“Crotchsicles” or post-recovery pads are ice packs made of witch hazel that are an essential method for healing the first few days after baby is born.
- Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
- Tucks Medicated Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Pads
- Dibucaine Ointment
- Slim, thick maxi pad (for ice pack)
- Large Poise Pad to catch liquid from ice packs
Place 1/2 cup (full saturation) of witch hazel on maxi pad until it is fully saturated, and then freeze. You can layer the soaked maxi pads on top of each other in a ziplock bag in the freezer for storage. We suggest making 15-20 crotchsicles and use them each time you go the bathroom for the first 2-3 days postpartum. Switch to Tucks after you are done with the crotchsicles.
Layer your crotchsicles in the following order (from you to your undies):
- Dibucaine or numbing cream
- Maxi crotchsicle
- Poise pad