If you’re getting ready for your child’s first period, then you already know that it’s an important time in their life. It’s a milestone that signifies the beginning of their reproductive capabilities, and there’s a good chance they’re feeling overwhelmed or heightened emotions about all the changes going on in their body right now. Whether or not your child wants to make a big deal out of getting their first period, it’s important you help them prepare for what’s to come. One way to help guide them through the confusion is by giving them a First Period Kit.
What is a First Period Kit?
Broadly, a First Period Kit is a care package of items that you give to your child around the time they get their first menstrual cycle. (You could also consider getting your child a first period gift to mark the occasion.) The kit should include a number of period protection options, such as pads or tampons, a menstrual cup, or leakproof panties. Overall, the purpose of a First Period Kit is to make your child feel prepared and give them the courage and determination to bleed confidence on their period — whatever that means to them.
What Goes in a First Period Kit?
A First Period Kit bears a lot of similarities to a Period Emergency Kit. It should contain items that your child will need for menstruation plus a little something extra — a special treat. Each First Period Kit will be slightly different because you know your child best and will be able to make it specialized with something they will appreciate. But here is a general list of items to include:
The most important item to include will be the period products that your child is comfortable using, whether that’s Kt by Knix period underwear for teens, reusable pads, disposable pads or tampons, or a menstrual cup. This will be their big introduction to period products so you might want to have a conversation first about the different kinds of protection available to see which your child would prefer to use. Make sure you go over important things like how to use a tampon before giving them some to use.
Stains happen, so it’s always a good idea to have a stain remover laundry pen on hand in order to remove any accidental leaks.
If your child doesn’t know this already, periods can be painful. Make sure they’re prepared for the physical side effects that can happen by including a bottle of pain reliever like Tylenol, Advil or Midol. That way they’ll have something to reach for whenever they need relief.
If the worst case scenario happens and they bleed through their underwear, alway have a back up pair on hand. (This is often super-helpful even if they don’t bleed through, Kt has a number of styles of sweating underwear that can help keep them dry.)
Bleeding can be a very messy business — especially when doing your business — so having a small stash of baby wipes is always a good idea, especially if your child has a heavy flow.
The heightened levels of hormones in your child’s body will undoubtedly have an impact on their appetite — getting a period can often make a person ravenous for snacks. Whether they prefer salty or sweet, your child will be sure to appreciate a stash of their favorite snack to help them get through the day.
As much as you want to answer every single question your child has, there are certain, well, gruesome things that they might not feel comfortable asking. If this is the case, make sure to include a trusted, accurate book about periods (we recommend this one) – or Kt’s free downloadable period guide – they can consult whenever they have questions they feel too squeamish asking out loud.
Ideally, the goal of a First Period Kit is not just to prepare your child for the wide world of menstruation - it should also help make them feel loved. That said, try to include something special and personal in the kit that’s not expressly practical. Is there an inside joke you share with your child that could be turned into a gift? Reflect on the relationship you have with your child and go from there. For more first period gift ideas, click here.
To download the guide in Canada, click here.