Cold packs are a must-have in your postpartum care kit because cold therapy helps soothe the pain and irritation you experience after birth. They are so cool and soothing – you will thank me for this later! First, I recommend that you grab as many of the perineum cold packs as the nurses will give you from the hospital because they work so well. But, they are pretty bulky and you shouldn’t need them for more than 2-3 days after giving birth. However, you’ll still benefit from some cold therapy after that point so I suggest that you make your own DIY Padsicles!
It’s really easy to make your own postpartum cold packs by following these easy instructions, and you can probably make 30 of these in about 15 minutes.
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What Do You Need to Make Your Own DIY Postpartum Padsicles?
- Maxi pads: I recommend using chlorine-free unscented overnight pads. They work just as well as any other maxi pad.
- Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel (an extract from the witch hazel shrub) is a natural, soothing skin remedy that helps reduce inflammation and heal wounds. The most important thing to pay attention to when choosing your brand of witch hazel for your DIY padsicles is that you want to avoid any brands which have alcohol, which would further cause irritation. It was a little tough to find an alcohol-free version, but I found an alcohol-free unscented witch hazel that is free of fragrances and parabens, and is made with organic witch hazel.
- Organic Aloe Vera Gel: Another wonderful, natural soothing treatment for skin, you’ll want to use organic aloe vera gel, such as the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel, that contains only pure ingredients.
- Small mist spray bottle: Any spray bottle will do, and you’ll just use this to spray the witch hazel onto the pads. Instead of spending $5 on a spray bottle, I just grabbed the one that came with my travel bottles. (Though, if you plan on doing a lot of DIY at home with essential oils, you may want to get these gorgeous cobalt blue spray bottles.)
- Plastic wrap or plastic baggie: You’ll want to use freezer bags or plastic wrap to store the padsicles in your freezer.
- Lavender essential oil (optional): While it’s optional, you can add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to your witch hazel spray bottle.
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How to Make DIY Padsicles for Postpartum Healing:
Step 1: Open each maxi pad, but leave the pad attached to its wrapper.
Step 2: Add aloe vera gel to the entire length of the pad. Trust me – you’ll appreciate this! You do not need to add any to the wings.
Step 3: Spray the maxi pad with the witch hazel spray bottle.
Step 4: Fold up the pad and either insert it into a plastic freezer bag or wrap it with plastic wrap. You don’t have to use small baggies for each individual padsicle; you can fit several of these into a gallon-size freezer bag and grab them as needed.
And that’s all! There you have your own padsicles. Use them as needed for cooling, soothing relief after birth. I wish you a wonderful, positive birth experience, and a quick recovery postpartum.