Easy DIY Padsicles Recipe for Postpartum Cold Packs (2023)

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Last Updated on July 30, 2023 by Avi Steen

As a mom of three little ones, currently 4, 3, and a 1 year old, I know just how hectic life can get, especially when you have a new baby in the mix. Today, I want to chat with all you amazing new postpartum moms out there because, trust me, I’ve been in your shoes! Taking care of yourself during the postpartum period is crucial, and that’s why I’m here to share my best-kept secret: DIY postpartum padsicles!

I get it – postpartum recovery is no joke. From the adult diaper to the vaginal delivery pain and everything in between, it’s not a walk in the park. 

But sis, homemade padsicles are about to become your new best friend (along with the haakaa)! They’re like those heavenly perineal ice packs you get at the hospital, but you can make them right in the comfort of your own home with sanitary pads!

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What are Padsicles and Why You Need Them?

Alright, let’s get down to business – what on earth are padsicles? Well, imagine this: soothing, cold packs that offer much-needed relief for your lady parts after a vaginal birth. 

Yes, you heard me right! This genius little creation is just a regular pad transformed into postpartum superheroes with the help of some simple home ingredients.

And why do you need them? Oh, trust me, the postpartum pain is real. From soreness to swelling, your poor down-there area needs all the love and care it can get.

Padsicles come to the rescue with their anti-inflammatory properties and comforting cold therapy, making your healing process so much smoother with just a regular . Praise the Lord! Witch hazel (I know the name doesn’t sound promising) was a saving grace on my postpartum journeys and will be a game changer for your perineal area too!

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How To Make Padsicles

Now, I know that between diaper changes, tending to your new baby, and perhaps wrangling a couple of older siblings, finding time for yourself can feel impossible. But I promise you’ve got this mama! Making your own padsicles is surprisingly easy, and you’ll thank yourself later.

First things first – gather your ingredients! These are simple ingredients available at your local drug stores or on Amazon.

​Padsicle Ingredients

  • Long Maternity Pads (these are my fav postpartum)
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Witch Hazel
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Gallon Ziploc Bag

Next, set up a comfy postpartum station. Find a quiet corner where you can relax and take care of yourself. If possible, enlist the help of your partner or family to watch the little ones while you work on this DIY project.

Step-by-Step DIY Padsicles Recipe:

Alright, here comes the fun part – creating your very own padsicles! It’s as easy as pie (well I’ve never made pie, but you get it), and you’ll feel like a postpartum pro in no time. Remember, this is for your recovery process and pain relief as a new mom, enlist your fellow mamas or husband to help with the process if you’re doing this post birth. 

It also makes for a great third trimester nesting activity before baby comes!

Step 1: Gather your materials and tools – check!

Step 2: Prepare your pads, and have them unfolded (but keep the wrapper on).

Step 3: Apply the aloe gel – don’t be shy, drench those pads to maximize the soothing goodness!

Step 4: Add a spoonful of witch hazel solution – a few drops of lavender oil will add an extra touch of relaxation.

Step 5: Wrap up the entire pad back in it’s original wrapper, so they stay perfectly cold and ready to use.

Step 6: Store your padsicles in the freezer in the freezer bag– and voila! You’ve just become a frozen maxi pad pro!

Comfort and Relief: Using Padsicles Postpartum

The best time to use your homemade padsicles is right after giving birth when vaginal pain is most prevalent. They have soothing properties that’ll work wonders to ease the discomfort and reduce swelling, giving you some sweet relief during those first few days.

Plus, with the added goodness of aloe vera gel and drops of lavender essential oil, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a spa rather than dealing with postpartum recovery.

Remember, mama, this is your time to heal and bond with your new baby. Take it easy, listen to your body, and let those padsicles be a great addition to your postpartum essentials pack.

Frequent Asked Questions

When should I make postpartum padsicles?

You can make postpartum padsicles in the weeks leading up to your due date, so they’re ready to provide relief right after giving birth.

How long can I leave padsicles in the freezer?

It’s best to use your padsicles within the first six months to ensure their effectiveness and freshness.

Should I bring padsicles to the hospital?

Yes, bringing your own padsicles to the hospital can offer immediate comfort and relief during your postpartum recovery.

What kind of witch hazel do you use for padsicles?

For padsicles, use alcohol-free witch hazel to avoid any stinging or irritation.

What do you put on your pads after giving birth?

After giving birth, you can apply witch hazel and aloe vera gel to your pads to soothe and promote healing.

Are ice pads necessary for postpartum?

While not necessary, ice pads (padsicles) can be incredibly helpful in reducing swelling and providing relief during the postpartum recovery period.

So, there you have it, my fellow new moms! DIY padsicles are a game-changer for postpartum care, and I promise you won’t regret making them. They’ll be your trusty sidekick throughout the healing process, offering comfort and relief when you need it most.

Now, go ahead and whip up your batch of padsicles – add them to your hospital bag, and be prepared to embrace the postpartum journey with a little extra comfort and a whole lot of love. Remember, mama, taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your new baby. You’ve got this!

And before you go, don’t forget to check out the related motherhood posts below for more helpful tips and tricks. Happy postpartum, and congratulations on your new bundle of joy! 

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