I wish I had reusable pads from the start! If you’ve chosen to switch to cloth pads to avoid disposable menstrual products filled with chemicals, perfumes and dyes like I have, chances are you don't want your daughter exposed to those toxins too. As your cloth pad stash grows, your daughter may be growing increasingly curious about your stash. Introducing your teen to cloth pads with a stash of her own may be just the way to go!
It’s important to talk with young women about their menstrual cycle even before their cycle begins. Break the taboo and have the ‘period talk’ early and often, that way when she does start her cycle it will be something she’ll be more comfortable coming to discuss. She and everyone else in the house are already familiar with your use of cloth pads and as a parent we want what’s best for our children as well. Introducing your teen to cloth pads may be a great way to get the communication flowing.
Pantyliners are a great option to introduce first. They’ll provide everyday protection leading up to her cycle and will allow her to get more familiar with caring for her own cloth pads. Pink Lemonade Shop carries cloth pantyliners in two different sizes to offer the coverage she’ll need. Those first cycles are often light and short, making the 8 inch light cloth pad and 9 inch day cloth pad great options. As she grows older and the periods change, you’ll be able to build on that foundation with heavier pads and grow her stash over time.
A reusable wetbag will make it easy for her to carry her cloth pads on the go. They’re a durable and stylish zipper pouch that keep soiled cloth contained until you’re ready to wash. Many have one small wetbag to carry when they are away from home and a larger wetbag for at home to hold everything until washday. When she returns home from school, work or a friend’s house, she can transfer the cloth pads to the larger wetbag.
For an older teen, she may also be interested in trying a menstrual cup. Menstrual cups are a reusable bell shaped cup that collect your flow rather than absorbing it. They can offer up to 12 hours of protection and are perfectly paired with an 8 inch Pink Lemonade Shop cloth pad as back-up protection. If she enjoys an active lifestyle of running, swimming, dancing or playing sports and doesn’t want her period to slow her down, she may feel more comfortable using a menstrual cup.
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Regardless of what she chooses, she values your opinion and experience and will be willing to follow your lead! Do you remember chatting with your mother about your cycle? Was she the one that introduced you to cloth pads?