Mater Nappies: The Great Australian Nappy Review 2017

Mater Nappies

Mater Nappies: Best Lining in the Nappy

Disclosure: We were provided these Mater Nappies to trial in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own. Each nappy brand has been trialled for four days to treat each brand consistently.

**Mater has provided a special code to use throughout the month of August to receive a discount on Nappies purchased on their website!

About Mater Nappies:

Sizes Available: Newborn First Weeks-Size 0 (up to 3.5kg), Newborn-Size 1 (3-5kg), Infant-Size 2 (4-8kg), Crawler-Size 3 (6-11kg), Toddler- Size 4 (10-15kg)
Size is indicated on individual nappies

Design: Simple pleasant green colour theme with animals

Cost: $13.99/24 pack (.58/nappy) ; $50.36/96 pack (.52/nappy)

Cost Per Nappy: 52 to 58 cents per nappy

Cellulose: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified cellulose forms the fluffy paper-like part of the Mater Nappies super absorbent core.
Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP): SAP, also known as polyacrylate, is a fine granular material that is mixed with cellulose to form the absorbent core of Mater Nappies.  These granules absorb a large volume of liquid in the nappy turning it into a gel.
Back sheet: Forming the breathable outer layer of Mater Nappies, the back sheet is comprised of two layers; one to prevent leakage and a second to give the nappy its soft cloth-like feel.
Top sheet: Made from non-woven material the top sheet is the soft inside layer that sits against your baby’s skin. This layer is designed to remain dry as it enables liquid to flow through it into the super absorbent core.
Tabs: The back tabs, used to fasten the nappy, are elasticised non-woven Velcro, enabling them to be secure, strong and flexible to fit babies of all shapes and sizes.
Leg cuffs: Made from non-woven material, leg cuffs are designed to prevent leaks from the side of the nappy.
Front panel: The front panel, used to secure the tabs on Mater Nappies, is made from non-woven locked loop material–the counterpart to the Velcro tabs. In most sizes this panel has a printed graphic which also helps identify the front of the nappy (Mater Nappies – Newborn First Weeks front panel is not printed).
Glue and elastic stitching are used to hold all the components of Mater Nappies together.

Where to Buy: Mater Mothers Website**, Selected Retailers

Features: Fast super absorbent core with three layers (to quickly absorb and lock away liquid to keep your toddler dry, day and night), Leak protection (with leg cuffs providing triple protection against leaks), Smooth waistband and strong resealable tabs (to ensure a snug fit as your toddler moves and grows), Contoured and flexible (provides comfort and a better), Ultra soft breathable material, Dermatologically tested, size indicator

Other Products: Mater Nappies, Mater Body Balm for Pregnancy, Mater Baby Moisturiser, Mater Baby Wash, and Mater Nappy Balm.

Website and Social Media: Website, Facebook, Instagram 

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Review of the Mater Nappies:

Note: For each of the nappies in this review, both Amanda and Fi trialled them with their sons (for their profiles and an idea of how the nappies sat with each child, read Amanda’s Profile HERE and Fi’s Profile HERE). We used the Mater Toddler Size (10-15kg) nappies for this review.

How does it fit?

The Mater Nappies have a good, thick lining that helps the nappy keep its shape. Despite not being elasticised at the top of the nappy (around bub’s torso), it fit snuggly around Starfish’s body and legs. The nappy sat a bit larger than some of the other nappies (despite being in a similar weight range of 10-15kg). This meant that the nappy wasn’t too tight around his legs and didn’t leave any marks in his groin or thighs.

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How long does it last?

These nappies lasted both during the day and overnight due to their thicker lining. We had two blow outs through the legs as they were a slightly bigger-fitting nappy, however that was with really heavy/explosive poos. If your child is not generally a heavy wetter/soiler, then the Mater Nappies would last for long stretches of time.

Is it good during the daytime and overnight?

We used the Mater Nappies for both daytime and overnight. If your child is a particularly heavy wetter/soiler during a certain part of the day (for our boy it is early-mid morning), then maybe use other nappies for that time (unless your child is towards the larger end of the weight range and fits the nappy more snuggly around the legs).

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What is the value like? Is it worth the cost?

The Mater Nappies are another brand that are on the cheaper end of the cost spectrum. They have a great inner lining for catching most of the moisture and poo. Despite a couple of leakages (which has happened to Starfish lately with most nappies), the Mater Nappies overall were good quality and fit well on him.

Is it easy to put on and take off?

The tabs on the sides of the nappy stuck a bit too much to the fabric at the front, making it annoying to get off. The nappy was relatively easy to put on, as the thicker inner lining prevented it from moving around too much with Starfish while he wriggled.

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Are they easy to dispose of?

Yes, as the nappy is thicker and holds it’s shape, it was easier to wrap up to hold the contents of the nappy inside while I put it in the bin.

Summary of the Mater Nappies:

The Mater Nappies are good quality and reasonably durable nappies. Despite having a couple of blowouts, these have come at a time where almost all nappies won’t contain Starfish’s mess! I like that the Mater Nappies aren’t too tight around his legs, and they absorb the moisture in the nappy really well. These are a good nappy for new mums considering it (plus they have an offer for us too at their store!)

Check out my other nappy reviews from the buttons below, or view Amanda’s Mater Nappy review HERE.

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About Fi Morrison

Fi is a mum to her beautiful, 1-year-old baby boy who she affectionately calls Starfish. She started Mumma Morrison as a way to document her life with her son, but also aims to create a supportive and encouraging community for new and prospective mums. She is returning to part-time teaching in July. Fi and her family live in Sydney.


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