eK-3zmjBImBHOZjRJYEZVBw4ZWs Shaky Mommy: Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Review

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Charlie Banana One Size Diaper Review

Charlie Banana OS cloth diaper in Robot Boy
Charlie Banana is a 2 in 1 cloth diapering system that can be used with disposable or reusable inserts. Charlie Banana diapers come in sizes (X-Small, Small, Medium, and Large) or one sized diapers. They have a front pocket opening that I love! The diapers come with 2 washable inserts. One is a small/newborn insert and the other is a medium/large insert. Both inserts can be used together for maximum absorbency. 
Charlie Banana inserts
The inserts are conveniently labeled 
The inserts are slim, which eliminates bulk between the legs. This is definitely a trim fitting diaper!
Front pocket flap
This diaper can also be used with disposable inserts that are held in place by placing them under the front pocket flap. I haven't used the hybrid option of this diaper yet, so I can't speak to its effectiveness. 
Aqua Charlie Banana
The inside is made of a super soft fleece. When asked to pick a diaper to wear, Jaxon almost always reaches for this one, so I know he loves it!
Inside of Charlie Banana OS diaper
I have to admit - I was initially scared of diapers that had leg adjustment systems. They seemed complicated to me and it seemed like they would be more difficult to get a good fit than with a rise adjustment system you can see. When we received this diaper, Jaxon was 4 months old. The elastic was set to a medium setting and I did not have to adjust the elastic until Jaxon was almost 1. I haven't adjusted it again since. While it is definitely more involved than rise snaps, if you are worried about constantly adjusting the leg elastic, don't be. You will only have to do it a few times to get the fit right the first time and then maybe once every few months as your baby grows.  

The old style Charlie Bananas adjusts using a elastic and button system, as seen in the picture above.  

The new style of Charlie Bananas use a slider system (like a bra strap) to adjust. They are also marked with sizes. I definitely prefer the new system (shown in the picture below).

The Charlie Banana diapers do run small for a one-size diaper. This makes it a great choice for smaller babies and for use straight from birth. It is also a good choice for babies with skinny legs. Look how tiny it gets on the smallest settings. 
Smallest setting of Charlie Banana,
as compared to the smallest setting of a BumGenius 4.0
Look how tiny the leg holes get! 
Largest setting of the Charlie Banana,
as compared to the largest setting of a BumGenius 4.0

The best thing about diapers with leg elastic adjustments is how pleasing they are to look at. Instead of rows and rows of snaps, you just have a clean diaper front. It gives the great look of a sized diaper, with the value of a one size diaper. 

In addition to purchasing from cloth diaper retailers, you can also buy them at Target! I find it very exciting to see some form of cloth diapers in a mainstream store like Target, where more consumers can be exposed to them. A one-size Charlie Banana retails for $20.99 and a 6 pack retails for $109.99.   

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I won a Charlie Banana diaper but was under no obligation to review it. All opinions are my own!

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