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Remember how I mentioned in my Postpartum Survival Kit that Padsicles saved my life (and my Lady Garden) after I delivered my babies? Well I finally got off my butt and put together a post for all of you soon-to-be and new mama's out there! Because I think this DIY Padsicle will make your postpartum recovery a bit more comfortable!
The first thing I did was a little experiment. At the hospital, the nurses were stuffing size one diapers with ice. This worked beautifully because the ice was that amazing hospital ice that soft, small and rounded at the edges. So you don't have to worry about any sharp corners digging into your business. Unfortunately, that fantastic hospital ice isn't readily available in our home. So I grabbed a pad and a diaper and did a little experiment. I figured I would see which one would be a better vessel for the water and my findings were highly scientific.
I diaper I used was a size one. I'm sure these would come out just fine if Newborn size diapers are what you have. I only have size one diapers because we didn't actually buy newborn diapers this time around. I tend to birth 8lb.+ babies and they are only ever in newborn diapers for a few short weeks. They also only use size one's at our hospital as well and they fold the front over so as not to irritate the belly button stump.
I put one cup of water into both vessels and popped them into the freezer for a couple of hours. It was very evident to me, even before they went into the freezer that the diaper would be the winner because the water seemed to flow off the top of the pad, and only absorbed a portion of it. Once I removed them from the freezer, my hypothesis was confirmed. The diaper absorbed and held the water beautifully. It was also much more malleable which so it would form to your body in a more comfortable way.
Here are some directions for how I made these DIY Padsicles:
- Take the tabs on the diaper and fold them around the back of the, using the side that normally sticks to the front of the diaper to stick to the back and hold them in place. So basically you'll fold each tab over once to the back and then fold them again so that the side that's meant to stick, actually sticks to the back of the diaper.
- Hold the diaper in the shape that it takes when your baby is wearing it, so that the middle almost forms a cup.
- Pour one cup of water into the middle. You'll notice it will pool up. Carefully tip it in both directions so that each side absorbs some of the water until it is all absorbed. I used a bowl because photographing action shots like this alone is hard, as you'll note from the odd angle in the second photo (this shoot occurred while T was napping). When I did this in real life, I had one hand cradling under the middle of the diaper and the other was pouring, that way I could immediately turn the diaper in both directions to equally distribute the water.
- Place it in the freezer for at least a couple or hours or longer until you're ready to use it.
- When you're ready to use it, place it in your underwear as you would a pad.
I found these super easy to make and pretty comfy to wear (as comfy as anything will be at that juncture!). Some people even put Witch Hazel and Aloe onto them before wearing them but I never tried this, so no guarantees on that. Use them at your own risk.
I would also encourage you to be careful about combining Dermoplast with these. Apparently, someone at my hospital combined the two which resulted in some really, really cold effects that were bad enough to make the hospital limit the amount of Dermoplast that they will even give you (one can per person, but I had the cool nurse who slipped me an extra can!). This indicates to me that the person put a TON of Dermoplast on with the ice pack. I used them together with much success after A's pregnancy (and only added a small spray of the Dermoplast with the Padsicle) but the second time around I alternated between the two instead. Do what's best for you, but like all things, use common sense if you decide to combine them.
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