Which is Better Fuzzi Bunz or Charlie Banana?

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Fuzzi Bunz and Charlie Banana cloth diapers are very similar.  But, their differences will leave you grabbing for one more than the other.

One of my readers (I love you guys!) informed me that Charlie Banana was created by a former employee of Fuzzi Bunz, hence the similarities.

Update: I received an email from Carolyn Sutton, PR for Charlie Banana with this information-

The owner of Charlie Banana was actually never an employee of Fuzzibunz – I hate for people to think that! She actually used to work with them internationally, but never for them or as an employee.

I have several of each and I’ll share my preferences:

QUALITY: About the same except for snaps.  My Fuzzi Bunz have perfect snaps that actually snap crisply.  Charlie Banana’s are hit and miss. Yes, I can still snap most of the snaps but it’s a weak snap.  Inner microfleece pills the same.  Fuzzi Bunz provides you with a replacement elastic, CB doesn’t.

FIT: Pretty much the exact same. Camden has a belly and big thighs, both fit him snugly yet comfortably. I would give the nod to CB for trim, cute, just-the-perfect fit look.

COLORS: I *love* the Charlie Banana Tutti Frutti pack I have.  The colors are bold, bright and fun: Black, Hot Pink, Turquoise, Green, Yellow, Orange.  Fuzzi Bunz has great colors as well but package it up, put it in a box and I’m more likely to say “Awww, how cute.” Also, if you order a Fuzzi Bunz pack off of Amazon (not sure about retailers) you aren’t guaranteed the colors shown :(

COST: Charlie Banana 6 packs are $109 on Amazon (this seller has them for $98.99), while Fuzzi Bunz 6 packs are $116.

EASE OF STUFFING: Fuzzi Bunz are a smidge more narrow. I can still stuff 2 microfiber inserts plus a Hemp Babies in one but it’s tighter.  I like the pocket opening on the Fuzzi Bunz because it’s loose and in the back.  Charlie Banana’s are front pockets which is fine for stuffing, it’s the unstuffing that irks me.  Does no one else’s kid cover the front pocket with poop??  Even though I hate pulling inserts out of a front pocket diaper, I would have to say that it does look nicer having it in the front.

EASE OF USE: Both are equal at snapping on Camden, aside from the clean “pop” issues with most of my Charlie Banana diapers. While they are both easy for me, every time my husband and daughter put one on Camden they forget to snap all the snaps. Drives me crazy but of course I smile, say thank you, then take him somewhere to fix it.

FUNCTION: No leaks or wicking with either. I always have 2 microfiber inserts in them at all times. Even when the inserts are soaked I don’t have leaks, okay so maybe there’s a little wetness at the legs when I don’t change Camden in like forever :)

And the winner is…It’s a very tight competition!  I vacillate between which is my favorite.  I think I’d have to give Fuzzi Bunz the blue ribbon. I wrote that last night and look at me, I’m changing my mind! I used FB and CB all day carefully noticing everything.  In the end Charlie Banana wins my heart.

Can you really love to put a diaper on?  Yes, I think so.  I actually enjoy choosing a Charlie Banana from the basket.

I still prefer a Fuzzi Bunz or Rumparooz for nighttime but during the day Charlie Banana is my choice.

I can’t stand it. I’ve been sitting on this post waiting for a sponsor to get back to me but I’m impatient. So, the giveaway’s on me!!

Do you want to win a Charlie Banana??  I’ll buy one winner, one solid Charlie Banana diaper!!!

Entries are simple. (Make sure you are a subscriber)

  1. Which color Charlie Banana cloth diaper would you choose?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do when the kids have gone to bed?

I’ll choose a winner on Monday, July 4th.  All my readers are eligible. Yes, even those living in Siberia :)


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Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. Autumn enjoys writing but would choose camping with her family any day!

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407 Responses to “Which is Better Fuzzi Bunz or Charlie Banana?”

  1. Julia Says:

    I love the Good Bye Disposable Hello Cloth diaper, or Hot Pink, or the Butterflies! Ahh!! I can’t choose!

    My favorite thing to do after the kids go to bed is to lay my head in my hubby’s lap and have hime rub my head/play with my hair!! So relaxing!! All the cares of the day fade away and I usually fall asleep while he is reading or watching tv or something. When he is ready to go to bed he wakes me up and off we go!

  2. Amanda Says:

    1. Royal Blue
    2. Sleep! Baby is just 8 weeks, so we’re still figuring out the whole resting thing…

  3. Melanie Says:

    Black

    Wine…Yes!

  4. Michelle Says:

    1 ) Butter

    2 ) Watch a movie with my hubby, craft or bake!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Christine Says:

    1. Red

    2.I like to read or knit during nap time

  6. Vickie Says:

    1. Orange

    2. Catch up with my hubby and snuggle with the pups. And try to avoid housework at all costs to provide my undivided attention.

  7. tiffany u Says:

    when the kids are in bed I surf the web :) which is how I am here now! lol

    thanks!

  8. tiffany u Says:

    love the black diaper cuz itll go with anything!

  9. Hannah Says:

    I love to get a bowl of icecream and either watch a few shows or a movie on Netflix or just go online and catch up on stuff. Or sometimes just read a good book if I have one I’m into at the moment! Anything that doesn’t involve spit up. d-:
    And I would love the lavender CB diaper. So pretty!

  10. emily Says:

    My son would love the under construction one. “TRUCKS! Vroom, vroom” I love to catch up on email, blogs, and TV after the kids go to bed and I have picked up after the twin toddler tornado.

  11. Angela H Says:

    When the kids go to bed, I love to pour myself a glass of wine and sit out back and relax! Oh, or work on my blog… or MAKE my hubby give me a massage *wink*
    thanks for the chance!
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

  12. Angela Heffner Says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber! I love the hot pink CB diaper! I think this is because I have 2 boys and long for a little girl!
    Thanks for the chance!
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

  13. Candace watkins Says:

    This is my first child. Black (color preference) I talked with some moms at my church. They regret not going cloth. It’s as close to the olden days as I will get, save having a natural birth…which I will. D day Aug 20th! :-) :-} (happy and scared.

  14. Sarah Says:

    1. Black
    2. My favourite thing to do is to upload and organize the photos/videos taken of my family during the day. It doesn’t take long, but for the time it takes, I get to reflect on the day passed and thank God for the blessings of today.

  15. Trisha W. Says:

    This may be a duplicate entry for what I like to do when my kids are in bed.

    I like to catch up on my e-mail and peruse Facebook. I also enjoying relaxing a bit while watching TV and perhaps folding some laundry.

  16. Rozi Yunos Says:

    Sage!

    Have a cuddle with the husband and catch up on the events of the day as he comes home late most of the time, baby and him are lucky if they get to see each other before she has to go to bed…

  17. Trisha W. Says:

    When my kids have gone to bed I like to catch up on my e-mail and things like Facebook. I also will unwind and watch some TV while folding laundry.

  18. Trisha W. Says:

    I love the Butterfly print that is on sale, but if I have to pick a solid I might like to try the Sage since I don’t have a diaper that color. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Melissa Says:

    1. This would be my first CB – I’d pick ORANGE!

    2. Being 8.5 months preg-o, my favorite thing to do these nights is eat ice cream that my hubby has fetched from the nearby ice cream drive-thru!

  20. Jennifer Says:

    –Black!
    –Read blog posts :)

  21. erin Says:

    I am so excited entry is easy. I can never enter any of the giveaways because I don’t have facebook and have never been on or understand twitter. My favorite CB color is black because I don’t have black. Acctually I don’t have too many colors as I would love to cause I love color in my stash but black seems to be a cool addition. What I do when the children go to bed is share my heart and soul with my loving listening husband and finally after a long day hear his heart.

  22. Lindsay Says:

    I love the Shanghi green! So far, we have only used Fuzzibunz OS and love them, but after looking at your review, I would really like to try out Charlie Banana : )

    After our daughter goes to bed, my honey and I love to play games (esp. Dominion!), grab a late-night snack, and snuggle in bed while we share our hopes, dreams, and stories from the day.

  23. Tawnya Says:

    Love the orange and turquoise colors. Favorite thing to do is read a book or watch tv with my hubby, sometimes have a nice glass of wine.

  24. Katie M Says:

    If I won I would like a unisex color, preferably hot: red, orange, or yellow!

    When my sweet baby boy goes to bed I like to curl up with a good book, a favorite blogger, or my precious husband!

  25. Tomi Says:

    Drink a glass of wine and curl up with my hubby to watch tv. Its really up to him. He is deploying in the fall so I just try and spend as much time as I can with him. I think my baby girl would be so cute in pink.

  26. Sarah B Says:

    love the classic red CB… and when my daughter goes to sleep, I love snuggling with my husband and watching a movie or tv show. :)

  27. Lindsay Says:

    Ohhh, I’d love to try a Charlie Banana diaper for my new son. I’ve never seen them here in Canada.
    I think that I’d choose the black one…you don’t see that very often. Very classy, like a tuxedo :-)
    If I get time to myself once the kids are in bed before crashing myself, I like to spend my time sewing (while So You Think You Can Dance is on in the background).
    Thanks so much!

  28. Michele Leake Says:

    I have one 3 week old grandson and two more daughters expecting this year. I used cloth diapers on all six of my children and have convinced my three daughters to use cloth. So we are avidly reading all the reviews to decide on the best options. Loving cloth diapers seems crazy, but we do!
    My favorite color is butter. Beautiful and sweet like mother’s milk:).
    My favorite thing to do when my grandson goes to bed (since he
    lives with us) is to read and them pray for all my precious family.

  29. Shawnda Mills Says:

    I LOVE the Turquiose color. I have been wanting to try CB for a while now. After the Babe goes to bed I rinse out his diapers from the day, wash all the bottles , clean up my sons play area and basically gear up for another long day tomorrow.

  30. Angela Says:

    1. I wouldn’t care what color it was. Anything to help my stash grow. My husband might not like seeing our son in neon pink though :p

    2. What the kids are supposed to go to bed. On the rare night that we aren’t dead tired by the time we get all 5 of them settled we like to curl up and watch a movie, read together, or if we are feeling extra energized work on one of the many home improvement projects we have to do in our new house.

  31. Charissa Says:

    I’ve been itching for the red CB, Fingers crossed!
    Well with a newborn, After bed I either go right to sleep, or finish the laundry and play games on the ipad with my DH. Looking forward to a someday when I can actually watch a movie or something longer. :)

  32. Athena Says:

    I would love to try the under construction print~first time cloth diaper user!
    My favorite thing to do once the kids are in bed is relax on the couch with my best friend in the world my husband, and relieve stress by kicking back and watching a movie together :)

  33. Jackie Says:

    The cloth diapers made now are so nice, but one favorite of mine is a Biobottoms wool cover -a first purchase in 1990. I started using CDs in 1989, I admit I could have just used prefolds over the years, but I really, really like cloth diapers! I’ve gone back to disposable from time to time, but always come back to cloth! When my older sisters had babies and I was a young girl, that’s the way it was, flats we folded, pinned and put on the plastic pants. I loved this! (Of course I wouldn’t want to take the time for that now). But CD’s are so healthy and fun (sounds crazy I know) and there’s always a new or a tweaked improvement and something I’d like to try to make myself! And they have gotten easier and easier to use and wash, I really wish everyone would give them a try!
    I’m expecting my tenth baby (our 13th) I bought some Bum Genius AIOs (Lg), a couple Flips and BG seconds pocket diapers for our last baby to add to the prefolds and Gerber wraps and a few Bummis super snaps (we do EC) the new diapers were great and still in great shape, but I’m wishing I’d bought OS! I would like to try a Charlie Banana, the “Goodbye Disposable…” is cute, I think I like the Butterfly the best (it hides the snaps)! =) which I like, it doesn’t look as industrial.
    When the kids are all in bed, my husband is usually quickly falls asleep too, if not he will often read aloud to me! If he’s asleep too, I love to read, read, read!
    I enjoy your blog/site very much. Sorry for the long comment, I’m in my 36th week and feeling nostalgic I guess. :)
    Thanks, Jackie

  34. Sara Says:

    I like the bubblegum pink color!

    As for what I like to do after the kiddos are in bed…well, I used to enjoy snuggling with my husband, watching TV or just chatting. However, since the birth of our 3rd daughter 3 weeks ago, the only thing we do after everyone is in bed is go to bed and sleep ourselves!

  35. Ashley Bureau Says:

    hi Autumn! If I could choose a solid color CB I’d have to go with Black (or Turquoise if they were all out).
    When my daughter goes to bed, I LOVE to kick my husband’s butt at Settlers of Catan! :)

  36. Jenny Says:

    Color choice – Aqua

    Once the kids are to bed sometimes I go to bed also just to catch some extra zzzzzzzzzz’s. Or I read a book. :)

  37. Diane Says:

    The butterfly design is adorable! But if it has to be a solid color, I would love to have a hot pink CB.
    After the three kids are in bed, I usually like to sleep (being pregnant, that always sounds like a good idea!). Often though, my husband and I stay up a little late watching sitcoms on Netflix. It is like our nightly mini-date.

  38. Manda Says:

    I would pick the butterfly print!
    My fave thing to do when my baby is tucked in for the night would be fiddle with my nikon camera (shutter speeds,f-stop) and take photos of random things, my husby and a sleeping baby if I’m feeling confident! When I grow up I want to be a photographer lol ;p
    -email subscriber

  39. Audrey M Says:

    Im horrible at making descisions… and ALL the diapers are cute. But I guess I would choose under construction or shanghi green.
    I subscribe! aasdfjkl_@hotmail.com

  40. Audrey M Says:

    There are a lot of things I like to do when the kids go to bed… read, watch tv, read emails and blogs, exercise. Not enough time in a day :)
    I subscribe! aasdfjkl_@hotmail.com

  41. Stephanie Says:

    I would choose Hot Pink!!! I would LOVE to try these dipes out! Thank you for the opportunity! When my babe goes to sleep (and if she lets me leave her side) I like to get crafty! Right now I am working on making her a wool cover! If she doesn’t let me leave her side I like to surf the web uninterrupted!

  42. Jessica Donnelly Says:

    Well, if a solid color then Black, as I have other colors and black goes with everything. But I really do love their Under Construction print. And the Turquoise is nice too.

    My favorite thing to do when the kids are in bed is to spend time with my hubby or read. I also like to catch up on e-mail, which is how I saw this!!

    I LOVE CB diapers!! :)

  43. Lenae Says:

    I’d love the Butterfly print, but since you said solid, I’d go with Hot Pink. I love pink, and am passing the love on to my daughter. After the kids are in bed, my husband and I snuggle and discuss our days bible study and catch up on the happenings of the day. Aside from first thing in the morning snuggles with my babies, this is my favorite time of day! Awesome giveaway!

  44. Tanya L Says:

    Once all the kiddos go to bed it’s my computer time! Point in case, I’m reading your blog now :P

  45. Tanya L Says:

    I’m a subscriber :)

    Its so hard to choose, I love the Butterfly diaper but the Hot Pink is super cute too!

  46. Kate Says:

    I would love the sage!

    I love to work on photos after the baby goes to bed.

  47. Leah Vachani Says:

    I would choose black :) Call me weird, but that is the one color we don’t have in our stash, and I’ve never seen it in a cloth diaper color before!

    Favorite thing to do once the baby is in bed is have a beer and sit on the couch :)

  48. crystal Says:

    i would choose goodbye disposable hello cloth. after my son goes to sleep me and hubs try to catch up on snuggle time which ends in him both crashed out and me reading your blog or getting on facebook lol

  49. Brandi Elam Says:

    My favorite thing to do after the big kids go to bed is sit with hubby while we both surf the web: him reading news and me reading blogs and entering giveaways! Of course the baby is usually still here nursing or asleep in my lap (like he is now!)

  50. Brandi Elam Says:

    I would probably choose periwinkle. I don’t have any diapers in that shade yet. But I also love the orange! So hard to choose!

  51. Annaliza Says:

    I would choose the Royal Blue. My favorite thing to do is get on the computer and read about cloth diapers!

  52. Jessica Says:

    I love the yellow!!! Remember me the sun…
    And just wach tv, talk with my husband and preparing everything for the next day…

  53. Vashti McMurray Says:

    My favorite thing to do when the kids are in bed is snuggle with my hubby and or a bowl of ice cream and watch a movie <3

  54. Whitney Says:

    My favorite thing to do when the kids go to bed is to get on the computer :).

  55. Vashti McMurray Says:

    I would choose a Red Charlie Bananna! Thanks for the chance, I’ve been wanting to try them for a while :)

  56. Whitney Says:

    I love the under construction for my son.

  57. Thyme Says:

    After the kids go to bed, I like to watch TV with my hubby or read books, or blog. Basically we just relax and talk all night :)

  58. Thyme Says:

    I would love the ORANGE! :)

  59. Candace Says:

    I like to surf the web (and actually read things that I can’t focus on w/ two kids during the day), talk to my hubby, or read a magazine. Unfortunately, I usually end up doing laundry or dishes instead.

  60. Candace Says:

    I would choose RED!

  61. Amelia Says:

    Oh, and I like to watch Netflix with the hubs or read after my little guy goes to sleep. I usually end up picking up the house or finishing other chores, though

  62. Amelia Says:

    I like the shanghai green. I have never tried a Charlie Bananas but would love to!

  63. Linda Hawes Says:

    When the LO has gone to bed, I love to cuddle with my hubby! :)

  64. Linda Hawes Says:

    love the aqua print.

  65. Jenny R Says:

    I would love the black! I have all the other boy colors already and I love them.

    I like to read blogs when my LO goes to bed….which is exactly what I’m doing now!

  66. Stephanie Says:

    I would love the butterfly or hot pink!

    My favorite thing to do, once the kiddos are in bed, is sit on the couch and watch the news, and the TV show “Parenthood” with my hubby. : )

  67. Kari Says:

    I would love to have a red one…GO BIG RED!

    I like to spend time with my husband or if he’s not home just lay and read.

  68. lindsay Says:

    If it’s early enough I love to sit on my computer and catch up on the blogs in my reader :)

  69. lindsay Says:

    I would love the Aqua one! :)

  70. Melissa Says:

    1. I don’t have any CB but would love to try them. I really like that black!

    2. My FAVORITE thing to do once my LO has gone to sleep is call my friends and family. My husband is in the Air Force and we do not live close to either of our families. I love to catch up with them and tell them about the new things my LO is doing/learning (he just turned 5 months)! When I don’t do that I send them many pictures of him.

  71. Gina Roby Says:

    I would have to choose baby blue and my favorite thing to do when they are all fast asleep is go potty ..in complete peace.

  72. Sara Says:

    I love the black, actually!!! It’s rare to find a solid black diaper…kudos!

  73. Gretchen Kingsley Says:

    My favorite thing to do after LO is down is to sip a glass of red wine with some dark chocolate with the hubby on our porch.

  74. Gretchen Kingsley Says:

    my favorite is the baby pink…oh, so sweet!

  75. Trisha Berens Says:

    When kids are in bed I like to spend time with hubby, get on the computer and I actually like to pick up the most when they are asleep. Nothing to stop me or make a mess behind me faster than I’m picking it up. :)

  76. Jen Says:

    I’d like a black one. None of those yet! :)

    And after our little lady goes to bed I like to brush my teeth. (Can you tell she’s still a newborn?)

  77. Trisha Berens Says:

    love under construction

  78. Hannah M Says:

    I love the Turqouise color!

  79. MiMi Chavez Says:

    After all the kids have gone to bed, I like to snuggle up with the hubby and either watch things on Netflix and Hulu or watch him play games LoL. I usually end up finishing some housework before I sit down to relax though.

  80. MiMi Chavez Says:

    “Goodbye disposables hello cloth” is my fave print, but for a solid colour I’d say it’s a tie b/n Black and Hot Pink…I guess if by some chance I won you’d hafta pick for me LoL. We have one in “Butterfly” already and love love love it.

  81. Heather Sidell Says:

    I would have to say I love the Shanghai Green with Periwinkle being a very close second. Favorite thing to do once all are tucked into bed is to get in jammies and crawl into my adjustable bed, raise the head and feet, pop in one of my favorite Jane Austin dvds and have a little snack that I don’t have to share with anyone – usually an apple these days. Sound pretty pathetic now that I type it, but yes, that makes me smile and even giggle. :) And my dh watches with me – he says it puts him to sleep fast. LOL.

  82. Maria L. Says:

    We’re adopting a baby girl & I’m imagining her in the butterfly diaper!

  83. Lisa A Says:

    I would love a red diaper. =)

    thepennywisechick@yahoo.com

  84. Sarah Says:

    I really like the black and don’t have a black diaper in my stash yet. When my little guy finally hits the hay I enjoy watching some HBO with my hubby!

  85. Denise Says:

    I would love a hot pink diaper! I like to spend time with my husband after the baby goes to sleep…maybe with a little glass of wine :)

  86. Janise McKenzie Says:

    What I like to do every night after I put the babies to bed, is to take a nice long hot shower to wash away the spit ups, drools, and opps. Ahh, how relaxing. Six more hours to go though. :-/
    I would love the black, please.

  87. michaela Says:

    i would love an aqua diaper.
    after the baby is asleep i like to sew and spend time with my husband.

  88. Megan Meredith Says:

    Orbit looks so fun, but black would be great too and for both kids….SURPRISE ME!
    Toss up between snuggling with my honey and computer time. Hard to type while cuddling 6 month old girl and my 2 year old thinks HE is supposed to do all of the mouse clicking and typing. HA!
    email subscriber megan at corvette museum dot (com or org!)

  89. Becky M. Says:

    I like the under construction prints.

    I only have used Fuzzi Bunz and I am hooked. I keep thinking I should try other brands, but why, I am so pleased with FBs.

    My hubbie and I watch episodes of Ice Road Truckers after my little on goes to sleep. I am hooked more than my hubbie. Alex is my favorite. I think I just like their accents, aye.

  90. Andrea B Says:

    I would choose black-I don’t have a sleek black diaper yet ;)

    Sleep! First time mommy to a 5.5 week old :)

  91. Amanda K. Says:

    1. Hot Pink!
    2. Eat ice cream without having to share!

  92. Jen Says:

    My favourite thing to do after my son goes to bed is catch up with blog posts that I subscribe to on my Google Reader, like yours!

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love a white Charlie Banana diaper (and for the record, I’m like you and don’t like unstuffing from the front but I agree it looks better).

  93. ashley Says:

    I love watching a movie with my husband. We can watch something he enjoys for a change and have some quality snuggle time

  94. ashley Says:

    I would love the turqoise

  95. Marion Says:

    I would choose Under Construction. All my kids, boys and girls (I have 4 and a 5th on the way) love trucks and building machines. :)

    When my kids go to bed I love to sit with my husband on the couch and watch something on Netflix. I guess it feels like every night is a mini date night.

  96. Katherine Claytor Says:

    When the baby is asleep, I like to get online. I try not to over do it with the computer while she’s awake, but I’m addicted…
    kayclaytor@yahoo.com

  97. Katherine Claytor Says:

    I’m a huge fan of black diapers! I would to try a Charlie Banana one!
    I’m an e-mail subscriber: kayclaytor@yahoo.com

  98. Natalie Says:

    I’d get the Shanghai Green!

    I subscribe via email natalie (dot) chilicki [at] yahoo com

  99. Heidi Says:

    -love the black!
    -due in October, so I can’t quite imagine what it will be like yet. but I’m guessing I’ll want to do the same thing I do now, hang with my husband watching the DVR and eating ice cream. :)

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