Hi. My name is Meg. I’m mom to my curious little girl, Holden, and my handsome little man, Gatsby (I was an English major).

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prepping for baby #2: padsicles, part two

prepping for baby #2: padsicles, part two

In a previous post, I talked about the genius idea that is the padsicle. Now 34 weeks along, I'm getting a bit more serious about delivery and baby prep, so I decided it was time to make these suckers. I used Tall Mom, Tiny Baby's "recipe" for these ice-cold relief pads and made a few tweaks. So I present:

The Padsicle


  • The biggest freaking sanitary or incontinence pads you can find
  • Aloe vera
  • Witch hazel
  • Gallon freezer bags
  • Tall Mom, Tiny Baby recommends jojoba, lavender or tea tree oil. I couldn't find jojoba or lavender oil at my CVS and I wasn't into the thought of putting something as minty/eucalyptusy/medicinal-smelling as tea tree oil on my lady parts. And I was impatient and wanted to make these, so I forewent the essential oil on my padsicles.

post-partum padsicles @ohbotherblog

The Process:

  • Open the pads, but keep them on their backing plastic so you can re-wrap them.
  • Pour two tablespoons of witch hazel over the pad
  • Pour one tablespoon or so of aloe vera and mush it all over. I used the actual tablespoon to spread it out.

how to make padsicles: witch hazel and aloe vera @ohbotherblog

A fantastic friend of mine texted me before I made these to warn me that it's not a more-the-merrier situation when it comes to the padsicle ingredients... meaning that the pad absorbs the ingredients and if you put on too much, the pad is less likely to absorb what you really need it to... if you get my drift.

  • Wrap the pads back up, and pack them inside a freezer bag.
  • Slip those bad boys in the freezer and they'll be waiting for you after you get home from pushing that watermelon through your hoo-ha and you've run out of the ice pack-mesh panties-pad sandwich materials that you stole from the hospital.

Padsicles ready for the freezer @ohbotherblog

Tall Mom, Tiny Baby recommends sitting on a towel when using the padsicles. Duly noted.

Alright, Baby G, one step closer to being ready for you!

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