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“Google, what are padsicles?” Have you not heard of these yet? We spend so much time researching and trying to find the best things to do during pregnancy for our baby. It is so easy to forget the 4th trimester or the postpartum time.
I have seen other moms talk about padsicles before, but never paid much attention because I wasn’t in the market for postpartum care ideas. With our Baby Bear’s due date less than a month away, I decided to start preparing whatever I could. I started to look for natural things I could prepare to ease the discomfort postpartum. I started with making my Natural DIY Postpartum Soothing Momma Spray. I made several bottles so I can have one for my purse, one for the bathroom, and one for the side of the bed.
Just like the Soothing Momma Spray I made, I used natural ingredients for my padsicles. Things that would naturally soothe any discomfort I might have when I get home.
What are padsicles?
Padsicles are treated pads that you make and store in the freezer. The ingredients that are placed on the bad before they are frozen are help for soothing your lady bits after labor. A padsicle is essentially a cooling, soothing icepack for your lady parts after a vaginal delivery.
What’s in a padsicle?
Witch hazel is used to help heal any cuts or irritation. It decreases swelling, is a natural astringents, and helps soothe the area. Witch hazel is the main active ingredient used in Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads, so it is no surprise that witch hazel would be great at relieving postpartum discomfort. I use witch hazel to help sooth razor burn, also.
Aloe vera gel is great for soothing irritated skin. You know this if you have ever had a painful sunburn. It is also an antiseptic, natural anti-inflammatory, and has hydrating properties.
Lavender oil is a must have for postpartum care because of it’s relaxing properties. However, in the padsicles lavender is useful for calming the skin and relieving any swelling.
The ingredients and how to make is so simple. You can whip up your own batch in about 30 minutes and store them in the freezer before the big day.
Here is what you will need:
- 1 pack of heavy or overnight pads. I prefer Seventh Generation Free and Clear Overnight Pads because they are chlorine free
- Witch hazel
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- A glass baking dish and metal spoon
- In a glass baking dish open the pad leaving the adhesive backing and protector on the pad.
- Squirt about 2 – 4 Tablespoons of witch hazel on the pad and let it soak in.
- Add a couple drops (2-4) of lavender essential oil to the pad.
- Using a spoon, spread 2-3 Tablespoons of aloe vera gel on the pad evenly.
- Fold the pad back up and put in a gallon size Ziplock bag or glass storage container. Once the bag or the container is full of pre-treated pads, store in the freezer until you are ready to use.
When you are ready to use the pads, let one sit out about 5 minutes or so before you are ready use it. It is recommended you sit on a towel as they will leak or you can also put another pad under them.
I created a YouTube Video also with instructions and a step by step tutorial on how I made these padsicles.
It is recommended that you make several packs to prepare for postpartum. However, we have limited freezer space, especially since I have been stocking up on freezer meals for when baby arrives. I made one pack for now and will make more if needed after delivery.
These padsicles and Soothing Postpartum Spray are all a part of my natural postpartum care kit. So if you are looking for more natural options for your postpartum journey, I suggest you take a look at the DIY soothing postpartum spray and the other items in my natural postpartum care kit.
Feel free to share or pin this post. If you are an expecting Momma, I recommend getting these put together before your 37th week. A pack of 14 pads took me about 15 minutes. It was super quick and easy. I feel more prepared knowing they are stocked in the freezer and ready for recovery.
Thank you for reading today, ladies!