Yes, you heard me! Cloth for Mama. No, I am NOT talking diapers here. I am talking about pads! Long ago, before the oh so convenient disposable maxi pad was invented there was a thing called "sanitary rags". This is where the term "on the rag" was invented. Now, just as cloth diapers have evolved over the years from diaper flats to pocket diapers, cloth menstrual pads have evolved as well! Cloth pads are now widely referred to as "mama cloth" and are becoming increasingly more popular.
Why mama cloth? This may be your question. The answer is simple and I will tell you why!
Pros for using Mama Cloth VS Disposable Pads:
- Breathability! A pad that breaths means less moisture, less heat, less odor, less irritation!!! That alone is reason enough to switch in my book!
- Reusable! No extra money spent each month on pads and better for the environment. It takes 500 years for 1 disposable diaper to decompose in the landfill, I can imagine a disposable maxi pad is around the same.
- No Chemicals! Most disposable maxi pads have been bleached and contain chemicals (for absorbency purposes). Some even contain fragrance. Some women have reported less cramping and shorter cycles when switching to natural pads. Cloth is even better because there is zero threat to your body! If you are a tampon user, I highly suggest discontinuing use even if you do not go cloth. Read more about the dangers of tampon use here.
Switching to Mama Cloth does not have to cost you an arm and a leg either! I sewed 2 dozen of my own and only spent $15. You need only basic sewing knowledge to make these as well. I made my Mama Cloth by using a pattern I found on Take Time To Smell The Rose blog. You can find it here. Very simple!
Bottom layer is micro-fleece, top layer is cotton print, pad is a layer of ZORB topped with minky.
Pad folds over and snaps creating "wings" for extra protection.
Have you made the switch yet? Have questions? Leave your comments below.
(Stay tuned for a chance to win a Planet Wise wetbag! Great for Mama Cloth users!)