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Charlie Banana One Size Cloth Diaper Review

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I’ve tried a lot of diapers, but I hadn’t tried Charlie Banana. I was curious about them, but they look nearly identical to Fuzzibunz (only more expensive), so I wasn’t in a hurry to buy one. I entered a giveaway on So Easy Being Green, and I won!

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My apologies in advance for the photos. I loved the look of the all black diaper, but it was difficult to photograph! I’m trying so hard to take better photos but the lights I purchased aren’t bright enough for product photography, and I ended up with harsh shadows outside since it was so sunny! I have a light box but it isn’t big enough for diapers! I could spend hours editing them, but I figure you’d rather take them as is and get more than once post a month, ha ha. 🙂

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Just like Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana Diapers are available in XS, Small, Medium and Large (Fuzzibunz has additional specialty sizes), as well as a one-size diaper that is adjusted via leg elastic. If I remember correctly, the Charlie Banana diapers originally had the same pocket opening & size adjustment as Fuzzibunz as well. Don’t quote me on that, but that’s what I am recalling. Now, the pocket opening is different, and the size is adjusted via an adjustment similar to a bra strap, rather than the buttons like Fuzzibunz.

charlie banana 10 adjustment
charlie banana 6 front pocket charlie banana 7 flap

I have no issue with snaps, but I know my hubby would toss this one back in the pile since it has so many!

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The diaper has a buttery soft inner, front pocket opening with a flap, and wide elastic at the legs and rear.

charlie banana 8 inner and elastic charlie banana 9 rear elastic

I was unable to find instructions on the size adjustment, as to whether the slider was supposed to be on or in-between the letters, but I did the best I could to measure!

Extra-Small folded & stretched:

charlie banana 11 xs folded charlie banana 12 xs stretched

charlie banana 13 xs front charlie banana 14 xs side
charlie banana 15 back

Small:

charlie banana 16 small folded charlie banana 17 smalls tretched

charlie banana 18 small charlie banana 19 small side
charlie banana 20 small back

Medium:

charlie banana 21 medium folded charlie banana 22 medium stretched

charlie banana 23 medium charlie banana 24 medium side
charlie banana 25 medium back

Large:

charlie banana 26 large folded charlie banana 27 large stretched

charlie banana 28 large charlie banana 29 large side
charlie banana 30 large back

Here’s my son at 5 months old and 13ish pounds, in the small setting.

sm on 13 lb 5 mo old small

I don’t care for the way the small settings fit in one-size diapers that adjust via leg elastic. I feel that way about most diapers that adjust this way, it’s not just Charlie Banana. Lots of people love them, and you may be one of them, but they aren’t my favorite! They are also very narrow through the middle like the Fuzzibunz o/s, and I just prefer the cut & sizing of the sized diapers from them.

The Charlie Banana sized diapers sell for $18.88 ($19.88 for prints) and the one-size sell for $20.88 ($21.88 for prints.) Fuzzibunz sized diapers run $13.95-$16.95 and one-size are $19.95 ($2.00 more for the limited edition prints.) Although both Fuzzibunz and Charlie Banana are made overseas, Fuzzibunz is an American company, and they offer a lifetime warranty on their diapers. Both brands offer some great colors, though Charlie Banana has more prints.

FTC compliance: I won this diaper in a giveaway. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.

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