Susan is just one of many who has shared some wonderful tips and tutorials on making your own cloth mommy pads. There are a lot of great articles and tutorials and patterns out there. Lately I've noticed several blogs sharing their thoughts and tips for making your own pads. Just another necessary stocking up thread :o)
Personally, I stress big time over using them. I've never been a full-time pad person. Let's face it, I've had 10 pregnancies and well, to be quite blunt, I'm just a really heavy flow kind of person. I have a difficult enough time keeping life moving along at it's usual pace with super plus *and* overnight pads. I can see the wisdom and practicality of setting women apart in tents during their cycles. (Yes, I know it was more of a clean vs unclean Biblical thing, but you get my point I'm sure).
Is anyone out there a heavy flow person and using the homemade pads exclusively? As I said, I sort of stress a bit about just having a too heavy flow for them. The worst thing really is that by using tampons, my flow is actually increased due to the wicking construction/properties of tampons by design :o( Forget the price overall of store-bought over cloth, just consider the health benefits.
I need to practice what I preach. I'd like my daughters to grow up more used to cloth than commercial for the health reasons as well as the price and environmental considerations. By using them myself and making them as natural as I can a part of our daily lifestyle, we can make the switch I know.
I'd really like to hear what everyone thinks about cloth pads. Do you use them? Do you make your own? What materials work best for you from your experience? How do you handle the activities of life as well as simple overnight time periods? What have you found will clean and sanitize your pads the best? Won't flannel shrink up with hot water washings? Don't we want to clean them with hot water?
I could ask a million questions...I have no actual experience, so until I do, I'm all questions.