Composition books, #2 pencils, highlighters and…a period kit.
Yes, you read that correctly, The Little Red Kit.
If you’re the parent of a tween girl who has started her period, period kits should be a part of the back to school supply shopping list.
Starting your period is definitely a milestone in a girl’s life, like it or not.
Most girls will start their cycle while in middle school. A great way to help her prepare is by keeping a period kit in her backpack.
“What’s a period kit?”
Period kits are small bags that contain key pieces of what a girl needs in order to prepare for her cycle.
While preparing my tween girl for, not only middle school but also for her period, I stumbled on The Period Blog. The Period Blog is a reference and resource for girls and women to learn about their bodies, periods and ovulation. The founder, Dedy Wong, is also the creator of The Little Red Kit.
Dedy’s kit is a great ice-breaker for moms and girls to talk openly about puberty and menstrual cycles.Tween Girl and I could not wait to review The Little Red Kit! Click To Tweet
Our kit arrived and Tween Girl could not wait to rip open the package. But before she tore into the package, I snagged a few pics:
Ironic that the bag is red, huh?
Guess what? You can turn the bag inside out and it becomes black. My daughter had trouble deciding if she wanted the bag red or black. The fabric of the bag is thick and sturdy with a secure zipper.
Tween Girl was a bit apprehensive of leaving it red because of the wording on the outside of the bag. She felt that the wording drew too much attention to the contents of the bag and could possibly be embarrassing.
The kit contains five maxi pads and ten panty liners, which are specifically sized for tween girls. The pads are thin yet absorbent.
My daughter and I plan on removing some of the pads and liners in order to add some other items. Once we remove those, we will add an extra pair of underwear, a plastic ziplock bag and a small pack of wipes for when she needs to change her pad. We will also remove the guides and keep them at home.
We will also remove the guides and keep them at home.
The “get ready guides” are mini sized and are for parents and girls.
“My First Period Book” is the guide for girls. Although mini sized, the guide is 29 pages long. A diverse group of girls are on the cover, which is great because it’s helpful for girls to see other girls they can relate to.
Although the “My First Period Book” has a section on tampons, the kit did not contain any. There are some parents who are hesitant about their girls using tampons but it may have been helpful to have some included in the kit to use as a reference.
The guide is full of illustrations and covers topics such as:
- starting puberty
- the body, inside and out
- how to count your menstrual cycle
- how to use a tampon
- what is PMS
These may be sensitive topics for some but the guide is written in a simplistic way so that young girls can relate and feel comfortable reading the information.
My daughter was immediately engaged with the information within the guide. While I was busy looking at the other bag contents, she read the guide from beginning to end. We had previously covered a good portion of the information but she let out a LOUD noise when she saw the illustrations of the vagina (encouraging girls to know the parts of their body).
The guide for parents is shorter in content because moms should already know about periods!
The parent guide helps parents prepare for “the talk”. The guide urges us to “keep it real” so that we are there for our girls when they need our help. It’s a great way to share your experiences with your daughter so that she knows she’s not alone in what she’s going through.
For dads raising tween girls
This kit can be great for dads who are raising tween girls. Dads shouldn’t be discouraged with the section titled “Share your experiences”. While men don’t have periods, they do have moms, wives, sisters, aunts, and friends who do have periods.
My husband read the guides and felt comfortable with the information and illustrations. He shared an experience he had with a friend who didn’t understand why she had a period and as a result, she began to cut herself, thinking that would stop the bleeding.
This story shows us why period kits are needed.
The Little Red Kit deserves a spot in your tween girl’s backpack. It not only helps girls get to know their bodies and understand the menstrual cycle but it also encourages them to help other girls when they need a pad.
I love the Little Red Kit because it helps parents and their daughters feel comfortable talking to each other about periods.
What was one question you wished you had asked your mom about getting your period?
Unrehearsed was not compensated for this review, however, did receive the product for free. All opinions are my own.