A Modern Day Fairy Tale: From Birth to Potty Training with Charlie Banana {A Review & Giveaway}

Sunday, July 6, 2014

From Birth to Potty Training with Charlie Banana {A Review & Giveaway}

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 Welcome to the Prefolds to Potty Training Event and Blog Hop, hosted by lo-wren.com and Change-Diapers.com! This event began as a one year cloth diapering anniversary celebration for Lauren last year, but has grown into a celebration of the journey from diapering through potty training. Join us for two-and-a-half weeks of cloth diapering and potty training guest posts, introductions to some amazing products (to help get you through the diaper-potty training journey), two amazing grand prize packages, and a blog hop with fifteen other bloggers giving away cloth diaper and potty training prizes!   Be sure to check out (and thank) our amazing grand prize sponsors, and "hop" on over to the other participating blogs via the linky at the bottom of this post.

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 **Product received for review.

Our cloth diapering days began just three days after my daughter was born, and it all began with a Charlie Banana xsmall diaper. Out of all of her newborn diapers, those few Charlie Bananas were among my favorites and I was sad to see her outgrow them. In fact, I'll be honest and admit that I saved that very first diaper as a keepsake (washed, of course!). Needless to say, Charlie Banana diapers hold a special place in my heart, so I was beyond excited to be given the chance to try out a few of their one size diapers. For this review, I received the Project Save Child One Size 6-Pack. Aside from the sentimental attachment, there are many wonderful features that I love about Charlie Banana. Let's take a look:

Design/Fit/Functionality



The first thing to note about Charlie Banana diapers are the options! They make both sized and one size versions, depending on your preference. This particular set was one size. Personally, after the newborn stage I prefer one size so that I can use the same diapers from that point until potty training! Charlie Banana fit babies from 6-35 pounds. In most one size diapers, you can adjust the rise with a row of snaps in the front. This can be a bit time consuming at first, and can make it tough to get the best fit if baby happens to be between sizes. Charlie Banana doesn't have this, instead they offer an adjustable leg elastic, allowing for a much more customization fit that is easy to use. This image from their website shows how easy it is:


Between this unique feature and the wide back elastic, they fit wonderfully and do a great job of containing any and all messes. The soft interior also make them super comfortable on little bottoms.


If you took a quick look at Charlie Banana diapers, chances are you'd call it a pocket diaper. But it's actually a 2-in-1 system, featuring both reusable and disposable options. Each diaper includes both a one size and small microfiber insert. When using these reusable inserts, you simply stuff them into the diaper as you would any pocket diaper. You can use the small insert for added absorbency when needed, but I personally found the one size to be plenty for normal daytime wear. The inserts are plush and more absorbent than many of the microfiber inserts we've used in the past. I love them! I also love that the pocket is in the FRONT of the diaper rather than the back. This makes unstuffing poopy diapers MUCH more pleasant!


Now personally, we use reusable inserts at all times- at home, on the road, visiting family- but that's not always an option for all which is where the optional disposable inserts come in. Rather than stuffing, you simply lay the disposable on top of the fleece, securing under the front tab, just as you would an all-in-two diaper- the diaper itself serving as the cover. Super easy!

No matter your cloth diapering needs, Charlie Banana has plenty of options to cover them!

The Style


The thing that first brought this particular 6-pack to my attention was the fun patriotic style. With their combination of stars and stripes and camouflage, to me these just SCREAM 'military baby'. As a proud military wife, I knew my baby girl had to have them to show her pride for her daddy and his sacrifices! But you don't have to be a military family member to appreciate the patriotic diapers or even show pride to our service-members. They were also the perfect addition to all of our 4th of July festivities. The patriotic were my personal favorites in this set- I loved how bright the colors were! Absolutely stunning! These are just a few of the MANY great designs available from Charlie Banana though... and all of them are equally adorable!


The Cause




If the style wasn't enough to put this particular set on my must have list, the cause behind its name certainly was. When you purchase any Charlie Banana product, a portion of the profit is donate to Project Child Save, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent child abductions and kidnapping through education and public awareness campaigns. You can learn more about this organization hereIn addition, Charlie Banana also supports Operation Smile, Healthy Child Healthy World and Climate Action. All of these are fantastic organizations, and it makes me proud to support a company that gives back as this one does.


Overall, these diapers have quickly become a favorite in our stash. From their unique design and their fun style...to the amazing company and the causes they support, what's NOT to love? You can learn more and connect at the links below:

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Want to try them for yourself? As part of the Prefolds to Potty Training Giveaway Hop event, one lucky reader will win an Americano 3-Pack.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery. 

Disclosure: I received the product above in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

80 comments:

  1. I love the "under construction" diaper (Miriam Matheny)

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  2. I like their Lovey & Dovey print.

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  3. Stephanie PalaadJuly 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Their yellow diaper is an adorable color!

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  4. I love the 6 packs of diapers. My favorite is the Butterfly set.

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  5. peony blossom is one of my favorite prints ever. I will always wish I had that diaper in my stash. the colors are so perfect

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  6. I like the The Fashion Collection Red Petit Coeur on green.

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  7. I like the Robot Boy design.

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  8. I like Cherry Blossom, and looking forward to the blue chevron print.

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  9. I also love their Under Construction and Monkey prints - so cute!

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  10. I love the Hot Dots - One Size

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  11. I love the butterfly print and the william and kate prints.

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  12. Under the a and Zoolooo.
    Kari Barone

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  13. I like the mango tango because it is gender neutral.

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  14. I like the Rock Star prints!

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  15. I love the "Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth" diaper!!

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  16. I love the ones with the big heart on the back!

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  17. I love the Maple Leaf and Orbit diaper!!

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  18. I love the Mango Tango prints. We're having another baby in December so gender neutral prints are what I'm buying mostly.

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  19. I also like the The Fashion Collection Blue Petit Coeur on white - one size set!

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  21. I like the peony blossom print.

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  22. I love Under The Sea or Monkey for boys and Blooms or Wonderland for girls.

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  23. I like the Cherry Blossom a lot!

    -Hannah Avery

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  24. I love all of their solid colors.

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  25. Peony Blosson times ten! LOVE that set!

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  26. I have a cute little CB diaper I bought at a Target locally. It's white with pink butterflies on it.

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  27. The orbit diaper is really cute

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  28. I love the blue chevron they are coming out with!

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  29. I love the Monkey Prints, there are so many cute ones.

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  30. I love the Peony Blossom set, these are so cute!

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  31. Currently we only use Charlie Banana and I love them!

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  32. I like the Boot Camp prints! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  33. I love the Fashion Collection- The William.

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  34. I like the Butterfly Diaper pattern.

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  35. Monkey Doo is so cute!

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  36. I love the Zooloo Collection. I've also been thinking about getting a swim/training diaper.

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  37. As much as I love ALL the CBs I love the simple black diapers.. They're so cute!

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  38. I think the "Goodbye disposable" one is awesome!

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  39. We love the panda diaper! 🐼

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  40. Love the Cherry Blossom!

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  41. I also like the tango mango pack

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  42. love charlie banana

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  43. My favorite is peony blossom.

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  44. I love The William and Lovey & Dovey!

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  45. Cant decide between the Monkey Doo and Bootcamp both are cute.

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  46. I really like the orbit! too cute. but I love all of theirs, Never tried Charlie Banana before! :D love how bright they are though.

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  47. The Peony BLossom set is adorable!

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  48. The Fashion Collection is serious Fashionable ♥ Love

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  49. I love the The Fashion Collection set! Reminds of the artist, Romero Britto!

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  50. I love the nautical ones, the sea creatures one is a adorable and I really want the one with anchors. My husband is in the coast guard :)

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  51. I like the Blackbeary print.

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  52. Love, love, love the camo diapers! My brother is in the Army!

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  53. I love the new blue chevron that's coming out!

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  54. One of my MANY favorites is "goodbye disposable hello cloth"!

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  55. I love their solid prints as well as the "Under Construction" design.

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  56. I like the "under the sea" and "monkey prints" I don't know if I'm having a boy or girl yet, so I'm sticking with prints that any baby will love.

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  57. I love the Under Construction print!

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  58. I love the Wonderland collection.

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