A first-period kit is a must-have for tween and teen girls before they start menstruating.
The sooner you have it ready the better.
Help them feel better for that time of the month
My daughter will be 11 in just a few weeks. She’s only 48 pounds and 48” tall.
Yet this week we got a huge surprise.
She started her period. Holy crap. T-E-N
Now we’d already talked about periods several times before.
She had just had the school health class version only the day before and wham.
Of course like a typical guy and Dad in Denial, my husband asked if I was sure.
Um, yeah, I’m sure.
I had already seen the great idea to make an easy at-home DIY First Period Kit.
But I thought I still had time.
Off we went on an emergency Walmart run since the pads I have would have been crazy big.
Guess what, we discovered Kotex tween pads like the ones shown here.
Yeah, just their size, who knew.
The pads have hearts and stars on them…really!
** Update…some stores seem to be fazing out the tween version and opt for only the teen version instead. We like these too!
This girls-only trip gave us a good excuse to look at girls bras.
These are so cute by the way.
Not those horrid white lacy itchy things we had to wear.
Though 33 years after I insisted to my mom that I wouldn’t hate wearing it one day, I still don’t really need one and hate it when I have to. Which since I stay home is rarely.
I am extremely proud of how my daughter handled her first period.
Open with questions and answers.
Sorry, it doesn’t really get better, but it still beats being a man.Sorry, it doesn’t really get better, but it still beats being a man
It made us laugh. I offer no apologies.
It’s the truth.
I’m glad we can talk.
Around the world and even in America, women and girls are made to feel uncomfortable for something that happens every month, is out of their control and is perfectly natural.
For more on this fascinating topic on human rights, #endperiodpoverty in a movement that is spreading go to this article.
The onset of periods is usually the last stage.
Our daughter is not only small for her age, but she was only in the 2nd stage of puberty according to other body changes observed by her doctor.
Because this would usually not be the timing for periods to start, we saw an endocrinologist to make sure everything was okay.
Some kids start puberty early due to medical conditions and others due to environmental factors.
Luckily this was not the case.
All other factors being normal, it was determined that our daughter most likely had an ovarian cyst that burst.
Many women have cysts that come and go unnoticed every month and it is normal.
Thankfully, that seems to be all it was because we haven’t seen Aunt Flo since.
So what do you need to make a first-period kit?
Really just any kit will do, but making one customized for your daughter does make for a fun conversation starter for one of those weird puberty talks.
Pads for teen girls
With her size and age, we aren’t even considering tampons.
These are perfect. Even though these are marketed for tweens and teens, as a petite woman, I actually like the way they fit me.
We also just discovered these for avoiding leaks.
If you’re a kid from the ’70s or ’80s no teen girl years are complete without the mantra of “We must, we must, we must increase our bust.” and of course testing it out to see if it works, you know, just to be sure, in case it does.
If only. 😉
We also have this book in both girl and boy versions. For more of our favorite puberty books for girls….read this post.
Something Yummy for hormonal cravings
You know your girl, so give her something good.
Maybe it’s sweet like M & M’s or salty like Pringles.
Or even a little of both like Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt like these, mmmm.
Something Soft for comfort
If you’re already crabby and want to curl in a ball, a fluffy throw, extra soft sweatshirt or fuzzy socks is soothing.
A New Journal for all those tween thoughts and emotions
It can be just for her, or a new way for the two of you to share your thoughts.
By writing back and forth with each other it offers an opportunity to reflect back on the “conversations”, give time for thoughtful answers and provide a way for otherwise awkward conversations to turn into meaningful connections without embarrassment. For both of you 🙂
Try out our new FREE Bullet Journal Tracking Worksheets and get a handle on what key areas of self-care makes a difference in moods
A magazine for tweens just like her
Whether she’s into fashion or still too young for makeup, she will enjoy a magazine.
My daughter really enjoys BYOU magazine. (Be Your Own You) and I am comfortable with the content.
Empowering messages and positive girl role models are a focus. (I don’t get a commission from this one, I just really like it)
Hot/Cold Pack for cramps and comfort
Headaches, cramps, and backaches are all part of the deal, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer.
These are better heated in the microwave for cramps but for back pain or a headache sometimes cooled in the freezer works better.
For someone who has minimal sewing skills, these were so easy we even made some as gifts.
Here’s one I made for our house. At 20″ x 7″, this one measures on the large size for extra comfort.
Water bottle for hydration
This awesome idea came from a reader.
Buy a special water bottle just to mark the start of something new.
With this time comes the beginning of learning that taking care of herself involves many aspects.
More Pain Relief solutions for cramps and headaches
For girls on the go, you can’t always be lazing around with the rice pack or heated blanket (like I do).
So Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen are a must.
Or this one below.
Adorable Emergency Bag for an on the go period kit
For when she’s on the go and the unexpected happens.
Pads, extra undies, and some pain relief can be kept in the car or her school bag.
Don’t forget comfort kits and to-go kits if she divides her time between homes.
Speaking of school, check out this locker essentials kit that can be easily customized for girls or boys.
I LOVE this idea from a reader…
Using a pencil bag, the kind with holes to put it in a binder, make a simple to-go bag they can attach inside a school binder so its always with them during the school day.
We love this one since you can’t see what’s inside. Plus it’s pretty 🙂
Since I am expecting to be throwing snacks at her while she’s curled up in her blanket with a magazine while growling I suppose the next project is going to be doing a room makeover for her.
She’s still sharing one with her little brother as we juggle around bedrooms with Grandma gone.
They used to get along like peanut butter and jelly.
But now here’s my little sweetheart…..just like her perimenopause mama.
Speaking of attitudes, if you’ve got a tween attitude in your house, click here and try these helpful tips.
Have anything else that you’d include in a first-period kit? …. drop us a comment.
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