Fanny Paddams Product Overview
Fanny Paddams menstrual cloth pad are home made and hand sewn in the UK. The 8 inch Fanny Paddams are suitable for your light flow days or for light incontinence leaks. While the 8 inch pad is the smallest in the Fanny Paddams range and could be used daily it's on the larger size for a panty liner. I would only consider this pad if you have regular incontinence leaks more than just with coughs or sneezes. Fanny Paddams come in a variety of wonderful modern prints/colours which change every season, once we are sold out of a print it is rare that it will be back in stock again.
Fanny Paddams pads are shaped for your comfort. The shape is house glass with round ends and a a narrowing in the middle. The hour glass shape allows the pad to fit comfortably between your legs rather than a bulky wide pad. The pad is approx 2.5" at it's narrowest point when it is snapped closed. Each pad is kept in place by using a popper on the wings to secure around your underwear, the is only one popper allowing one width setting.
All Fanny Paddams pads are topped with a wonderful soft jersey cotton top, this top layer is commonly seen in handmade pads rather than factory mass produced pads. Jersey cotton is a very breathable fabric and if you have sensitive skin then this natural fabric will be a great choice. It can be slow at absorbing so if you have a particularly heavy or gushy fast flow then you may prefer a different topping.
As you'd expect from a hand made pad Fanny Paddams quality is exceptional and attention to detail is far higher than mass produced pads. Beautiful precise stitching, a helpful label detailing the absorbency (heavy) so if you have lots of pads it's easy to identify what days the pad is for.
Cotton Lycra Jersey,
Anti Pil Polar Fleece,
SHOBF (Super heavy Organic Bamboo Fleece)
How many pads do I need?
As a general guide for a:
- short and light cycle 6 daytime and 3 night time
- Average length and flow 10 day pads and 4-5 night pads
- Longer and heavier cycles 15 day pads and 6-7 night time pads.
How To Wash Cloth Pads
Washing reusable cloth pads in the washing machine is the most effective way to care for your pads
Here is a basic guide to wash pads:
- When you remove your used pads rinse them thoroughly with cold water till the water runs clear. You can gently rub them to help remove as much blood as possible.
- Either pop them in your normal washing with other clothes or store them in a wet bag until wash day.
- Wash on a cold wash at either 30 or 40deg. You can use your normal detergent but avoid fabric softener.
Most companies will advise you to avoid harsh chemicals, fabric conditioner and tumble drying, as eventually it will lead to a shorter life span and issues with performance.
How To Dry Reusable Sanitary Pads
Ideally air dry your cloth sanitary pads and avoid using a tumble dryer. This helps to keep your reusable pads in better condition and is more environmentally friendly. A “sock” airer is ideal for drying them and can be hung inside in winter for quick drying. Most pads will easily dry overnight. Some pads can be tumble-dried, but this should be done on low and is best avoided as tumble drying can shrink some fabrics and remove fibres (that’s what the fluff is in the filter.)
How long will my pads last until I need to buy more to replace them?
As a general rule our suppliers expect their pads to last 5-10 years with average wear.