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Before your daughter has her first period, you will give her the information she needs to be ready. But it is important to provide the stuff she needs, too. Keeping a “first period kit” – one you make or one you buy – at home and a streamlined version for her backpack or locker can empower her to be ready. 

Several companies have ready-to-use kits or you can choose supplies and make your own custom version. 

My First Period Company ($24.99 https://www.myfirstperiod.co) offers a travel kit that includes a selection of menstrual hygiene supplies as well as a pair of “rescue undies” and more.

Lola’s First Period Kit ($34, https://www.mylola.com/products/first-period-kit) includes a selection of 100 percent certified organic cotton period products, a travel pouch, a free downloadable digital guide and more. It comes in a storage box for home and also includes an instructional card for each product.

Lady Box, an organic period care and comfort subscription box, offers a Lil’ Lady Box first period kit ($39.95 www.JoinLadyBox.com). It includes basics, plus a pouch, an “oops bag” and first period guide, as well as comfort and fun items, including chocolate, temporary tattoos and more. 

Needs some sites to help you prepare her?

·      Girlology: https://www.girlology.com/

·      TeensHealth: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/menstruation.html

·      American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/puberty/Pages/Concerns-Girls-Have-About-Puberty.aspx

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