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Boots Disposable Briefs
Member Name: jo1976
Boots Disposable Briefs
Date: 18/08/10, updated on 15/09/13 (277 review reads)
Advantages: Disposable, less mess, more hygienic
Disadvantages: Not very attractive to wear
There are lots of different brands of disposable maternity pants available that all serve the same basic function. I have used Mothercare's own brand in the past but for this pregnancy I purchased Boots' own brand of 'disposable briefs.' These cost £2.19 for a pack of five disposable paper pants so work out at less than 50p per pair. This might seem expensive for an item that is only worn once and then disposed of but are more economical than ruining your favourite pair of smalls.
The pants come in three sizes (10-12, 14-16 and 18-20.) Each pair is individually and hygienically wrapped, into a tiny little bundle so can be popped into your toiletry bag, ready for use. Having used the smallest size I can confirm that they are a very generous and comfortable fit and have plenty of room to accommodate a chunky sized maternity pad. They don't actually look or feel anything like paper pants or pull up nappies and actually don't rustle or crinkle when you walk about. If anything, they resemble a strange-looking shower cap complete with leg holes! Obviously, these are not the most attractive of 'lingerie' as my husband pointed out the other night. They could be used as a very effective form of contraception post-childbirth, though, as there will be no chance of any funny business if you're wearing these to bed!
These are ideal for the unpleasant but unavoidable blood loss after child-birth as the whole lot, pants and pad, can just be stripped away and binned and it is one less thing to worry about. They are surprisingly soft and comfortable to wear and, as the material claims to be breathable, they don't feel hot or rub or irritate in any way. I felt much fresher and cleaner wearing and disposing of these, than wearing normal undies and worrying about them getting soiled or leaking and messing about cleaning stained underwear. Even if you don't fancy the idea of wearing these sorts of pants, I would say they are worth buying just for use in hospital as the amount of blood loss immediately post-birth can take you by surprise and any maternity pad is likely to be inadequate for the first few hours leading to leaks and quite a bit of mess. I got through five pairs of these pants just whilst in hospital and I was there for less than 12 hours in total!
The packaging (which appears to have been updated since the image shown on Dooyoo) and Boots website informs us that these pants can be used before and after birth. Personally, I would only want to use these after birth and can't see any benefit in wearing them beforehand. (If you are anxious about your waters breaking or stress incontinence, I'd imagine wearing standard underwear alongside Tena Lady pads or sanitary towels would offer just as much reassurance, if not more.) Boots also suggest that these pants can be used '...when travelling or at any time when laundry facilities are not readily available.' I must admit I don't think I'd resort to wearing these at any time other than the first few days after birth!
As far as I'm concerned, these are an essential item for any woman's labour bag and a great invention, although, admittedly, not the nicest of post-baby items to purchase.
Summary: A Labour Bag Essential