Having the period talk and preparing our girls for menstruation is part of the #MomOfGirls journey. As you’re thinking about the conversations you’ll need to have, remember the supplies she’ll need.
I wanted my girls to consider this a special thing, not awkward/cringy, so I made a period kit that could discreetly fit in a backpack. I figured preparation was one of the best tools to avoid fear and panic.
Here’s what I used for the kit:
- Cute bag (a small makeup bag works well)
- 2-3 sanitary napkins (preferably napkins that are sized for tweens/teens
- 2-3 panty liners
- 2-3 ziploc or diaper disposal bags (these come in handy for disposal of pads or soiled underwear)
- 1 pair of underwear
- 2-3 single-wrapped wet wipes
- 1 travel pack of tissue (it’s good to have a backup in case there is none in a restroom)
In addition to the period kit, I bought these panties from Amazon. Your daughter (or you) won’t have to worry about leaks. I remember the fear of possibly staining my clothes, and I’m thankful they won’t have to go through that.
If you’re looking at this list and thinking, “nah, where can I buy one?” there are plenty of cute kits online. I like this one.
No matter which route you choose when it comes to a kit, the most important thing is talking about menstruation so that she understands what to expect. If you want tips for having the conversation, Tampax has suggestions on their site to help.
I also suggest letting her read the American Girl book, The Care & Keeping of You. Here’s a little of my experience with the AG book. It made so much of the puberty talk easier, :-).