Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Charlie Banana Review!


Fits Newborn to 36 months

Price Per Diaper:  ★★★☆☆   This diaper retails for approximately $19.88.  This is a great price when you take in to account all of the different features this diaper has!  It cannot be considered one of the cheapest diapers, but far from the most expensive.  AND you get a lot of bang for your buck!!

Leaks:  ★★★★☆   Occasionally, and especially when I first started using this diaper, we did have some leaks.  I attribute this to my user error and not the diaper.  First, the diaper stuffs from the front.  I was not used to this and had to put some thought into it when I stuffed the diaper.  My daughter sleeps on her belly and if I stuck the inserts in too far, there would not be any insert at the front, hence…leak!  Also, the diaper has adjustable leg elastic.  Until you get this to the right setting for your baby, you may have leaks around the legs.  Once we got all of these troubleshooting items out of the way, we had NO leaks.  This diaper comes with two inserts;  a smaller and a larger.  The smaller insert can be used as the newborn insert when the diaper is on a smaller setting and as a doubler later when the child is on larger settings and needs more absorbency.



Fit:  ★★★★★   It does take a while to hammer out exactly what settings fit your baby the best.  However, with the adjustable leg elastic and the multitude of snap settings for the hips and waist, you CAN find the perfect fit!  I have not used this diaper with a newborn, but, this diaper seems to have more adjustability for a smaller baby.  This diaper has one thing that few snap diapers have, overlapping tabs.



Ease of Use:  ★★★★☆   Seems like I say this a lot, this diaper has snaps and cannot get 5 stars.  With any snap diaper, it takes a little bit of trial and error to figure out the right fit for your baby.  Also, dads and grandmas seem to fear snaps.  So, for those reasons, I cannot give 5 stars.  However, once you have used the diaper a few times, it is a breeze!  The hardest part for me, was the front pocket for stuffing.  It might just be me, but this really confused me.  Charlie Banana had a brilliant idea by putting the pocket opening in the front, this would give a flap to hold a disposable liner in place.  This makes this diaper a 2 in 1 hybrid.  You can just lay the disposable liner on top of the fleece, tuck the front in the flap, and VOILA you have a hybrid diaper!  I love this feature, but for me, the front pocket really made stuffing a little bit more of a challenge.  Once I used them for a few weeks, I was used to it, but at first it was very strange!



Washing:  ★★★★★   This diapers wash clean every time!  After a ton of usage, poops, and washes, my diapers still look brand new!  The fleece is completely white and the shell of the diaper looks new as the day they arrived!  These diapers are also very easy to wash in that they require no special care.  They go in the wash with my normal wash routine and then into the dryer!  No special needs for these dipes!  The inserts have retained a small stain here and there, but no one sees that but me!

Overall Performance:  ★★★★★   These diapers are fantastic!!!  They are very similar to the beloved Fuzzibunz OS but with a little more versatility.  They are very reliable, very absorbent, and I grab them daily!  I am also very excited to see how this diaper does on a newborn!  I do feel that it will fit earlier and longer than most other OS diapers!  Plus, they come in some adorable prints and amazing colors!

Total Stars:  26/30

Daddy’s thoughts:  Anything that doesn’t leak is great!  He got over the snaps long ago and he grabs these diaper regularly!

Special Note:  Charlie Banana diapers are available at retailers such as Target, Toys R Us, and Amazon!!!




8 comments:

  1. I am so glad to hear that stores like TRU and Target!!! That's so wonderful that they are readily available!! More cloth diapers should be!!

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