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 :)


About Autumn Beck

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. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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

  1. Kellie Says:

    Hmm, I’d have to say my favorite thing to do when the babies go to sleep is a bit of meditation. I generally take an hour just for myself whether it’s for a bubble bath or to read a quit book snuggled up in my chair! My husband works away from home so I always talk to him when the babies go to sleep too!

  2. Kellie Says:

    Oooh! I definitely like the black one for my lil man!

  3. Cherie Davenport Says:

    I would love the orange one it is too cute.
    When my daughter goes to bed I like to read. Since she is a night owl and usually doesn’t fall asleep until after 11pm it’s usually only a chapter or 2.

  4. Katy Says:

    LOVE the “Goodbye Disposable…” print. We don’t know what we are having so our stash is all white so far..anything with print is exciting! My favorite thing to do is have a bowl of ice cream with my husband and laying in bed talking without a monkey jumping in the bed!

  5. Serena Says:

    I would definitely choose the RED one.

    When my two wee ones go to bed I try to sneak in some sewing.

  6. Nicole Says:

    I’ve never used a CB, but I LOVE that they include a crossover snap. I can never get the fit right on my son with my FB OS.

  7. Kristin Says:

    It would have to be the ORANGE! I just adore orange on little hineys… and well on everywhere actually!
    My favorite thing to do when my 3 hopefully soon 4 little ones go to bed is to sit on my computer catch up on my mom’s boards, facebook, or pictures. Although sometimes catching up on tv with hubby is a must other times its soaking the day away while having a rare moment of quiet to read my book in the tub…

  8. Julie G Says:

    I check emails or watch a show I’ve recorded.

  9. Janette Says:

    I would choose red, I don’t have one in that color.
    Don’t have any kids to put to bed yet, but I will in about a week (if she’s not too late!)

  10. Julie G Says:

    I would pick bubblegum!

  11. nichole t Says:

    After I get my baby girl tucked away in her crib for the night, I usually like to eat! It’s so hard to enjoy food while trying to keep an eye on a 9 month old. Out of the CB diapers I love the orbit print, but they are all adorable.

  12. Sharon Says:

    1. I would love aqua or shanghai green.

    2. After the baby’s in bed, i love to veg with my husband and chat. (We usually end up talking about the baby!)

  13. Jessica Says:

    I would love the aqua–reminds me of the ocean and it’s a hot hot day here in the midwest today! After my baby is in bed, I finally kick up my feet and eat dinner!

  14. Jamie Says:

    1. I would have to go with Orbit bc my husband and I are into science and learning about space, especially.

    2. I like to crochet, if I still have energy.

  15. Denise Says:

    I would choose black since it’s not such a popular color for diapers! When the kiddos go to bed I like to eat a yummy treat and watch a favorite show. My not-so-favorite thing is to finish the chores that they didn’t let me finish during the day…

  16. Rachel Says:

    I’d pick black. My favorite thing to do when the kids are in bed is read a book.

    I’ve experimented with a few cloth diapers: prefolds with Thirsties covers and Econobums, but I’ve been using Fuzzi Bunz the most and I like them the best of the limited types of cloth diapers I’ve used. That said, I’d be pretty excited to try another type of diaper to compare for myself.

  17. Shelby Says:

    Ooooooh, so hard to choose, but Butterfly is so easy to accessorize with!

    And, relish the quiet, love up the dog, fold a load of laundry and have a beer :)

  18. Leigh Says:

    I don’t have a black diaper yet. Honestly these days I am often asleep before the kids are.

  19. Leah Says:

    I would love a black one….how neat! I have never used a pocket diaper so I would love to try!!!

    Baby cakes goes to bed at like 11 and still gets up to nurse at night so I like to go to bed when I get the kiddos there!!! LOL Not real exciting but I’m ok with it!!!

  20. Erika Says:

    I would pick royal blue because I don’t have a single blue diaper (yet)…

  21. tara Says:

    I would choose the black, after the little people go to bed I catch up on emails and relish the silence!

  22. Julie D. Says:

    I would choose black! I don’t have any black diapers and I think they look super cute – didn’t even know Charlie Banana had black! I only have one Charlie Banana right now – it’s the orbit print I saw in a picture of, I think, Camden when you were showing off newborn diapers?? Anyway, I ordered it off Target.com with a gift card to try it out. I agree with you on the front pocket issue, but it’s nice to have some variety to try! :) My favorite thing to do after the kids go to bed is surf diaper swappers, ebay, and hyena cart because I am absolutely glued to it, so if I do it while the fam is awake I feel like I’m neglecting everybody! :)

  23. PJ Palmer Says:

    I would get an Orange OS Charlie Banana to add to my stash. I don’t have an orange diaper & this orange looks like a nice bright one!

    After the kids go to bed I like to watch crapy reality TV……… my little guilty pleasure :)

    I think it’s so funny you hate the front stuff because I feel the same about the back stuffing! My guy always poops into the back & not the front, so each baby really is different :)

  24. Ashton W Says:

    I like to catch up on crochet orders while no one is there to steal my yarn :)

  25. Ashton w. Says:

    I love black

  26. Donna Jean Says:

    i would like the ORANGE, but the hubby says that he would like the RED – we are torn, so if you choose me, then SURPRISE ME with one of those two colors (really I would be happy with either – and the hubs changes diapers as much as I do!)

    After my son is in bed I like to read (books, blogs, etc) or catch up on FB or watch some TV or a movie with DH.

  27. Elaine Says:

    Lately I like to sew after the kids go to bed. But usually I clean the kitchen, feed the pets, and move a load of laundry. Then if there is time I sit down with my husband and watch a tv show or movie.

  28. Stephanie Says:

    I would choose the butterfly diaper. My favourite thing to do when the kids have gone to bed is to relax with my hubby, playing cards or just spending some quality time.

  29. Andrea Says:

    I would choose bubblegum. After the kids are in bed I love to lie in bed and read. I love the quiet of the day. With lots of little ones running around all day, after bedtime is my quiet time. :)

  30. Elaine Says:

    I would choose the royal blue color because I always like blue.

  31. Kristin Says:

    1. I would choose black because I don’t have any (got lots of brights that I LOVE though). As an aside- I LOVE the construction one for the prints. Perfect for my vehicle-loving son.

    2. I generally do chores after the little one is in bed. It’s hard to get much accomplished with him awake. But, occasionally I turn on the tv since it’s rarely on when he’s awake.

  32. Alicia Says:

    I love the hot pink and turquoise! The Under Construction print is adorable, as well. We don’t have children yet (crossing our fingers for really soon, though!), but I love sitting on the couch with my hubby and watching a movie or curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.

  33. JennYH Says:

    Favorite thing to do is get some stuff done on the computer or sew

  34. JennYH Says:

    I’d choose the shanhai green.

  35. Colleen Says:

    1. The CB Under Consruction is my fav.
    2. After the kids are asleep – (7 p.m.) I love to have a late dinner outside in the patio with my husband and a glass of wine. If it’s an early dinner night, reading, or catching up on chores – but that’s not as fun :)

  36. Danielle Says:

    Well, we are expecting our first, so I think the most awesome thing is sitting up late at night and both of us feeling the baby kick and move =). Nothing like it in the world!

  37. Nicole Says:

    After the kids go to bed I usually relax with hubby and a glass of wine. We read, watch tv, or do chores together. :)

  38. Danielle Says:

    I would probably pick the Black, but they are all so cute!

  39. brooke watson Says:

    I would love a red CB diaper – I don’t have this color. After the baby is asleep, my hubby and I snuggle to chat and give our first born (puppy) some much needed attention!

  40. Natalie Says:

    I would love a lavender dipe! My favourite thing to do when baby goes to bed? After catching up on dinner clean-up and lunch prep, dishes, laundry, etc…. I will indulge in a little TV watching, usually TV on DVD. Just finished watching the entire series of Star Trek Next Generation. Now I am watching True Blood season 3.

  41. Anna Says:

    As always, thank you for the review of these diapers! It’s great to know which brand to try out the next time I have $$$ to spend on my stash :) If I were to buy a CB, I would buy it in Royal Blue or Red. I can’t decide which one. I love bright, primary colors. My favorite thing to do when my son goes to bed is to sit and relax with my hubby, and watch one of our favorite TV shows (which are all reruns because we don’t actually watch that much TV). Usually we are still running around trying to finish cleaning up from dinner, laundry, yard work, etc. So when I am able to sit down with him and relax, it’s magical :)

  42. Nicole Says:

    I love the Under Construction Print!

  43. Rhiannon Says:

    I love having some uninterrupted knitting time when the baby’s asleep.

  44. Rhiannon Says:

    I love the Sage (my poor baby has a lot of sage diapers).

  45. Erika Says:

    Royal blue or shanghai green-both cute and versatile! After baby goes to bed, so do I!

  46. Kristin Says:

    I would choose the lavender. I usually read or play games on my phone when the kids are asleep. I do laundry too. I usually have a load washing when I go to bed. Then I get up before the kids to fold clothes and do the dishes before they wear me out. I love how quiet the house is when I am the only one awake.

  47. Jackie Says:

    My favorite thing to do once the kids (and puppy) have gone to bed is read, in the peace and quiet of my peacefully quiet home.

  48. Kristina S Says:

    Once I put the lil one to bed I’m either online or in bed as well!
    klsiegler at gmail dot com

  49. skai Says:

    whoops- add to that that after the kids go to bed, i can say hello to my husband. but sometimes i like to lie on a bed for a few minutes and do nothing.

  50. Jackie Says:

    I would choose Black because I think it is so Rock and Roll.

  51. Skai Says:

    I’d love a hot pink one- so cool!

  52. Lauren Says:

    I too love the ‘goodbye disposable hello cloth one’ but if it has to be a solid color, that royal blue is GORGEOUS!! and our sweet girl goes to bed pretty early so we like to have dinner and catch up on TV shows and our DVR.

  53. Kristina S Says:

    I would chose a black diaper
    klsiegler at gmail dot com

  54. Kate Charles Says:

    I love to just sit when my kids (2 and 6 mo) are in bed!! I sometimes sew, crochet, read, or work on other crafts but I think I enjoy just sitting the most :-)

    clothmamak8 at gmail.com

  55. Lori Says:

    Getting a snack and hanging out with hubby!

  56. Lori Says:

    I would choose Royal Blue

  57. Kate Charles Says:

    I LOVE the “Goodbye Disposable Hello Cloth” but would love the red diaper for a solid :-) Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!!

    clothmamak8 at gmail.com

  58. April Says:

    Royal Blue. My favorite thing to do when my LO has gone to bed; eat a piece of chocolate then go to sleep too! I have to get up at 5:15 to get to work. I’m a landscape designer and summer brings 12 hour work days, with a breast fed 7 month old that’s not sleeping throught the night yet.

  59. Kate Bader Says:

    After Max goes to bed, we usually eat dinner and then watch baseball (go Red Sox!). Lately, though, I have been listening to the game and sewing.

    I love love love the Charlie Banana “under construction” diaper, but for a solid, I would pick black. I think that is the one “boy” color he has yet to acquire. We currently use BG’s but I have been wanting to try the CB’s. What do you prefer for a swim diaper?

  60. Mandy Sergent Says:

    As I mentioned in my other entry, I’m a first time mama to be so I’m not sure what my favorite thing will be once the kiddo has gone to bed. I’m going to guess that for some time, it will be SLEEP!
    sarg033 at aol dot com

  61. Katy Emanuel Says:

    I am 31 weeks pregnant with our first so once the baby arrives, I will be looking for a chance to read my book once the baby is down!

  62. Mandy Sergent Says:

    If I had to pick today, I would choose yellow. Tomorrow I might choose differently because I find out if the baby is a girl or a boy in the morning!!! I’m working on building a stash for the little one (our first) so I would love to win!
    Thank you for the giveaway chance!
    sarg033 at aol dot com

  63. Amylynn Hint Says:

    After the kids are in bed, Hubby and I like to relax and watch a movie or TV together!

  64. Amylynn Hint Says:

    I would choose black!
    I am a subscriber. : )

  65. Lori Hardy Says:

    I would choose red, since it looks so cute with my newborn’s reddish skin tone! My favorite thing to do once the kids are in bed is to watch my DVR’ed episode of ‘The View’ for that day. Or go to bed myself!!

  66. Dana Says:

    I love the Charlie Banana in aqua!

    Also, I love to sew in my free time. :)

  67. Katy Emanuel Says:

    I would choose Shanghai Green

  68. Valerie Says:

    I like the black and aqua and LOVE Charlie Banana diapers.

    I love to scrapbook after baby is in bed.

  69. Stephanie Says:

    I would love a black one!! I read or talk with my hubby in bed! Great post I have one of each and can’t decide which one I like better:-)

  70. Lindsey Says:

    I think the Shanghai green is really cute! Our little girl is due in about a week, so I don’t know what we’ll do once she goes to sleep (probably sleep too!), but I’m looking forward to finding out! I think we’ll still enjoy reading together.

    Autumn, I’ve found your blog really helpful, as I’ve been trying to learn about cloth diapering so I can start when this baby comes. I check it so often, I feel like I’ve run everything by you before putting anything on my wish list or buying anything myself. Thanks!

  71. Alyssa Says:

    I love the aqua color. And I like to browse online or read a book :)

  72. julia Says:

    I love to sew! After the kitchen is clean and I’m showered, though….

  73. julia Says:

    orange! i don’t have a bright orange diaper & would love to try out CB, too.

  74. Dinika Says:

    Shanghai Green

    We clean the kitchen together (well, at that point he cleans the kitchen while I direct :) and then I love reading to my husband in bed while he falls asleep.

    I have never tried either of them but would love a chance to! I am having big trouble getting my AIOs clean, I can’t figure it out! I find myself sticking to flats and thirsties, but I love the ease of use on pockets/AIO. Baby #2 coming soon, July 21…I should probably figure it out soon, huh?
    If anyone can help, here are the stats:
    Cold rinse, hot wash with det, hot rinse
    Home made soap recipe that came from the pin and rec by diaper swappers and has the same ingredients as Country Save

    Added some dawn to a load and where the dawn landed, it is super white/clean, but everywhere else is grey/faint brown/gross. At least they smell clean now! Kind of…
    DS 13 mo
    Unknown baby due in July

  75. Katie Says:

    I would love a black diaper!

    After my kids are asleep, I like to fix myself a delicious snack that is just for me. I know that no one will ask me for a bite (except maybe a curious husband), and I won’t have to get up and fix more for the little people! I especially enjoy this ritual now that I am pregnant with my third child. :)

  76. Amy Bishop Says:

    1. Black
    2. Sit out on our porch & chat with my husband/bff.

  77. Melanie S. Says:

    I think Shanghai Green would be for us.

    Favorite thing would most likely be: Reading. Not much time for it; but still love it.

    Thanks for the review and giveaway. I’ve wondered about the similarities and differences.

  78. Eanista Says:

    IF I get all 4 ( ages 11, 9, 2, & 2mos.) down to sleep or at least quiet with school being out, I read. Seem to have rekindled my love of reading since the birth of my last LO.

  79. Jen Says:

    I love the butterflies print.

    Sitting down to create handmade cards for family/friends or catching up on scrap-booking is my favorite use of uninterrupted “me time”.

  80. Julie C Says:

    I’d love a red or black CB. After my kids go to bed I love to read with my husband or sometimes we just sit and enjoy the silence.

  81. Mama G Says:

    My favorite thing to do when my son goes to bed is spend time with my husband. Whether it’s vegging in front of the tv, reading a book together, or even doing the dishes together we really covet this time to connect just the two of us each day.

  82. Eanista Says:

    I would love the orange diaper. I have a thing for orange!

  83. Monica Ballash Says:

    I LOVE the “under construction” one but I’ve been wanting a red one for my stash forever so I would go for both
    As for what I do when my baby goes to sleep? Lately I’ve been sewing cloth wipes, but it’s usually hubby time :)

  84. Linda Snay Says:

    Once the kids are asleep, the first thing hubby and I do is sit down and talk about the day. There are only a few hours a day when its just us, so its just perfect. Then I like to read or practice yoga.

  85. Mama G Says:

    Love the Royal Blue CB. I enjoy the bold color.

  86. Linda Snay Says:

    I think I’d like a turquoise diaper for my little girl. Thanks for the great comparision!

  87. Lynn Wilson Says:

    after the kids go to bed it is time for work. It’s hard to run the sewing machine when my little 1 year old wants to play with it. lol

  88. Mel Says:

    I think, the Under Construction are cute. It is honestly hard to choose between that and the spaceship one.
    After the boys are in bed, we either crash into bed ourselves or watch something on the TiVo and fold laundry or some other mundane chore. We are oh so exciting these days. ;)

  89. Lynn Wilson Says:

    I’d love the black. I have tons of colors, but this one is so unique.

  90. Caroline Says:

    a) I would love a Shanghai Green please
    b) Enjoy a non-kid-approved movie and drink a glass of wine :D

  91. Laura Says:

    Turquoise, definitely. I love ocean colors:) reminds me of where i met my love: on the beach! My stash is heavy on fbs, but no charlie bananas!
    After the kids are in bed: reading in bed, crafts and deadliest catch, or time for elaborate desserts!!
    Good luck everyone!

  92. Pat Soliman Says:

    I would have to say that Shanghai green would be my CB solid color choice. As for my favorite thing to do once my son is asleep, I check my emails and/or surf online. It’s the only time he’s not bugging me to let him sit on my lap and try typing on the keyboard.

  93. Nicola Says:

    I love black diapers.

    My favourite thing to do after little man goes to bed is have a hot shower and go to sleep myself.


  94. D Abbott Says:

    Enjoy a glass of wine while quietly sitting and doing NOTHING. Not much free time to waste during the day, so it’s wonderful to have a few quiet minutes to myself before getting back to business. And I’d love a hot pink.

  95. Psychsarah Says:

    I love the Under Construction diaper-a fun print as an alternative to solids. I like to enjoy the peace and quiet before I hit the sack-I’m an early to bed, early to rise kinds gal.

  96. Mrs. Smitty Says:

    If we make it through the girls’ bedtime without the need to pass out from exhaustion, we enjoy some quality cuddle time on the couch, with or without a DVR’d show.

  97. Mrs. Smitty Says:

    I’d love to get the Shanghai Green! I’m a subscriber

  98. Audrey Smith Says:

    I like the red. You said solid, but if I was going to buy one for myself? I would pick the “Goodbye disposable” one, it’s funny! When DS is in bed I like to sew-diapers, of course! I also like to spend time with my hubby! Oh, and read your blog too. ;)

  99. Andrea Wood Says:

    I think black would be nice! My favorite thing to do is to have a bowl of ice-cream with my hubby and watch a movie together. :)

  100. Karisa Says:

    I would pick the cute Aqua color!

    My favorite thing to do depends on the day. Sometimes I like to sit on the back porch with the hubs talking. Other days, all I want to do is curl up on the couch and watch TV with aforementioned hubs rubbing my feet/back/anything.

    I’d love to try CB. We’re fairly new to cloth diapering (3 months with my 4 month old) and I started with some FB, adding a few other brands to our small stash along the way, but haven’t tried CB yet!