tween

a puberty kit for tween girls

So, there isn’t much denying left for me.  My daughter will soon reach full-blown puberty and while I am terrified of the transition, I figure it is better to be prepared than surprised.  Chanting silently “I’m not ready, I’m not ready” won’t get me far.  I decided to be proactive and create a puberty kit that will hopefully lessen the pain of transition and make the “puberty talk” more fun.

Savannah has some of the puberty symptoms already, like darkening leg hair, the need for a sports bra and the mood swings of a dragon.  Many of her friends are shaving their legs, wearing deodorant and have already begun *GASP!* their periods.  I can’t even write that without cringing – not my baby girl!  I have been collecting advice from her friends’ moms and reading up online and have decided this is all you need to do to prepare for Armageddon puberty.

  1. Evening Primrose.  Purchasing evening primrose supplements for my daughter was one of the best things I ever did.  Her mood swings (aka total freak out meltdowns over nothing) mostly stopped right away and it is known to be good for other PMS and puberty symptoms like hormonal acne and breast tenderness.  **check with your doctor before taking**
  2. Sports Bras.   With Savannah beginning cheerleading this week, I already needed to buy sports bras.  These are a great place to start with girls beginning to “bud”.  Another wardrobe essential during this transition is the camisole with a shelf bra – buy two of every color.
  3. Detoxifying Body Wash.  Body odors begin during puberty, which would be horrifying for a girl in public, so make sure you talk to her about personal hygiene and its importance.  A body wash that is detoxifying will help them battle hormone-induced odors and long days at school + sports practices.
  4. Facial Astringent.  Hormones also bring dreaded acne, so now is the time to get your child in the routine of washing and toning their faces.  A simple alcohol-free (<— important!) witch hazel does a great job at cleansing and clarifying pores.
  5. Natural Deodorant.  Start them out chemical-free with a natural deodorant.  Particularly make sure that the deodorant is aluminum-free.  Not every deodorant works for every girl, so be prepared to try a few different ones until she finds one that works best for her.
  6. Electric Razor.  Once the friends start shaving their legs (and armpits) your daughter will want to as well.  Skip the disposables and find an inexpensive electric razor she can easily use without cutting herself.
  7. Diary.  One of the toughest symptoms of puberty is the mania that occurs inside the brain of said pubescent.  The irrational thoughts and emotions can be overwhelming, especially during that favorite time of the month.  Give your daughter a dairy/journal and encourage her to express her feelings daily.  Mom, never read it.
  8. Cramp Bark Tea.  I try to avoid medications like Midol (this one in particular makes me feel anxious) so try teas and essential oils first.  Cramp Bark Tea is the only natural remedy I have found that eases cramping so give it a go first.  It is a natural muscle relaxant.
  9. Pads.  Pads, pads of all sizes.  She will probably want to graduate to tampons quickly, but starting out with pads will be easiest for her and a good way to gauge her flow level.  If you’re feeling adventurous, you can suggest one of those menstrual cups (not that I’ve even tried them myself yet).  Create a little kit for her that she can take to school/sports practices with pads and a change of underwear.
  10. Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths.  Oh how I wish I had these when I was a kid going through puberty.  Flushable cleansing cloths are perfect for the unpleasant parts of puberty like periods.  Feeling fresh and clean during this time is of epic importance.  Confidence can plummet during this week, especially in young girls and freshness is definitely part of that!  Head to Sam’s Club to find them with the new CleanRipple® Texture that cleanses better and easier!

Feel free to personalize the puberty kit and tailor it to your own daughter.  There are a few great books available that might be good reads for her and fun tween additions like makeup and snacks are a great idea.  The key to the kit, though, is definitely to include items that will make your tween more comfortable in their own body.  Their bodies are changing rapidly and the transition can be difficult.  Any items that will boost their confidence and increase hygiene are a good idea!

Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths are an absolute lifesaver for all females from first period to their millionth.  Keep them stocked in the bathroom, but also suggest your tweens and teens take a pack to school with them.  The packs are travel-friendly and can fit into any backpack or purse.

Find Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths with the new CleanRipple® Texture at Sam’s Club in the pharmacy/toiletries section.

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