This is a post I have waiting to do for quite awhile now! And I am super excited about it!
I just received a new shipment of pads from Renee McKay @ New Moon Pads, and I’m really stoked that my pad stash is now very well rounded. I feel like now I have enough to get through my whole period without having to wash and re-use so often. I had previously been using just three of her pads, which I had ordered mainly as a test run, along with my menstrual cups, and some old Glad Rags that I have never been a very big fan of.
MY OLD PADS 😦
You’re might be wondering why I don’t like my Glad Rags…
The particular ones I have were purchased quite a number of years ago, and I bought all the organic cotton type. I also only bought the standard “Day” size, plus a few liners. I have found that they are just way too short. Not nearly long enough for me. I am always leaking out the top or the back (or just straight though). I also don’t like the design of them. Glad Rags use a system where you combine an outer holder, with inserts. The idea is that you can add the inserts by stuffing them inside the folds of the holder to customize the amount of absorbency to your flow needs, but in my opinion this is just way too much work. I just want one piece I can snap in and go. Plus, its more parts and pieces to wash.
I have also found that the organic cotton is more difficult to get clean and stains really easily. I can’t speak for their new colored cotton line. I believe that back when I purchased them (circa 2005) plain organic cotton was the only option they offered. Their liners are one piece, but they have the same cleaning issues, and considering their absorbency, they feel rather thick and bulky. I just don’t find them to be comfortable, and I can always feel them when I am wearing them. I feel the same way about the pads. Once I put the two inserts in there, they just feel stiff and bulky and take up a lot of thickness space. I also am not a fan of their full length wings, which I find are difficult to snap around your underwear and just add unnecessary bulk.
Finally, The fact that their pads are the same material both on the front and the back doesn’t give them anything to help stick to your underwear. They tend to shift or slide around from front to back when I am wearing them, so they never quite stay where I need them to.
NEW MOON PADS!
Now on to the good stuff…
I bought the Full Moon in her “Ultra” design, which has an extra barrier of fleece on the sides to help prevent side leaking (which I often have trouble with). I had this pad in mind for sleeping and super heavy days. I also got this one in flannel as the top fabric. The other two I got with cotton as the top fabric, as I wanted to be able to try both options. **I would also like to note here that half the fun in buying and using these cloth pads is the super fun fabric choices! Renee has tons of fabrics to choose from in both cotton and flannel! I bought all three sizes with wings (I tend to prefer wings, just in general) She also makes all of her pads in a wingless version, for those that prefer that. I haven’t tried the wingless myself, but I can pretty much guarantee you, despite the lack of wings, those suckers will NOT shift or move around on you. The special fleece that lines the back of the pads, which also serves as its leak-proof barrier, is just perfect for making the pad “stick” to your underwear. So you don’t have to worry about that!
As far as size selection, what I did personally, was I measured my Glad Rags (which I knew were too small) and then based what I ordered off of that. I also measured a couple of standard disposables. I went with a selection that was generally longer than the Glad Rags and closer to my disposables. That trick worked really well, and I ended up getting exactly what I needed. **Renee has detailed size measurements for all her pads, so it takes out all the guess work. I have looked at other cloth pad websites (which will remain nameless..) that don’t even tell you the measurements?! They just have names like “light”, “medium” or “overnight” but it tells you nothing about the length or width. I had nightmares about ordering an “overnight” pad and getting something like 9″ long….
MY TRIAL RUN
I decided after my first period with New Moon Pads that personally prefer the feel of the flannel as the top fabric. I feel like it “wicks” a little better. It seems like it pulls moisture away from your skin, slightly mores than cotton, so you feel a little drier when you are wearing them. Flannel does tend to feel just slightly warmer. (but in Chicago in the winter, that is not a concern. We need all the warmth we can get!) I don’t really feel like this is going to be too much of an issue once summer comes, just because it’s not really that much warmer.. But if it is, I may just end up ordering a few more pads in cotton. I really loved the Ultra design! It did exactly what it said it would do, and prevented side leaking. It also worked great as an overnight pad. The Full Moon (L) is quite sizable, and was able to hold a lot of flow. I found the Moon Light (S) to be perfect as more of a cup backup. I used it on my lighter days and it worked really well for that. For anything heavier than that though, I needed to jump up to my New Moon (M) pad.
For my recent order, I decided to expand my pad stash with an Ultra Sleeper (XL) pad (flannel with wings), three more New Moon (M) pads (all flannel with wings), and *four Elemental Pads (*sold in packs of 2) in cotton with wings.
I figured since I used the Moon Light pad (S) as a cup backup, I could accomplish the same with less bulk by going with her elementals, which are more like liners. They don’t have the fleece, leak-resistant backing. Since I haven’t had any issues with my cups leaking, I figured it would be a good trade off.
I ordered three more of the New Moon (M) because I feel it was the most well-rounded pad for me. It was the one I ended up using the most often. It seemed to be just the perfect length for what I needed.
I chose to go up to a Sleeper (XL) because I wanted the extra coverage in the front and back for overnights.
The construction and quality of Renee’s pads is outstanding. The stitching is perfect and holds up really well to repeated washing and wear. They are super easy to care for. I found washing to be a breeze. My previous post about cloth pads discusses my laundering practices in full detail, but it’s worth stating again, that all it takes with these is a little rinsing and soaking to get them good as new. I have worn these pads on my heaviest days, and I have never once leaked through the fleece backing. It’s actually kind of remarkable.
I pretty much love everything about New Moon Pads, but if I had to choose just one thing that is my favorite part about them, it would be how soft and comfortable they are. I think that some women have concerns about cloth pads being bulky, and that would be hard for them to get used to. I can tell you with absolute certainty, that is not the case. In the photos below you can see how thin they actually are. It’s amazing to think that something that thin can absorb all of your flow, but it really does. That comes down to quality of materials and fabric choices. Renee’s pads only use the highest quality fabrics and they really do the job!
I just love the feel of cloth pads. I think there is nothing else like it. Once you try them you will never want to go back to those icky synthetic disposable pads. Compared to my cloth pads (there really just is no comparison) they feel stiff, itchy, and just gross to me. ** I did take some photos of my New Moon Pads next to traditional disposable pads, just so that you could see the size comparison. The disposables I used for the photos is a “Regular” (yellow backing) and a “Heavy” (green backing).
When I am out on the go, I like to keep a spare menstrual cup, spare pad and a few wipes with me at all times. I use a small makeup pouch type carrying case for all my necessities. I find that the New Moon Pads fold up really nicely for packing into my little pouch. If you fold the top and the bottom of the pad into the center and then just fold the wings over them and snap them together, you can make a nice little bundle out of the pad. Very discreet and easy to carry in your pocket or wherever you need to.
The website for New Moon Pads is very user friendly. It’s nicely designed, easy to navigate and very informative. She has lots of great links with helpful info about Cleaning, Cost Savings and Health Info, FAQ’s, Testimonials, plus Links and Other Fun Stuff
I also really dig this cute little info packet that came with my order. It’s got cleaning tips, a size reference guide, and other useful info, all on one card. I also got a tea bag with each of my two orders!
GOOD FOR THE PLANET
Through New Moon Pads and Days for Girls, you can donate pads to women and girls in need. New Moon donates a pad for every order over $99, or you can just purchase pads to be donated directly. I also think its really nice the way she acknowledges those who have donated right on her website!
EVEN MORE COMPARISON IMAGES BELOW….
Thanks for reading!