@MrsPanda99: Honestly, for me, disposables were a major part of the “ick” factor of my period. They smell worse, they are sticky, sweaty and uncomfortable, and they are ugly- these are my first “real”, cute cloth pads but I am actually excited about using them, unlike disposables. I have had some ugly homemade cloth pads that I wasn’t excited about, so I guess the cute factor is a big part of it for me.
@kestane: I was very concerned about bulk. I have a very light flow because I’m using an IUD, so this may or may not apply to you, but I picked out these pads to try based on reviews (the cloth_pads livejournal is amazing) that I have read over the last year or so. The green one is a regular flow pad, the teal and blue ones are light flow pads, and the red one is a light/regular I believe. That one is the bulkiest because it has a fluffy fabric on top (bamboo velour) and water resistant fleece on the bottom (they all have that- it helps prevent leaks and is pretty frictiony so it stays put in your underwear). The teal one with the girl on it is slightly thicker than the blue one because it’s topped with flannel rather than cotton, but I wouldn’t call it bulky. The biggest contributor to a bulky feeling imo is the tabs/wings and the width of the pad- it turns out that all of these are wide for me (they’re standard at 2.5″, but apparently 2″ is better for me) so they bunch up a bit, but that seems to be really rare since not too many sellers make 2″ widths. I picked tabs instead of wings for most of them to reduce bulk on the sides. Most sellers also offer wingless pads that stay put using the friction of the fleece.
@gingerkitten: I think some of what you asked might have been answered in my reply to kestane (regarding the fleece backing) but sellers also make pads with waterproofing in them- it’s called PUL. I believe the Party in my Pants liner has waterproof nylon on the back of it, but the nylon is slippery so it moves around and is basically useless. The smaller sellers are smarter than PIMP and most of them put a layer of fleece or flannel on the outside of the waterproofing to keep the pad from slipping around. Most sellers make different absorbencies of pads as well as different shapes. They usually have layers of flannel, hemp, terry cotton, maybe bamboo inside as a core. The people at the cloth_pads livejournal know a lot about the thinnest and most absorbent materials- I have a very light flow so I was mostly just looking for liners. I believe most of mine are 3ish layers of flannel and 1 layer of water resistant fleece.
The two bags in the picture are “wetbags”- I’m planning to use the small one in my purse when I’m out and the big one at home. They’re lined with ripstop nylon which is water resistant. When you take the pad off, you just fold it up like this:
and pop it in the bag. Some people don’t even use bags with any kind of water resistance because the folding method keeps the bag dry, but I wanted a little extra protection just in case. There are also bags that are 100% waterproofed (seams and all) for a little more money. My bags have outside pockets to stash unused pads in so that it’s all in one compact bag.
@ohmybears48: I haven’t used them during my actual period yet but I tried one out just to see if I liked the shape while I was at the gym, and it was great! No shifting, no chafing, and super cozy.
Agree with most of this, although I’m planning to do the dry pail method (not rinse them til the end of my period, then soak them all for a day or so in oxyclean and then wash) because I live with nosey people and 1-2 days is easier to hide than the duration of my period. Also I don’t have the patience for daily changes of the water.