These are a top choice for petite ladies and teens. They are approximately 7.5" long and 2.5" wide when snapped closed. They work well for daily discharge, light flow days, stress incontinence with loss of a few drops, or as a back up to a menstrual cup.
This is a great choice for "most" women for daily discharge, light flow days, stress incontinence with loss of a few drops, or as a back up to a menstrual cup. These measure approximately 9" long and 3" wide when snapped closed.
9" cloth pads are a great choice as a daytime pad, light day pad, teen size, or petite lady pad. These also work well for stress incontinence with 1/2oz. or less loss. This pad is approximately 3" wide when snapped closed. This pad is approximately 3" wide when snapped closed.
Our 9 inch pads are perfect for light to moderately heavy flow - day or night. It is recommended for stress incontinence with a 1/2oz. loss or less. This size has been a top choice for petite women and teens but is in no way limited to smaller women. The 9 inch pad is very discreet yet offers excellent protection and absorbency. The exposed core is slightly contoured for comfort but not too much so as not to reduce the absorbency capacity of this pad. This pad size is approximately 3" wide when snapped closed.
10" cloth pads are a wonderful day or night size for medium flow. We recommend this size if you simply want to try "one" pad. These also work well for stress incontinence with about a 1oz loss. This pad is approximately 3" wide when snapped closed.
12" cloth pads are recommended for heavy flow, day or night. This includes postpartum use. This size works well for stress incontinence with loss up to 2oz. Add a zorb layer to the insert that comes with this pad for additional absorbency. This pad measures approximately 3" wide when snapped closed.
Our 12 inch pads are excellent for heavy flow days, excessive gushing, overnight use, or any case where extended wear and maximum absorbency are of utmost concern. It is recommended for stress incontinence with a 1oz. loss or less. The 12" pad offers a more contoured exposed core with larger surface areas in the front and back. This pad size is approximately 3" wide when snapped closed. While some women like a smaller more discreet pad, others find a larger pad more comfortable.
Our incontinence pads are recommended for urinary loss of 4oz or more. This pad will also be suitable for postpartum use but be aware it is a very large pad at 15" long and 3.75" wide when snapped closed.
The biggest factor in determining how many pads to purchase is laundering.
If you simply plan to use pantyliners daily, and you do laundry a couple times a week, six pads may be enough.
If you are wanting to use pads for menses, you can take the amount of disposable pads you use for one cycle and get a good starting number. Let's say you use 30 pads over one cycle; should you purchase 30 pads? Maybe. It depends on how often you want to wash your pads. We generally recommend at least eight pads for menses. This amount "should" get you through one entire day with one or two to spare, but you will need to wash your pads the very next day. 18-24 pads will ease the need to continually do laundry significantly.
If you are wanting to use pads for incontinence, the considerations are similar to menses. How many disposables do you use a day and how often do you want to wash your cloth pads? Keep in mind that cloth pads for incontinence will need to be changed immediately when soiled and this may mean you will use more cloth incontinence pads than you would disposables.
In all cases, the more pads you have in rotation, the longer the pads will last. Our pads are warrantied for two years from the purchase date, but many of our customers are still using the pads they bought in 2002.
Our pads need to be fully conditioned before they reach their peak absorbency. This may require anywhere between 8-12 washings. Please wait until you pads have been fully conditioned before determining if their absorbency is adequate for your needs.
Suggestions for Teens, Postpartum, and Incontinence Use
The majority of our cloth pads work well for stress incontinence with minimal loss. We have provided very conservative estimates of what each pad can contain - well before the saturation limit of the pad itself. However, pads need to be changed quickly when soiled to prevent wicking onto clothing.
Because blood is thicker than water, the same cloth pad will function differently for menstruation than it does for incontinence. We generally advise women to order the smallest sized pad that will suit their needs.
For loss between 2-4oz, we recommend our 12" Heavenly Cloth Pads. with Zorb inserts. One pad can hold up to two inserts.
For loss above 4oz but not more than 8oz. we recommend our 15" Heavenly Cloth Incontinence Pads Each pad can hold up to two doublers. Note that this pad is very large.and if you are a small-framed person, it will be overwhelming.
Our pads are similar to disposable pads with wings. Lay your pad fleece side up, fabric print side down, in your underwear. Position center or slightly forward of center. Wrap the wings, snap together, and you are set.
Most people don't notice the snaps; however, there are some activities where they can be bothersome such as bike riding or horseback riding. In the event that you start noticing your snap rubbing you the wrong way, readjust your pad slightly forward. In some cases, you may need to size up your pad to ensure adequate coverage when positioned more forward of center.
The general rule of thumb for cloth pads is to change when soiled; however, there are times when this is not possible. In such cases, make sure you have enough protection by adding an insert or two to your pad.
You must change the entire pad when soiled. You cannot simply add a fresh insert.
If you are using pads for incontinence, you will absolutely want to change when soiled or your pad will eventually leak.
Blood chemistry is different for all women; this is to say that some blood stains pads more than others. As our pads are undyed, there will be some light staining. If staining is a concern, there are some things you can do to minimize it.
Rinse soiled pads immediately.
Use your favorite eco-friendly stain remover and gently agitate. Don't scrub them harshly.
If pad stains are set in, sun bleach them occasionally but do not use regular bleach.