We want what’s best for our kids and to a lot of parents that means making sure that they aren’t exposed to unnecessary and potentially unsafe chemicals. Tampons and disposable pads are loaded with perfumes, dyes, and questionable chemicals. Not to mention they’re not nearly as pretty as the reusable alternatives.
Start your teen’s period off greener and prettier with reusable menstrual options. What young girl wouldn’t love an adorable pad set or pretty cup over an ugly paper pad? I know that I would have loved today’s reusable options when I was a teen.
It is so important to talk to young girls about their period, what to expect, and even how to use feminine protection before they get their first period. My mother never talked to me about these things beyond the basic “it will happen someday” and buying me a copy of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. This meant that when the time came for me I didn’t have a clue, I was embarrassed, and I hid it for two or three months until my mother noticed that her supplies were missing. This is no way for a young girl to start her period.
While having “the talk” with your daughters why not include the possibility of using reusable menstrual products? Introduce a feeling of excitement and anticipation instead of dread. Try letting them pick out their own pretty little cloth pad sets.
And a cute wet bag that will fit easily in a purse or backpack.
For older teens who may be interested in more discreet protection but don’t want to use tampons may want to try using a menstrual cup. The size 1 of most brands is a great choice for teens. Some cups like the Lunette and Sckoon even come in pretty colors.
I wish that these options were available when I was a teenager. I would have loved to have pretty pads instead of ugly, uncomfortable paper pads. I almost wish I had a daughter of my own to buy cute pads for.
Does your teenage daughter use reusable pads? If not, have you considered introducing the idea to her?
For all of your natural feminine menstrual care needs, TreeHugger Cloth Pads, Nicki’s Diapers, Kelly’s Closet, and even Amazon are great resources for variety, competitive prices, rewards, and one-stop shopping.
Photo credit: pinklemonadeshop.com and lunette.com