When did your daughter start to enter into puberty?

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

34

55

0

I have an 8y/o daughter. It seems she's beginning to develop, and she's started to get very moody. I was 9 when I got my first period, 8 when I started to grow breasts, 10 when I grew pubic hair. I'm just curious, if my daughter is hitting puberty .. what should I expect? Is she too young?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Michelle - posted on 02/20/2010

132

13

21

My daughter is 9-yrs. old. She started developing breast at the age of 7. She started growing pubic hair at the age of 8. She has also started becoming moody. I started my period at the age of 11, but her doctor told me that girls are starting their periods younger and younger because of the hormones that are in the foods we eat. I suspect she will be starting her period any time now. As for your daughter she is most likely starting to hit puberty.

Mary - posted on 11/17/2013

3

0

1

My daughter is skinny. But she has breast buds. She is only nine. She is very moody. Does this mean her period will happen at age 9?

User - posted on 02/24/2012

1

0

0

im not ready my grill is 11 she will be 12 in april my only child can some help my grill now at 11 she has growing pains and complains her stomuch hurts srry cant speel today is that a sgin my grill might start her mounthley if her stomch herts do know help

Aimee - posted on 02/21/2010

1

11

0

My daughter is 11. She has started to "develop" a couple of years ago, but she has a little extra weight on her. She is in 5th grade and at the beginning of the school year, they had the "puberty" class for girls and one for boys. I think that helped her realize about puberty. Now i have heard of so many time frames and reasons as to when they get their period and all. ( ie: if they are active or not, their weight, the time their mother went through puberty, hormones in foods, etc). I do have 3 teenage nieces and I kinda believe the whole activity thing. My niece who is not very active in many things, got her period @ the age of 10. But her older sister who is very active in sports, didn't get hers til she was 12 1/2. And my other niece who is very acive also, didn't get hers til she was 13 or so.
I hope that this kinda helped you out a little.

Emilia - posted on 06/08/2013

43

0

9

This makes me feel much better. My daughter is 11 (tomorrow actually) and she has breast development, hair in both places but no period. I think it'll happen soon but was wondering if she was early. She said the locker room is embarrassing since no one else wears bras etc. most other girls aren't hitting puberty yet, but if they do gymnastics or swimming , puberty can be delayed due to not enough fat and most girls in her grade do gymnastics. Knowing that made me feel a lot better.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

24 Comments

View replies by

Dreda - posted on 01/23/2014

1

0

0

My niece is 11 and has little breast humps coming and they hurt her a little is there something I can tell her to do to help her pain?

Kelly - posted on 01/31/2012

3

14

0

I am so scared just found out my daughter is starting to get hair....well you no where she is 9yo soon. I can't belive how young they are now, it's scary. She is still my little baby girl and i can't believe this is happening already. I am so not ready for this to start happening already.

Cherie - posted on 11/28/2011

2

11

0

she was around 10...been going on for 2 yrs now and it's lovely (sarcastic tone)...LOL

Tania - posted on 11/26/2011

5

14

0

@ Kristi, I know what you mean about the cramping thing. Mine were awful & I had such bad periods. I worry about whether my girls are gonna follow the same path I did. I hope not. Good luck.

@ Jakki, I'm not sure about the obesity thing. Neither of my girls have been over weight. I just know they mostly follow the genes of the mother, and I just know the rule of thumb from what the Dr. told me.

Jakki - posted on 11/26/2011

731

11

26

Apparently there is a weight trigger for girls starting their periods - ie she needs to be around 45kg (100 pounds). So the obesity epidemic is a big reason why the age keeps on dropping.

Kristi - posted on 11/26/2011

19

6

0

Oh gee! That is so young!! My daughter is going to be 7 on 12/31. I'm not ready either. I hope she doesn't start her period early. My cramps were awful and I hate for these little girls to have to go through that at such an early age.

Tania - posted on 11/21/2011

5

14

0

I think it depends on the child. Dr. told me rule of thumb is, breasts, then hair, then periods will come after. My oldest started her monthly @ the end of 5th grade. She had developed breast at the end of 3rd grade, wasn't even aware she had hair til shortly before she started her monthly (accidentally walked in on her... LOL)... so now my 10 yr. old is following the same foot steps.



I know my oldest was moody and emotional for a while... the biggest give away for us, was the monthly cramping before she even had her first period.

April - posted on 08/12/2011

4

6

1

I'm starting to freak out alittle. Over the summer my daughter which is 8 has started complaining about her boobs hurting and ive noticed when she wear tank tops you can see little bumps. she's hit a growth spurt and is eating huge portions at dinner, so so moody and gets embarrassed easier, and crys about everything. when she was 7 armpit hair started growing. i have to shave them for her because it's so dark and i don't want her made fun of.she wears a two piece swim suit and i noticed she starting to get curves so it looks like a one piece from now on lol. i freaking out it seems to me that to young of an age to have to go through that. they shouldn't have to even be thinking about that stuff. we had a little talk about it to prepare her in case it happens before we talk about it and she freaks out when it does, and for an 8 year old she took it well. However i am not!! i just wish i knew what day it was gonna happen so i am prepared!!

Kimberly - posted on 02/23/2010

12

22

3

my daughter was 10 when she started her period i didnt start mine till i was 12 i do feel now days the kids are developing much quicker but i have always been very open with all 3 of my kids on all topics so i was prepared and so was she

[deleted account]

I've heard that genetics play a big part in when our daughter's start developing. If you started young, then she most likely will too. My oldest daughter was 12, just like me when starting her period. But now I have a nine year old who seems to be growing in the chest area. I think you both will be fine as long as you have each other.

[deleted account]

My older daughter is 9. Her breast buds are already enlarging and she already has several pubic hairs. The hairs scared her at first and she finally told me she's had them for a while but she kept pulling them out! OUCH! We've talked about becoming a young woman, so she's begginning to accpet the changes. She wants to start shaving her legs now, but I suggested she wait one more year.

It's so hard to see my little baby becoming a woman. She asks constant questions about my periods and such... I know it probably won't be too long before I'll have to leave a deposit of pads with her shcool nurse just in case the big event occurs while she's at school.

*sigh* They grow so quickly.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2010

14

2

0

YOU ARE NOT ALONE I JUST HAVE KNOW FOR THE PAST YEAR IT WAS GOING TO BE A MATTER OF TIME FOR MY 8 YEAR OLD BUT NOT YET HAS SHE I HAD BREAST BY THE TIME I WAS 6 MY FIRST PERIOD ON MY 8TH BIRTHDAY AND PUBIC HAIR AT 9 SO WITH HER ATTITUDE AND MOODS I AM JUST WAITING FOR THAT TIME BUT NOT HOPING FOR IT TO START ANYTIME SOON CAUSE TO ME SHE IS NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDEL THAT CHANGE IN LIFE SO GOOD LUCK!!!

Terri Ann - posted on 02/21/2010

7

38

0

NO she isn't too young. My daughter will be 10 2/24 & she started her period back in Oct. of last year. She was @ a friend's house & called to tell me & I was so not prepared so early b/c I was 14. I had a parent/teacher conference one day & asked her teacher if it was normal for th graders & she told me that it was more than normal now!!! I was really shocked. I also found out that early developers occur on her dad's side of her family. And her mood swings are still AWFUL!!!

Kristen - posted on 02/21/2010

38

30

6

I was a late bloomer. Didn't wear a bra through most of high school! My oldest daughter is already starting to blossom at the tender age of 11. Wearing bras, hair down there and asking questions about the "time of the month" so she is ready when it comes. I agree with the idea that pollutants in the environment are causing early onset puberty in most girls these days. Hopefully that is all they are causing... though breast cancer is possibly somehow linked to it as well. And pre-menopause. I am in it at age 41, started a year ago though. That is a bit early, especially for a late bloomer. Ah well. Glad i got my 5 kids already, and am done!

Crystal - posted on 02/21/2010

4

29

1

My gynocologists explained that if you started young so will your daughter most likely. Just try and teach her how to deal with things as they come up. Alot of times when I tried to talk about a certain subject with my daughter it embarrassed her. So on some things I just waited till she came to me. And she did. Like when she wanted to know about shaving under her arms. And about tampons. She asked me when she was ready and needed an answer. You could even take her to a gynecology appointment with you and just have the doctor explain anything that may need addressing. just be careful about the doctor pushing their personal opinions verses the facts. You are her mother and should decide what is best for her.

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2010

34

55

0

I've heard of early puberty being caused by the hormones in the foods we eat before as well, but I guess I just hadn't considered that my daughter might be among the percentage of girls with which those hormones effect.

Whoa!! It's a lot to take in. I wasn't too worried when her breasts began to develop as I was pretty young when it started for me, but it was her mood swings and her sudden need for "privacy" that really started to raise my eyebrows. I guess I always knew that I was young when I started hitting puberty, but it's different when it's your child. Eight years old seems so very young.. to me she's still a baby, but of course, it wouldn't matter how old she was she'd always be my baby.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and reassurance. I guess I've got some explaining to do with my daughter in the coming months, or sooner.. Library, here I come!! ;)

Emilie - posted on 02/20/2010

916

35

139

My daughter is only 3, I do have a 13 year old neice though. She started to develope breasts when she was 10, she started her period when she was 12.

Rose - posted on 02/20/2010

4

25

1

No my doctor told me that my daughter is likely to start puberty young. He told me to explain it to her at the age of 7 and a half. Scary! Just teach her about it the easiest and best way you can. There are a lot of books for kids on this topic that could help. Good Luck!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms