Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review

This is going to come as a real shock to you, but I am not a cloth-diapering mommy. And yet, here I am doing a Charlie Banana cloth diaper review.

I thought about cloth diapering when I was pregnant with my first child. I vividly remember a conversation I had with my husband.

“I think I want to cloth diaper!” I said.

“There is no way I am washing diapers,” he said.

“But the environment!!” I said.

“Poo diapers will touch our washing machine,” he replied.

“Oh yeah, forget it,” I said.

So, when Charlie Banana approached me about doing a review for their cloth diapers, I politely told them “no, thank you” as I was not the cloth diapering mommy they were looking for.

But they insisted.

So I tried.

I tell you this because I want you to take this review with a grain of salt. I never used cloth diapers. I have no experience with cloth diapers. I am reviewing cloth diapers.

Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review

My first impression of Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers was that the were super soft, and super cute. I was sent the diapers you see below including the swim diaper on the far left.

Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review

I was not sure how they would fit my son, who is about 32 pounds, but all the snaps made it really easy to fit his body and stay put. They fit him really, really well, but I can also see how they would fit a smaller baby because of all the adjustments you can make to the diaper itself.

I was sent small inserts, which was kind of a bummer because he really needed the large inserts. Here is a photo of the inserts.

Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Inserts

Okay, so the inserts go inside the diaper, and then I was sent these liners that went on top of the inserts so they were directly next to my son’s skin.

I was confused. I thought the inserts were supposed to absorb any liquid or solid so you didn’t have to wash the entire diaper, but they felt too thin- like thin paper towels – that I didn’t really trust them to absorb much.

Plus, the liners were sort of sticking out of the diaper, and I had no idea if I was doing it right! Thank goodness for YouTube! Check out this helpful video from Dirty Diaper Laundry.

We Tried Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers

Once I got comfortable putting the Charlie Banana diaper together, we tested it out.

Um, sort of.

I made sure my son had a bowel movement in his regular disposable diaper... then I tried out the Charlie Banana cloth diaper system.

Give me a break. I’ve never used cloth diapers.

Just as I thought, they fit him perfect. And they were adorable. He was totally comfortable in his cloth diaper. And, while I did not test the diaper system out during naptime, there were no leaks as he was being his active self all day.

Would I Cloth Diaper?

I might. I mean, let’s be honest. Cloth diapering, while it is a lot easier now than it was back when I was a baby {actually, my mom had a cloth diapering service, which was pretty common in the 70s}, it is hard to carve out time to clean and wash cloth diapers between working full time, taking care of 2 kids and taking care of the home, meals, etc.

Also, I am pretty sure his daycare teachers would not cloth diaper.

I would totally try the hybrid diaper though, and use a disposable insert… so maybe I will try that.

And maybe I can cloth diaper part of the time.. like when I know he’s already had a bowel movement.

Baby steps here.

Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers

For more information about Charlie Banana cloth diapers, and to get your hands on these super-soft and adorable cloth diapers, check out their website,  or join them on Facebook for information about their latest diapers and cloth diapering tips and tricks.

Disclosure: I was given Charlie Banana cloth diapers to review. All opinions are my own.