Since I just restocked Cycle Pads last week, here’s a fascinating, fact-filled look at one of our best-selling products that bring some comfort to “that time of the month.”
The basic Cycle Pads (regular size and liner size) have two layers of flannel – one layer next to you, and one layer hidden inside. Why flannel? It’s soft, it’s absorbent, and it wears well. We also make hemp pads, and some bamboo pads from time to time (though not as a general rule – I have issues with bamboo), as both fabrics are soft and absorbent as well.
I’ve made them special order with microfleece or suedecloth on the top, but have decided not to inventory them this way for one main reason – I personally don’t like them. I think they feel too fuzzy. Like I’ve stuffed a bearskin rug in my pants. And the microfleece just adds bulk without much benefit. I don’t find them to be more “dry” feeling than flannel, which I think is a function of the viscosity of the liquid they’re being asked to handle. Microfleece works great in diapers, where it’s asked to transfer a very thin liquid. That’s not directly transferrable to Cycle Pads. *ahem* alright.
In between those layers of flannel, you’ll find cotton sherpa, enough to be absorbent but not so much that it’s bulky. The underneath side of most of our pads is cotton PUL to make them waterproof and leak proof. We do offer liner pads without this layer of PUL for those who prefer not to have any man-made fibers in their pads, and we can make the Regular size without PUL as a custom order.
Why cotton PUL? (vs the polyester PUL that you find on most – but not all – pocket diapers, AIOs, and covers) Because cotton PUL is grippy. Polyester is pretty slippery. Cotton is grippy. That grippy cotton is what keeps the pad in place – along with the convenient, easy-to-use, non-scratch snap.
People sometimes ask if this PUL makes them hot or sweaty. The answer is no. Particularly when comparing them to plastic and paper pads. Seriously. I hadn’t worn disposable pads for 10 years or more when I found myself having to use them when Teddy was in the NICU and washing reusable pads just wasn’t a practical option. I had managed to forget how itchy and hot and sweaty and just all-around uncomfortable they are! Wow! If you’ve never worn cloth pads, you owe it to yourself – and to your girly bits – to try just one.
For some reason, the most confusing thing about Cycle Pads seems to be the sizing. Regular pads are, well, “regular.” They’re for “regular” days. You could call them Maxi Pads if that’s more comfortable terminology. Liner pads are just like pantiliners – they’re for lighter days. Or for, you know, when you’re pregnant and you have the sneezes.
We just inventory Regular and Liner sizes, but extra long and extra absorbent pads are available via special order if you need them.
Wondering how to use cloth pads? We have an excellent discussion right here.
So there you have it. Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Cycle Pads.