If you are preparing to deliver your baby and you haven’t heard of padsicles before, you are going to want to read this article. These are so easy to make, and are the best way to soothe your sore lady bits post vaginal delivery.
If you are wondering what a padsicle is, it is essentially a large maternity pad soaked with a few healing ingredients and then frozen. They are super easy to make, and store in the freezer so that you can just pull one out when you need.
I suggest making these beforehand so they are ready for you when you bring your baby home. The last thing you are going to want to do when you get home from the hospital is to mix ingredients and make these babies up. You just made a baby, get some rest.
What You Need:
- Pads – It is best to use an overnight pad with lots of absorbency. Always Maxi Overnight is the most popular choice among women for making padsicles. Always Infinity is another popular choice and much thinner than the maxi line. Just make sure whichever brand you choose, that you are choosing the most absorbent style.
- Aloe Vera – Make sure you purchase pure Aloe with no additives such as alcohol or scents. They will ultimately do more harm to your lady bits than good. Purchase a large bottle of it, you can always use it for after sun during the summer months, or even put it on sore cracked nipples for some relief when not breastfeeding.
- Witch Hazel – Again you are going to want to look for pure Witch Hazel with no additives and a product that is paraben free. Witch Hazel contains something called “tannins” which are amazing at fighting off bacteria and reducing swelling. Super awesome product for the postpartum mama!
- Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender not only has a calming scent and effect on the body, it also helps with healing. You will only need a drop or two of this stuff on each padsicle and will have plenty left to use around the house. Make sure you know the source of your essential oils, and buy them as pure as possible.
- Large Freezer Bags – This is by far the best way to store your padsicles. When you make them ahead of time before delivery, you can easily stack about 20 per one large freezer bag and throw them in the freezer.
How to Make Padsicles:
- Unfold a few pads on the counter or table, whatever surface you are using for assembly. Make sure to leave the backing on the pad covering the sticky part, but you can remove them from the packaging if you wish.
- Take the aloe vera gel and spread a zig zag like pattern down the whole length of the pad. Don’t be chintzy with this step, get a good coating front to back. You can use the back of a spoon or spatula to get an even spread. You really can’t have too much of this on there, so load up. You did buy the big bottle, right?
- Add the Witch Hazel right down the centre of the pad. You are going to want to add about 2 tablespoons, and can do this easily by just pouring it right on there.
- Add 2 – 3 drops of your Lavender Essential Oil. Distribute them evenly from the top to bottom. One at the top end, one in the middle, and one at the back end is a good method to use. If you want to get really fancy, you can use a spray bottle and mix together the Witch Hazel and Lavender then spray on to each pad until it has a good coating.
- Fold the pad back up. If you choose to use the original packaging, then replace it inside. If not, place the pads directly in to your large freezer bag.
- Store in the freezer until ready to use. Make sure to let it sit at room temperature for about 4 or 5 minutes before you use it. This will allow the concoction to thaw slightly and be more gentle on your sore parts.
Just a note – as the padsicle thaws, it may get quite wet. You may want to sit on a towel or absorbent pad underneath. Puppy pee pads work well, or you may even be able to snag one from the hospital.
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