Preparing a Girl for Her First Period
When your daughter reaches the age when think she's ready (mentally, emotionally, physically), talk to her about what to expect during puberty such as breast development, body odor, pubic hair and menstruation. For some girls, this might be at the time of breast development. Others may be ready sooner. If you're not sure how to address the issue, consider asking your health-care provider at your daughter's 7-year-old well-child check-up if he or she might discuss what to expect with your daughter and what books or websites might be good for you to share with her, too. You might also urge your daughter to talk to her friends who have gotten their periods to provide peer support to her.
About a year after breast development, make sure your daughter keeps a sanitary napkin in her purse or backpack for school or other outings and a give her stash of pads if she goes to sleep-away camp. Let your daughter know that the school or camp nurse is well-stocked if she gets her period unexpectedly.