I thought I'd share some photos regarding the batting in cloth pads post. These photos are some pads I purchased a few years ago that have cotton batting in them. So I'd thought I'd show how batting looks like and the negatives about it. Some folks in the previous post were curious about how it can look like in a pad.
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The original batting in cloth pads post has a really nice description about its negatives. Simply put it's not appropriate at all for cloth pads. If you are browsing around to buy and a listing is not specific about what type of cotton is in a cloth pad - do be picky. I've also seen cotton batting go by "Warm and Natural cotton" "cotton with no glues or resins" "cotton wadding" "absorbent cotton material" " all natural absorbent layer/inner". When I purchased these pads, the listing said organic cotton as the core, but I mistakenly thought it was organic cotton fleece because it was fluffy like... The same applies for bamboo too. Bamboo batting is nothing like real bamboo fabrics. Cloth pads that have batting look poofy or thick in the center area similar to a flat seat cushion. But when you receive them, what looked like poofy and thick is just air and the pad is oddly light despite being poofy/thick. A listing that says "cotton" absorbent inner isn't enough information.
I'd also like to note that batting is a bit more pricey than good old cotton flannel. Paying more for something (the batting) that isn't a fabric or even durable confuses me, I guess because it adds a "poofyness" without needing much layers?
That being said, cotton flannel is a fantastic fabric for cloth pads. It's fairly inexpensive, easy to find and so durable. It is also pretty absorbent when there is enough layers and dries pretty quickly. It's easy to sew with even for beginners as it doesn't slide around much and keeps its shape. Cotton terrycloth is also another great fabric too, it's a bit thicker than cotton flannel though.
There is also another fabric called "Cotton Birdseye Diaper Cloth" which is mainly used for things like cloth diapers, cloth wipes, or un-paper towels. It is also absorbent, quick-drying and inexpensive.
ETA: Bamboo flannel is also sold online. It's really soft but a bit slippery.
I'd just like to inform newbies to cloth pads or those looking to make their own. Customers do have a right to know what they are buying. Cloth pads are an investment and money doesn't grow on trees, obviously! Be informed and be picky :)
Comments or questions? :)