What do you carry in your period-first-aid-kit?
I ran across a new product on the market called The Period Kit by Tween Care and I’m a little surprised. Not exactly in a good way.
The Basic First Period Kit includes:
- New Multi Color Cosmetic Bag
- My First Period Guide
- 2oz Limonade Body Spray (Limonade? What is that?)
- Disposable Panties
- 3 Winged Pads
- 3 Regular Pads
- 4 Panty Liners
- 4 Hand Wipes
- *Bonus* Diary Purse with Ribbon
First of all, this is a lot of stuff to carry around with you.
Question: Does a first period kit make a girl feel more anxiety about the unexpected? Does a 9-12 year old girl feel comfortable carrying around a zippered case filled with pads and period paraphernalia?? I’m not sure if this is something a mom gives her daughter; Could it be better for a single dad to offer his girl when he is too afraid to discuss these delicate (embarrassing) subjects?
To help her ease into the changes and make sure she is prepared, do a mock run-through with her one day. Ask her to put on a pad the way you show her how to do it, and wear it for a few hours so she knows what to expect. Let her know it won’t be like Old Faithful and explain that during her period she may need to wash more than usual. I like the concept of the period kits, but I’m not sure it’s THAT HARD to speak honestly and openly about this very natural occurrence. Look girls, if you are reading this, I want you to know: Starting your period is the first big step into womanhood. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood–rejoice and throw a party!
Moms: if you want to save her some anxiety or the potential embarrassment of carrying a big kit around, just talk to your girls; tell her to start carrying a pad with her in a concealed zippered pouch (there are some really cute zippered pouches in the perfect size!)
Also, if she’s really into reading, try the book “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret“ By Judy Blume, or “The Period Book: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know)” if you feel as though you need back-up. That’s all I needed when I was a kid. If my mom had given me some kind of “period first aid kit”, complete with every device I could imagine (odor spray included!) I would have been totally freaked out! Most girls who have started their period mentor the younger girls and I think that’s pretty fantastic.
What you’ll want to have in your period kit are: Small travel size package of wet wipes, an extra pair of undies, a tampon or two, a pad and panty liner – all neatly tucked away in a small zipper pouch. If you want, add a midol or advil if you have cramps.