Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review - By Hippie Safari

Description: The Charlie Banana pocket diaper consists of a waterproof PUL outer and microfleece inner with two microfiber inserts.  There is a pocket opening in the front, allowing you to add absorbency as needed. These diapers are one-size, which means they'll fit through most of your baby's diapering years.They fasten with snaps around the waist and feature hip snaps to prevent wing droopage. The diaper adjusts to fit your baby via adjustable leg elastics (similar to a bra strap).

 
 

First impressions: I had read that Charlie Banana looks very similar in design to the Fuzzibunz brand which I reviewed a few months ago and I have to say that I agree with this statement. Both brands have a similar waist and hip snap configuration, stretchy PUL outer, super soft fleece inner and no rise snaps. Differences that I was able to immediately spot is that Charlie Banana's pocket opening is in front and has a flap to cover the opening wheras the Fuzzibunz pocket opening is in the back and does not have a flap covering the opening. The adjustable leg elastic, while a similar concept as the Fuzzibunz, is akin to how a bra-strap would adjust and uses S, M, L guidelines on the elastic to help you find the correct setting. Fuzzibunz uses buttonhole elastic to adjust (similar to what you would find on adjustable waist toddler pants) and the settings are marked 1, 2, 3 etc which the user would have to interpret according to the chart on the Fuzzibunz website. The fleece inner is super soft and the crotch is nice and narrow (a personal preference - this type of cut normally works very well on A). On a completely superficial level, I love the jet black colour of the diaper I tested. [Rating: 4.5/5]

Ease of use: While the sizing adjustment on this diaper is not as straight forward to use as the more conventional snap down rise, I did find it easier to use than the Fuzzibunz. The bra strap adjustment mechanism is a lot less finicky to use than the buttons on Fuzzibunz and the slightly wider crotch makes stuffing the diaper easier. I also found the PUL was not as sticky on the inside as the Fuzzibunz, which again made stuffing this diaper much easier. Once the diaper is stuffed it is just as easy to put on as an AIO. The Charlie Banana dries super fast, which is always a bonus. [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Fit: The adjustable elastic in the legs means you can get a really customised fit on your baby. Charlie Banana is nice and narrow through the crotch area and overall we get a pretty good fit with these. They have the same slight poufiness as Fuzzibunz - this is more noticeable on the smaller settings. Stuffed with both inserts I found these a little on the bulky side, but not any more so than other pockets stuffed with two microfibre inserts. These diapers can size down incredibly small and from my not-so scientific experiments with fit on A's doll I think this is one of the very few one-size diapers that will comfortably fit a newborn's little skinny legs.  The waist is similarly able to size down quite small due to the overlapping tabs at the waist. I like the wider elastic at the back of the diaper - it gives a really nice look to the diaper. [Rating: 4/5]  

 

Value for money: These are on the expensive side, though not ridiculously so and cheaper than their US competitors Bumgenius and Fuzzibunz. For what you pay you get a well made diaper that is more customisable size-wise than regular one-size diapers and so you'd probably get longer use out of it. I'll be honest and say that I still probably wouldn't buy an entire stash of these, but adding one or two of them to your stash is quite feasible. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Performance: We have to use both inserts for A during the day and it holds up fine - we have not had any leaks. Having said that, it's also not the most absorbent diaper we have in our stash - but I also have to add that A has recently turned into a super-pee'er and the absorbency would be more than enough for a smaller baby or less heavy wetting toddler.
 Since we already use the maximum absorbency for daytime, I have not tried this diaper for overnight use, but imagine it would work as well as any double stuffed pocket. [Rating: 4/5]

 

Overall impression: I love the cut of this diaper as well as the fact that the fit is so super customisable. If you have two children in diapers you might find having to adjust the elastics each time a bit annoying - it takes up a bit more time than simply snapping down the rise. We have no issues regarding the performance of this diaper and I will definitely recommend it if your budget is not too tight. [Rating: 4/5]

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission.  I received a Charlie Banana Pocket Diaper free of charge from Tiny Hiney for purposes of this review, but was not in any other way compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.  While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the diapers that I've used, please bear in mind that this is my opinion and that every mom has her own preferences and every baby is built differently. So what works well for me and A, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. A the time that these photos were taken, A was 2 years old and weighed close to 12 kg.

 

 

 

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