I opened a squishy and delightful parcel – and actually HOPED I was running to schedule and good old AF would be here shortly.
Yep. Weird, I know. But having embraced cloth nappies with the birth of our daughter two years ago, I’ve become more and more ‘crunchy’. This girl, who owns a cupboard full of hair serums, deep conditioning treatments, more waxes, round brushes and finishing sprays than you can shake a mason-pearson at… just went ‘poo free. But more about that later.
About SEVEN years ago when we bought our house on an incredibly tight budget (like 70% of our income going to the mortgage TIGHT), I joined a budget/savings site. It had a bunch of tips contributed by readers, and the relevant (and easily doable one) was switching away from disposable pads/tampons to reusable – menstrual cups being the item that caught my eye.
So I switched. Great – I saved money, my cycles got shorter, I experienced less cramping – all those nice side benefits. And then I had a baby.
Suddenly the LAST thing I wanted to do at 2am (you know, after I’ve already been up at midnight and will be up again at 4am) is wake up and tiptoe to the bathroom to rinse a cup.
Hallelujah! Julilah is a local WAHM who uses reclaimed fabrics to craft enviromentally-conscious products – aside from mama cloth, she turns out gorgeous bibs, baby wipes, soaps, bunting – all of it unique, gorgeous and made to scrupulous standards.
She sent me a pack of Mummalilah pads – a liner, a day pad and a night pad.
In short, they are this good: I am ordering more.
The night pad was a godsend. With a teething cosleeping baby who is not letting me stray from her side between midnight and 8 am without hollering, I snapped it on and forgot about it. Yes, it is bulky, but no more than the paper/plastic equivalent. It didn’t leak (miraculous!), it didn’t smell, it wasn’t hot … I am a convert.
Next day I tried out the day pad and tight jeans. If you think the press-stud is going to be an issue, you’re wrong. You can’t see them (ok, I wouldn’t wear Black Milk leggings), and they’re COMFORTABLE. Again with the breathability and no odor.
Lucky last, the knicker liner – the most lightweight. This is brilliant. They just get thrown in with your wash (if you want to rinse first in cold water, do that) and pegged on the line. Done. Now, if you would like a set – a knicker liner, a day pad and a night pad – just click here and make friends with the widget; I will send these ANYWHERE in the world and you will be a convert. I promise.