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AbbyRose
« on: February 11, 2009 11:29:15 AM »

I made these for a personal swap with yellowblanket. I had fun making them and she seems to really like them so I thought I'd post 'em up here. I borrowed your pics yellowblanket because apparently I didn't take any before I sent them. Hope that's okay Smiley






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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009 01:19:16 PM »

I'm not really down with cloth pads, but those could probably change my mind! They are very pretty; I love the fabric choices! What a very nice thing to receive in a swap! Smiley  (the blue argyle is definitely my favorite)
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009 03:51:31 PM »

Very pretty! I say the same thing as Nymeria, but I've never actually TRIED cloth pads. I should probably reserve judgement until I do!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009 04:33:09 PM »

Thanks Smiley We'll bring you over to the dark side soon enough! Muahahah... ahem... anyway...

After I started cloth-diapering my daughter it just seemed natural to use cloth pads for myself. It's better for your body and better for the environment. They wash well when you use flannel so the ick factor isn't so high Smiley Also, I use a layer of ZORB for the soaker part and it helps reduce odors.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009 11:12:08 PM »

Cool! I think I'm just squeamish about having to wash them. And I would use them more for a panty liner type thing anyway than for actual periods.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009 07:45:21 AM »

I let them soak in cold water until I'm ready to wash them. I wash them alone. Soaking them keeps thenm from drying up so they wash better I find. That's pretty much how I do the cloth diapers too.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009 10:02:25 AM »

I'm with MareMare on cleaning them. So because I'm not a great visual person, do mind answering a few questions?

1) How long do you wear one? The same as you would a disposable (e.g. a few hours)? When you take it off do you just put it in a bucket of cold water to soak until you clean them? And (on a gross note) wouldn't that kind of stink?

2) I have VERY heavy periods. What is to keep them from leaking? I mean, how do you make them absorb a lot?

You have definitely piqued my interest here!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009 04:09:00 PM »

I'm not an expert but here's my opinon, and take into consideration that I have a pretty light period most of the time.

1) I probably wear it about the same amount of time as I would a disposable. When taken off it goes right into the bucket to prevent the stain from setting. I never really notice a smell, but I leave them down in the basement and normally put on some detergent with it.

2) Depending on your flow there are different options of pads. Some are made from different materials that are more absorbant that others. And there are some that you can 'choose your own' level of absorbancy by adding more layers depending on your cycle.

Here is a link that you may find helpful: http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/padsugg.html and this one has the types of pads that this particular person sells: http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/what.html#Styles
Different styles work for different people. They come in many sizes, shapes and styles just like disposable ones. There's bound to be something that works for you.

Hope that helps you out Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2009 10:49:57 AM »

I'm really impressed with these and would love to give them a try. I already use a mooncup, seems to me this is the next step, lol.

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2009 04:38:43 PM »

I'm so glad someone asked about the ick factors. I love the idea of cloth pads but I was squirmish too. I think I may try. yours are great. and earth-friendly Smiley
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