If you have a tween daughter, you know that the inevitable is going to happen any day now.
The majority of girls start their menstrual cycles between the age of 9 and 13.
When my period started, I was scared out of my mind and not at all prepared.
It took me a couple of years to finally get a handle on taking care of myself each month.
Girls today have it way better than we did back in the day, though.
They have access to lots more information, and right in the palm of their hands.
Attitudes around periods have changed.
Also in their favor are the fact that parents are highly evolved.
We remember what we went through and are so open and supportive. If I should say so myself! Ha!
There are plenty of things we need to do to help our girls out when they start their period.
We have to talk to them about staying clean, laundering their period underwear, and how to use pads or menstrual cups.
We also have to make sure they know how to track their menstrual cycles.
I’ve had plenty of mom friends tell me how upset their daughter was when she realized her period would be coming every single month!
I stand by the belief that the best way to track a period is with a paper calendar, but our girls live in a different time.
Their whole lives are managed on their cell phones.
It makes sense, then, to teach them how to keep up with their periods through an app.
There’s just one problem. Many period apps are created with grown women in mind.
There’s sex information you might not want your daughter reading until you’ve had a chance to talk to her.
And really, some of it might just be over her head.
How can your daughter keep track of her period?
Periods are going to happen.
Teach your daughter how to track her menstrual cycle with a suggestion from this list of best period apps for girls.
Which period app is the best for girls?
The best period apps for girls have the following features:
- Safe – You don’t have to worry about strangers engaging with your kid, or them getting information that is too mature for them.
- Affordable – These apps don’t break the bank.
- Accurate– You want to make sure the app isn’t buggy and will keep accurate track of your daughter’s menstrual cycle.
There are so many period apps to choose from, it can feel overwhelming.
Don’t worry, though. I have you covered.
I put together this list of period apps for girls by doing research.
Also, thanks to suggestions from other moms of tween and teen girls!
These period apps all come highly recommended by moms.
What are the best period tracking apps for girls?
Best Period Apps for Girls
These apps will help your daughter know when her period is going to start so that she can be prepared.
Clue: Period and Ovulation Tracker for iPhone and Android
The Clue app doesn't just help girls track their period. It also provides education about their bodies.
Period Tracker by GP Apps
This easy to use app also includes a diary where your daughter can keep up with her moods, too. Period Tracker has free and paid options.
Easy Period - Lite Tracker
This is a basic app that tracks your daughter's period and that's it. I appreciate that there is no chat or community function which can be unsafe for young girls.
· MagicGirl TEEN PERIOD TRACKER ·
Magic Girl is one of the only period tracker apps out there that cater specifically to tweens and teens. Animations and a journal function make this app functional and fun!
My Calendar - Period Tracker - Apps on Google Play
My calendar is super streamlined and discreet. You can disable the "intimate" options for girls who are abstinent.
Other period tracking options
One of the most important things you can do for your daughter is to teach her that her period doses not have to rule her life.
We are the bosses of our periods, not the other way around!
By keeping track of her menstrual cycle, your girl can make plans and be sure to be prepared in case of emergencies.
If one of these period apps for girls doesn’t work for her, there are other options.
When I was a girl, I would keep track of my period in my daily planner.
Other girls would mark their menstrual cycle in a wall calendar.
Whatever works for your daughter is what she should use. The key is to just stay consistent with it.
Period tracker books for girls
If your daughter would prefer an analog way to track her period, here are some period tracker books that she can choose from.
But of course, if all else fails, you can always go back to the old school tracking on a wall calendar.
That Time of the Month Period Tracker – I created this simple period tracker for the Mama Knows It All community. You can click here to download for free, or purchase on Amazon for $5.99.
My Prickly Days Period Journal – This simple period journal has an adorable cactus theme. It’s a fantastic value at under seven bucks, and is especially good for younger girls.
Period Tracker for Tweens – A straightforward tracker that’s perfect for girls who aren’t looking for frills
Getting Started: A Personal Menstruation Journal for Girls – This frilly journal would be perfect as a first period gift
Girlhood: Printable Period Journal – Not as much a tracker as the other options, but this is a sweet way for your daughter to reflect on how she feels about having her period
Friday 28th of April 2023
Similar to the concerns with Flo, a parent really needs to dig deeper into Clue. I found far more info there than what I feel is age-appropriate for my tween girl. Especially in their articles.
Saturday 29th of April 2023
Thanks, Kate! I'm going to go back in there and check it out. These companies change their policies and could probably do a better job of communicating it to users. I appreciate your comment!
Thursday 17th of November 2022
I'm an adult woman and I'm bothered by some explicitly sexual topics in the Flo app (like in their 'insights' section, sometimes showing on the main page as well). Can't imagine that app be a good fit for a teenage girl.
Sunday 4th of December 2022
I'm going to check this out, Jean. Thank you! There's a good chance I'll need to remove it from the list.
Tuesday 9th of November 2021
Is there an app that has the option to track for multiple people? My young teens don't have their own devices yet and it'd be great to use one app instead of different apps for each kid.
Tuesday 6th of December 2022
@Josephine, I wondered Abt that too
Tuesday 30th of March 2021
Thank you for this list. I wanted to mention that 'Flo' is very highly rated but has a 'anonymous chat' option which gets very graphic. I don't think many parents would find that appropriate for their tween/young teen.
Sunday 15th of November 2020
You need to rethink having Flo as a suggested app. I’ve used it for years, but the new “Secret Chat” is just an unmonitored, sometimes filthy place young girls do not need to have access to. I was reading this article in hopes of finding an alternative app to use instead of Flo. I was surprised to see it as a suggested safe site for tweens. Just thought I’d make you aware if you did not know about that feature. I’m going to check out your other suggestions in hopes of finding just a simple tracker.