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[Mum’s Special #1] Review: Lunapads Cloth Pads

2011 July 7
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner

So you’ve heard of cloth diapers, how about cloth pads? Welcome to the new Mum’s Special series covering mums-only solutions, starting with THAT time of the month. (And let’s all have a break from baby stuff for a week.)

Two years ago, after a yeast infection, I switched from disposable to cloth pantiliners. When my cycle finally returned after 9 months of pregnancy and 18 months of breastfeeding Vee, I switched to cloth pads and a menstrual cup. These are soooo comfortable that I’m ditching disposables for good.

Why Cloth Pads?

  1. Great for sensitive skin – say bye bye to itchiness down there
  2. Extremely comfortable – you’d even forget you’re having a period (They confirmed my decision to use cloth diapers on kids.)
  3. Very absorbent – the options available are crazy (I’ve found a super-duper-long overnight pad!)
  4. Smell clean and fresh – did you know that the nasty odour actually came from disposable pads?
  5. Convenient – with a sufficient stash, you’d never run out of pads again
  6. No meddling with sticky tapes – discreetly remove pad in public toilet without anyone hearing the “biaaaak” sound
  7. Save money – I spent about SGD200 on my stash, while saving about SGD150 per year
  8. Reduce landfill waste – if I use 25 disposable pads a month, I’d be adding 9,000 pads to the landfill over 30 years!

For me, the main downside about cloth pads is handwashing them. We live with extended family, so using the washing machine to wash them is erm… prohibited.

So here’re my current preferences:
#1: Menstrual cup (shall share about this next week)
#2: Cloth pads – when I can’t use my beloved cup post-partum
#3: Disposable pads – uncomfortable but convenient when I’m too weak to wash cloth pads
#4: Tampons – too drying and I’m paranoid of the Toxic Shock Syndrome

Let’s start off with a review of my first cloth pad — Lunapads!
Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner

About Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner

These are the main features of the pad:

  • Dimensions: 10” (25.5cm) long and approximately 2.5” (6.5cm) wide when fastened
  • Pad: 2 Layer, 100% cotton flannel base topped with an absorbent panel made of 2 layers of 100% cotton fleece, and 1 layer of ultra-thin nylon to minimize soaking through.
  • Liner: 2 layers of 100% cotton fleece
  • Absorbency: Average flow
  • Closure: 1 nickel-free, silver-plated brass snap
  • Country of origin: Made in Vancouver, Canada at a small family-owned factory

They’re available in a variety of prints or organic cotton. There are 3 other sizes — Mini (8″ or 20.3cm), Long (12″ 30.5cm) and Heavy (14″ 35.5cm).

First Impressions

Oh… the Cocoa Kaleidoscope print is lovely and brightens up my day. It actually made me look forward to my first cycle after so long!

The pad and liner combo feels very trim. Usage instructions are included to help new users.

My Detailed Review

Rating Guide: Oh no!     ★★ Poor     ★★★ Fair     ★★★★ Good     ★★★★★ Excellent!

I’ve used the pad and liner set over two normal and one 3 weeks post-miscarriage cycles.

(a) Prewash & Laundry: ★★★★ After only one prewash in cold water, the pad and liner started absorbing fine.

After use, I’d rinse them with cold water and soak with a little bit of cloth diaper-friendly detergent. Then at the end of the day. I’d handwash them during shower time. Followed by a short spin and line dry. The 2-piece structure dries very quickly and can be reused by the next day even though I only dry them by the window.

A pink fabric surface means no stains is visible — great for ladies who dislike seeing stains.

The cotton fleece surface turned a little fluffy after several washes. And one thing I didn’t like is the ric rac bands that twist about and trap lint easily.

(b) Ease of Use: ★★★★ When the liner is soaked, simply replace with a new piece. Or remove it and use the pad base. Quite a no-brainer. I certainly prefer snapping the wings underneath panty than sticky tapes on disposables.

(c) Fit / Trimness / Comfort: ★★★★★ The pad contours nicely to my body and is very trim, comparable to the ultra-thin disposable pads that I’m used to. It feels clean and dry, doesn’t scrunch up and feels very comfortable. And certainly no odour. It’s easy to forget that I’m having my period.

(d) Performance: ★★On one occasion, the liner lasted for 2 hours. I removed it and continued using the pad base for 2 hours until my panty was very slightly stained. So 4 hours is about the maximum for me, good for average flow days.

I don’t have extra liners. Otherwise, I’d probably need only 1 to 2 pad bases with a bunch of liners per day. For heavy flow and overnight, you’d need to look at the Long or Heavy version.

(e) Quality: ★★★★ The pad and liner are very well made. I’d need to use them over more cycles to see if the quality lasts. As a reference, my Lunapads Pantiliners have been used and washed daily for 2+ years (that’s 200+ washes each!) and still going strong. So I estimate this Maxi Pad & Liner would last at least 4 years of regular use.

(f) Overall Value: ★★★★ Each Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner set retails at USD16.99 or USD19.99 in organic cotton. (In Singapore, the set is available at SGD32.90.) Additional liner retails at USD5.99 each. It’s economical to get several liners to go with one pad base.

Overall, I love Lunapads’ pretty prints, trimness and comfort. Very suitable for outdoors.

What I like about it:

  • Dries fast in a day for quick reuse
  • Very trim — good for outdoors
  • Can add liner to boost absorbency when needed
  • Pretty prints — brightens up that time of the month

What can be improved:

  • Ric-rac bands get twisted and trap lint easily

Get Your Own

I bought my Lunapads at MummyKnowsBestShop.com (Singapore). They’re available at Lunapads.com. Limited choices available at MiaBambina.com (Malaysia).

You may also check the price at Amazon here: Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner – Organic Cotton*

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P.S. Catch the entire Mum’s Special series here.

Sharing time: Any cloth mamas here? Feel free to share your experiences and reviews in the comment box.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. July 7, 2011

    Yay! Join me on the cloth mama bandwagon! I LOVE using cloth pads, and I have the exact same Lunapad as the one above. I have a few other Lunapads and they all hold up really well. Like you, I never ever want to go back to disposables! 🙂

    • July 7, 2011

      Ha… glad to hear from a cloth mama pro that the Lunapads hold up really well. I actually clean the pantiliners quite hard and they’re still tough as anything.

  2. Jessica Tan permalink
    July 7, 2011

    How do you change and store the used liner while out and about?

  3. July 7, 2011

    I’ve been using cloth pad for almost 4 months now and I’m actually enjoying having period….hahaha, crazy right? I’m using mama patch cloth pad and they are really amazing. It’s soooo comfortable and yes, I never go back to disposable ever again 🙂

    • July 7, 2011

      Hi Sue, certainly not crazy among those who’ve tried them. Really soooo comfortable, I can’t believe having used disposable ones for the past 16 years! Someone should introduce these to students in school health talks as a alternative to disposables. Part of environmental education too.

  4. July 7, 2011

    Hi!

    I’ve been using cloth pads for nearly a year (started with cloth liners while I was pregnant, and then to cloth pads during post partum and beyond). Frankly speaking, at this point in time, I get a little bit tired of washing cloth pads… One thing I noticed is you have to wash them well immediately and thoroughly even to avoid stains or smells (you can’t really leave them for 1-2 days in a wetbag like cloth diapers for example). So I’m REALLY considering menstrual cups now B-)

    That said, I’m not used to Lunapad’s system, it’s sort of like an AI2 where you change the pad on top? I’ve only used the “AIO” pads where you change the entire pad. An yes, what is with that rubber band thing around the pad??

    • July 7, 2011

      Hihi Farhana, Yeah, give menstrual cup a go! They’re very convenient and washing is a breeze. 🙂
      As for cloth pads, I rinse them immediately when possible, then soak them till end of the day.
      For lighter flow days, stains set in more easily, so I try to change more frequently before it dries up.

      Lunapads is like AI2 indeed, that’s why it dries faster than the AIOs, so a smaller stash is needed. Which also means cost savings.

      The ric rac bands are to hold the liner in place. It’d be better if designed straight across than being zig zag. Some other pads have snap-on liners instead.

  5. amanda permalink
    July 9, 2011

    Hi, I have very sensitive skin and can only use 1 type of sanitary pads and this pad only comes in regular flow size. My concern is after I deliver my baby, what pad sld I use because I heard the flow will be for a month and is very heavy, which I am sure my usual pad can’t hold it. Would u advise this as an option ?

    • July 12, 2011

      Hi amanda, postpartum flow depends on individuals. One friend had a heavy flow and changed pad every 2 hours for the first days.
      Mine was manageable, like usual menses flow, not particularly heavy. At least 2 weeks, not sure if it reached a month.

      After delivery, it’s best to have lots of rest and not do much handwashing. So if you’re able to use your washing machine to wash the pads (after rinsing and soaking), then heavy-duty cloth pads are a good option. Moreover, they’re very comfortable to be used over several weeks and can be used in future.

      For a postpartum pad, I’d suggest Fresh Moon AIO 13″ for heavy days / overnight and AIO 11″ for medium/lighter days. The review is at https://www.mummysreviews.com/2011/07/11/review-fresh-moon-cloth-pads-aio-snapon/

      For disposable pads gentle on the skin, I’ve come across Natracare pads in organic health stores, but not tried them before. More information is at http://www.natracare.com/p36/en-GB/Natracare-Products/Maternity/Maternity-Pads.aspx

      All the best! 🙂

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