Firstly for those that have stumbled across this page and havent a clue what this is all about, we’re talking CSP or cloth sanitary protection. Yes that’s right, washable and reusable cloth pads for a woman’s monthlies. If this scares you at all and is not your cup of tea then please move on, otherwise this post is to help people learn more about CSP and discover more about this particular brand. Thanks xx
Little Gumnut (previously known as Puddlekins), are well-known for making cloth nappies but they make and sell a quite comprehensive range of CSP. If you head over to the shop you’ll find you can buy them singularly, in sets or even have them made to order.
The pads are called Slimbo’s and you can order them in 6″, 7″, 9″, 11″ and 13″ sizes, personally I like 9″ but I do mostly use my pads with a Mooncup or on their own on lighter days. If you’re going to be using them on their own then you might want a selection of different sizes for different flow days.
They are backed with black fleece which comes in two types, Windpro and Windbloc. The Windbloc costs about a pound more per pad but it is thicker and I do actually prefer it as it doesnt go bobbly so it looks much nicer and makes the pad less floppy. I prefer fleece back pads in general as it means I can chuck them in at a wash on 60 without fear of them shrinking! You can also request to have an extra layer of PUL sewn in if you want that extra protection but I’ve never leaked through one of these in either of the fleece backings.
Prices start at £4.50 for the 6″ pad with the Windpro fleece (£5.50 with Windbloc) and go up to £12 (or £13 for the Windbloc) for the 13″ ones. Which are all great prices for CSP and if you buy 5 or more pads you get a 5% as well. They have a top layer of silky soft bamboo velour with a full core of zorb, which makes them slim but absorbent. You can request what kind of colours you’d prefer or just wait and see what you get, which could be anything from pink, purple, blue, green and peach or a rainbow mix of everything! They have a single snap setting closure at the back, which I’ve never had a problem with fitting in my underwear but if you wear thongs or very small pants then you might want to ask about possibly getting a second snap a bit further in to make the fit a little but smaller.
These are one of my favourite pads, not only because I can pick what size, colour and backing but because they are so comfy and havent let me down yet. They are made to a high quality and I’ve never had one with any loose threads or any kind of imperfections and they wash really well, especially the Windbloc ones, they look almost brand new still.
These are perfect for both a newbie to CSP and for regular users, they are a really good price and it’s nice to have something UK made. If you havent tried these already then you should put them on your shopping list!
I bought the pads mentioned in this post and did this review because I wanted to, no compensation was received for reviewing them.
Update 14th June 2011
Ems – the owner of Little Gumnut, found this review and kindly then sent me another pad and a cute little zippered pouch!! It was a lovely surprise, the pad is not only gorgeous, but has the new label sewn on, which I think makes the pad look even more elegant then before. These are still a firm favourite with me, it’s so odd to actually be willing my period to hurry up so I can use the pretty pads!