{DIY} Padsicles, the must-have postpartum item

 {DIY} Padsicles, the must have postpartum item postpartum padsicles pads labor delivery

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 {DIY} Padsicles, the must have postpartum item postpartum padsicles pads labor delivery all over pad (gel, not liquid concentrate)
2. Pour about a teaspoon of witch hazel {DIY} Padsicles, the must have postpartum item postpartum padsicles pads labor delivery (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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About Erin

Mommy to two beautiful girls. Happily married and a constant over-achiever. Obsessed with health, natural living, staying active and battling PCOS. Full-time job in Human Relations and also a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Trying to enjoy every moment before it slips by way too fast.

32 thoughts on “{DIY} Padsicles, the must-have postpartum item

  1. Heather

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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  7. Jay

    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.

    1. alibear1986

      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!

  8. Sarah

    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. megan

    I’m going to guess that I can’t fold these back the way they were when putting them in the freezer. Right? Will the tin foil stick to the gooey part too?

  10. Almost due mother

    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?

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  12. Sarah

    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!

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  19. Becky

    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.

    1. alibear1986

      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

  20. Jessica

    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!

    1. Jane

      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.

  21. Julia

    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?

    1. Maya Gabriel

      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.

  22. Carla

    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?

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