It’ll only take one time of having to drive back to school to bring your daughter pads to realize you need a period tracker for girls.
Whether she decides to track her period digitally or with a calendar, journal, or planner, finding a system that helps her to stay in tune with her body is not just so you can plan ahead and make sure you have the right supplies.
It’s also a way for your daughter to feel empowered and in charge of her menstrual health.
How do you track your period?
One of the questions your daughter will have when her cycle first starts is how does she track her period.
First, talk to her about the menstrual cycle.
One of the common misunderstandings that girls have about their period is that it starts on the same calendar day each month.
The average menstrual cycle is around 28 days, but it really varies from girl to girl.
Now, the actual bleeding can last anywhere from 2 – 7 or more days.
In order to track your period’s cycle, you’ll start counting on the first day of bleeding until the first day of your next period.
That number of days is your cycle, and it’ll help you determine when you can expect your period to start.
Finding a period tracker for girls
The thing to keep in mind is that a period tracker for girls should be fairly simple.
Having your period can already come with a bunch of crap like cramps and moodiness. No need to make tracking it difficult, too.
These period tracker journals and planners are all super easy to use, and very affordable.
Period Tracker Journals for Girls
Some girls just prefer the good old pen and paper.
These period trackers journals and planners for girls who'd rather track their menstrual cycle in analog rather than using an app.
I included a tracker that I created for all of you, and also a few additional options.
My only hope is that you find a tracker that works for your girl!
That Time of the Month Period Tracker
I created this simple period tracker journal especially for the Mama Knows It All community. Perfect for tweens or teens, this tracker focuses on symptoms and how a girl is feeling each day of her cycle. There are enough pages to track an entire year's cycle (with 7 days).
Don't Touch: Period Tracker and Journal
This functional period tracker keeps things short and sweet for girls who can use it to track their cycles for 48 months.
My Prickly Days Period Tracker
A basic period journal, but with super cute cactus plants on the front, reviewers love how easy it is for girls to track their cycle with this planner.
My Magical Days Period Tracker
I love the positive framing of menstrual cycles in this sweet PMS symptom and period tracker. This planner will be good for younger girls.
Strawberry Weeks Period Tracker
A simple tracker, this planner can be used to track the cycle and symptoms for 4 years and allows you to personalize each page.
Getting Started: A Personal Menstruation Diary for Girls
This sweet little journal is perfect for girls who appreciate flowers and frills. There are quotes and little tips included!
Free period tracker for girls
I created this period tracker for the Mama Knows It All community.
You can click here to download for free, or purchase on Amazon.
Tracking your period digitally
If your daughter isn’t into the old school way of tracking her menstrual cycle, there are plenty of digital period tracking apps that she can use.
Make sure the app your daughter is using is age appropriate and safe.
Steer clear of apps that have direct messaging features and forums.
Check the sexual health information on the app (i.e. does it track ovulation and talk about trying to conceive?) and make sure it’s at a maturity level that your daughter feels comfortable with.
I put together a list of some of the best period tracking apps for girls with all of these things taken into consideration.