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Which are the best maternity pads, breast pads and nappies?

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siurana Fri 05-Sep-08 16:08:17

Hi - calling all mums who have been there can anyone advise on the best disposables for me and baby? Am probably being over planning first time mum as have a couple of months to go but just wanted to know which ones were the best leakproof/protecting/not going to bring me or baby up in a big rash maternity pads/breast pads and nappies

many thanks!

Mimsy2000 Fri 05-Sep-08 16:11:13

can only speak to the breast pads issue. i bf for 18 months and made alot of milk. although they worked later on, the washable breast pads just didnt' cut it for me. i found the best disposable were lansinoh [sp?] although they never seemed to be on sale and they do add up over time. later on i found that boots own brand of breast pads were a pretty good knock-off of lansinoh and they were on sale all the time.

dizzydixies Fri 05-Sep-08 16:12:22

boots own washable are lovely breast pads

siurana Fri 05-Sep-08 16:17:52

Thanks for the quick response ladies! I have already had some dryness so have used the lanisoh ointment which was great. I think I'll probably get some disposable and some washable (i think this this over- purchasing thing is common for first time mums!)

Maternity pads - Kotex Nighttime (in the black bag) Its like sitting on a big sotf pillow, which may not be appealing now, but believe me it will grin. Get loads. (I got through at least 8 packs)

Breatpads, Lansinoh, disposable at first then, washable when your milk settles down.

Can't help you with nappies, I use cloth.

sweetkitty Fri 05-Sep-08 16:22:23

I'm on third baby and I/we use

Maternity pads - Boots pure cotton do not use Always the plastic backing will give you a nasty sweat rash. Use big maternity pads to start with they are nice and cushioning.

Breast pads - have used Lilypadz they brought me out in a rash, washables were a faff (I kept losing them) now I just use Boots own label disposables.

Nappies - I have used reusables and every brand out there but for newborn poo I think you cannot beat Pampers newborn

MrsBadger Fri 05-Sep-08 16:25:42

tommy tippee or Johnsons breast pads

always ultra night time

and I used blush Pampers Newborn for the early days before starting real nappies

cathym Fri 05-Sep-08 16:33:41

I'll second the opinion that Boots washable breast pads were the best. Don't use disposable ones though! They are huge, poorly shaped and don't absorb much.

cathym Fri 05-Sep-08 16:34:59

Forgot to mention nappies. We got quite a few different ones and found that Tescos own brand are the best. Someone had recommended them to us which is why we tried them. They are really cheap as well.

TheInvisibleHand Fri 05-Sep-08 17:26:32

Re breastpads, if you don't have masses of milk, you could try lilypadz? They are a kind of silicone thing that sticks to you and stops the milk coming out. You just give them a rinse and use them again the next day. I quite liked them, but I know others with more milk didn't. I also thought Lanisoh great if you want to use disposable breast pads.

Re nappies - just don't overstock at the beginning! Its a bit of trial and error to figure out which ones work for you.

Playdough Fri 05-Sep-08 19:22:54

For maternity pads, yes, definitely the Kotex Nighttime ones for the first few days. Very comfortable and comforting. And you will need more than you'd imagine.

As far as disposable nappies go, I rate the ecologically sound(ish) Moltex ones. I found them really good: no leaks and good absorbency.

My only comment about breast pads is that before DC1 I dutifully bought supplies of both disposable and washable (lovely ones with silk one side and wool the other) breast pads -- and never needed to use a single one (very, very slow let down: my poor babies had to work hard!). So, again, maybe don't overstock at the beginning.

DanJARMouse Fri 05-Sep-08 19:26:22

Maternity pads - I used always night time towels as they were so much more comfortable than the huge thick wedge maternity pads.

Breast pads - I just used desco disposable ones, but to be honest I didnt leak much and I gave up BF fairly early.

Nappies - have used everything under the sun, and the only thing that works best for us is either Tesco own brand (not value) or Asda own brand.

Used pampers for a while, and yes they were ok, but no better or worse than the much cheaper tesco or asda


babyinbelly Sat 06-Sep-08 09:27:08

I bought one packet of every type of nappy I thought looked ok cos my mum said that me and my sister were completely different shapes so what fitted one didn't fit the other. so trial and error to see which you like. I liked huggies. Have more recently tried moltex and these are excellent but quite expensive (especially cos I had to pay postage on them)

Breast pads I used tesco diposable but they weren't that great so I wouldn't recommend.

Mat pads I used were boots or tesco, they did the job fine but didn't have wings so this time will def be getting some that have. Also did find them quite bulky.

NellyTheElephant Sat 06-Sep-08 09:49:50

Breats pads: this will depend entirely on how much milk you have and your let down reflex. Washable pads were absolutely useless for me throughout the time I spent bf, and I could only use certain types of disposables (i.e. the expensive ones like Lanisoh, Tommee Tippee, Boots ultra and Nuk - they are all horrible - they have a gel like substance similar to disposable nappies which starts to smell after about an hour or so, but I had no other option except a complete soaking!)

Nappies: I use washables, but for the early days in hospital nothing beats a packet of pampers or huggies new born. This time though I think I will try buying the nature baby new born nappies and giving them a try in a bid to assauge my guilt (I use the nature baby nappies now on DD2 (18 months) if she's not in washables and they are great.

amidaiwish Sat 06-Sep-08 10:06:11

breast pads definitely lansinoh

maternity pads i just used the night time pads. i used the ultra even though my midwife told me i should use maxi to minimise infection. no idea why they would minimise infection. anyway i couldn't bear them so used Always Nightime Ultra. Had no problems, but then again i didn't tear so that might make a difference.

nappies, i used Pampers Baby Dry. can't comment on the others.

siurana Sat 06-Sep-08 11:43:21

Thanks for everyones advice - I think the main thing I;m getting is not to go too mad buying everything under the sun as there is always a supermarket open sometime which I can dispatch DH to!

miamla Sat 06-Sep-08 11:48:21

sainsbury's own make mat pads were great. like sitting on a big cushion. i kept using them even after bleeding was alot lighter because they cushioned my piles..bliss!
sorry if TMI!

spicemonster Sat 06-Sep-08 11:51:01

I would just ask someone you know for a few disposable breastpads or just get one box. Like playdough, I didn't leak bar once or twice so I never used any.

zoejeanne Sat 06-Sep-08 16:54:55

And on the topic of disposables - did anyone get disposable pants for the first few days? I've seen them suggested, but have horrible thoughts of paper pants!!

MrsBadger Sat 06-Sep-08 17:24:58

no - I got tesco value 5 for £2 cotton ones and they were fab

binned them all afterwards

popsycal Sat 06-Sep-08 17:26:16

cheap supermarket maternity pads and always ultra night pads

mam/tommee tipee/lansinoh breast pads

FeelingLucky Sat 06-Sep-08 19:28:05

I used adult nappies instead of maternity pads blush, worked very well especially as my pelvic floor more or less collapsed after and no dirty knickers to wash.

Lasinoh disposable breast pads were my favourite

Pampers newborn were the nappies we became stuck withh despite me wanting to go the reusable route.

AbricotsSecs Sat 06-Sep-08 19:30:24

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MrsTittleMouse Sat 06-Sep-08 19:46:27

Don't buy too many of anything! Lansinoh breast pads are really good - unless you are large of nork, in which case they crease like nobody's business and look awful. I still have loads left...
Nappies - it's really difficult for any nappy to contain the newborn explosive poo of breastfed babies, so I wouldn't go too expensive - I used Tescos.

I hated the thought of disposable pants and bought enormous black cotton knickers 2 sizes bigger than my normal size. Even though they were hardly attractive, it made me feel a bit more human to not be wearing paper pants.

shreksmissus Sat 06-Sep-08 20:07:01

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