Mini Matters Probiotic Laundry Liquid – an exciting update!

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Mini Matters Probiotic Laundry Liquid – an exciting update! Mini Matters Probiotic Laundry Liquid was launched in June 2021, and the feedback that we have received since then has been phenomenal. From eczema disappearing and thrush issues resolved to smell issues being a thing of the past, the positive feedback just keeps coming! While there are a lot of laundry … Read More

The Lowdown On Stripping Your Nappies

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Stripping nappies is a hot topic in the modern cloth nappy world. It is a term commonly used to refer to the treatment of your nappies for the purpose of removing a build-up of smells, a deep clean or to sterilise.  Why or when do I need to strip my nappies? You may never need to strip your nappies, which … Read More

Cloth Diapering Tips For Summer

Elmarie RobsonCloth diapering, Uncategorized2 Comments

Summertime is something every cloth mom looks forward to. Fewer clothes equal less laundry, and we get to show off those pretty cloth bums.  A common concern from parents is whether cloth nappies are hotter than disposables and whether they are comfortable for babies to wear in the hot South African summers. The good news is that, while cloth nappies … Read More

Mini Matters Nappy Cover Comparisons – Which ones to buy?

Elmarie RobsonCloth 101, Cloth diapering2 Comments

At Mini Matters we take great pride in our nappy covers. In fact, they were voted South Africa’s favourite locally made covers in 2020! We now have several types of nappy covers on offer, all with our signature silky soft elastics, fully waterproof fabric and featuring tried and tested fits. One-Size PUL Covers (5kgs – 17kgs) These are wipeable, breathable … Read More

Ultimate Guide To Cloth Nappy Laundry

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Welcome to the ultimate cloth nappy laundry guide! Did you know that modern cloth nappies are easy to clean, stinky nappies are not normal, and a good laundry routine will guarantee your cloth nappies to come out squeaky clean every time? Let us help you get it right. 1. Prepping your new nappies Covers: Give all covers a quick wash … Read More

SNAP-DUO all-in-two nappy system

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Introducing the Mini Matters Snap-Duo All-in-two nappy system V2. This system was voted SA’s favorite by South African Cloth Nappy Users in 2020! You have probably heard all about the amazing advantages of all-in-two nappies; space saving, economical, easy to use etc. A true all-in-two nappy system consists of a wipeable, waterproof shell and inserts that snap into the shell. … Read More

Does Cloth Have a Carbon Footprint?

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Whatever your reason for going cloth, it was already a step towards reducing your carbon footprint. We all know by now that it takes many years for disposables to decompose (those of us who are parents and were in disposables know our nappies are still lying there somewhere) and that baby poop on landfills are hazardous contamination risks for our … Read More

Cloth For A Cause

Elmarie RobsonCloth diapering5 Comments

We are excited to announce a new initiative by Mini Matters called ‘Cloth for a Cause’. We want to do our part in giving back to causes that are close to our hearts. Over the next few months we will be adding a few ‘causes’ towards which we will be contributing a portion of our sales to. We have designed … Read More

How to make a nappy shell/cover

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There are many different methods to make a nappy. Here’s a quick guide on how I made a snap-in waterproof shell for my baby. I did not make an insert with it as I have enough in my collection, but you can make a matching snap-in insert using our Cotton Fleece, Organic Hemp or Bamboo fabric. You will need; A … Read More

Help! My cloth baby has a rash!

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There are many different baby bum creams on the market, but many are expensive and contain harmful ingredients. When using cloth nappies, we often don’t even need to use bum cream, but if you feel the need to or baby has very sensitive skin, it’s best to keep it natural. Natural ingredients will be safe for your cloth nappies and … Read More

How To Cut Fabric Correctly

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Have you ever owned a piece of clothing that pulled to one side, got longer as the day goes on or just didn’t fit quite right? Chances are it was cut incorrectly. Yes, there is a right and wrong way to cut fabric, and it can make a huge difference to your end product! Grain Lines The most important part … Read More

New to Cloth Nappies? Start Here!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of cloth nappies! Want to use cloth nappies on your baby? Here’s a summary of everything you need to know to get started – in ‘easy to understand’ terms! The world of modern cloth diapering is full of complicated terms and nappy types, but we thought of picking out the important stuff for you. Types … Read More

The Local Debate – South African Textiles

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I love fabric. There’s just something about holding a luxurious piece of cloth in your hands, freshly cut – a wealth of potential in its fibers. I am also passionate about the topic of ethical shopping and supporting our local industries as much as possible. Knowing exactly how and where my beautiful fabric came into being is the cherry on … Read More

A Dad’s Guide to the scary world of Cloth Diapering – from one Dad to another

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I was horrified when, at the imminent arrival of our second child, my wife announced she had decided to take the plunge and use cloth nappies. I didn’t even know people still used those things. I mean, why mess with the beautifully clean, efficient and modern system of disposable diapers which so magnificently rescued us from the perils of those … Read More

Free Cloth Diaper Patterns and Sewing Guides

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Free Cloth Diaper Patterns and Sewing Guides There are many free cloth nappy patterns available for download. This is a good place to start if you would like to try your hand at making cloth nappies with minimal upfront costs. We also offer two paid PDF patterns (Boegoe Bugz Patterns), which are more comprehensive and provide you with step by … Read More

Sewing With waterproof PUL Fabrics

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Sewing With Waterproof PUL  Fabrics Let’s face it, some of the specialized fabrics most commonly used in cloth nappies are not the easiest to work with – PUL is one of them. But with a few simple tips and tricks, you can easily master working with this fabric and create beautiful waterproof works of art. It certainly is worth mastering, … Read More

Cloth Diaper Fabrics Explained

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Cloth Diaper Fabrics Explained With the wonderful world of modern cloth diapers comes a wide selection of technical and speciality fabrics used for specific purposes in cloth diapers. Whether you want to sew your own or just make an informed choice of the best options for you in ready made diapers, this guide will help you understand the fabrics most … Read More

Cloth Diapering Dictionary

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Cloth Diapering can be overwhelming at first, especially with all the cloth lingo that gets bandied about. Here is a list of some of the most used terms in cloth diapering: Cloth Diaper Types Cloth Diaper Additions Cloth Diaper Parts Cloth Diaper Accessories Cloth Diaper Fabrics Commonly Used Terms & Abbreviations Cloth Diaper Types All-in-one – a one step type … Read More

Why go cloth?

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The case for using cloth nappies The idea of using cloth nappies evokes all sorts of reactions from people – from people who think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread to those who find it downright absurd and backward. There is a whole lot more to it than that though – here are the main reasons for, as we … Read More