Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day: Charlie Banana Diapers Product Review

So I talked about winning the Charlie Banana grand prize and the haul came in! Do you see all of the awesomeness I received? Immediately, I went and sorted everything and washed it to be put to use.

First off, in honor of Earth day, let me start by saying how great using cloth diapers has been as opposed to using disposables. Tesla's skin has been as great and wonderful as the day she was born. There hasn't been any irritation what so ever. Also, we have had considerable less trash than we would have on disposables. Before, we were throwing out her diaper trash every day or every other day. Now, her trash bin is removed once a week, maybe and that's for the wipes and Kleenex I use when I'm sneezing (ha ha). As far as the water we use to clean them? Well, thanks to the stain soak, we don't use a whole lot. I clean out the diaper in the sink, then clean it. We were out an about and had to change her diaper. I rinsed out her diaper in the sink and because it was a public sink, I pulled out the travel Clorox bleach I have and cleaned the sink afterwards.  That sink was definitely cleaner than when I found it. (and when she's older with the more solid waste, I will use the toilet, but for now, the sink is easier to handle with an infant)

Now for the Charlie Banana review. I'm specifically talking about the Charlie Banana one size cloth diapers.
Tesla goes through 10-12 cloth diapers a day. When we came home from the hospital, she went through 12-15 disposables a day. Those diapers were roughly 19 - 22 cents each or about $3 a day. After less than a week of use, we will have paid off each cloth diaper (they cost $17.88 each). After four and a half months of use, we will have broken even on our investment of the cloths (actually, because of the giveaway, we will break even in two months). Anything beyond that is bonus!

Because I purchased them as one size, they will grow with her and we won't have to buy additional sizes. We own Bum Genius 3.0 one size diapers, but even now, they are still a bit too large for her to use. The velcro on them doesn't work as great as when we originally purchased them. The Bum Genius 4.0 diapers are ok, but the snap closure to change the sizes make it a bit bulkier. Same goes with their liners. For the Charlie Banana diapers, I love the different snaps to close the diapers and I love the internal elastic labeled for the different sizes. It's just easy to pull the elastic to the size over the button, then tuck it back until you have to adjust it again. Tesla has worn the diapers from when she was a little more than a week old with no issue. They are easy to clean and the material is really soft!

I also have a Thirsties duo wrap. I wouldn't use these for just a diaper, but when I know that Tesla has had a heavy feeding, I will always wrap her with the Thirsties in addition to the Charlie Banana for extra protection and it is great. (even if she looks like she has junk in her trunk)

Additionally, I have one Fuzzibunz diaper that is in extra small. It is also a pocket fold, but the pocket opening is at the back and even with the diaper. She did have a blowout while wearing this particular diaper, so I'm not sure if it was user error in wearing the diaper or not. Regardless, it is really soft and I might recommend Fuzzibunz to others. However, I prefer the Charlie Banana pockets that are internal and it flaps over concealing the opening. It just makes me feel like there's an added bit of protection to the diaper.

Finally, I'm in love with the colors. They are so bright and beautiful! I often find myself not wanting to put those matching diaper cover bottoms that come with dresses because her diapers are so stinking adorable!

In conclusion, I would HIGHLY recommend the one size Charlie Banana cloth diapers. They are easy to custom fit to your child (regardless of their length and size...my Sugarbaby is long and skinny), they are affordable, high quality, and the customer service can not be beaten! If you are curious about trying them out and are local, I would be happy to let you borrow one to check it out before you commit!

If you have any cloth diaper questions, feel free to post it here and I'll be happy to share what I've learned.

**I was not compensated for this review. I was the recipient of the Grand Prize as a result of making a purchase on the Charlie Banana site during their promotion. Winning the prize in no way influenced my opinions. They are my own opinion.**

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