Interested in saving some money, reducing your waste and removing some health hazards? Check out this mama cloth review!
When I first heard of mama cloth, I wasn’t a fan of the thought. Yucky. Weird. Way overboard in the “green” department. However, once I started getting into cloth diapering, I kept finding myself running across information about why disposable diapers – and disposable feminine products - might be even more hazardous to my health than they were to the environment.
For one thing, as I studied cloth diapering, I could hardly help but come across lists of the chemicals involved in processing disposable diapers, and the potential health risks posed by having those chemicals in contact with my baby’s skin. As I delved further into research, I discovered that many dangerous chemicals were involved in the making of feminine products – and they might be damaging my health, including my fertility!
Furthermore, feminine products waste a lot of “green.” According to this article by Stacey Kinney, the average woman spends $100-200 on feminine products *each year,* and over the course of her lifetime, tosses 200-300 lbs of feminine products into the trash. That’s a whole, whole lot of waste!
My thinking began to change as all this information added up. For one thing, I could really use an extra $100-200 dollars; for another, it would be nice to have less “bathroom trash.” Most of all, since we’re aiming for self-sufficiency, I don’t want to rely on any store bought products unless I absolutely have to!
Of course, there was the “ick” factor. As in, “ICK! I have to *WASH* that?!?!”
Let’s be real here. It’s not as if you don’t have to touch *anything* when you’re using disposable pads and tampons. If you’re running around all day and wind up with spotting on your underwear (or worse yet, those horrific occasions when it’s on your clothes *and people might have seen it*), it’s not like you throw your jeans in the trash; you wash them. Same thing for getting some on your hands. Hands and clothing alike are washable. Hey! So is mama cloth!
I’m privileged to be working with Brianna of Mommy’s Cloth Treasures. Brianna’s shop is full of every imaginable “going green” cloth option – cloth napkins, nylon-lined cloth bowl covers (no more plastic wrap!), cloth nursing pads, and of course, every style of mama cloth. She also features super-cute fabrics (which is always awesome for a product you’re planning on keeping and reusing!) For mama cloth, she’s got things for light days, regular days, overnight – even postpartum!
She sent me a postpartum mama cloth pad to review, and I have to say - I think it was a lot more discreet than the disposable ones. For one thing, since it was made of fabric rather than plastic, there wasn’t the telltale crinkling whenever I moved (nothing screams “I’m still shedding amniotic fluid” when visitors drop in like that nice, loud crinkle whenever you move). For another, she designed the pad in such a way that it doesn’t bulk up, and it tapers on the edges – even in my velour sweats, there was no “bump.” I know that for sure, because I actually tried the pad out before I went into labor in case my water broke while I was shopping (my MW warned me that she suspected my water would break first, based on the baby’s position. I wanted that huge soaker pad on so I wouldn’t be the “clean up on aisle three”). I checked my rear before I went out shopping, because it felt like there was so much coverage that it HAD to be an obvious outline. Nope! Couldn’t even tell I had it on!
It also washed well and was easy to get fully cleaned. The fleece pilled a bit (which you’d expect), but she designed the pad to have removable inserts. If you cloth diaper, think of a pocket diaper – this was like a pocket pad. That means it’s easier to get it fully de-funked and fully dried again. For an idea of what’s involved in the washing, see Brianna’s washing instructions here (care instructions are listed towards the bottom of the description).
*GIVEAWAY ENDED. I have removed the entry form – I don’t want to get my site hacked!*
**Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free for evaluation purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising.