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#1 CallMeFeral

Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:54 AM

I'm panicking because my DD is starting to develop breasts, it's getting noticeable now and I can't deny it. She's 8 years old.

Is this normal at this age??? It seems awfully young! But I was a late developer so not a good gauge. Is there something wrong in her diet? Should I be getting it checked out or something?

#2 HolyCow

Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

It's normal, albeit confronting. I first noticed it on my daughter at almost 9. A year later, nothing much more has happened, so it doesn't necessarily mean she is going to have fully developed breasts before she's 9 or 10. Although some girls do and it's still normal.

Edited by HolyCow, 14 September 2017 - 09:58 AM.

#3 KylieferalMin0gue

Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

My daughter was 9 when the buds started.  She is now 10 and a half and the buds are getting bigger so now she is wearing crop tops.  I am thinking in the next 12 or 18 months it will be time to look at getting her into bras.

#4 CallMeFeral

Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:11 AM

How depressing. She's still my baby!!!

Have either of your daughters started periods yet? That's what I'm really dreading...

#5 HolyCow

Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:17 AM

 CallMeFeral, on 14 September 2017 - 10:11 AM, said:

How depressing. She's still my baby!!!

Have either of your daughters started periods yet? That's what I'm really dreading...

No, I think there's usually a two year gap between breast development and periods starting... I was really confronted when I noticed it when she was 8 but it doesn't bother me now.

#6 Paddlepop

Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

Does she have any pubic hair yet?

My 7yo DD started to get bad BO at the end of last year and the start of this year. It was bad enough she needed a bit of deodorant to deal with the smell, and I had to soak her school shirts to get the smell out. She had her usual 6 monthly appointment in February with her dev. paed. (ASD and ADHD) so of course I mentioned it to him. He asked if she had any other signs of puberty like pubic hair. She didn't (and still doesn't) so he wasn't concerned. He said that if there was pubic hair then it would have been more of a worry at her age.

#7 CallMeFeral

Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:14 PM

No pubic hair. Ok cool!

#8 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:21 PM

I got breast buds at age 8 in grade 3. I was a full 10DD for my first bra fitting between grade 6 and year 7 (12.5 years). First period was 12.75 years.

DD is about to turn 8 and I am scared.

DS1 at nearly 12 years in hugely along in puberty. His voice broke at 11.25yrs, BO, major growth spurt. He started changing in grade 4. Theoretically boys start "late".... yeah not with my genes.

ETA periods I am freaking out about less since finding period undies (Thinx, Modibodi etc). So much easier to use (for me) that I know they will be great for her.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 14 September 2017 - 12:26 PM.

#9 No Drama Please

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:01 PM

My DD is 8 as well and I just noticed last night too.  I don't really know what they are supposed to look like but I noticed when she was wearing a thin t-shirt and never noticed anything before?  I didn't say anything to her but I've dragged out the Girl Stuff 8-12 book just in case.

Agree I'm also not ready for this to start at 8, even if she is :(

#10 Gumbette

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:14 PM

I've got the same issue with DD CMF!  She's 9 and it's only on one side.  She still likes sitting on my lap whilst watching TV... :(

#11 CallMeFeral

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:31 PM

 Morally Bankrupt, on 14 September 2017 - 01:01 PM, said:

Girl Stuff 8-12 book just in case.

Is this good? Should I get it?

#12 lozoodle

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

Yeah my 8 year old looks to be starting a bit too. She said they don't hurt or anything but in some tops its just really noticeable. Argh! I'm not ready!

I'm also thinking to buy girl stuff - I saw it at k mart the other day for $12. Thought that I would read it myself first though so she can ask questions in her own time.

Edited by lozoodle, 14 September 2017 - 01:36 PM.

#13 No Drama Please

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:48 PM

 CallMeFeral, on 14 September 2017 - 01:31 PM, said:

Is this good? Should I get it?
Kaz Cooke's pretty polarising I think but if you liked her pregnancy book you'll love it. I like how she writes in a friendly and fun but factual way.

DD even made some notes about the "when you have fights with friends" parts - even though it was really all the developmental stuff I was hoping she'd be paying attention to!

#14 No Drama Please

Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:59 PM

Actually another thing I've noticed lately is cryyyying. She's never been high maintenance but last three months or so she's in tears two or three times a day over pretty much anything (can't find her socks, her brother looked at her funny, someone ate the last biscuit, etc, etc). I don't know if that's part of the hormones changing?

#15 Tetinks

Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:12 PM

OP, this book is fantastic. I got it for my DD at 8 and it's a non-confronting, honest look at what changes as they grow. It's not just puberty, it also covered things like braces and how to care for your teeth, hair etc.


FTR my DD just turned 9 and about half her friends have buds.

#16 kerilyntaryn

Posted 25 September 2017 - 06:55 PM

Usually periods appear around 2 years after breast buds, my daughter had breast buds at 7 and her period at 9, unfortunately in the range of normal, but oh so young

#17 kerilyntaryn

Posted 25 September 2017 - 06:59 PM

oh and crying is normal,  joys of hormones and the care and keeping of you book is great

#18 liveworkplay

Posted 25 September 2017 - 08:19 PM

My middle dd started getting bo, pubic and underarm hair at 7. She was monitored by the gp, although 8 is considered the lower end of normal for puberty.

She got breastbuds at 9 and her period at 10. At 11 she is at the same stage of pubity as her nearly 14 year old sister.

Besides the mental side of things, the only downside to early puberty is they might not reach full adult height potential. Not so much an issue for my DD as she is already 170cm tall.

ETA periods usually happen 12 months after breast buds first appear however its not a forgone conclusion, just statistical average.

Edited by liveworkplay, 25 September 2017 - 08:33 PM.

#19 lovebeingamum76

Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:13 AM

I was wondering about the whole period thing. My dd 10.5 has breast buds and pubic hair and I’ve noticed a bit of yellowish tinge in her nickers. She has also complained of a sore tummy on and off over the last few months. Wondered if period is near......😬

#20 kerilyntaryn

Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:37 AM

yep it sounds like anytime in the next 6 months - woolworths used to have, may still do have a little case with a lot of samples in it and a small booklet.  Also you can register for various companies to send out samples


Moxie girls have samples too and Cottons

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 02 October 2017 - 08:25 AM.

#21 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

My friends daughter had buds at 8 and got her period a week after turning 9.

With the BO though, my dd has had equal to an adult male BO since she was 7, and no one is worried as there are no buds and no hair.

I found rexona clinical to be the ONLY deodorant to help, moo goo made her smell worse, in fact have me BO as well.

We put the deodorant on after her nightly bath or shower, and there is no smell.

It also does what the packet says and if she has a late night out (like last week visiting my sister at the hospital), and works for 2 days

Edited by Baroness Bubbles, 02 October 2017 - 08:41 AM.

#22 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 14 October 2017 - 09:12 AM

DD1 got breast buds last year when she was 9 and she said they were sore/achy. Dr said it was pretty normal, will settle down and that proper breast development may not kick in for another year or two and that's normal as well (but can be faster). Dr also said most girls will starting growing pubic hair before periods starts, so that's what we have to keep an eye out for.

12 months later, not much has changed (apart from a general growth spurt). DD1 is pretty happy about knowing what's going on etc. I think that has relieved some of her concerns.

(In contrast, her BFF had breast buds the same time and now has small breasts at 10yo. She is developing much faster.)

Edited to correct autocorrections

Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 14 October 2017 - 09:15 AM.

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