, they are also some of the more affordable options on the market. I was pleased with the absorbency but I did have an overnight leak because it wouldn’t stay in place. (That being said, I used to have that problem all the time with disposable pads too). These are also a little annoying to use with just the regular pad. The liner feels far too long and floppy with the shorter pad on it. I think I’d prefer just to purchase two separate sized pads in the future. If you can find them on sale, they are probably worth keeping around, if only to wear at night.
Happy Heiny’s Mama Pads
3 for $18 regular
3 for $19.50 overnight
(Kelly’s Closet and other diaper retailers)
I was reluctant to try these for a couple of reasons. I had mixed success with the Fuzzi Bunz panty liners and these are similarly constructed. I also wasn’t sure about micro-fleece because it can be kind of sweaty. But I soon realized that overnight weight protection in cloth menstrual pads can be very expensive and Happy Heiny’s prices were quite reasonable. I was pleasantly surprised. I bought a 3-pack of the overnight weight pads and they were significantly longer than I expected, but in the case of overnight protection this is a good thing. After washing I did noticed a pucker in the fabric at the front end, which other reviews on Kelly’s Closet commented on, but since I mostly wear them at night, it doesn’t significantly affect the feel or function. The micro-fleece doesn’t breath as well as the cotton, but it is more absorbent and has a better stay-dry feel, similar to a disposable pad. If I needed more nighttime pads I would consider buying more of these.
Caroline’s Creations Menstrual Pads
3 for $13.99-$15.99 with free shipping
I have these pads in 10 inch heavy flow, 8 inch heavy flow, and 8 inch medium flow, but she makes them in all different sizes and varieties. These can also be purchased in sets of 6, and 12, sometimes for an additional savings. Like her panty liners, the workmanship on these is top notch as are the prices. These are vastly more comfortable than disposable pads and the flannel cotton construction holds up well to multiple washings. I love that you can select from so many colors and patterns. My heavy flow pads are red and the medium flow pads are dark pink. My mom actually saw my stash of these in a basket in my bathroom and was surprised how pretty they looked. (After all, who would have figured something we’ve grown to detest as much as menstrual products could actually become an attractive accessory?) These pads do shift around sometimes, but not too much. These are probably my favorite, except maybe for overnight on heavy days, where I think a micro-fiber material may have an absorbency advantage, but I think it depends on the individual person. Overall, as with her other products, I have been very pleased with these and if I ever need more, this is the first place I’ll go.
So there it is: my reviews of my favorite Cloth Mama Pads. Assuming I continue using everything in my stash I won’t have to buy disposable pads (except perhaps for a few to travel with in case of emergency) for years, hopefully. Perhaps the one exception will be post-partum. While this continues to be a subject that I don’t bring up at parties, I’m pleased with myself for adding another frugal and green aspect to my life; especially one that I would have run from just a few years ago. It’s amazing how a decision like cloth diapering soon begins to affect so many other aspects of your life. To date I have begun using cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth training pants, handkerchiefs (and the homemade equivalent), cloth napkins, cloth cleaning rags and towels, cloth grocery bags, cloth panty liners and cloth menstrual pads. That’s a big change from just two years ago.
Living a more frugal/eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with little steps taken every day: grabbing a dish cloth to wipe up spilled water instead of a paper towel, wiping a toddler’s runny nose with a baby wash cloth instead of a tissue (trust me their little noses will thank you) or hanging your laundry out to dry.
Have you added a new practice to your life to help you save money and/or the environment? I’d love to hear about it!