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Heather wants advice about:
mama cloth-how to get started. There tons of blog posts on how to start cloth diapering, but very few on how to start with mama cloth. How many, how to get out of the house with it, travel with it, care, etc., including both pads & cups/tampon replacement.
I’m not a good person to ask! At the risk of giving “too much information,” thanks to pregnancy and breastfeeding, I’ve had only a handful of cycles in the past oh, half decade or more. I have used some mama cloth, but only as liners.
I’d give the same advice as I would for diapers. Figure out how many pads you typically go through in a cycle. How many reusable pads you need would depend on how often you want to wash, how quickly you want to have them ready to use again etc. The difference between mama cloth & cloth diapers is that you have to determine how many super/night time you need, how many liners you need etc. Ideally, a stash would consist of the same # of pads you typically use now. Keep in mind that just like cloth/sposies in diaper land, you may need to change a cloth pad more often than a super-absorbent disposable pad.
Some companies make petite wet/dry bags perfect for transporting mama cloth. Also know that you can also easily roll & snap mama cloth.
Reusable alternatives are more than just mama cloth though. Consider a menstrual cup or natural sea sponge “tampons” as well. As much as I’d love to say “this is the best brand/product,” the decision is very personal, and like cloth diapers, you may need to try a few before it works for you.
Menstrual cups should be replaced every 2-3 years, or more often if you are bothered by the discoloration.
What say you?