How to talk with baby girl about period?

Binh - posted on 05/02/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello every one. I have 9-year old daughter. At this age, I think my baby girl will soon face with the first period and I just want to help her to prepare for that without any fear. I'm seeking your advices and experience in talking with daughter at this age about some subject like "how was I born", or "what is period/ menstruation", etc... Your ideas are really appreciated. Thank you so much.

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Sarah - posted on 05/02/2013

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If you live in the US (not sure if book is also sold else where) there is a GREAT book by American Girl. It is written VERY well and perfect for your daughter's age. It starts out talking about just normal care of your body. Taking showers regularly, etc. It goes through developing breast (this usually happens about 2 yrs before they get their period). It also is very helpful in talking about the different kinds of bras and how to get the right size. The end of the book talks about periods and tampons and pads.

I had bought the book and then both of us sat down together and read the book together. This way we could talk about the things in the book and she could ask questions as we went through it.

PS this book was also recommended by my doctor who also has a daughter.

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Sarah - posted on 05/03/2013

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The book is called "The Care and Keeping of YOU" By American Girl. Not sure how Amazon works with Vietnam, but if you are able to order off there it is also on Amazon. Both my daughter and I have gone back to that book several times since we read it through the first time. I think she was 9 years old when we first read it.

Binh - posted on 05/03/2013

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Hi Sarah,
May you let me know the title of the Great book you mentioned.
Thank you so much.

Binh - posted on 05/02/2013

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Hi Angela and everyone,

Thank you so much for your posts. Your sharing are really helpful and I much appreciate it. And Angela, it does absolutely not offend at all. I completely understand your feeling when I call my 9-year old daughter as baby while approaching this thread. Just let you not worry, I don't treat my daughter as baby (proof that I'm aware and preparing for first period). It's just the way to call beloved one and she is quite comfortable with my way. And so, thank you so much again for your very detailed information, I have checked all the webs you provided. It really helps.
And Sarah, I live in Vietnam and am not sure I can find such a good book here. If you could tell me the title of that book, I may get help from my relatives in US to buy and send me that one. I love to have book for myself and my daughter. About 10 years ago, I had chance to read the book "How was I born" and really want to buy it now for my daughter as well.
Again, thank you all so much for your share.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/02/2013

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I would also recommend a book instead of online. Why? Because with a book she has access to it all the time in case she wants to review it or re-read it in privacy. A child that young should not have access to a computer whenever they feel like reading, so a book would be your safest and smartest bet.

Don't just start and stop with menstruating, puberty, and all that. Talk about hormones, and sex. Don't only give her half the information.

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