To my gentleman readers: If feminine hygiene makes you squeamish, you may want to skip this post.
Menstruation isn’t really an issue right now for me, but with the birth coming up, I wanted to go ahead and order a few cloth pads to try them out. Since Diva Cups and the like aren’t an option postpartum, I need to find an alternative to dealing with lochia and other postpartum discharge.
With this in mind, I acted on a tip from an online friend and contacted Christy of JustFussy which is a mom-owned business specializing in cloth menstrual pads, cloth diapers, reusable nursing pads, and undies.
I wasn’t completely sure. I’ve used cloth pads before to back up my diva cup, and they were nice, but I didn’t love them, if that makes sense. What I wanted was something more like the really nice cloth diapers with the ultra-soft and cushy insides.
JustFussy delivers the cushiness I wanted and more! I wasn’t sure what I should get, so I emailed Christy directly and explained that I was looking for something for postpartum. She was fantastic. She recommended trying a few of the pads first to get a feel for them and decide which ones worked best. So that’s exactly what I did!
Here’s what I ended up getting from her:
- 13′ X-Large All-In-One Moonbow Pads (1)
- 12″ Large All-In-One Moonbow Pads (1)
- 10″ Regular All-In-One Moonbow Pads (1)
- 9″ Bamboo Velour Wingless Moonbows (2)
She was also kind enough to throw in
With the exception of the ultralight daily liner and the cloth rounds, the pads I got from Christy are made from bamboo velour with a wool backing.
This worried me. First of all, the only velour I’ve ever worn was polyester and it tended to be hot. Also, wool? ‘Scuse me while I drop an ice pack down my pants! *phew!* Too much heat! I’m a cotton girl all the way! But I trusted my cloth diapering friends and I decided to give it a shot.
I am so glad that I did!
Let me tell you first of all how well these guys breathe. Both the bamboo and the wool keep me feeling much cooler and fresher than even just my plain underwear! When it comes to moisture (and yes, this is a serious issue during pregnancy), the bamboo wicks the moisture straight into the very absorbent wool backing.
What I’ve discovered is that the cotton pads I was using had been holding the moisture against my skin. This left me feeling… not so fresh, let’s say. It was quite a revelation to wear the Moonbow pads. A very different and much more pleasant experience.
Another thing I like about these pads is how they feel on. I simply do not wear pads. Before I switched to the Diva Cup, I used tampons. Pads just were never something I liked. For me they were hot, itchy, and smelly. Gladrags were better, but they were bulky and still left me feeling gross and stinky.
I was pretty worried that these would be so bulky that I wouldn’t be able to deal with them. Once again, Christy proved me wrong! None of these pads feel particularly thick and bulky. The velour keeps them soft and cool feeling on the fanny, and the wool allows them to be very absorbent without adding to the bulk. Even the large, which really is overkill for right now, is still as comfortable as the thin little Moonbow liner. I tried the XL pad last week because the others were all in the wash, and while that one certainly was bulky (4 layers of absorption anyone?) it was no more bulky than the Gladrags and definitely cooler and more comfortable. I’m glad to know I don’t have to be scared of that one for postpartum.
The wingless Moonbows are really nice. Later on they’ll act as boosters, but for now, I can just stick them in my undies like a regular pad. The wool on the back keeps them from crawling out the back of my jeans, which has happened with the Gladrags when I use the boosters alone as a liner. I have to be careful when I use the restroom so that they don’t fall in the toilet, but like the others, they do the job. Right now they’re back up pads, later they’ll be boosters. Christy also recommended soaking these in witch hazel and placing them in the fridge to help soothe that sore postpartum bottom. Sounds like a fantastic idea to me!
Aside from the comfort, these pads are really pretty. I’m such a sucker for color and JustFussy Moonbows deliver on that end as well. I mean, it’s in the name! Get it? Moonbow? Rainbow? The fabrics are all hand-dyed, and I can tell you that several washings later, they’re still the same rich jewel tones that they were in the beginning. Now I’m not saying you should throw your raspberry pads into the washer with your white shirts. That’s just never a good idea. But they have, thus far, not caused a problem in our laundry. If you prefer, there is an undyed option as well.
I really, really love these pads. I can’t wait to get more. In addition to the one that I tried there is a Large Extra Moonbow pad that looks like it would be great for those heavier days. It’s the size of the large, but has the same four layers as the XL.
All-in-all, I really can’t say enough good things about these pads. I’m so glad I got brave enough to give them a shot. They really are wonderful and you should definitely give them a try.