We are delighted to be able to announce that the Wellcome Trust, in their infinite wisdom, have given us a grant to run Nappy Science Gang. This means we’ll be able to fund someone to run the project one day a week and we’ll be able to fund doing some experiments and get things tested in a real lab. Yay!
The project will run for eight months, starting now and ending in mid-November 2015. In that time we hope to be able to run several experiments and get some proper answers to questions that plague cloth-nappy users. With SCIENCE.
Some examples of questions we are thinking about:-
- Is strip washing really needed? If so, what’s the best method? (It’s commonly said that detergent build-up in nappies can cause you problems, so you need to ‘strip-wash’ periodically. Opinions differ on the best way of doing this. I have come across no scientific evidence that detergent build-up happens, or what the best method of strip-washing would be.)
- What causes a pinkish tinge to develop on some nappies and reusable wipes (when they haven’t been washed with anything red or pink)?
- What temperature do you need to wash at, to kill any nasties? (Given that many nappies can’t be washed at higher than 40°C)
- Do amber teething necklaces work? (Science says no, but no-one has actually done the experiment)
- Do cloth nappies affect children’s walking and leg development?
- Are cloth nappies REALLY better for the environment, given that you need to do more washing?
- Do cloth nappies increase the risk of balanitis?
The project is mostly made up of volunteers who use cloth nappies on their children. We all hang out in a facebook group, which you are welcome to join, if you are interested.
We will need to talk to lots of scientists and other experts in our research, so if you are interested in the project, and you know stuff and might be able to answer questions, then please get in touch.