Girls First Period Bag: Essential Items for Feeling Prepared
Help your tween feel prepared by creating this girls first period bag. A few simple, yet essential items along with open communication between mother and daughter can help the physical and emotional changes a tween girl encounters feel a little less overwhemling.
Items to Include in a First Period Bag for Girls
I knew it was time for me to start thinking of this transition for my daughter (yikes!). But frankly was a bit overwhelmed myself. So, I had looked up first period starter kits online, however some were actually quite pricey.
Of course I knew I could put together my own bag for less. And honestly, be a little more intentional in what was included. Here are the items I ended up using:
1. Pair of her own undies: Some kits included a “new” pair of underwear. But my thought, what if they aren’t comfortable? Better to have a trusty backup pair she knows will fit.
2. Several size pads: It’s hard to know just what will be the best pads for first period, since everyone has personal preference. That’s why I included a couple different brands (Always, Kotex and Stayfree have coupons!). And I love that Kotex makes a tween version (maybe I just fell prey to marketing, but they do seem to be more appropriate for tween/teen size). I also decided to wait on including tampons.
3. Hand sanitizer and flushable wipes: Face it, sometimes school bathrooms and other public restrooms just aren’t the cleanest places. Hand sanitizer can be useful right in the stall even and a flushable wipe to help just feel a little more fresh and confident.
4. Hand lotion and/or lip balm: Why not add in some lotion or a lip balm. Just a little something to pamper your girl.
5. The bag: We actually had this bag already (from an AXE for her gift set). But this might be a great opportunity to buy something new and reflect her personality. Cosmetic bags or even pencil pouches are a great size.
Recently I saw a thread in a mom’s group about many girls in our local middle school not having the funds for supplies during their period. A few mom’s were collecting donations for the nurse to have for these girls.
I used our first period discussion to also mention that this “period emergency kit” may actually help a friend in need as much as it would herself. So she carries it with her now so she can be ready for herself, or a friend.
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I wish I had something like this with my first period! There were certainly plenty of times I found myself unprepared (even after my first menstruation experience). But I hope that the open communication this created and the supplies this provides will give my daughter some peace of mind that she is prepared when the time comes (or as much as she can be!).
Further reading on the topic…
I have heard from many moms that the Secret Keeper Girls book is wonderful and perfectly appropriate for their tweens. And of course the American Girl books always get great reviews as well.
Would You Create a First Period Bag? What Else Would You Add to the Bag?