First Periods Kit
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Each First Periods Kit contains:
Know a young woman who will soon begin her period? The First Periods Kit is the perfect way to share a positive attitude toward menstruation with the emerging woman in your life!
Menarche can be a scary transition, but this kit full of brightly colored pads can help make the change smoother. Passage: A Girl's Guide contains age-appropriate information about what she can expect from her changing body in a positive way.
How to Use
To Use GladRags Washable Menstrual Pads:
1. Place 1 or 2 of the inserts inside the holder. Pantyliners do not have inserts.
2. Turn your GladRag over. Snap it around your underwear. The tag side goes next to your underwear and the smooth side goes next to your body.
3. Change your GladRag (holder and inserts) about as often as you would change a disposable pad.
4. Follow care instructions for washing.
Cleaning & Care
After use, separate the inserts from the holder. Soak in cold water to help prevent staining. Adding an enzyme cleaner to the soaking water may help protext against staining. Machine wash cold and tumble dry low using natural soap or detergent; please do not use chlorine bleach. You may hand wash pads if desired. Remove pads from dryer promptly and store flat to eliminate wrinkling; use cool iron if desired. Store your pads in a clean, dry area.
When away from home, place your used pads in a GladRags Carry Bag or Wet Bag until you return home, then wash per care instructions.
Pads & Pantyliners: cotton flannel, cotton terrycloth, organic cotton care label, nickel-free snap.
Carry Bag: laminated cotton, zipper, nickel-free snap.
Peaceful Patchouli & Sweet Orange Aromatherapy Foam Bath: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus x Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil.
Refreshing Tangerine & Grapefruit Aromatherapy Foam Bath: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus x Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil.
How often do I change a GladRags cloth pad?
You should change your pad about as often as you would change a disposable pad or tampon: every 2 to 6 hours, or as needed. You will quickly learn when it's time to change. Unsnap, and snap on a fresh pad. Remember, the inserts go inside the holder so you need to change the whole unit. Place the used pads in the waterproof Carry Bag if you are away from home and then wash when you get home.
Are GladRags comfortable?
Yes! All cotton GladRags are soft and breathable, which is so much better than plastic pads that can chafe and irritate your skin.
Our customer Nicole had this to say about trying GladRags:
“I just wanted to send you a line of appreciation. I love Glad Rags. I just started to use them. I cannot believe I waited this long! I am sold!! I am a lifer now. They are so comfortable and easy on my skin. I love how they feel like regular clothing. It is like nothing is there.”
If you are raw and irritated at the end of your period, please know that it does not have to be that way! With all of our pads you will experience the comfort and breatheability of cotton. The soft flannel conforms to your body without the twisting and bunching up that can happen with disposables. And because there is no plastic backing you will have less chafing and irritation. One of our customers reports they're much cooler too (she's from Phoenix, she would know).
Will they leak?
GladRags are designed to be comfortable and absorbent. The flaps that snap around your underwear act as wings to protect the sides of your panties. However, GladRags can leak if left unchanged for too long, just as disposable pads will if they become too saturated.
Average Customer Rating (based on 4 reviews)
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My Daughter's First Time
By: rolowill from Athens, TX US on June 22, 2012
"When my daughter was in diapers we deciced then we would use natural pads when it was her time (She suffered miserably w/irratation).
Two years before her cycle started, (age 8) I discussed with her all about her cycle, what it means, why it happens etc. A year ago we purchased two pantyliners and 3 day kits and a mesh bag for washing.She always kept them in her 'underwear drawer'. 2 weeks to the day of her turning 11 she started.
She did not tell me, I ran across her soiled panties, I then asked her. No she wasn't scared nor embarrassed, I had prepared her well in advance.
I bought all her products at Sprouts, it was very difficult to find what we needed at the stores (I had to drive to two stores-each on the other side of town)just to get what I did get.
She likes that they are smooth, don't bunch or pull hair-being HFAutistic her senses run high, she can't wait for her supplies to come in.
I am now ordering more supplies and night time supplies.
Thank you GladRags"
Passing the Tradition On
By: krill from Bremerton, WA US on August 25, 2013
"I bought my first set of GladRags in Portland in 1993; my sister, who was in college there at the time, introduced me. I have been a proponent of celebrated, sustainable menstruation ever since.
Today, my daughter is 12 years old, and I bought her a First Periods Kit in anticipation of her menarche. She loves the beautiful colors of her new pads and carrying case, the discretion afforded by the case, and is looking forward to indulging in the bath bombs. Practicing using the pads has made her more comfortable with the idea of starting menstruation, and she loves the soft cotton. She has also read the booklet cover-to-cover, at least twice (don't worry - it's not her only resource for puberty info, just one of her favorites), and it has sparked conversations about how we will honor and celebrate her menarche, when it comes. I recommend this kit to any woman, young or wise, as an introduction both to GladRags' products, and to an attitude of celebrating women's bodies.
Starting a new family tradition
By: mommi2acg from Simi Valley, CA US on July 20, 2013
"I have used Glad Rags for about 17 years now and I always wanted my daughter to use them as well. She is now almost 12 and we got them in anticipation of when she will start her period. I told her all the benefits of using cloth, even though it may not be what "her friends do". After trying mine on, she agreed that she wanted them. She loves the pretty pattern she ordered, and has them stored for when the time comes. Thank you Glad Rags for continuing to sell a product that allows for the multi-generational exposure to healthier living alternatives!"
Introduction to periods can be natural, not terrifying
By: Erica A. from Columbia, SC US on February 25, 2015
"My daughter has not reached menarche yet, but we know she will in the next few years. She was very excited to get this package as part of a conversation about what to expect. We chose a bright, cheerful, colorful assortment, and she looks forward to learning how to have a healthy and eco-friendly period!"