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The Way of the Cloth and Cup

June 10, 2013

I haven’t exactly been the “go-green” type. I would say that I am somewhere in the “trying” zone of the environmental awareness spectrum, with our reusable bags, and segregation of trash. But, I would have to admit that there are still many, many aspects of our lifestyle that could use some tweaking to be a little kinder to our planet.

Part of this effort was my decision to use cloth diapers on Basti when he was younger. We used Chino Pinos, along with a Thirsties Duo diaper cover for when he was home from birth till he was about 6 months old.

At that time, the cloth diapering movement was not that active yet, and I lost the drive when our one helper started to complain and the rains came. Now, at 3 years old and in the potty-training stage, I put Basti back on cloth at home. I recently purchased some Babyleaf trainers from Mama. Baby. Love., and a few from Cluebebe as well. Basti still uses his one and only next9 cloth diaper too. I just like the trainers to get him more used to the idea of underwear.

Top: next9; Bottom: Babyleaf, Cluebebe

I joined the Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays Facebook page last year, and was exposed to the world of cloth diapers and the fantastic practice of group buying. As moms, we always find a way to get what we want at the best prices possible, right? The prices are much lower than retail, the process is easier (you order, you pay, you wait. That’s it!), and you can buy things not available in local shops. It was through a group buy that I bought Basti’s Sunbaby trainers.

Oh how I wish the pocket diaper trend was alive and well when Basti was a baby! I think I would’ve made more of an effort to purely use cloth!

Another effort I’ve made is for myself.

NOTE: The rest of this post talks about reproductive health, specifically, menstrual period, and I understand if some are not comfortable discussing or reading about it. Consider yourself warned.

I’ve been a tampon user since I was a teenager. Having a very active lifestyle necessitated it. I also do not like the feeling of pads. They are so uncomfortable. I heard about menstrual cups back when I was still single from a friend of mine. It didn’t really register to me as an option because the whole concept seemed alien to me.

Menstrual cup, did you say? So what is it? This is it:

The idea? You use it to catch your flow. Yes you put it inside. How does it feel? Like nothing. So comfortable that I forget it’s there. No fuss, minimal mess, and there’s nothing to throw away. It’s reusable, and if used properly, can last you for years.

Not so bad right? You have to punch in the side for insertion.

I cannot say enough about how this invention has made my period irrelevant in how I plan my life. Having my period is now the lamest excuse I can think of for not doing something. Uh-oh, now if I tell someone I can’t go because “I have my period” they’ll know I just don’t want to go and I’m lying.

This one if from Lunette, and I bought it, again, from Mama.Baby.Love. Along with adopting the menstrual cup, I’ve also gotten rid of disposable pantyliners. I now use cloth pantyliners as well. For those who are not comfortable with “invasive” methods, Jenny also sells cloth menstrual pads at her store.

Interested in cloth diapering? Check out the Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays Facebook group page here:Ā https://www.facebook.com/groups/mcnpinays/

 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2013 2:21 pm

    Do you get any leaks when using the menstrual cup?

    • Eliza permalink
      June 10, 2013 3:16 pm

      Hi! Only if I don’t empty it on time on my heaviest days.

      • Chrystal permalink
        June 12, 2013 7:30 pm

        Fair enough. Thanks for posting about this! šŸ™‚

  2. June 10, 2013 3:54 pm

    I ordered the cloth pantyliners too! How’s it going for you? Comfy naman?

  3. June 10, 2013 4:25 pm

    Sigh, I totally agree with you on the group buying practice for cloth diapers, nahuli tayo! I’m a member of that FB group too šŸ™‚ Hopefully, there’s still group buying when I have my second baby šŸ˜€ I use cloth liners and napkins too, got it from Jen’s store ;D I love the fact that her store offers a lot of choices! šŸ™‚

  4. June 12, 2013 6:02 am

    Thanks for the shout out! I love that you posted a photo of the Lunette cup folded- so many menstrual cup newbies wonder how a menstrual cup “fits”- and really, it’s just that easy! -CC

    • Eliza permalink
      June 13, 2013 1:21 am

      Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing my post on Twitter. šŸ™‚ There are quite a few Lunette fans here!

  5. June 19, 2013 4:22 pm

    interesting on menstrual cup

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