As a keen reader of Cath’s app, sex ed quickies, it was great to meet her in person. The app contains information on how to converse with a child in an age appropriate way. It explains how much information is enough and how to start the conversation without it being uncomfortable.
As an expert in sex education, Cath has written many blogs. One peaked my interest in relation to preparing your daughter for her period.
Cath has very nicely allowed me to have her as a guest blogger at Raigan J. Find her post regarding DIY Period Kit For School below.
Whether it be a pencil case, make up bag or a specialised Raigan J bag, have some fun with this. Make it a special occasion where your daughter can be open about her questions. Provide as much information that you think is appropriate for her age.
A DIY PERIOD KIT FOR SCHOOL – MAKE ONE FOR YOUR DAUGHTER’S SCHOOLBAG
OR READ IT HERE!!!
You may think ‘WHAT?’ and that 10 is way too young for your daughter to have a DIY period kit for school. Most girls start their period between the ages of 10 and 15 years. The average age is 12 ½ , but every girl is different, and your daughter may start earlier or later than the average.
The important thing is to be prepared! You just don’t know when that first period will start – and it could possibly be when she is at school! And a DIY period kit for school is what you need.
The warning signs
Luckily first periods don’t just start out of the blue! Usually we have a few warning signs before they start. In girls, puberty consists of three stages that usually happens over two years:
- growth of breasts
- growth of pubic hair
- first period
So if your daughters breasts have started to bud and she has some pubic hair, you need to think about making up a DIY period kit for school. She may not need for a few years yet, but in the meantime, it may come in handy for one of her friends.
So how do you make up a DIY period kit for school, and what should it contain?
So what should a DIY period kit for school contain?
The bare minimum for a period kit should include:
- sanitary pads (tampons when they get older)
- spare knickers in case they leak (you can get some great underpants that contain leaks here)
- plastic bags (to hold stained knickers or to put the used pads in – if there isn’t a bin handy)
- cleansing wipes or hand cleanser (just in case they need to clean up blood off their hands before leaving the toilet cubicle)
There is a lot more that you can include but you need to remember that it needs to be small and compact! Girls are easily embarrassed at this age, so they will want something that is discrete and not too obvious. If they drop their DIY period kit for school in public, you want it to look like a pencil case or an everyday item.
Finding the right bag
Finding the bag for a DIY period kit for school, is important. Discretion is paramount.
You’ll need something that is big enough to hold everything, small enough to be discrete, and constructed in such a way that they can balance the bag on their lap whilst doing what they need to do. I recently read about someone using a pencil case, which is ultra discrete!
And I would choose something that is washable or able to be wiped clean – just in case! A DIY period kit for school is going to be left in the bottom of their school bag – and we all know how grotty schoolbags can get!
I have recently discovered a bag that has been made just for this purpose, by Raigan J. Raigan is an Aussie mum who tested the design of these bags out with tween girls to make sure that they worked perfectly. I showed them to my daughter and she was quite impressed.
She liked the fact that they held more than what her pencil case did, and that the contents don’t spill out as you go diving in for something. I liked the fact that the bag is easy to clean, folds open (so it can sit on your lap whilst you remove your pads etc) or can hang it on the door or toilet roll holder with the inbuilt coat hanger.
So do go and check them out as they ship worldwide! And no, this isn’t an affiliate link. I’m just impressed that there is a purpose made product that is discrete and does the job perfectly!
This is my daughter’s Raigan J bag in action! She had so much fun filling it up with what she thought she might need!
There are lots of other things that you can include as well – analgesia, tampons, hot packs, anything that you can think of that may be relevant.
But remember to keep your DIY period kit for school small. Trust me, your daughter won’t use it if it isn’t discrete (ie it needs to be something that doesn’t attract attention and just looks like an everyday item). And she only needs enough for 2-3 changes maximum.
Make it together
A great way to start conversations about periods, is for you and your daughter to make up her DIY period kit for school together.
You could read this blog post together, and talk about what your daughter would like to have in her DIY period kit for school. Let her have a say in what she wants, and by having some ownership, she is more likely to take it to school.
Talk about the different menstrual products that are available today. You can read this blogpost together as well, that looks at what menstruation products are suitable for your DIY period kit for school. The difference in size between a first tampon, a regular and a super tampon is pretty significant!
I received an email from a mum who sat down with her daughter and they looked at this post together. Together they decided what they needed in their own period kit, and built it together!
It also opened the doorway to start chatting about puberty, periods and all that other stuff too!
She also suggested that a pencil case works beautifully for a period kit!
Other things to consider
I’m talking about underwear that has an inbuilt absorbent lining that will absorb menstrual blood and not leak onto outside clothing. You can’t use them as a replacement for a sanitary pad as they will only hold between 10-30 mls of blood.
What I like about these is that it gives young girls extra protection. So if they become aware that their pad has leaked, the pants will absorb any leaked blood, which means no blood stains on their outer clothing. So it lessens the fear and potential embarrassment of staining their clothes.
Books on puberty
You can find a review of puberty books at Sex Education Books for Children: a Parent Guide.
Here you will find recommendations, book reviews, video reviews and links to all the best books on puberty (as well as a range of other sex education topics!)
So make sure you go and have a look – there are some great books there! And a book about puberty and periods, is the perfect item to go with a period kit.