A girl’s first period can be an uncertain time, for both daughter and mother. But there’s plenty of things you can do to prepare and make the transition as seamless as possible.
For starters, if you are unsure how to prepare for this event in your daughter’s life, check out this post on how to prepare for your daughter’s first period.
Putting together a survival kit for your daughter is a fun way to show your support of an important step on her journey to becoming a woman. And it makes her feel loved and pampered, which is something all of us women can appreciate.
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What should be in a Period Survival Kit?
There are no right or wrong answers here, especially since all women are unique and have different needs/comfort levels.
But I think having some basics to start is a good base, then add some extra touches from there. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
I know this one is pretty much a given, but I wanted to add a bit of tidbits here. First, for a girl’s first period, I think having some pretty supplies makes a great first impression.
I know there are other factors one should consider when choosing the right pads/liners, but for this period care package, you want it to be appealing.
Also, if you haven’t had time to check out all the beautiful cloth pads/liners that are pretty hot right now, check out what Etsy sellers are doing.
There are some gorgeous designs to choose from and deciding to go waste-free in this area is a really great decision. Plus it’s better for your health as it eliminates the contact of chemicals on your skin.
I know that as we get older, we tend to wear our ugliest pairs while on our cycle but there’s nothing more uplifting to a woman’s morale than to have pretty undergarments.
So finding some new panties for your daughter to include in her box is a great way to make her smile and feel beautiful.
And if you want to add another layer of confidence to your daughter’s day, maybe invest in some period panties.
I never really had need for these much but my daughters love them and so we have several in our home. There are so many variations you can choose from, but the two types we use most often are electrical and rice pads.
These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so finding ones for whatever ails you–whether it’s lower back pain, headaches or cramping–is pretty easy.
There are a slew of ways to manage the discomfort of a menstrual cycle, both medicinally and holistically.
For the really bad days there are always your go-to Tylenol, Advil, etc. But in our house, we like to try alternative means first and have found some amazing things that work.
Heating pads were already mentioned, but I have found using Amend+ with a carrier oil applied over the abdomen to be some of the best pain relief out there. I even used this after the birth of our youngest and it was the only thing effective against afterbirth pain.
Another amazing product that I have recently found is the Comfort Patch. This patch is amazing for menstrual cramps, migraines, you name it. It should most definitely be included it the box as a versatile means of pain management.
Another good thing to have on hand for those emotional days, and pairs perfectly with the Comfort Patch, are Zen Drops. I keep a bottle with me in my purse because with four women in our home, it’s needed a lot.
I am not not much of a chocolate lover, but I have one daughter who must have her chocolate, especially during that time of month. So we keep it stocked and like to tease her about sliding them under the bathroom door as peace offerings.
If chocolate isn’t your daughter’s favorite, then find some comfort treats that she enjoys and add them to her box. Trust me, this is a non-negotiable.
Nothing relaxes me more than sitting on the couch watching my favorite show and coloring. We have several books and lots of mediums at our home and there are many nights we all are coloring away, enjoying a relaxing night in.
And when you feel like death, cuddling up with a heating pad and a warm drink is perfectly paired with a relaxing activity like coloring.
This is definitely a custom order here, but one I consider a must. We have more tea bags and hot cocoa pouches in our home then one family should probably have.
But they get used up, sometimes daily. I have one daughter who makes a hot tea every day after school. I prefer hot cider which they have in pouches, thank goodness.
Sipping a hot beverage, especially something like chamomile really helps when you are feeling achy.
There is nothing worse then being on your period, feeling uncomfortable or in pain, and trying to sleep through it all.
You can always make your own DIY Period Kit, but for those who would rather select something already made up, there are so many options to choose from.
This kit comes with organic products and even has a book to help your daughter understand more of what’s happening with her body.
But if you want to go all out, this kit is super fun and has all. the. things!
But if you just need something simple, this kit is for you.
Making a big deal of your daughter’s big day is really something new. At least in our culture. And I think that’s a shame. Having a period is a natural part of life and not one that should be shameful.
Obviously, there needs to be tact and decorum, but there’s no reason for making a girl feel like something’s wrong with her. And giving her a fun gift like a survival kit is a great way to make her feel special and loved for the beautiful young woman she is.
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Kimberly McGraw is the founder of Life Worth the Living, a blog focused on helping mothers live their best life. Her desire is to help moms find purpose in who they are as a person, not just as a mom. Life Worth the Living has been featured in Making Sense of Cents, Outwit Trade and Believe and Create.