This month for my U by Kotex Tween Ambassador Post we are going to talk about hygiene and monthly maintenance! This is one of the harder topics I had as a parent to cover when my daughter started. I had to make sure she didn’t take it the wrong way or personal. I know she takes her hygiene serious so she didn’t understand why I felt the need to bring this subject up. However, I think that it is very important that your daughter knows how important proper hygiene is and especially when she is on her period! Of course girls usually have great hygiene but they don’t realize that they have to do a little more while they are on their periods. As a mother we need to make sure they are aware when and how often to change their pad, prevent staining underwear and how to properly dispose their pad! Don’t expect your daughter to know how to do all this! Starting her period is new to her! So don’t forget to talk about the stuff that many forget to discuss..
My daughter is still very “light” when it comes to her period so she feels that she doesn’t need to change as often. As a woman and mother I disagree! I feel that she still needs to change her pad ever 2-3 hours during the day even on her light days. I also make sure she uses “wet wipes” during this time. For me it’s more because changing pads often can help prevent any discomfort, bacteria build up, infection, and eliminate odor. It also helps to make sure the pad has not shifted or bunched up which could lead to stains or leaking on your clothes.
Throwing away your pads properly!
Ladies there is nothing more nastier then going in the bathroom and seeing a bloody pad in the trash can or one that is wrapped up in toilet paper that has fell out on the floor! It takes 30 seconds or less to properly dispose your pads. Nobody wants to see that! I will never understand why any woman young or old do this! When you change your pad please use your package to WRAP your dirty one and use the sticker to close it like this below…
Always be prepared!
Usually you can track your period with a calendar or tracker on your smart phone. This will give you an estimate on when to expect your period. However that’s not a guaranteed method! So my word of advice is always carrying a pad in your purse or keep one in your locker at all times!
Check out www.kotex.com/tween this site is a great reference to prepare for your talk with your daughter. And don’t forget www.ubykotex.com/helloperiod it has period questions that could be helpful for tweens and teens!
*I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.*