I am REALLY excited about the switch! It was less garbage in the bathroom and barely more laundry. It's actually EASIER than cloth diapering! You can learn more by watching the Peepods Promise video below:
I thought it would be a little weird, maybe heavy and "bunchy" to have cloth that would be absorbent enough to work like a conventional tampon or pad. I was proven wrong. Something in the material allows the pad to be no thicker than a regular disposable and with LESS moving and shifting while you wear them. They don't have the smelly "fresh scent" perfumes, like many brands of disposables.
So, what did I try out?
1 long cranberry
1 long espresso
1 long sage green incontinence pad
two espresso day pads
1 sage green incontinence pad
1 cream panty liner
Planet Wise wet/travel bag
This combination worked well for an entire period. I simply washed while I was wearing my last pad. I DID use the incontinence pads on very light days. I am one that will pee a little when I sneeze, thanks to my large child and natural birth--so these will also be handy for exercise classes! It was sort of an ongoing joke between me and a few friends in Zumba--we'd be doing jumping jacks giggling! So, this will certainly come in handy.
How It All Shakes Out
Customer Service: 5
Over all, these pads ROCK. The price is just right around $11 per regular period pad. It's pretty much the going rate for cloth pads. Folks have no problem shelling out cash for cloth diapers or even for disposables -- at about $8 per box of pads in the stores. So, this is still a very economical way of tending to nature's monthly call.
The quality is unmatched. It is just as great or better than the "Brand name" cloth pads I've tried. I like that it's a small operation and that the owner is who you work with directly. She ships fast and is really friendly. She also has options for soaking the pads, though I use a pail that I used during cloth diapering.
I am SO happy that I finally committed to the switch. There's no going back now!
I also recommend the wet bag -- it is a discreet way of using mama cloth when away from the home. Rinsing the pads takes a few minutes to do a thorough job, but it's worth it when you go to launder. I use A Happy Green Life detergent on all pads and cloth diapers, as well as clothing in our household.
*I was provided complimentary product to complete this review. I was not compensated in any other way and as always, opinions are my own and are 100% honest.*