I hate tossing out old, worn baby sleepers. The fabric is so soft and absorbent, but when the feet go and the seams rip and the snaps won't fasten, what can you do with them?
So yesterday, I was sorting through Starvation's pj drawer, pulling out ones that were too warm for the above-freezing nights and the ones that were completely outgrown. Most of them, by the way, have been worn by both Explosion and Starvation as they're only 26 months apart. A few of the sleepers, I realized, were far too grungy and ratty to be put away in my growing "just in case" box. (I figure if I hit full menopause with no new pregnancy, I'll pack the nicest away for visitors or future grandchildren and then some low-income mom will hit the jackpot with a complete baby wardrobe)
Anyway, WHAT to do with these? I'm pulling out the grungy ones, noting how they actually seem to get more absorbent with age. Soft, soft, hmm, so soft and absorbent and ... Absorbent. Soft. Washable. <.<
Okay, so now I have a decent-sized stack of legs and arms, feet and cuffs removed. The backs of the sleepers (and some of the front parts) have been cut into various sized rectangles so that they can be folded and slipped inside the arms/legs. There is even one that is both arms and the complete front of a super-soft lightweight cotton sleeper (a white cotton undershirt, hardware removed, is folded inside that one).
Yes, my friends, these are my eco-friendly, 100% reclaimed cotton, no-sew menstrual pads with adjustable thickness and choice of friction-held, snap-around-panty, or belt-style (must get a belt to attach that "overnight" one to!) The colors are pretty ratty, but that's because they've been well-used in their previous incarnation.
And you know, they're not really uncomfortable. Maybe it's because I hit puberty before menstrual pads went on a diet and got "thin", but I think I could deal with this. We'll see. Washing them shouldn't be any worse than washing my underwear out (my mom had a strict rule that "stained" panties were washed by hand instead of going in the machine, and I can't blame her!)
Let's see how I feel in the morning, after sleeping with this!