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Green: It’s the New Red

Sampler Set of 5 Cloth Pads from Moms Crafts 4 U

Sampler Set of 5 Cloth Pads from Moms Crafts 4 U

We’re talking about Mama Cloth here at Becoming Crunchy for Earth Week, and it’s review time!

When choosing my products to review, I tried to get as much variety as I could on my budget, and purposefully selected 2 WAHM businesses to purchase from along with the 2 more mainstream companies that sell cloth pads. And because I personally am not always comfortable with pads alone, I also bought a Diva Cup and some Sea Sponge tampons.

In all honesty, I was pretty skeptical of the whole thing (especially didn’t like the idea of the Diva Cup for some reason) but I wanted to give them all a fair trial, and will attempt to be as informative and un-biased as possible in the upcoming reviews (basically, I’m trying to give you what I would want)

Please also keep in mind – what I am reviewing is only a small taste of the array of products each of these companies provides.

Today’s review includes mama cloth, or cloth menstrual pads, from work at home mompreneur Veronica of Moms Crafts 4 U, Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea, and information on how to clean your cloth pads.

Moms Crafts 4 U

Moms Crafts 4 U

Moms Crafts 4 U

Moms Crafts 4 U is a Canadian based Etsy retailer, offering cloth pads ranging from light flow to heavy and postpartum, along with wetbags, nursing pads and more. Everything is designed, handmade, and tried and tested by Veronica.

One of the first things that drew me to this business was the price – it is definitely one of the most affordable stores I’ve encountered, which to me makes it perfect for starting out (especially if you’re not quite sure about making the switch to mama cloth and don’t want to put in a big financial outlay).

I was also drawn to the idea of supporting a fellow mom who has taken such amazing business initiative, as well as offering support to Canadian business.

Starting off with the customer service side of things:

I was impressed. The Moms Crafts 4 U Etsy store is professional and easy to navigate (this was actually my first purchase from Etsy!). Pricing and pictures are very clear.

I placed my order the evening of March 22nd and received it just 4 business days later- and get thisI got a small refund for overpaying shipping – that is something you don’t often see!

I must say it was very exciting to open the box – the pads were SO pretty! My order was a starter kit consisting of 6 cloth pads designed to provide light to heavy flow coverage, and it cost me $32.00 plus $5.00 (initially) for shipping (because I had contacted Veronica about this review, she also kindly gifted me with 2 organic bamboo velour pads – lucky me! :) )

All of the pads have wings and close with a snap – simple and easy.

The first time I used a Moms Crafts 4 U pad was day 1 of my period. The length of these is a bit shorter than some of the other pads I tried, and I didn’t have it positioned very well at first, so I did experience a small leak (more like a miss) with my first try. I realized that and adjusted, and it was pretty much problem free from that point on.

I continued to use the Moms Crafts 4 U pads both alone and as backup to the Diva Cup or sea sponge tampons throughout my period (alternating with the other mama cloth I purchased).

I found using cloth pads to be extremely comfortable – the Moms Crafts 4 U ones are particularly soft and luxurious (a far cry from disposables for sure!). I loved having that bit of extra comfort during my period. They were also quite thin and not at all bulky – once I had them in I didn’t even notice they were there.

The designs are also fun – say what you will, but snapping a pretty cloth pad into your underwear is much more satisfying than sticking on a bulky disposable!

All in all, I was very satisfied with Moms Crafts 4 U pads, and absolutely recommend her products – especially for anyone who is just starting out with switching to mama cloth.

Quick breakdown…

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Good quality; handmade
  • Pretty
  • Fast shipping and excellent customer service
  • Functional – I experienced only 2 misses and NO leaks

Cons:

  • They are on the shorter side. The first time, I positioned the pad too far back and my flow landed more at the front (and on my underwear). When I moved it up, it wasn’t a problem.
  • I probably wouldn’t use the ones I purchased alone on very heavy days or overnight for that reason – I personally feel more comfortable with something longer on those days.

The good news is, Moms Crafts 4 U does sell longer pads – they just were not among the ones I purchased. For a regular or light flow, I would be quite comfortable with using these pads alone.

If you are interested in purchasing from Moms Crafts 4 U, please visit her Etsy Store (and check out her blog for a lot more great information on cloth pads).

If you have any questions for me about these pads, please leave them in the comment section below.

Monthly Comfort Tea

Monthly Comfort Tea

Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea

I must tell you – I adore this tea!

I have a history of extremely awful cramps and hormonal swings, and I’ve been known to pop extra strength Midol like it’s candy.

A few months ago, I decided I was kind of tired of putting those unnatural painkillers in my body on such a regular basis. I actually happened to have a sample of Monthly Comfort tea I had picked up somewhere (I don’t even remember where I got it!) so I decided to give it a try – what was to lose?

Oh my goodness – it was amazing! First, it was a lovely tea – good smelling, good tasting – the perfect comfort in a cup. I was soothed just by holding the mug in my hands.

It wasn’t that alone though – because the tea really worked. My cramps were gone, my mood swings were more under control – it was actually more effective than the Midol ever was!

I loved it enough that I went out and bought some more for the next month, and I ordered some for my sister along with some Happy Mama Spray (she’s breastfeeding and having an awful struggle with that time of the month – this tea is safe for breastfeeding, so I’m truly hoping it will work for her as well as it did for me!).

Here’s a little more info. from the Earth Mama Angel Baby website:

Formulated especially for women, with a Cinnamon delicious combination of nutrient rich, 100% organic herbs, Organic Monthly Comfort Tea blends astringent Lady’s Mantle with balancing Lemon Balm, mineral rich Nettles and Alfalfa, and rejuvenating Ginger to help ease cramping. Organic Monthly Comfort Tea is a natural for our menstruating mates and perimenopausal pals, and perfect for recuperating postpartum mamas. Sip a cup within an hour after childbirth and then 3-4 times a day for a week. For monthly discomfort, sip as often as needed!

Those earth mamas really knew what they were doing when they brewed up this tea!

I will tell you – I am an affiliate of Earth Mama Angel Baby because I’ve tried their products and I’m happy to recommend them, but I would not tell you this was so good if I really didn’t believe it. :)

If you’re a Midol popper when it comes to your period, or you’re just looking for a more natural way to relieve the pain, do give this tea a try! (And let me know in the comment section if you have any questions about it).

Cleaning Your Mama Cloth

That’s the biggest question on everyone’s mind – is it gross? Will it stain? Can I really put that in my washing machine?

Relax – it’s really, really easy!

On soaking…

Some people choose to pre-soak their cloth pads (and some companies recommend it). If this is something you wish to do, here’s how to go about it:

Soak the pads in cold water in a bucket or plugged sink. Change the water every 12 hours or so if you are leaving them for that long. Some people also like to add a little bit of Bac-Out or some type of stain remover to the water.

If you are lazy like me and don’t wish to pre-soak, it’s really not a big deal!

I thought about pre-soaking, but then I didn’t. :) I just threw mine in the wash with the darks. (Big confession here - I don’t do a whole lot of separation with my laundry – diapers are washed with clothes – gasp! And I really only do one separation – darks on cold, diapers and lights on hot). I know…some people think that’s gross or crazy (my mom, for one) but I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal – our clothes get clean, and we don’t waste water doing smaller loads (hope I don’t lose any readers or friends through that admission, lol). :D

All that out of the way – I just washed my pads on cold, hung them to dry, and we were good to go – I didn’t even get a single stain (though in all honesty, stains wouldn’t concern me that much – it’s not like anyone sees them but me!).

All of the pads I purchased are dryer safe – I simply chose to hang them because I feel they’ll last longer that way – it’s not based on anything scientific though.

That is pretty much it. Each pad company did offer its own washing instructions, but that is basically what it boiled down to for me…and it seemed to work quite well.

If you have any questions about cleaning your mama cloth, please leave them in the comment section below and I will do my best to get an answer for you.

That’s all for today! I still have a LOT more information and reviews to share, but hopefully this is getting you off to a good start if you are curious about switching to cloth pads but not quite sure, if you have a lot of questions, or if you have only tried a few types of reusable menstrual products and are looking to try something new.

Stay tuned tomorrow to hear about Lunapads and the Diva Cup.

Disclaimer: I purchased all the products I am reviewing with my own money (though 2 of the pads were a gift). The giveaway has been donated. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I will be reviewing with the exception of Earth Mama Angel Baby – I do receive a small commission from them if you purchase through my link. I am committed to full disclosure and to offering you un-biased, helpful information in this blog.



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7 Responses to “Green: It’s the New Red”

  • Jen says:

    I looooove my Divacup! Will have to try some bamboo cloth mama pads next. Having seen all the wonderful alternatives I will happily ditch my disposable pads that rub and irritate me. I washed poop cloth diapers for as long as I did so I'm sure mama pads are fine to deal with too. Thanks for reviewing, Hun!

    • Kelly says:

      It is so worth it Jen – and much easier than it seems at first sight (but then, so are cloth diapers!). I was so not all about the Diva Cup before I tried it, but it did surprise me!

  • Juju says:

    I'm really considering doing mama cloth once my cycle returns, thanks for the great review :)

  • I'm loving this series. I love my cloth mama pads and always meet with major skepticism (just like I was before I began) I hope this series will encourage others to give it whirl, too

    I started out with the complex washing & drying. Now everything gets washed together & hung on the line. It all gets clean and I have time for more important things than laundry

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you Zoie! :) That is my hope, too – I've definitely been happy with it all!

      And I'm very happy to hear of a fellow laundry mixer-upper! :D

  • April says:

    I'm so glad you reviewed these, I haven't really thought about mama clothes, but it's an excellent idea! Especially as tampon back-ups.

    I washed my diapers with my clothes too – no issues! We had a toilet sprayer to get the majority of the poop off with, but other than that nothing special.
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