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make a DIY First Period Box with Personal Hygiene Supplies

Know a girl who’s becoming a woman?

Consider putting together a fun and informative DIY first period kit to celebrate your little girl’s big milestone and help her feel prepared and confident at home and at school! This is a memorable time in a young person’s life, and I’m on a personal mission to make my own daughter’s first period as comfortable and normal as possible.

I know I was terrified the day my first period arrived while attending a friend’s sleepover birthday party, and I was completely unprepared for that experience. I was one of the first in my friend group, so I initially felt uncomfortable and embarrassed.

holding rael brand of period supplies

The truth is periods are a normal part of womanhood.

Let’s empower our girls by taking the anxiety and fear out of the first period! I have been having open conversations more often with my tween daughter as she approaches this milestone. She has had a lot of questions lately about menstruation, and I love the discussions we’re having!

easy diy box of first period supplies

Make a DIY First Period kit!

I recently compiled a box of supplies I know my daughter will be able to use to make periods a little more comfortable. Some of them are essential items like an assortment of pads and tampons, and some more fun like a chocolate bar, book, and unicorn facemask. This way she can feel prepared!

first period box of supplies laid out on table

Here’s a list of items to consider:

Hip Tip: Also, check out Thinx Btwn period underwear for teens, which can replace period products on light days (or serve as a backup to prevent leaks). According to Hip2Save’s own Sidekick Angela, “Thinx have been life changing for my daughter, especially with her color guard and sports activities. They have been so worth the investment.”


easy diy box of first period supplies using Rael brand products

I love Rael feminine products!

If you’re looking for a great period product line, check out Rael. I am currently LOVING this brand of organic feminine products now sold on Amazon and Target. Rael petite pads are shorter in length and perfect for younger tweens.

Rael’s natural feminine wash is my personal favorite, has great reviews, and is perfect for really sensitive skin.

a period kit for school created with a small travel bag

Make a kit for school to keep in her backpack, too!

I know my daughter has some anxiety about possibly starting her period at school, so I put together a little discrete kit she can store in her backpack using a small travel packing cube. I included an assortment of pads, feminine wipes, and extra underwear she can keep in there just in case.

tween reading The Period Book

Aunt Flow, we’re ready for ya!

Well, I may not be ready to see my baby grow up so fast! Wasn’t it just the other day she was toddling around with a pacifier and stuffed animal watching Dora? 😥

Do you like the idea of compiling a First Period Kit? What would you add to yours?

Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.

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Comments 81

  1. Nora-Lee

    oh my gosh thank you for posting this, my daughter turns 11 over the summer, and starts middle school in the fall, so this milestone will be here before we know it. I also want her to be prepared and this is a great idea! Thank you!

  2. Jamie

    Neat idea, I would have loved this as a teen. Mine came during my younger cousin’s birthday party.

    Shoot, I’d love to find a good read for dealing with a period as an thritysomething. It’s hard to tackle sometimes.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Jamie! Yes we’d love to hear book suggestions from others 🙂

      • podvintage

        Helena Hunting has a blurb in her new book “Meet Cute” about Aunt Flow. It is a really good book. (Not for kids -it’s a mommy book)

  3. Lo

    My 9yr was just at a slumber party and a girl had a period kit. Guess you can never be too prepared and I should make one

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh smart!

  4. Katie

    I started my period in the third grade – I was at school. My mother never dreamed that I would start it so early – so, she hadn’t talked to me about it yet. I was terrified that something was really wrong with me. Luckily, I had a teacher’s assistance who I really trusted – and I confided in her. She gave me a pad, told me how to use it, told me it was VERY normal, and told me to tell my mom when I got home that I’d “started my period”.

    I encourage you ladies to be prepared for this a lot earlier than you may think! My mom also used this as an opportunity to very openly talk to me about sex. It was a natural segway and a real way for me to understand what was going on with my body. At the time it was horrifying – she used real terms and made me repeat them back to her – but I am so glad that she talked to me about this at that time. I know this is THE conversation that everyone dreads as a parent, but go ahead and have it with your girls early on! This world has changed drastically since most of us were teens – and you can never arm your kids with enough information to help them navigate it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh katie – thanks so much for sharing and I couldn’t agree more! <3

    • Beth

      Yes! 9 years old here. Please talk to your daughters early!!!

    • Krystal

      Thank you for this, my oldest daughter turns nine next week and I have not only started talking to her about the biological reality behind how babies are made and such (I just had a baby) but now started to transition into talking about periods and puberty and I’ve had a few people tell me it’s too early. But I was 11 when I got mine and it surprised me and I didn’t tell anyone for days. I would rather have my girls be over prepared then under informed like I was.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Yes same for me! Thanks for reading and for your comment Krystal!

      • Jo28p

        Girl I’m open with my 7 year old about periods. She asked one day when she was 5 what a pad or tampon was for (it was in my purse or something) so I told her in an age appropriate way. It’s not too early! Talking about it now when it naturally came up will make it easier when I go into a more detailed explanation .

    • Jill w

      My only daughter (3 older brothers!!) also started at 9- while I was freaked out on the inside, I made sure to hide it and let her know it’s all normal and we had the “talk”. 2 years later she is so comfortable talking to me and asking questions and I love the honesty and comfort we share. I think if I had shown her I was freaked out, she would be far less comfortable to ask questions. How it’s handled in the beginning can make a big difference. Glad you had a caring/kind school worker.

    • smellyann

      A LOT of hormonal/biological changes are happening with both girls and boys earlier than we expect, largely because of hormones etc. in the products we use and eat every day. I’m not being alarmist; this is the science. Everyone needs to prepare their kids early. Mine are 17 and 14 now, but we started very early with them. Both Mom and Dad need to be prepared – it could happen while the mom is out running and errand, for instance. I had a terrifying, traumatic experience with it as a kid, and it was ongoing: no one ever, ever had supplies for me. So I’m bound and determined to make my kids’ experiences vastly different from mine.

  5. AP

    Mine are 10 and almost-9. I started talking about these things early to normalize it a bit. I also recently told them that when they each start, we’ll have a spa day (at a real spa/salon) to celebrate becoming a young woman. Both girls threw their arms in the air and cheered. Lol. I’m going to make one of these kits for both of them, thanks!!

    • Jessica

      I LOVE that idea and so would my daughter. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that Idea and may copy it! <3

    • Meliza

      Love this!

  6. SM

    I made one for my niece recently. In it, I put: heavy flow ultra thin pads w/ wings (Organyc brand, which is cotton), Seventh Generation pantiliners (also cotton), an extra pair of panties (in case of leaks), a travel bidet instead of feminine wash/wipes, a Lunette cup instead of tampons, and a travel bottle of Tylenol. She loved it! <3

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome – thanks for sharing!

    • Laurie

      Thank you for showing her a healthy side to the products out there. We see all the advertising – but it’s for all the toxic crap out there.

    • Sarah

      I had no idea a travel bidet was a thing. That’s awesome, thanks for sharing!

  7. Yessenia

    I was 9 years old and my mom hadn’t talked to me either. I did not tell anyone because I thought I would get in trouble… I just kept on going for months until it started getting heavier and a friend of mine noticed and gave me some of her pads. I never had a talk with my mom about that or sex or anything. Definitely doing things differently with my daughters. Thanks for the post.

    • Jessica

      Good for you! That’s the beauty of motherhood, we get a second chance at the mother-daughter relationship.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! Good for you! <3

    • Tracey

      Same with me, Yessenia – I didn’t tell my mom for months and finally my older sister found out and said I should tell her. When I did, she told me to talk to my sister about what I needed to do!!! OMG – that’s my mom. I made sure to be up front and supportive for my daughter. The day she started her period, I baked a red velvet cake to celebrate. I told her that the “boys” (my DH and son) didn’t need to know the real reason for the cake; it was a celebration between us. (Although, of course, I told her dad. :))

  8. Cal nun

    Might sound crazy but I’m really curious for those who started their period early if you guys ate fast foods a lot or any time of foods with gmos and such. This is a serious question and the reason I ask is because I a lot of girls who started their period early ate a lot of fast foods and those who started later always ate a little “healthier”.

    • Laurie

      I’ve read this as well. I’m curious too if you don’t mind sharing.

      • Mrsyancy

        I started when I was 11 almost 12. We were too poor to eat much fast food, so it was a lot of home cooking for us….lol

    • Jamie

      I don’t remember much about my diet as a kid, wasn’t fast food all the time though.

      Lots of home cooking from mom and grandma. I was 10 when I started mine.

    • Katie

      I didn’t eat a lot of fast food but I did eat school lunch everyday and sometimes school breakfast. My mom made dinner from scratch everyday.

    • Beck

      I was 11 when I got mine. At a campout with my elementary school! I grew up in the county. No fast restaurants for my family to get food from.

    • Priya

      I didn’t start mine until 12 and we didn’t eat much fast food, home cooked meals mostly…not necessarily the healthiest meals(southern lol), but a good amount of fruits & veggies, if that helps.

    • E

      I got mine when I was nine, and I had a really healthy diet.

    • Dealzgurl

      I’ve never heard that…I started at 10 walking home from school and I didn’t eat a lot of fast foods growing up. Weren’t many fast food restaurants in my neighborhood. My mom cooked pretty much every day.

    • Jill w

      My daughter was 9 and eats very little fast food. She’s a vegetarian and eats healthy as well as being athletic- she is much taller than her classmates, just seemed to mature very quickly

    • Shannon

      I started at 10 and I’m now 41. Never had fast food until I was a teen in high school. Like literally never even once as my mom was very strict. No cereal, no sugar. Lived on a farm. Only ate organic. All our meat was wild hunted or grass fed. Have read a lot about early start being related to diet and the antibiotics in milk but that was definitely not the issue for me.

    • Kim

      I think it is the Standard American Diet. I try to follow Dr. Fuhrman’s plant based diet, and he said his daughters didn’t start their cycles until they were at least 17 and they are in their 20s now, and he attributes it to the growth hormones in meat and dairy and processed foods (not just fast foods, but any type of processed food). I started my period at 11 and am trying to keep my girls from starting so early, but I just learned this information a year or two ago.

    • Juma

      You also have to look at how good was prepared/grown 20 or 30 years ago. I think what I ate and how it was prepared was way better than today. We also had a farm sand garden growing up in N.C. so eating out I barely remember any of that. My cousins and I were talking about their a few nights ago. How we used to love strawberry and blueberry season we went to pick an can them.

      • Mrs. G

        I was 16 years old when I started (my junior year of high school). My mom ate fairly “healthy” but in the healthy food of the nineties- sugar free snacks, home cooking, hamburger helper. We ate fast food some. I was just a late bloomer and so was my sister. And once I did start puberty I grew 3 inches my freshman year of college and ended up with 34gg boobs. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I really think it has more to do with genetics than diet.

        • Mrs. G

          Cooked not ate*

        • smellyann

          Mrs. G – It DEFINITELY is related to diet. But not just diet. Genetics also play a part, of course. But they can be overridden with environmental triggers.

    • Lora

      I was 11 when I got mine. My daughter was 11 when she got hers. I didn’t eat any fast food as a child as my mother made just about everything from scratch. The period kit is a great idea. Our local library had a nurse practitioner talk to tween girls and moms about periods. She had some commercially available period kits to show us, but they were a little pricey, so it’s better to make your own. American Girl has a good book called “The Care and Keeping of You” that was suggested by the librarian.

    • JD

      I’m 67 years old and grew up on the farm eating very healthy. Fast food didn’t even exist. I started at age 10. Genetics has a great deal to do with it. I don’t think anyone can know for sure but my theory is that plastics which are known hormone disrupters have something to do with it but that can’t be the sole cause. Throughout the 20th century each decade saw an average drop of six months in age for girls starting their first period. For some of that time plastics and fast food didn’t exist. Probably a complex interplay of factors.

    • smellyann

      I was 12. My husband’s sister was 9. I buy as much local, organic, etc. stuff as I can. My girls were 14 and 13.

    • Lisa

      I grew up on a ranch. We had a milk cow, raised grass feed cattle and my mom home canned tons for fruits and veggies. She also made homemade bread from wheat she ground. Eating out was almost unheard of as it was a very rural town in Wyoming and there weren’t any fast food restaurants. My mom made my school lunches. So, I would say I had a healthy mostly hormone free diet. I still started when I was 10.

  9. Pinkrazrbrd3

    I was 13 and didn’t eat out hardly ever

  10. Suszy

    When you first posted about this, I thought it was amazing. I love the products you ended up compiling!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Suszy!

  11. Sarah W

    This is great!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Sara!

  12. KH

    If you have a younger or older school girl a pencil pouch is a good way to make a period kit for school. That way if your girl is easily embarrassed, I know I was, it will not be so noticeable to others.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love that idea!

    • Luv2trade

      That’s what I did for my two older teenage daughters. My younger two are 10 and 8…this is making me think I should do something now for at least my 10 year old.

    • JD

      The schools in my area due to safety reasons restrict what girls can carry in school to pencil size cases. Important to know when making a school kit. You made an excellent point.

  13. Brittani

    My almost 10 year old daughter is starting to “sprout” so to speak so I know this is coming. We’ve talked about it quite a bit but this is a great idea. I am going to make her one.

  14. Happy Aunt

    In response to the question of timing, I consumed what health conscious people would call an unhealthy diet. I started at about 13 1/2. I started at the start of summer break from school. I remember hoping to at least start by the time I returned to school in the fall because I was the last of my friends to start. If I only knew then how little I really had missed out on, lol!

  15. Kitty

    I think this is great! I’m not sure I would include tampons at first though. May be too intimidating / painful

  16. Jennifer

    American Girl had a book about taking care of your growing body. It helped my girls, I don’t know if they still have. Definitely recommend speaking as plainly as possible (not silly nicknames for body parts), and listen so you answer the questions they’re actually asking.

    • Maria

      Agree. When my daughter started to inquiry, I explained the best I could for her age. I felt these books were appropriate for a 8-10 year old and had good well rounded information. It emphasized taking care of your body. Eating right and what the changes they may be experiencing are and what to expect.

  17. llaura256 sweet. My mom threw me a teddy bear with a cotton ball taped between the legs and a package of pads and said “here ya go!”…

  18. celticmommie

    I only have boys but I had an interesting conversation with the school nurse one day and it kinda coincides with what everyone is saying about starting periods young. My boys’ school is Title I and we’re in a low-income area. The nurse said she gets young girls all the time in the office – scared, confused and embarrassed because they either didn’t understand or weren’t prepared. So consider checking with a local school about their needs and if they would appreciate any “first period” kits. <3

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a nice idea! I like that 👏

    • smellyann

      That’s a GREAT idea.

  19. tina

    i started at 11 and a half in the hot summer. all i got was “so you can have babies”, near vomiting, paleness, cramps out the wazoo, and diarrhea. i will definitely be doing this when my daughter is 9 or 10 and she will be well informed and prepared. it’s a scary thing when it happens, i wouldn’t want her to hide it because she was scared. i probably won’t put a feminine wash or cleansing clothes because a wash offset me in my teens and i’ve been struggling ever since.

    thinx has starter kits for girls if anyone wants reusable undies. they are good alone and perfect for pairing with pads because it’s messy, especially at first. i found i couldn’t wear tampons until i was “active”. i will be modifying it a bit, but i love that you use rael!

    • tina

      i would put red raspberry leaf tea. it does wonders for cramps. more effective than any otc pain medication for me.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh that’s interesting and a great idea!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for sharing Tina!

  20. smellyann

    I have not read comments yet, so I apologize if this is redundant. I have two teenaged girls, so now we’ve “been there, done that” twice. Two things I would add: ALWAYS have change in her pocket/purse/backpack in case she needs something and is in a public restroom with the vending machines. Second, prepare Dad to talk to daughter in case Mom is not around, and vice-versa. 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great ideas -thanks so much!

  21. Paula

    American Girl has two books that are helpful. The titles are “The Care and Keeping of You” and “The Care and Keeping of You 2”.

  22. Kay31

    My doctor told me that typically a girl has to be 100 lbs or more to start her period. Thinking back, I was 14 when I got mine, and that’s about the time I pushed over 100lbs. After that it was full on puberty. Keep them under 100 lbs to stay little girls as long as you can. Lol!

    • smellyann

      My oldest is extremely petite – capped out at 4’9½” and about 95 lbs soaking wet. She got hers at 14 – not super early, but she DID get it and as expected according to the endocrinologist. 😉 So I would just say, that’s NOT necessarily true, and the peds don’t know everything unless they are a ped endo.

    • Liz

      I didn’t hit 100 pounds until I was 24 and pregnant.( I’m only 5’2” and very petite)I got my period at 12

  23. amy111

    Lina, the same thing happened to me too. I first got my period at a sleepover. The friend’s house was almost a mansion to me, and it ruined her sheets. I was so embarrassed! Thank you for this post. I have a young daughter that will need something like one day. You are an amazing mother!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw that made my day Amy! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment ❤️

  24. Susan

    This is a great post! My daughter just turned 10 and every time she yells “MOM!” I think it may be time. I’d also like to have the sex talk with her. I feel embarrassed to do it and think she will feel the same but I know I should. My parents never did and I later wished they were more open. I would love to see a post on how to approach this subject!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s such a great idea Susan! Thanks, and yes I can relate with you as so many of us do.

    • vmm

      i just started the sex talk with my 10 year old this weekend…all becuase we were at a friend’s house who got a new puppy…the puppy humped everything and everyone so of course my daughter wondered why! it made it alot less “embarrasing” for both of us to refer to it mostly for the sake of explaining animal reproduction but also tied in that people have the same body parts/purposes. she is an animal and nature lover so she understood the process by asking about pollination and the dog without having to ask too many awkward questions about her parents! …whew!

      Good Luck!

  25. Stacy

    I would add a plastic ziploc bag to that kit, if she does need to change undies she needs a place to put the dirty pair in.

  26. Frecklelily

    I was 10 when I got mine, and my daughter was 10.5 when she got hers (2 months ago!). Too many boys were being nosy when she pulled a pad out of her backpack so we made her a little purse out of fabric for her to wear during school.

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