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October 14, 2013

Pink Lemonade - Mama Cloth

* WARNING: This post is about mama cloth and may contain 'yucky' stuff. If you are a man or don't like to read about womanly things then move on to the next post!*

Getting into the adventures of cloth diapering can be quite scary for a lot of people. How do you wash? What do you do with the poop? It takes to much time! Gross!  Yeah, I have hear it all and I almost always have an answer and if I don't I find one asap! When I started my cloth diapering journey over 3 1/2 years ago I was so totally clueless. I wasn't a 'crunchy mama,' a 'natural parenting' mama. Nothing like that at all! Cloth diapers were merely a way for us to save some money so that I could quit my job and become a stay at home mommy.

Once our cloth diapering journey got started and was in full swing, we fell in love with it so I started to look into other great ways to save money. Reusable snack and lunch bags versus the plastic and paper ones. Reusable Un-Paper Towels, more and more things that you can reuse! It was great not only helping our wallets but also helping out the environment. So then the question of Mama Cloth appeared....NO WAY! I just wasn't into it. How gross, I had no idea how to wash or care for them, would they be bulky and fly around all over the place in your panties? How many would you need? Do you have to rinse them out? The idea of it just wasn't for me. I turned it down multiple times.

{Look how pretty!}

Then I caved. I found a great deal on some new mama cloth pads. I was getting tired of spending money on pads from the store. I have always had issues with the store bought pads causing irritation etc 'down there.' I bought 4 or 5 in that first purchase.

I was skeptical.

I was hesitant.

I was still thinking eww...

I was regretting the purchase.

I was __________ (you fill in the blank).

I threw them in my diaper pal and washed them with my next load of diapers. I dried them. I put them in my 'lady's only' drawer in the bathroom. And waited. I would open that drawer up and peek inside stare them down. Wondering what I got myself into.

And then she showed up. Hello Aunt Flo. Welcome back for your week long monthly visit. You are a pain. Feel free to cut your visit short. Yeah, we all know how that goes. I opened up my lady drawer and there they were. Soft fabric, vibrant colors, pretty to look at but do I really want to wear that? Okay, here goes nothing. I take the mama cloth pad. Snap. Its on. Well that was pretty easy, no trash can to search around for to throw a wrapper away in, that's cool. Now what? This is still kind of strange...

So the day went on and so did a couple new mama cloths. The soiled ones went into the diaper pail we keep next to the toilet. I didn't need to rinse them off. They turned out to not be bulky like I thought. They were actually pretty comfortable and soft. And way cuter to look at than a plain ole boring white one that is all sticky and sometimes peels apart and just plain ole makes a mess. I was pretty happy but not 100% sold. I only had 4 or 5 mama cloth pads so I had to keep using the store bought ones as well.

Middle of the week comes and Aunt Flo if getting pretty angry. Its not uncommon for a little leaking to happen, mostly at night. I got brave. Really brave and put on one of my pretty mama cloth pads. It lasted though the night. I was impressed but still not sold on this crazy idea. Was I really using cloth pads? This is so strange. So foreign. Something you don't want to admit to your friends or sisters you are doing because you know you will get that crazy look from them. This makes cloth diapering look good.

By the end of the week we had a routine down...the best you can get with 4 or 5 pads. I did this for a couple months, rotated between cloth and disposable pads. Finally I broke down and bought a few more. It was nice not having to buy so many disposable pads. It was nice not getting irritated skin from the disposable pads. It was nice. I was happy. Washing was a piece of cake. Wearing was a piece of cake. The over all process, even though it took some adjusting to, was a piece of cake. Aunt Flo, she makes you want chocolate cake. Anyways. I was very pleased with this new change.
{Different sizes -Postpartum, 10in, and 9in stacked}

So how do you get started with using Mama Cloth? How many do you need? How often do you wash? What do you do if you don't have babies in diapers to wash the mama cloth with? There are a lot of questions out there regarding mama cloth and I can probably answer some of them for you but, I don't by any means consider myself 'qualified' to answer most of them. Its a learning process, just like cloth diapers are. If you do have questions however, I highly direct you to message or email Sue, the owner of Pink Lemonade. She is pretty quick to answer any questions you may have as well as recommend what size and how many pads you may need based off of your personal information.

I currently have 14 different cloth pads in my stash. I also have a little bitty wet bag just for my personals.  My stash consists of almost all Pink Lemonade Cloth Pads. I have a couple other brands among them, one that I hate and never use and then 2 other brands that are also very nice. I am able to go pretty much the whole visit with out using a disposable pad but still have some on hand just in case I get behind on laundry. Which is quite possible considering I have not only myself and my husband to wash for but 3 young {messy - dirty} boys and another baby due in less than 8 weeks. Laundry gets backed up. Its life. Its not death. No biggie. I wash diapers every 2-3 days and the mama cloth gets washed with them (while I am not pregnant or nursing anyways) I enjoy those moments of no visiting from Aunt Flo. They are cherished.

{My Lady Drawer}


Soon I will be having our 4th baby as well as my 4th c-section. After my 3rd son was born the postpartum flow as pretty bad. It lasted about 5 weeks. (YUCK) But it was only really bad for the first 2 weeks maybe then finally calmed down. I used my cloth pads as much as possible to reduce as much irritation I could from not using disposable pads. When you have a flow for that long and have to use disposable pads 24/7 for those 5 weeks, lets just say it SUCKED! However having the Mama Cloth on hand to use was a life saver. Pink Lemonade makes 13 inch postpartum pads which are so nice. They are nice a long which cover a good area so if you are bleeding quite heavy and moving around and changing positions this will help to keep you protected. I normally use a 10in pad for my regular flow. Some ladies have a lighter flow, less days, etc some a smaller size might work better for them. Try out different sizes and see what works. I actually measured the length of the disposable pads I was using and based my cloth purchased off of those and it was very accurate.

The postpartum pads from Pink Lemonade are pretty narrow through the crotch area so you don't have much bulk between your legs. They do get bigger towards the front and back to help keep you covered nicely.

{A small selection of Pink Lemonade Mama Cloth}
{Postpartum, 10in, 9in}

I recommend wearing tighter fitting undies while using any brand of mama cloth. Why? Because they don't 'sticker' onto your panties like disposables do. They have wings that snap around your panties. After you have the pad snapped on you can adjust the pad to sit where you need it. Having tighter fitting panties will help to hold the pad in place.

There are a variety of pads you can order from Pink Lemonade. You can get mini panty liners, panty liners, light pads, day pads, heavy pads, night time pads. Its amazing! They have so many options you are surely to find something that fits your needs.

Pink Lemonade was kind enough to let me pick out two pads to review from their shop. I was very excited to do this as they are my favorite brand and I didn't have any postpartum pads in my stash. So with a baby due soon I picked out two beautiful postpartum pads.

 The pads that have the tie die/swirl look to them are all dyed by hand. I think they are just gorgeous! You can get a variety of different fabrics for the top of your pads. I have three different kinds, Minky, Flannel and woven cotton. Pink Lemonade offers 7 different types of fabric to choose from as your top layer that goes against your body. You can find a list of fabrics here on their Pink Lemonade website.
 The back of the pads you can have either wind pro fleece or felted wool interlock to give a nice water proof barrier. I have never soaked though a pad, even on my heaviest of days. Score! I am pretty certain all of my pads are backed with the wind pro fleece.
 The pads have the nice wings on them with a snap so you can place it on your panties and then snap the wings around to help keep the pad securely in place. The fleece/felted wool also helps keep the pad from sliding around.
 A cool little feature with the pads is that they can roll up into themselves and snap closed. You can do this if you are out for the day and take a dirty one off. Just fold it up, snap, and put in your little mama cloth wet bag. This will keep your flow from getting all over the inside of your wet bag.

Below is a picture of the three different fabrics I have for tops in my stash. Blue is flannel, black is cotton woven and the pink is minky. I personally prefer the minky over the other two fabrics. The flannel does get a little pilly and fades. I have found it also tends to stain a little easier. The cotton woven is holding up pretty well yet but its just not quite as soft as the minky. The minky has help up great, is very likely to not stain and is so soft. These of course are my personal preferences. Other ladies may like the other fabrics more. 



 Over my experiences with mama cloth I have really come to appreciate it. It has made a huge difference for me while on my cycle. I still look back at how skeptical I was about switching over and really wish I would have done it sooner. If you are still going back and forth on if you want to use mama cloth I recommend just starting out slow. Purchase a couple pads to get you started and go from there. Contact the company and ask questions about use and care and any recommendations they might have for you. It's their business so getting the questions about your cycle and flow are not out of the ordinary, that is what they are there for!

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78 comments:

Regina Wade said...

I have only tried some homemade cloth pads (ones I made myself) and they work ok...I need to modify my pattern a bit.

Maria said...

I have tried two types - just as liners, as I haven't gotten a cycle in almost 3 years now. I can't deal with the irritation of disposables, but so far the bulk of cloth has turned me off a little.

Kristy Hughes said...

I plan on using mama cloth once I have a period. I wish I had gotten a collection for postpartum! I've yet to have a period, but once I do I'll be using mama cloth!

mckmnm said...

I haven't tried any yet, but want too!

Talia said...

I haven't tried mama cloth before, and I don't really know why I haven't made the leap yet. It actually doesn't gross me out!

Eliška Grogan said...

I haven't tried any yet, but want too!

Amy Lumley said...

I just started using mama cloth. I bought a few Talulah Bean and really liked them, really don't like some I got at a charity auction, and would love to try some Pink Lemonade as I have heard wonderful things about them!

Stephanie said...

I've tried Ama'z Pads and really liked them. They are a two piece system and I'm interested in trying the one piece pads.

Anonymous said...

i only use momma cloth and have home made ones. Would be nice to have some new ones that are Much prettier than mine. I love momma cloth and Aunt Flo's visit has been less intense and shorter since switching to cloth :)
rachel
e841r at yahoo dot com

Always Kara said...

I do use mama cloth. I have a mix of WAHM and Happy Heinys! The HH are post partum and cannot wait to try them out soon!

Anne Sweden said...

I've tried 3 of the WAHM-made pads and Pink Lemonade is one of them. Their fabric variety is incredible! I would love to win some more to build up a stash that would last me more than 2 days at a time.

aperry said...

Yes... I like mother moon pads.

Jacksonsmomy said...

Yes I've tried them and love them! Would love to get more for my stash!

Amanda said...

I use them with a menstrual cup and by themselves overnight. I really like the Charlie Banana but haven't really tried any other brands. Would love to try these!

Phronsie said...

I haven't. I've used cloth diaper inserts when I was desperate and I liked those. I'd LOVE to try these!

Charlotte said...

Those are super pretty! I use the Party in my Pants brand, and really like them (2 cycles now!) I've had them for a year... bought them, then got pregnant... so no need!

Lindsay said...

I used Pink Lemonade for postpartum after my second baby & it was so much better than disposables. I'd love to add some non-postpartum pads to my stash.

Lindsay said...

I used Pink Lemonade for postpartum after my second baby & it was so much better than disposables. I'd love to add some non-postpartum pads to my stash.

Jena said...

I usually use a Diva Cup, but I'm expecting our second baby in a couple weeks & have decided to use mama cloth instead of those nasty, smelly, uncomfortable disposable pads. I bought some heavy flow pads from a friend of mine a while ago--she said she'd never have need of the heavy pads that came with her order--so I have a few of those and I recently bought the post-partum kit from Luna Pads. Always looking for new products to try, though.

Monique Eckert said...

I have a stash of 4 Pink lemonade panty liners, they are so soft! I would live to have a few more of the regular pads too!

Maria Ivey said...

I started trying out mama cloth just a few months ago. I'm still getting used to it, but I'm liking it so far. Pink Lemonade is the only brand I've tried.

Rachel WifeThenMama said...

I have used mama cloth, but I have not tried many. Just Amy's Rag Bag.

Beth Ann said...

I haven't tried them yet, but I've heard Pink Lemonade is a great brand to start with! :)

Amy D. said...

I've tried Lunapads and Pink Lemonade, and the Pink Lemonade is AWESOME! My favorite! Must have more. :-)

Anonymous said...

I have never heard about mama cloth until, I found this blog. Would never have thought. Interested to try it out for sure!

Jennifer Robbins said...

I have never tried Mama Cloth before, however I have tried the "Party in my Pants" brand.

SF said...

never used before, would love to swap to it tho

Chelsea Preston said...

I love mama cloth! Some of my favorite brands are Carolines Creation, Jordans Eco Alternatives, Blossom pads, Dink and Kennie, Ikarly ,Panty Decor and many many more

Laura B said...

I plan on using mama cloth after my first baby is born in December! I just ordered 3 of the Pink Lemonade postpartum pads to get me started!! I would love to be able to add several more before baby gets here.

Laura B said...

I plan on using mama cloth after my first baby is born in December! I just ordered 3 of the Pink Lemonade postpartum pads to get me started!! I would love to be able to add several more before baby gets here.

Valerie Larson said...

Mothermoon pads and a different kind from etsy. love the mothermoon. the wings help keep them in place. the pink lemonade kind look very similar. i'd love to try some.

Mary said...

Haven't yet, but would like to give it a try

Robynne St. Marie said...

I haven't used mama cloth yet. I'm really curious and want to try it, though!

Kazie said...

Would love to try these :D

Janis Bowles said...

I have some from a WAHM, Pink Lemonade and one other brand that I can't remember at the moment. Love them all

Loris said...

I have never used some like these. I would like to have some ot these...specially now that I just started to use cloth diapers with my fifth son.

Heather said...

I have tried LunaPads, Party in my Panties, cotton flannel ones from Etsy and Pink Lemonade. By far, my favorites are from Pink Lemonade!

Geri Fink said...

I have a few WAHM and a few name brands. Like diapers, my stash never seems big enough.

Geri Fink said...

I have a few WAHM and a few name brands. Like diapers, my stash never seems big enough.

Jennifer said...

I've never tried mama cloth but I've been wanting to try it out.

Jeannette Mills said...

I have a few of the Gemcloth brand and they work really well...they have a clearance/sale section so I bought from there. They are all mismatched but it doesn't bother me! I would love to try the pink lemonade brand!

Carly T said...

I've never tried mama cloth before, but would love to after I have my baby.

Peppin said...

No, I've never tried Mama Cloth before.

aus_chick said...

Never tried before!

Katie Skifstad said...

I have mama cloth, but I have not tried it yet, since Flo hasn't come to visit since I bought them. The ones I have are Pink Lemonade, and they're super cute!

Julie G. said...

I have not tried them yet. I would love to tho!

kiwime87g said...

I have not used any cloth pads however I would like to make the switch.

matope said...

i have 4 handmade ones that i like a lot but i'd love a nice one like this!

Ashleigh Swerdfeger said...

I have! I adore them- so soft and comfy. I like ecofeminine and MamaKloth.

Beki said...

no i have not used mama cloth but i would love to try seem awesome!!

Michelle Lee said...

I've tried Lunapads and Pink Lemonade...and I'm building a stash of Pink Lemonade Shop pads! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Lisa H said...

I have used them. So far I've only used Pink Daisy.

Delacey von Busse said...

Kind of. Just at the tail end after having my baby, so not the best trial. I'm wanting to build a stash for when my period resumes.

Leah said...

I've been using mama cloth for almost 4 years and I love it. I haven't tried any Pink Lemonade pads but they are my list. My favourite brands are Homestead Emporium, MotherMoon, TreeHugger, and Pampered Mama. As you can see I like to have a variety!

krystyl olson said...

i have some wasabimommy works pads as well as a wahm dragon moogle fluff

susanesque said...

The only ones I have tried were some testers that an online friend made. I'd love to try more!

Ann Barham said...

Never used, but would love to try

Aimee Murad said...

i love pink lemonade and a mom on hyenacart that doesnt make them anymore!

Charlotte said...

I have never tried mama cloth, but have been interested in trying.

Fir and Cypress said...

I sew my own Mama cloth, but I'd love some new ones that I didn't have to make! =)

Ashley-Raye said...

I use cloth liners as back up but want to get more. The brand I currently use is "Mother Moon Pads" they are made by an awesome WAHM!

Khristin Zakem said...

I tried some in my postpartum stage, but the kind I got weren't lined, so didn't work with heavy flow well. I would like to try a better brand because I did like that I didn't have nasty chemicals up against my lady parts.

Kate Record said...

I've never tried mama cloth but plan to for postpartum! I'm excited!

Erin said...

I have some Domino Pads and one Smellaphant Fluff tester that I love. They are all so soft. :)

Kate said...

I haven't used mama cloth before and don't know of any brands.

Brandee H said...

I have never tried mama cloth before but its a great idea. I am always running out of pads and this wiuld be a better option!

Emily said...

I've used a couple types of cups but never cloth- can't wait to try it!

caseyrusso said...

my husband bought me some mama pads for my birthday last year and i like them a lot, but i'm interested in trying some lighter pads or pantiliners as well.

Anonymous said...

I have never tried them!

Aimee P. said...

I have used them before and I like silver liner, epicerma, and punk lemonade. I also make some of my own.

Jessica said...

I haven't used it yet. I recently switched to the Diva cup and would really like to completely eliminate disposable products from my monthly routine

Krystal said...

I've not tried mama cloth yet, but really, really want to!

Hayley Schermerhorn said...

I have not tried it yet but am really interested!

Sarah McKelvy said...

I've used Lunapads before.

Shannon said...

I used mama cloth after the birth of my son. It was definitely more comfortable. I had a few LUnapads, and another one that I had won, but don't remember the name.

EmKa said...

I havent used mama cloth but id love to!

liberty ullian said...

I have not tried Mama cloth, but I definitely will soon.

Nicole Gutermann said...

I have some Pink Daisy, Pink Lemonade shop, and Eco-Owl by Netta. I much prefer the WAHM ones. Less bulky and more comfy!