First things first: raise your hand if you know what a Padsicle is!
Before having my first baby I had no idea. I was shocked by how swollen and painful everything was and totally not prepared with the tools necessary to help with postpartum healing.
We want a different experience for you!
So first, what is a Padsicle?
A padsicle is a thick pad that has been soaked and then chilled in the freezer, designed to help with postpartum recovery.
After a vaginal delivery, you place them in your underwear to help promote healing and reduce pain.
It also matters what you spray on a padsicle -- water is not enough! You want to use an alcohol-free witch hazel along with herbs that promote healing.
When should I make a padsicle?
We recommend making about 3-5 padsicles before you give birth, that way they are ready for you right when you need them!
Won't it melt kind of... funny?
That's why it's so important to think about what you are spraying on the padsicle! For example, you can use a generous amount of our Perineal Spray to achieve the perfect, non-melty padsicle.
Here's the How-To for Making THE BEST PADSICLE (and it's so simple!):
What you need
- 4-6 Heavy, fragrance & dye-free sanitary pads
- Alcohol-free witch hazel and herbs (or Perineal Spray)
- Parchment paper
- Sealable bags
- Before you begin, wash your hands and clean the the surface area you're using to prepare your padsicles.
- Next, take your alcohol-free witch hazel and whichever herbal combination you want, or grab our soothing and cooling Perineal Spray to keep things simple and ensure you're using high quality ingredients.
A word to the wise: alcohol-free witch hazel is a must. Do not use the other kind or you may experience irritation.
- Lay the pads out and spritz generously across the pad with your ingredients or Perineal Spray. The pads should be quite saturated with the spray.
While the length of postpartum bleeding will vary by individual, having 4-6 ready as soon as you need them is a good starting point.
- Place a strip of parchment paper onto the surface of the pad before you fold the pad in half (ensuring they don't stick together) and place into the baggy.
Our Postpartum Care Kit comes with highly absorbent and fragrance-free pads, and you can use the nursing pad baggies for storage.
- The last step is to place the baggy into the freezer so it’s ready for you immediately post-baby
It's actually THAT easy, but it is an absolutely game-changer for postpartum recovery! Grab our Padsicle Bundle to make your own.