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{DIY} Padsicles, the must-have postpartum item

After I delivered my daughter, I was in some very serious pain. No one ever told me that was going to happen! I remember begging my nurse to give me a few of the pads that you crack and they instantly become ice packs to take home. They seemed to be the only thing that helped ease some of the sting. Only problem was that she only gave me three. Ugh! Now that I’m down to 3 weeks until I deliver our second girl, I am on a mission to find relief beforehand. I’m all about being prepared this time around! Here is where Padsicles come into play, as they are such an easy and amazing DIY for postpartum.

Make about 20 – 24 (I made a full 24) pads with aloe vera, witch hazel and lavender essential oil. Store them in the freezer and when you get home, you have a handful of soothing pads in your first few days home. The aloe vera and witch hazel have healing properties, so it will actually aid in your healing while giving you some relief. The lavender is just a calming addition. My 5 year old had a blast helping me make these, she spread the aloe vera for me in our little assembly line. Here are the directions to make these yourself!


1. Apply liberal layer of aloe vera all over pad (gel, not liquid concentrate)
2. Pour about a teaspoon of witch hazel (make sure it’s alcohol-free) over the aloe vera
3. Sprinkle on a few drops of lavender essential oil
4. Wrap each pad in tin foil and freeze for use in your early postpartum days


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  1. Heather
    September 19, 2012 at 6:04 am — Reply

    The nurse told me a great thing they use. Full a condom up with water and freeze it!! Then wrap a papertowel aroun it and stick it on your pad. It worked wonders!!!

  2. Lottie
    September 21, 2012 at 7:28 am — Reply

    The lavender oil is actually very healing too! It can heal a cut faster than neosporin, kills germs, and can help make scars disappear! Great stuff to include on these!!

  3. Malyssa
    October 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    I have a question. If someone is prone to getting UTIs, would this probably be a bad thing to use? Just wondering if the aloe, witch hazel, &/or lavendar will be irritating…?

  4. Teresa
    October 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    I was told to use maxi pads soaked in witch hazel, then placed in the freezer. They felt AMAZING!!! Witch hazel is an anti inflamitory so it helped so much. Another way to do it is line the pad with Tucks medicated wipes, they have witchazel in them, then freeze.

  5. […] ~ If you weren’t lucky enough to have the hospital concierge offer you these, here’s how to make your padsicles at home with witch hazel and lavender. (It sounds […]

  6. […] in case, but I was literally never in pain. Oh, and I didn’t even think of using one of those pad-sicle things they tell you to load up your freezer with. (And all those blogs that promised me I would need them […]

  7. Jay
    August 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Eek! The last thing you want to use are commercial pads like Always! They’re rough and prevent air flow so more likely to cause irritation, yeast infections and urinary tract infections, plus do you know all the chemicals they use (no, because they don’t tell you) – they’re bad enough to use around menstruation, but post-partum the last thing you want is to risk using them.

    Try ORGANIC pads instead such as Cottons or Natracare which are a little more breathable and don’t contain any bleach, chemicals or dioxin so less likely to irritate or cause infections. Better still would be cloth pads such as Lunapads or Gladrags (or cheap pads from Etsy) which are more comfortable again, feeling little different to underwear in softness and breathability – like with cloth diapers cloth pads are much more comfortable, hygienic, healthier, and will save you money.

    • May 23, 2014 at 3:23 am — Reply

      Oh yes, I have to agree with you. I had my daughter before I discovered cloth pads, I can only imagine how much more comfortable it would be ditching the disposables at this tender time!

      • Anonymous
        August 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm — Reply

        Did the cloth pads get soggy after in place for awhile?

  8. Sarah
    August 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    I am six weeks from EDD and am planning to make these…I cannot stand the smell of witch hazel. I was given witch hazel pads after my son was born and couldn’t deal with the smell. Will the lavender essential oil cover the witch hazel smell?

  9. Amber
    August 28, 2013 at 6:30 am — Reply

    Great idea!

  10. Almost due mother
    September 4, 2013 at 4:50 am — Reply

    When you said to leave in the freezer before you got back, when exactly is it ok to put in the freezer and for how long? Did you put all 24?

  11. kt
    September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    May i also suggest these: reuseable ice packs, femme pads

    just ordered for my second delivery!

  12. […] One recipe for “padsicles” – cold packs that can help with healing and swelling after birth. This isn’t the only recipe, your care provider might recommend different ingredients, but these are a good idea to think about and prepare a few for after baby is born. […]

  13. Sarah
    November 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm — Reply

    I used an off brand newborn size diaper sliced open a bit and filled it with crushed ice (like they have at Sonic). Since the diaper is absorbent, when the ice melted it didnt make a mess and it molded around me instead of having a solid block of ice down there!

  14. December 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm — Reply

    […] the use of MamaCloth or something similar, cloth diapers will be enough to wash! I am bringing padsicles and also some women’s disposable underwear- definitely not glamorous, but will be easy and […]

  15. […] ~ If you weren’t lucky enough to have the hospital concierge offer you these, here’s how to make your padsicles at home with witch hazel and lavender. (It sounds […]

  16. February 20, 2014 at 7:12 am — Reply

    […] Make padsicles for postpartum recovery.  […]

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  18. March 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    […] I wanted some relief!  I found a DIY recipe to help relieve post-partum soreness at this blog.  I ended up making far more than I needed wasted a large amount of pads.  The pads […]

  19. March 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    […] pads, nursing pad, normal pads, and a hot pad  To Learn how to make the Popsicle pads go HERE (I made 15 but I only used like 8)I used the hot pad on my back because for reason my back was […]

  20. Becky
    April 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    So tell me, where do you put these post partum. I’m a childless woman, never been pregnant. What do I do with these? I came across this article on Pinterest and I was curious.

    • May 23, 2014 at 3:21 am — Reply

      You use them to absorb the post partum bleeding and the ice and addition of witch hazel etc will help soothe the general soreness plus help heal up any cuts/tears/grazes you may have down there

  21. Jessica
    June 8, 2014 at 10:14 am — Reply

    I accidentally purchased witch hazel that has 14% alcohol…has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with using the witch hazel with alcohol? Just wondering if I need to avoid this. Thanks!

    • Jane
      August 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm — Reply

      Yes, avoid! The alcohol will sting and irritate any open or skin or internal lady-parts. You can use it for other things, like as an astringent, but buy some new witch hazel for the pads.

    • Jessika
      January 4, 2016 at 3:31 am — Reply

      I am curious if the aloe would get sticky and therefore make it all the more difficult to wash ajd clean properly later on… anyone have that issue? Also in the birthing classes they recommend pouring tea onto pads and freezing them and that is it. Anyone try that??

  22. Julia
    July 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    So I’m wondering. Do you place them on your underwear, just like you would regular pads? Or how do these things work? And how long should they stay in the freezer?

    • Maya Gabriel
      July 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm — Reply

      They will keep well in the freezer for at least one year! My eldest daughter had a baby last year. Her younger sister made dozens and dozens. I still had 4 or 5, and another sister just used them after her baby was born and they were still fine. I’d lost the instructions, so I went searching, and landed here.

  23. Carla
    August 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Making these for myself and my sister in law this weekend. Question: has anyone made them with the ultra thin pads? Or are the maxi pads better to use?

    • Jane
      August 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm — Reply

      You will most likely need the more absorbent pads as you will likely be bleeding heavily after childbirth.

  24. […] forking over tons of money for essential oils you’ll only be using a couple of drops of, this simpler recipe requiring only lavender essential oil is just as […]

  25. […] of, make sure to tell ALL of your pregnant friends (first-time or veteran) about our soothing Postpartum Padsicles DIY!  They will thank you […]

  26. October 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    […] I've heard of witch hazel for post-partum too. Anyone hear of padcicles? If it works for your vag post baby, it makes sense that it would work for hemorrhoid relief. {DIY} Padsicles, the must-have postpartum item | In The Know Mom […]

  27. November 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    […] Padsicles – have you heard of these? if not, they are a MUST!!!! a couple weeks before you are due, get some pads, throw some Witch Hazel on them and then pop them in the freezer… when you get home from the hospital those bad boys will be your best friend!! Oh, and while your at the hospital make sure to ask the nurse for some if she doesn’t offer, they keep them in the freezer there, I would send Adam most the time to grab them for me. So make sure your husband is well aware of the kitchenette at the hospital! lol… here is a link on how to make them: […]

  28. […] by Jamerrill Stewart. I modified the {DIY} Padsicles, the must-have postpartum item that I found here and simply used Witch Hazel and […]

  29. Meredith
    January 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    I have two kinds of aloe vera on hand. One is Equate brand called “Aloe After Sun Gel with Pure Aloe Vera”. The other actually has lidocaine and tea tree extract in it called “Instant Burn Relief ICE”

    Any idea if either of these will work to make padsicles?

  30. heather
    January 15, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply

    The nurse I had brought me in a condom filled with water that they froze…it fit perfect and is easy to make at home.

  31. […] moms who may have had perineal trauma or soreness after giving birth.  Before now, I’ve made padsicles (which were met with mixed reviews) and peri-spray.  I came across a popular Aviva Romm article and […]

  32. […] Dennis got home,  my bag still wasn’t packed, and I still hadn’t started the postpartum padsicles I’d wanted to make to help me heal after my return (procrastinator to the end!).  I’d […]

  33. August 7, 2015 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Ok it took me a little bit to find, but I found an Apple support article. That was written before glass screens, when there was just a bare LCD screen (a screen with a coating on it).

  34. S
    September 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    I was thinking of making some of these for myself, but also adding to a gift for a friend’s baby shower. Is it okay if these aren’t frozen right after being made?

  35. Hope
    September 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    Im allergic to Aloe. Do you think these would work just as well if I did only the witch hazel and lavender?

  36. September 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    […] bottom. You will be sore, and as with any sore muscle, ice helps. Or try making your own “padsicles” to help the healing process […]

  37. October 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    What store is the best place to find achohol free witch hazel & lavender oil? What sections would they be in?

    • October 15, 2015 at 11:31 am — Reply

      I order from Amazon, but I imagine also health stores would also carry both!

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  39. eulalia tadlock
    May 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    Nice ideas . BTW , if your business requires a WI WB-24 , my company filled out and esigned a fillable version here

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