I often get asked, “Which cloth diaper do you recommend?” “Well…” I go on to say, “I recommend several different brands for several different reasons.” At this point, the majority of people that want to know about cloth diapers lose interest. They don’t always want to hear about all of the brands. They want to know one brand to start with.
Charlie Banana is that brand
It is a great starting diaper. It is simple, reliable, functional and adorable.
Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers are made in Hong Kong. As of last year, they are now available in the US! They are almost identical to another diaper that I have previously reviewed, except, they have a front pocket.
I am not a huge fan of the front pocket. For me, putting the inserts in through the front is more troublesome. I have to then make sure to pull enough of it up to soak up Rayanna’s massive loads of urine. Not fun. But overall, this is definitely not a breaker for me. Charlie Banana thinks that the front pockets are nice because you can “remove the inserts without getting your hands dirty.”
I usually open a diaper and use the front to swipe a bit more clean. So for me, this isn’t accurate. However, I also just throw my diapers in the wash and let the cycle beat out the inserts. It’s rarely an issue that one doesn’t come out on its own, and out of twentyish diapers running – it’s worth it to me to risk that occasional one not separating.
That being said, I am a huge fan of pocket diapers in general. I am a huge fan of microfiber inserts. I feel as though they absorb more and are easier to use in pockets.
I ama huge fan of these microfiber inserts. They are a bit more trim than some of the other options I have on hand, which makes them easy to stuff, and yet, their performance is more than comparable.
These diapers have a very easy to use system for sizing. They have a simple elastic band inside the legs that is numbered to know exactly where to place it for your little one.
Then, they tuck safely underneath the pocket flap, so they are not bothersome to your cutie.
I am still, unfortunately, not using cloth at night. Rayanna is a tummy sleeper and often leaks. Therefore, I can’t fully put these diapers to test for an overnighter.
Rayanna snuggles well in these diapers.
She seems more than comfy in her Charlie Banana.
Where to Get Yours
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*Although I Originally wrote this on Jun 21, 2011, the discount code above is current. This is an article from my Unpublished Articles. Enjoy!