Friday, March 4, 2011

Grandma Cloth! You haven't heard of it?

Article shared with the Knickernappies Blog by The Cloth Diaper Geek

"It's like sitting on a cloud!"  That's what she said... 

We talk about mama cloth all the time for a menstrual alternative, but did you know that mama cloth cloth could also be referred to as "Grandma Cloth?"  Yes my mom would totally kill me if she knew I was writing this, lol.  But it's the truth and I felt it was important to share.

Mama cloth is great for many reasons; health, comfort, the environment and our pocket books.  But have you ever considered that there's a whole other generation of women out there just waiting to be enlightened about the existence of mama cloth?  Yes, you heard right, grandmas!

Now I'm not one for really talking about such things, mainly because the thought of really getting old terrifies me,  but fortunate for me my mom comes to me with these sorts of topics.

Hadn't you heard?  As we females age we may or may not begin to experience incontinence, and there's a good chance it will be on a pretty regular basis.  My first experience with this was after the birth of my daughter.  She was about 1yr old and I was...26!!!!!

I decided to join a gym and lose a little weight.  I put her in the childcare room and headed off ambitiously to a kickboxing class, luckily an all female one.  Ready-Set-Warm up time!  The instructor hands us all a jump rope and says "got to it!"  I begin jumping, mind you it's probably been about 15 yrs since I had jumped rope, but I was confident I could do it, duh!

So what do you think happens?  A couple jumps into it and I pee all over myself! I mean it just came right out! No control at all.  Very surprising AND very embarrassing!  Now I'm not a quitter and the class was only moments into getting started so I had to go up to the teacher and explain.  She assured me that it's normal and happens all the time...yeah right! So I grabbed my kid and left, in a hurry!

What's this got to do with my mom?  Well she's a grandma, she's past her childbearing years, no more monthly cycle but it came to my attention that she still uses a LOT of light flow maxi pads.  I was astonished.  I should have known but it really didn't occur to me.  Turns out she really doesn't need them every day but wears them just in case because she never knows when she will.

I was really excited to turn her on to mama cloth.  She wasn't opposed at all, in fact she commented after she tried them that it felt like she was sitting on a cloud!  I'm so glad that she likes them and I am happy to have had the opportunity to tell her about them.

So the bottom line is...Mama Cloth works for Grandmas too!  So spread the word, tell your Grandmother or Mother about Mama Cloth today!

This is a republished article was also recently posted on the Cloth Diaper Geek Blog.  Julie, the Cloth Diaper Geek is a former Knickernappies retailer and is a cloth diaper advocate.  You can visit the Cloth Diaper Geek Blog here.


Liz said...

I emailed this to my mom :P She says she's the only woman over 50 *ahem* I mean 35 who still has a period :P

ECPI CLT Librarian said...

I introduced my co-worker to them. She is not a grandma yet but her boys are grown. She too thought they would be great as light bladder protection and is going to look into getting some. I just started using them and wear one all the time as a pantiliner.

Anonymous said...

I've told my grandma, my mom and my mother in law. :D Unfortunately none are interested. :(

Sarah said...

I've sewn cloth pads for both my mom and my granny for that very purpose! They seem to like using them... :)

Leta Johnston said...

I have been making this type mama cloth for my 74 yr old mom for three years now... she loves them and tells all her lady friends about them....

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