This has been the most requested review. Charlie Banana cloth diapers are made in Hong Kong and, as of the last year, are now available in the U.S.
Charlie Banana is a pocket diaper. Pretty darn close in look to a Fuzzi Bunz. The big difference being the front pocket.
I like the fit of Charlie Banana sized and one-sized diapers. They are both trim and, not that it matters a ton, but I like the feel of the knit PUL. Call me weird.
Sterling, as you recall, is long and skinny. Months ago I was sent a small hot pink Charlie Banana. Surprisingly, the small fit my then 20lb 18 month old.
More recently, I received a one-sized orbit print Charlie Banana from Toots n’ Tots, a Canadian boutique with tons to offer the shopper that likes to get it all in one place.
After washing the diaper one time I put it on Camden to test out overnight. Probably not the smartest thing to do…put a brand new, never experimented with diaper on at night. However, I will say that the one sized diaper shrinks down lovely to fit my little guy.
Charlie Banana one-sized hybrid diapers have an adjustable leg elastic. I love that the holes in the elastic are numbered. Hallelujah! Trying to get the legs even on a diaper that doesn’t number is annoying!
Even with the legs tightened a lot the diaper was not too bulky. I added one microfiber insert, folded. The waist snaps fastened snug enough to avoid any gaping. I have not tried the one-size on Sterling yet but this would be an excellent diaper to use on more than one child.
I mentioned that it was a hybrid diaper. Charlie Banana is marketing itself as a 2 in 1 diaper system. The front panel pocket is designed to securely hold a disposable insert.
Our first nighttime experience with Charlie Banana was not a 100% success. Camden did leak out the side (he’s a side sleeper) on to my bed. Granted the leaking did not occur until the morning as we were getting up.
I like the idea of using a pocket cloth diaper full time because of its diversity. A pocket eliminates the need to have daytime and nighttime diapers.
We’ll see how the Charlie Banana does the next time I use it at night.
One thing I didn’t love about Charlie Banana cloth diapers is the front pocket. My ideal pocket is a back pocket flush with the back elastic. I suppose everyone has their preferences. The way I change poopy diapers makes a front pocket a mess. So, for me their (diaper makers) rationale that the front pocket allows you to “remove inserts without getting your hands dirty” doesn’t work.
Where the pocket is isn’t a deal breaker for me, performance is what matters.
Probably the biggest benefit to choosing Charlie Banana is the accessibility. You can buy them practically everywhere! Great marketing for sure. They’ve set themselves up to be recognized by the non-cloth diapering parent. I’ve had many readers and friends comment on how Charlie Banana were the first they discovered.
When I set up my baby registry on Amazon, I registered for Charlie Banana :) Amazon is a non-threatening site for non-cloth diaper users.
My overall recommendation is that Charlie Banana is a good buy. No wicking, easy to stuff, cute prints and colors, simple to adjust, moderately priced and widely available.
Thank you, Toots n’ Tots for generously donating a Charlie Banana one-sized diaper for us to try out!