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5 Brilliant Ways to Explain Period Products to Your Toddler

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"Mommy, what's this?" your toddler asks. You turn around and see it: She's holding a fist full of your tampons. Or -- he's using your pantiliners as stickers. NO!!! You try and brush it off with "those are Mommy's ... things." But what toddler is going to take such a vague explanation, especially for something you won't let them play with?

It's the other age-old question: How to explain your period paraphernalia to your toddler? There are no easy answers. We asked women how they've explained it, and here's how some especially funny and creative moms have put it.

1. Tell them Moms wear diapers, too. This is a popular explanation for a lot of you. "They think my pads are diapers for adults." May you never have to wear real adult diapers! "My dd thinks they are diapers. She always tells daddy they're for Mommy's 'gina.'" Too funny, that's what we called a vagina when I was a little girl, too. "I told my kids they were 'mommy diapers.' My daughter was like wow, you still wear diapers???" Come to think of it, this explanation just leads to more embarrassing questions.

2. Go with other creative look-alikes. Some moms have let kids come up with their own explanations -- like "oversized pre-wrapped Q-Tips." Sure ... sounds useful! One little girl thought a box of tampons looked like huge birthday candles. "I just went with that," her mom said. Another mom calls them "lady Band-Aids" -- which they kind of are, if you think about it. And then there's the mom who let her kids think pantiliners are shoe inserts for sweaty feet. Wonder if that would actually work?

3. Distract them with wonder. When asked about the tampon dispenser in a public restroom, one mom told her young daughter it was simply "the mommy machine." And that worked?!! Awesome.

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4. Put off the conversation. It's amazing sometimes how much mystery children will accept. Some moms just tell their little ones, "We'll talk about it when you're older." That sounds like forever. There's also, "Those are my things here give them to me OH LOOK! IS THOMAS THE TANK ON NOW???"

5. Tell the truth. Whaddaya mean, you just tell your kid what that's actually for?!? Yup. Some moms just tell it like it is. "No creative or funny ways here. We are open, honest, and blunt about it." Another mom says, "I've always tried to normalize it for them, especially my boys. I don't want them being jerks to females about it, so I've always been very frank and matter-of-fact about the whole thing." Wow, the woman who is going to be able to ask her boyfriend to please pick up some tampons at the store for her is thanking you right now!

Has your toddler discovered your box of tampons or other period supplies? How do you explain it?


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Prett... PrettyWings29

#1 seems like recipe for disaster...example:

Kid, to random relative or acquaintence: My mommy wears diapers! 

Cue red face. 

I think I'm going to use the avoidance technique. And keep my supplies way high up, where the kid can't reach. 

nonmember avatar krystian

Prettywings, that is when you'll have a teen parent.

How about you tell them the truth.

Prett... PrettyWings29

Nah, I'm just going to let nature take its course. 

No but really, I never said I wasn't going to have the talk with my kid. Just not when they're 2 and won't understand. I guess you have to explain everything on these comment sections for those that can't comprehend sarcasm. 

nonmember avatar Emmie

There's no reason a 2 or 3 year-old needs a scientific explanation about periods. A simple, "they are for mommies" is sufficient enough. Reveal more as they mature. My kids range from 3-8 and a 21 year-old stepson. They all know exactly what they need to know for their ages.

nonmember avatar ago

I've explained tampons to my 4yo, but she insists they are to plug up my butt lol. It's great when she says that out loud in public bathrooms; )

Lucki... Luckicharmz

Krystian there's a time and a place for discussing things with your children. it is NOT when your child is 2-6 and has no idea what the hell you're talking about, can't process what you're talking about, and will most likely blurt out some random tidbit of info in a public area.

I use diva cup and cloth pads so 9/10 this is a non issue in our house, but my 10yr old daughter is aware exactly what the pads are for. My 5 year old thinks they're underwear so the most embarrassing thing he can say is "mom has colourful underwear!"

kayba... kaybayblee3

I just told my toddlers that their for mommy only. This was after my son decided to decorate the outside of his toybox with them.

Teri_25 Teri_25

I told my son they are pads, and they are for when mamas bleed. Simple explanation, and he was fine with it. In fact, he will get in the cupboard when he sees pad wrappers in the trash and put one on the sink for me, or come in while I'm using the bathroom and hand me one. He's 3 and a half. He is being raised to know the correct terms for things, and to be one of those guys girlfriends are proud to have. :)

nonmember avatar carmen

I simply told my daughter they're mommy's pads. She was satisfied with the answer. And still tries to use them as stickers. Lol

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