OK, I’ll warn you now. If bodily fluids and the like really gross you out, I’d just quit reading now.
Still with me?
Well, let’s get on with it.
As we all know, when you have a baby, there’s quite a lot of bleeding. It only makes sense, right? I mean, a baby just left your uterus. And you’ve gotta be prepared for that. Most will recommend you get those giant pads you had in middle school.
I decided this was the perfect time to try out cloth pads. I’ve been interested in them quite awhile, but I didn’t have a period often while on birth control and obviously haven’t for the last nine months.
Now, some people are really disgusted by the idea. To me, though, all of the reasons I wanted to cloth diaper my baby are just as legit for me. Cost, health, and the environment were all factors. Fortunately, Erik doesn’t mind my forays into becoming more “green”,” since I know some husbands think this is a bit wild.
I figured, too, that I’m going to be doing laundry all the time anyways. What’s one more load dedicated to me and my health?
And so, I got this cloth pad pattern from Uber Domestic. There are plenty of free tutorials out there on the web, too, but none of them looked quite right or worked for me. Investing in this pattern ensured good results in three different sizes.
It’s a little tricky getting the hang of making these beautiful, and I still haven’t quite got it, but who else is really going to see them, right?
One thing that might sound a little crazy is that it does make a difference to have these nice soft fabrics in cool patterns instead of the usual gross pink plastic from the disposables. I was able to use scraps from diaper making and my other sewing, so that cut down on cost. Other than the pattern, my only other investment was in buying Zorb for the center, which is an extra-absorbent material. Very cost-effective project if you’re okay with washing and reusing cloth pads.
These pictures don’t show them with snaps on, as I was having a bit of trouble with my snap pliers on picture day, but you get the idea.
To help keep track of the type of pad each is, I added little initials on the wings.
I’m glad to have embarked on this project. It may not be for you, but if it is, well, now you know how I did it.