Best Period Pants for 9, 10, 11 Year Olds

8 November 2023  |  Admin

According to NHS England, the average age to start menstruation is 12 years old,however periods starting at any stage between 8 years old and 15 years old is ‘normal’.

Here at Cheeky we have been in the business of ‘Simple Reusables’ since 2008 and our reusable pads and period underwear have been bestsellers for many years.

We get asked a lot on our tailored advice questionnaires about which are the best period pants for 9, 10, 11 year olds. At that age, menstrual cups and regular tampons aren't really an option for most youngsters.

We know that despite all our best efforts to stop period shame, many children still find this a super awkward conversation.  As one girl recently told us 'My period is very heavy, I’m 12 and I don’t like talking to people especially my mum about my periods so I would like some underwear to keep.'

My own daughters both started at age 11 and as you can imagine had a range of period pants to choose from, which made it SO much easier:

  • No embarrassment of trying to change pads discreetly in school toilets
  • No leaks
  • No discomfort from itchy, plasticky pads

Period pants are just different pants worn when they have their period. They look like regular underwear, They don't feel wet, and they don't smell. As they can be washed and reused, they're eco friendly too.

Reusable period products can be washed with your regular washing, just remember to cold water wash, avoiding fabric softeners and air drying where possible.

Where to buy Period Pants for 9, 10, 11 year olds?

It can be tricky to find period pants for youngsters on the High St.  At this age it's best to try online specialists who will generally have a better range of absorbencies and sizes and can sometimes offer trial schemes and advice too.

With that in mind, we’ve looked at the top brands and compared on absorbency, cost and reviews, both specialist online retailers and High St stores. At Cheeky, we’re never afraid of comparisons with the competition. We know that our period pants are fantastic quality and great value for money. 

With absorbency to the front and rear waistband as standard, our period pants for tweens offer leak free guaranteed protection too.

Here's our list of the best period pants for 9, 10 & 11 year olds:

Shop Sports Period Pants

‘Feeling Sporty’ - Cotton Period Pants - Cheeky

We’ll start with one of our first and bestselling styles which are super popular with youngsters because they look just like normal knickers.

These low rise cotton period pants are available in both normal flow holding up to 2 tampons worth and heavy flow options which hold up to 4 tampons worth. 

Absorbency Level: Regular & Heavy available

Absorbency Area: Front to rear waistband, perfect for sports and all day wear

Sizes available: Adult size 4 (Approx age 10 to 12 child) to size 24

Main Material: Cotton

Price: £11.99 for regular, £13.49 for heavy (also available as multibuy, 3 pairs for £30, 5 for £49, 7 for £66)

Trial Period: 100% Happiness Guarantee

Customer Review: "These are excellent quality, and perfectly comfortable - my tween daughter's favourites of all the brands we've tried! Excellent company, great service, thanks :)!”

Modibodi Teen Period Hipster

Teen Hipster Period Bikini Pants - Modibodi

Cute patterned teen period pants from the Australian company Modibodi. These period pants have absorbency to rear waistband so good for heavier periods during the day.

If you're a front sleeper, be aware that there's no absorbency at the front of the pants so a different Modibodi style might be better for overnight.

Absorbency Level: Moderate to Heavy wear

Absorbency Area: Rear waistband and gusset, good for daytime activities

Sizes available: Youth age 8 to 10 to 16 to 18.

Main Material:  Cotton

Price: From £19.50

Trial Period: 60 Day Risk Free Trial

Customer Review: No Reviews available yet

Shop Boybrief Style Period Pants

‘Feeling Free' - Boybrief Style Period Pants - Cheeky

Cheeky boybrief style cheeky pants (called boybrief due to the style, such as boyfriend jeans or Grandad shirt) are also available in both regular and heavy flow options.

They're super popular as a less girly pants option and are also available in organic cotton in black and funky leopardprint! They're our smallest tween and teen period undies, as they go down to a size 2 which is roughly equivalent to a size 9 to 11 child sizing.

Absorbency Level: Regular & Heavy available

Absorbency Area: Front to rear waistband, perfect for all activities

Sizes available: Adult size 2 (Approx age 9 to 11 child) to size 24

Main Material: Cotton, Organic Cotton

Price: From £12.49 (also available as multibuy, 3 pairs for £30, 5 for £49, 7 for £66)

Trial Period: 100% Happiness Guarantee

Customer Review: "These are perfect. My granddaughter can go to school without worrying about any accidents.”

WUKA Ultimate Midi Brief Tweens

WUKA Tween Midi Brief - (9 to 13 years)

Made from Modal which is extremely soft, these 'ultimate' midi briefs are great for heavy flow, with absorbency to front and rear waistband.

This makes them great for sleeping too.

Absorbency Level: Heavy

Absorbency Area: Front and Rear waistband

Sizes available: XXS, XS, S

Main Material:  Modal

Price: £24.99

Trial Period: 40 Day Refund, 100% Satisfaction

Customer Review: "My daughter started her period the day before her 11th birthday and two days before finishing primary school. What could have been an incredibly stressful experience for her was completely saved by being able to tell her to just pop on her “Wuka Wonder Pants” and carry on as normal. She felt perfectly secure and happy. No pads to worry about changing and so much more environmentally friendly. Seriously recommend these to have in the top drawer for any little girl about to need them!"

Shop Cheeky Period Shorts

‘Feeling Cosy' - Period Shorts - Cheeky

These supersoft bamboo period shorts are the preferred sanitary products of my youngest daughter. They're brilliant period pants for teens because they can be worn under school uniform and are super absorbent too, so excellent for her heavy periods.

They're also brilliant for sleeping in as the absorbency goes to front and rear waistband.  Additionally, the bamboo fabric is super breathable and cool to wear.

Absorbency Level: Regular & Heavy available

Absorbency Area: Front to rear waistband, perfect for all activities

Sizes available: Adult size 2 (Approx age 9 to 11 child) to size 24

Main Material: Cotton, Organic Cotton

Price: From £12.49 (also available as multibuy, 3 pairs for £30, 5 for £49, 7 for £66)

Trial Period: 100% Happiness Guarantee

Customer Review: "Bought these for my young daughter, they are great to wear on a school day! Very happy with this product and great customer service too”

Primark Period Mini Briefs

Primark Period Mini Brief

The high street retailer offers period pants in an XS size. By our reckoning, that's comparable to age 12 to 13 in childrens underwear sizing which may make them suitable for younger children.

With absorbency in the gusset only, we estimate that you can wear Primark period pants for maximum 6 hours without changing.

Absorbency Level: Light to Regular

Absorbency Area: Gusset only

Sizes available: XS, S, M, L, XL

Main Material:  Cotton

Price: 3 Pairs for £16

Trial Period: None

Customer Review: None available

If you've got ANY questions at all, please drop us an email, or complete our period questionnaire for tailored advice. The team all use the products themselves as do our children, so we're well placed to help.

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About the Author: Helen Rankin founded Cheeky Wipes, the original reusable wipes kit back in 2008 after disposable wipes caused her eczema to flare up. 4 kids later, internal period protection such as tampons or menstrual cups were no longer an option for her and she went on to develop their range of 'Simple Reusables' to include period pants and reusable sanitary pads.

The Company was recognised for their hard work in developing environmentally friendly products with the Queens Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development in 2021.


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