Mama Pads

When I hear cloth pads I think old rags or something gross like that. Mama pads, however, are pretty much like colourful disposable pads but you wash them. Couldn’t be simpler. Simple savvy talks about how much it costs a woman over her lifetime to buy disposable pads. Crazy how much a woman spends on sanitary pads and these all get thrown away. I guess some people would find mama pads super gross but I have no issue with it (once I got used to the idea).

mama_pads_nzMy mama pads of choice are bamboo ones from my favourite store Ecomoon. I used them after John was born and found them lovely and soft (especially on my stitches). I wanted to wait to write about mama pads until I had used them for a normal cycle. So I thought it was time to write my thoughts down.

As I said I found them lovely and soft and so easy to use. They have a snap on the end of the wings so snap together easily and thus stay in place. The pads are brightly coloured so you can’t really see anything gross. I found I had to change these a little more regularly than disposable pads but the Ultimate Night/ Postpartum would last me a night.

I found being out and about was easy as you just snap the used pad into its self and pop it into a little mama cloth bag to be chucked in the wash when I got home. When I’m at home I have an ice cream container that I put my used pads in with cold water then I just throw the whole lot in the wash with John’s cloth nappies. No mess or fuss.

My mama pad stash

(I find this will get me through 2 maybe 3 days comfortably:

4 x Ultimate Night/ Postpartum

3 x long heavy

5 x heavy

4 x medium

4 x light

Once I’ve “used” the pads I store them in cold water in an ice cream container with the lid on until I am ready to wash them.

I just drain the water and throw them in the wash with clothes.

Then hang them in the sun to dry because they are so absorbent they do take a while to dry.


One thing I found that put me off the mama pads was the start up cost it seemed like a lot of money to fork out at once. So after reading simple savvy’s total cost of what a woman spends I bit the bullet and bought the minimum I would need and then added to my stash whenever Ecomoon had a sale. I’ve found it’s great not to have to run out to the store to buy pads every month and what’s a little extra washing? Mostly though of course, I love the fact that I’m creating less waste going into the land fill.Oh and saving loads of money!!!

If you don’t like pads there are some other options such as the Menstrual cups but that doesn’t really interest me. What do you use? Are you willing to give mama pads or a cup a try? Go on you wont regret it.eco_living_nz

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14 thoughts on “Mama Pads

  1. January 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Love this! I’ve been using Ecomoon Cloth Pads for a couple of years now too and I actually never, ever want to use disposable again! My sisters look at me like I’ve gone too far and lost the plot, but if anyone is feeling apprehensive about it, I totally recommend just buying one or two to try. It feels like luxury 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing this post with us all!!

    1. February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Good on you. I’m so with you I love my mama pads. I got caught out once at a friend’s place and was so horrified that I had to go out and buy pads plus there were so many to choose from it was all so overwhelming and gross all that plastic on my bits. Eww. I agree everyone shoudl try a bamboo pad you’ll never go back to plastic! Mx

  2. January 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Ah – but have you *tried* a cup? They’re awesome!

    I’ve had a Diva (size 2) since 2006 and it’s still rocking along brilliantly. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me I have to empty it maybe 3 times in a 24 hour period (hehe) in the first couple of days, and less often after that.

    Once my period is over, I just wash it out with soap, then boil it to clean it, and put it away in its little zippy pouch I have until next cycle.

    It’s far more reliable than any other option I’ve tried – and I’ve tried everything, I reckon.

    I would never go back to disposables – with tampons I was changing every 2-3 hours, what a pain in the…well, yeah, you know! 😉 And I just find pads – cloth as well – icky.

    I think I paid about $50 for my cup, and was wary about spending that sort of money when I did, but it has paid for itself many times over, and has saved me heaps of $$$. (Yeeks, I’m sounding like a cup salesperson, I swear I’m not, I just think they’re brilliant).

    I don’t think it matters which brand you get, but I’ve been happy with the Diva. I hear the others are just as good, as long as they’re silicone-based, and not latex, which can cause allergies.

    1. February 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing. Actually I haven’t tried a cup but I never had my luck with tampons which is why I stayed away from these. I’m s glad you love yours. So much better if we all did this!! Mx

      1. February 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

        Interestingly I had trouble with tampons but have found my cup a lot better. Just need to gain some pelvic floor muscles back after birth of bubs in November before I can use it again!!

  3. January 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Wow, thanks for using me as a resource! I was also wary about the startup costs, so I made mine with new fabric — although I know someone who used her old flannel pajama pants.

    I’ve tried a menstrual cup and it didn’t work out too well for me. I think it depends on your comfort level. For some people, a cup is more gross than a pad, you know? Can you use a cup after childbirth?

    1. February 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      You’re welcome. I love your blog with all it’s great ideas. I do so miss your blog. All the best Mx

  4. October 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    You cannot use a cup (or tampons) for postpartum bleeding, but you can use one when regular periods return after giving birth. I had a Keeper before pregnancy and was still able to use it after, but it didn’t fit as well as it had, so I bought a Diva Cup in the postpartum size, and it works better than the Keeper ever did! No need for backup liner or anything.

    1. February 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Great thanks for that information. Good to know obviously everything is very different once having children so it makes sense you’ll need to buy a different cup. Mx

  5. Amy
    March 7, 2015 at 7:41 am

    After changing to cloth nappies and hearing about cloth pads I’m super keen to try these. I figured I would happily (if not prefer) wash my own blood if I can wash my kids poop everyday.
    best part about living green is the nappies and pads are so much cuter- sooo many gorgeous patterns and Designs to choose from!

  6. Lorraine
    January 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    That has helped me SO much. THANK you. I am going demented trying to find non perfumed pads and the organic disposables are all wriggly and flimsy and useless for me personally. I have been looking at non-disposables today and bought some cheaper ones to try as the expensive ones are….well…mind blowingly expensive to *try* if they don’t work. Thanks for being so open and honest. BLESS!!!!

    1. January 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Woohoo so glad to hear mama pads are awesome. I HATE it when I have to use store bought ones (ie away on holiday, plane ride, etc) I find I have to buy the huge (almost maternity pads) to feel comfortable now that I’m use to the security of the cloth pads. A few interesting side notes (other than just the environmental impact plus money saved) my period is now shorter and less painful plus I don’t get thrush anymore since changing over. Woohoo extra bonus! Good luck and all the best. I really hope you love them as much as I do. M x

  7. Lizy
    September 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    So I want to start using these… but I’m unsure about how many I’ll need. You say you use all these and it takes you through 2-3 days?:
    “4 x Ultimate Night/ Postpartum
    3 x long heavy
    5 x heavy
    4 x medium
    4 x light”
    so, you use about 20 pads for 2-3 days? I’m not sure if I read these correctly =/ Just wanted to make sure 🙂 Thanks so much for your article!

    1. October 30, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      hi there that means you have enough so that you can wash every 2-3 days. So while some are soaking in water you have clean ones to use. So 4 night ones give you 4 nights of use and yeah I’d say 5 heavy and 4 medium would be enough for one full cycle. Not that you’ll use 20 in a 2 day period. I use the light ones on the first and last day. Hope this helps. M x