Ok, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I wish I had had all these things when I got my period. To make it easier and less awkward, I feel that as your daughter approaches the age of puberty (which may be similar to when you got yours,) you should discuss with your daughter what goes on when a period happens.
But as far as the physical aspect, as someone who knows what’s up on the topic of periods and has ruined her fair share of underwear, these products I’ve used, and these are the ones I prefer, and that in my opinion, can’t be beat.
Always Infinity Heavy Absorbency Pads. This pad is SERIOUSLY off the chain. “Regular”would be sufficient for a first-timer, but my periods have always been heavy. It stays in place using it’s wings, and hardly ever leaks (nothing is perfect, but this is as close as it gets!)
Tampax Pearl Super Tampons. These tampons are legit. The plastic applicator is comfortable and easy to use, MUCH better than cardboard applicators. I would recommend “lite” absorbency for first-timers. These tampons handle clots better than any other brand I’ve tried, and they rarely leak.
U by Kotex Barely There Thin Liners. These liners are THE MOST ABSORBENT LINER I HAVE EVER USED. I have NEVER had a leak with this liner. They stay in place like they’re sewn onto your underwear. Flexible, to use with any kind of underwear. Perfect for everyday discharge or light days, especially for tampon back-ups.
A Microwavable Heating Pad. As they say, sometimes there’s no sleep without the heat. A lot of the time, this proves true, especially when it’s the first time your uterus kicks into gear. Let me put it this way— it fucking hurts. Heat is an amazing way to soothe cramps. These heating pads are freezable and microwavable, and environmentally friendly! Could it get any better? Oh, and they come in ADORABLE patterns. Yep. It just got better.
Midol. Midol, Midol, Midol. Most women swear by it. Midol Teen Formula is perfect for those first cramps and for the first time your daughter’s clothes happen to not fit for a few days. Though it is not recommended for girls under 12, so ask a doctor before giving it to your daughter if she hasn’t hit that tween mark yet.
Her favorite snack. Having a snack on hand during your period is a damn good idea. Just make sure it won’t go bad!