If you’re dabbled in using cloth nappies on your babies, chances are you might have heard of or even considered using menstrual cloth pads (also known as ‘mama cloth’) for yourself.I first came across it when I first started reading up on cloth nappies. The gorgeous fabrics and designs were the biggest thing that drew me to the idea…
But as I was caught with so many other new things at that time, I parked it aside and forgot about it after a while.Then one fateful day, I had an unexpected ‘red day’ and was caught totally unprepared. You can imagine my extreme irritation and frustration. I resorted to using (of all things) a breast pad (an extremely poor substitute) until I was able to pop out to the shops to restock.
That was the turning point for me.
There are many benefits to using cloth pads (also called ‘mama cloth’), including…
- Comfort (trading plastic for velvety soft velour fabric? no brainer)
- Better for sensitive skin (no more chemicals)
- Less odour (that signature ‘period odour’ is actually from chemicals in disposable pads, not us)
- Convenience (no running out of pads again)
- Cost savings
- Green/environmental benefits
My own main personal motivation is the convenience. Perhaps it’s because I’m not one of those super regular 28-days women, so stocking up is not an automatic thing for me. Hence having a never-fail stash ready to go is a big plus for my case.
Cost savings is not a major factor as the $5-10 per month on ‘sposies is not a real biggie, but it does add up in the long-term.
The increased comfort and reduced odour was a great bonus. Once I felt the difference for myself, there was no going back.
Plus the eye candy alone is enough to make anyone want to switch.
I know the whole idea might raise some eyebrows, particularly in relation to laundry. All the same principles on laundry for cloth nappies apply here as well: Use a good pre-wash rinse/soak method and have faith in the wonders of your modern washing machine.
A couple of other articles and posts that expand on the topic more: