We’ve been enjoying visiting with family from out of town, and this is the first chance I’ve had to update the blog! So, first things first.
Cloth Wipes: I’ve been using them since I finished sewing them. I’m in love. They are so soft! And surprisingly absorbent. I haven’t had any problems with it getting wet all the way through. I’ve even been using them for my middle of the night bathroom breaks, and it’s so easy! Once you get used to it, it’s a breeze. I’ll admit. The first time I was going to use them, I was a little nervous. Not sure why. Just maybe because it was a change from my normal habits? I love a good routine and this was a bit outside my comfort zone. But, I just jumped in and did it. I went to Toys R Us and bought a 3-pack of wet bags for dirty diapers and I leave one of the bags next to the toilet. When I’m done with the cloth wipe, I just throw it in the bag and zip it back up. And you know what, it doesn’t even smell like anything. A big plus. Overall, I’m VERY pleased with the cloth wipes and will continue to use them. I cut up the rest of our sheet set and made about 30 or so wipes. I’m doing a load of laundry now and I just threw them in with the towels and wash cloths. Easy peasy.
Menstrual Pads: I figure, I’m on a roll. Might as well give reusable pads a shot too, right? No one told me that after you have a baby, you bleed. I mean, you’d think I would have picked that up in a book or something along the way. But no, I did not. Imagine my shock and surprise when the nurse in labor and delivery took a chux pad, folded it up and stuffed it into these makeshift mesh underwear. I was like, um…what the heck is that for? Naive, yes. This time around, I refuse to have crinkly plastic touching an ever so sensitive area after I push this baby out. I found a couple of patterns online on ehow.com, but I just took bits and pieces from that site and constructed my own. I can’t be for sure how they work since I won’t need them for another 6 months, but I made 2. They are pretty and they make me smile. I plan on making more this weekend.
Here is my tutorial on what I did:
I think with time…and practice, these will get easier to do. It was pretty much trial and error making these two, and they aren’t as “finished” as I’d like them to be. But, I think they’ll do the job, and it sure as heck isn’t crinkly plastic!
And now, a Giveaway. I think this is my first ever. Actually, I’m sure this is my first ever. I have a bundle of 7 Cloth Wipes to give away. In the comments section, leave a comment why you’d like to try the cloth wipes and also if you’d ever consider using the reusable menstrual pads. Or if you are a guy, these would make a lovely (yet perhaps inappropriate?) gift. 🙂 I’ll pick the winner this Friday, July 8 by noon. Good luck!