One of the things I remember most about postpartum care was how amazing padsicles felt. When the nurse handed me my first ever padsicle, I had no idea that this simple item would be so heavenly. Since then, I’ve always recommended them to new moms as a way to prepare for postpartum care at home. There are a few ways to make padsicles, whether you just use pads and water or aloe too, but witch hazel padsicles are the cream of the crop. Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide for making padsicles at home so you’re ready to go post-birth.
*You can do an aloe+witch hazel combo instead, but I chose to do the witch hazel that already has aloe in it for one less step. You can also do overnight pads if you don’t plan on wearing depends. These smaller pads are easier to fit into the depends and still provide enough coverage. Just do what’s best for you, mama!*
Step one: Take the pads out of the packaging. Unwrap a pad but keep the wrapping so you can easily slide the pad back inside.
Step two: Pour two tablespoons of the witch hazel evenly across the pad. If you feel like the pad isn’t moist enough, add a few drizzles of water as well.
Step three: Fold the pad back up and slide back into the wrapper.
Step four: Put the pad into a large ziploc bag. I labeled my bag so there was no confusion in the freezer. 🙂
Step five: Repeat until all pads are in the bag.
Step six: Lay the bag flat in the freezer until you’re ready to use them!
That’s it! This is such a quick and simple process and you’ll be thanking yourself post-birth that you have these ready to use. I suggest making them prior to becoming full term just in case you were to go into labor early. Since you’re freezing them, it doesn’t hurt to have them ready. Any questions? Leave a comment below!