I’m a very visual person. I cannot envision anything to save my life. My husband is great at envisioning. He can envision changing the furniture in our living room and see every detail down to the spacial dimensions. I, on the other hand, cannot. This is why I like conducting this little experiment on my cloth diapers.
I had received three prefolds over the summer. I gave my sister two of them to use on her newborn son and I kept one for myself. She used them consistently (it should be noted that she loved using the prefolds and how effective they were at keeping that slimy newborn poop in the diaper); so the prepped prefold that I am using as an example to show you the difference has been washed and dried (not always in a machine as she lives in an apartment with coin operated laundry) several times since August.
As you can see in the picture below this is an overhead view of the prepped prefold laying on top of the non-prepped prefold. The prepped prefold is smaller than our brand new prefold which is fitting since both are a size 1. The non-prepped prefold would not fit on a newborn effectively that’s for sure. Like I said too, my sister rarely uses a dryer to dry her diapers because she has to pay to use one so often times her diapers can be found on a drying rack in her apartment. Her son was quite the skinny little newborn this prefold fit perfectly on him. (Also don’t mind the writing on the tag, I marked it so I knew which prefold was my prepping tester.
This next picture is the money picture. Look at the thickness; it’s almost not even comparable to the non-prepped one. The prepped prefold is soft to the touch and as you can see significantly thicker than the non-prepped prefold.
We suggest that for all natural fibers you wash and dry them separately three times before adding them to your normal diaper laundry. The reason we suggest this is because the natural fibers have oils on them that can affect absorbency in your other diapers. You also want to get rid of the natural fibers so that the diaper can reach its optimum size and absorbency. Also, before you start using our prefolds prep them a minimum of three times; the diaper will reach its maximum absorbency capability after eight washes. Looking at the picture above you can see that this statement is definitely true. The prepped prefold had been washed and dried more than eight times. Remember, the more prepping you do the thicker and softer the diaper becomes.
Recently, one of my parents’ garage cats went missing. Now, they live in the country so their purpose for getting the cats was for rodent control plus, my mom is horribly allergic. Having the cats live indoors is just not an option.
It’s been a year since they brought the kitties home and my son, Brennan, has been influential in taking care of the cats whenever we go to my parents’. He named the cats and loves them. He even likes to Skypes with them when we’re apart.
Naturally, I took to a few trusted resources on the subject: Unfortunately, the cat that was missing has been found. A neighbor discovered that she had been hit by a car in the morning last week. Not knowing that she belonged to my parents, he placed her in the ditch so when my dad asked him if he had seen her he was able to show him where she was. Everyone in the family is heartbroken but the person I know who will take it the hardest is my sweet boy. So now my husband and I have the daunting task of telling him that his favorite cat is no longer alive. I mean how do you explain that to a five-year-old?
The AACAP brings up the point that children who are between the ages of three and five-years-old will not understand the finality of death. It is because of this that we will most likely have to reiterate that the cat is not moving, cannot wake up and will not be able to play any more. Click here to read more.
An article on WebMD suggests being brief and not using euphemisms such as “passed away” or “went to sleep” because it makes no sense to a preschooler who doesn’t have the developmental capability to understand the permanence of death.
So that’s the gist of everything out there. Have you had to explain the death of a pet to your little one? What did you say?