Charlie Banana One Size Cloth Diaper Review + Giveaway

by Jaime Weis on March 5, 2013

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Charlie-Banana-logoWhen it comes to cloth diapers, I’ve always been partial to one-size pockets. It’s probably because I knew when I invested in cloth diapers that I wanted them to last through more than one child – and possibly have one stash diapering two bottoms at the same time. That was pretty smart of me, since a welcome surprise came in the form of my son, and now I *do* have two little bottoms sharing one stash.

Evidently, the brains behind the Charlie Banana one size cloth diaper had the same thought. These diapers are designed with angel-soft fleece, super-tough PUL in the outer shell, and snaps that are built to last. Each diaper comes with two sizes of insert, and are highly adjustable. This makes for a diapering system that works on newborn and toddler tushies alike!

charlie banana one size cloth diaper review

A med/lg insert, a sm insert, and the super-soft inner liner of the Charlie Banana.

One thing unique to Charlie Bananas – the pocket opens in the front. I’m so used to openings in the back that I kept getting it backwards. It doesn’t affect the performance at all (at least, not that I could tell). However, the design of the pocket itself definitely affected it’s performance – the pocket has a flap covering the opening, and unlike other diapers I have with the same idea, this flap actually did stay flat. This makes for a more comfortable fit on my babies, and saves me the extra step of tucking the flap in when I put the diaper on.

I tried to get a good picture of the leg elastics that control the sizing, but it doesn’t really translate well into a picture. Basically, the diapers adjust the same way you’d adjust your bra strap – with an adjustable band. The difference is that this band happens to be elastic and hidden inside your child’s diaper around the leg holes.

charlie banana one size cloth diaper review

The bra-strap-like leg elastics hide inside the diaper’s pocket.

Because the elastic is controlled by a slider (just like on a bra), these are highly adjustable. Most diapers fit a little too snug on one snap-setting, but a little too loose on the next one up. The Charlie Bananas, however, can be fitted *perfectly* to your child’s legs.

The other nice thing about this is that the way the leg holes adjust has no relation to the waistband. As she’s grown, my daughter has gone through phases where her tummy was pudgy, but her thighs were thin, or vice versa. Sometimes, her diapers have been straining at the waist and gapping at the thigh. In diapers that are adjusted only by a snap-down rise, it can be a little difficult to work with the unique shapes babies and toddlers take – this diaper could easily accommodate chunky and skinny thighs alike!

y son was 5 weeks old when he tried this diaper on, and he still wasn’t in the smallest setting. He’s sitting at about 10 lbs right now, but the diaper had *several* adjustment settings smaller than he is. Most one-size diapers didn’t fit my newborn kiddos until they were several weeks old. This diaper would easily have adjusted to fit him from day one!

Charlie Banana One Size cloth Diapers Review

My 5 week old son was too big for the smallest setting.

My daughter, nearly two, tried the diaper on next. I adjusted it to about what I thought she would need – the first of the “large” settings (there are three). I was able to get a perfect fit on her as well, and there was still plenty of room for her to get bigger in the thighs and waist. This Charlie Banana cloth diaper should definitely fit her until she’s potty-trained!

charlie banana one size cloth diaper review

Here’s the fit on 22 month old K – it fit perfectly on her skinny waist and chunky thighs.

This diaper is superbly constructed – it’s comfy for my little ones, it fits them perfectly, and it’s obviously going to hold up through years of blowouts and super-soaks.

The Giveaway

One Happy Mothering reader will win a Charlie Banana One Size Cloth Diaper during this giveaway. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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About Jaime Weis

Jaime is a wife, a mom, a writer, an illustrator and an aspiring homesteader. She and her hubby hope to raise their little ones to love life and live simply.

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1 Tara March 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

I absolutely love this!!!! I Love the one size options. The girly styles are so cute. My Sis in law is going to be so excited! :)

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2 Ginger M. March 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love the William and the Blackbeary prints! Super adorable :)

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3 sherry moore March 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

I love the butterfly print and also love that they have one size diapers : )

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4 Martine S.
Twitter: WheyBeyond
March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love the butterfly print (I am secretly hoping that baby #2 is a girl so there are more butterflies and pink in my life)!

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5 Christina CG March 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

I love the Under Construction print!

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6 Lacey j March 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

My favorite print is the lovey and dovey on white!

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7 emily r March 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I love the Fashion Collection Blue Petit Coeur on hot pink

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8 Nicole Bear March 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I learned that you can also use a disposable insert.

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9 Carmon March 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My favorite is Under Construction print!

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10 ivy matt March 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Blue Petit Coeur on whiteis my favorite. It could be used for boy or girl and I think it would get the most use.

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11 ashley b March 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

i love the william, even though i would use it on a girl!

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12 Carrie March 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

My favorite print is Robot Boy!

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13 Nicole U March 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I like the Under Construction and Butterfly prints. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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14 Erin March 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Charlie Banana is one I have yet to add to our stash! I absolutely love the
The Fashion Collection Robot Boy print. So cute! Thanks for the chance :)
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15 nikki c March 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I love the kate print!!

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16 Chely frantzen March 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I like the black beary print, very cute

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17 Miranda March 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I love Charlie Bananas!! We only have 2 in our stash but would love to get more! I like the new patterns I am trying to buy only gender netural at this point in case of a boy on child number 2 :) So the William pattern in the picture would be awesome!!–

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18 Janelle March 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Love the fashion collection “blackbeary”

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19 Jessica Pace March 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I learned about the adorable changing pads they sell!

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20 Amy March 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I like the Princess Pack!

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21 Nesca C March 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

i think the Black Beary print is cute

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22 Aubree Faunce March 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The Fashion Collection The Kate and The William, love them!!!

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23 Rachel March 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm
24 Heather March 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I love the blue petit coeur on green.

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25 Trisha W. March 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

I like the Kate print.

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26 Talia March 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

I really like the BlackBeary print!

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27 valerie March 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

i like the william or the ones with the hearts on the butt. i really like hearts.

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28 Nicole Sparks March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I like the The Fashion Collection BlackBeary print

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29 Laura March 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I just saw this brand at target today! How cool is that?!

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30 SOPHIE March 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

who knew diapers could be so cute

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31 Amanda Selenke March 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I really like black or blackbeary colors!

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32 Beth Rees March 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I love the under construction print

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33 Lisa Fox March 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I’ve never tried a Charlie Banana. The method of sizing looks interesting…my daughter currently has some seriously chunky thighs, so this could be a good diaper to try on her. The print that I like best is the Butterfly one.

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34 Lianne March 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

The Fashion Collection The Kate is so cute!

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35 Lily Ivey March 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I love the Robot Girl print.

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36 Charlotte R March 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I love the Robot Boy print!

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37 Catherine BW March 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Love the Kate print, hoping to win!

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38 Erin B. March 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I didn’t know they sold hanging diaper pails! I also love The Fashion Collection Blue Petit Coeur on hot pink – One Size print.

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39 Emily March 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

The william would be my favorite!

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40 Danielle March 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I have not tried these diapers but I love the all black one!

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41 Michelle Lee March 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

I like the butterfly print

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42 Kalsey Harrison March 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

my favorite print is The Fashion Collection BlackBeary – one size cloth diaper Charlie Banana®

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43 patricia b March 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

Handsome

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44 judi
Twitter: juditupp
March 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

My favorite print is the butterfly print.

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45 Barb March 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

These diapers are my absolute favorite ones!!!

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46 Libby C March 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I learned that Charlie Banana makes other products besides diapers (like nursing pads – definitely want to try those). My favorite print is the yellow with the heart.

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47 Brandi S March 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I like the princess pack!

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48 sara d March 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Probably BlackBeary.

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49 Betty J. March 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

I love that these diapers are available in Target!! How awesome! I really like how bright their colors are.

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50 Rose Thomas March 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

My favorite prints is The William – those blue hearts are adorable!

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51 Sophia March 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Love the William print!
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52 Beth Ann March 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I love the Kate! :)

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53 Laura P March 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

I love the orbit print!

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54 Heather R March 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I love blackbeary and the aqua!!

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55 Stacey Wilson March 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Love the robot girl print. I also love the new boot camp pack, but I have a girl so I think I’ll have to pass on that one! All their prints are so cute though!

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56 Krystal G. March 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

I like the butterfly print the best.

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57 Deanne A. March 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

I love The William print!

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58 Aimee P. March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

I like the butterfly print.

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59 Kara Reeder March 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

I love the new boot camp collection!!!

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60 Bonnie March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

i love the boot camp lol cut i really do like the boy robot

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61 Amber March 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! I’ve been wanting to try Charlie Bananas for my baby girls!!! I think I’d pick “Blue Petit Coeur on Hot Pink”… So cute!

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62 Virginia @thatbaldchick March 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Love the Robot Girl
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63 Liesal March 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love the handsome print!

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64 Amber Coats
Twitter: amber_coats
March 15, 2013 at 4:47 am

I love that you can buy Charlie Banana diapers at Target stores!!

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65 kristen March 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

I love the william print!

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66 Katie L March 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

I like robot girl

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67 Hannah Ezinga March 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

You can buy these at target? that’s awesome!

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68 Jessica R March 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love that they’re now available at Target (I actually saw them last week!) & my fav print is the Canadian one they have :)

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69 Becca March 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I like the Orbit print.
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70 Rachel R March 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

red or orbit

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71 Olivia March 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Love those Matthew Langille prints!! Especially the hearts. Too cute.

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72 Pepa Perez March 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I love the ones that say “Goodbye disposables, hello cloth diapers”; however, I’ve never tried a Charlie Banana’s, although I read great comments on Amazon

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73 All Natural Katie March 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Fave: The Fashion Collection Blue Petit Coeur on yellow – One Size
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74 Suzee March 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Blue petit

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75 Harley March 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I love the under construction print… I have been looking for a diaper like this.

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76 Britni Bradford March 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Love the butterfly print

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77 beth c March 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

i love blue petit coeur on white!! thanks for the great giveaway!

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78 Cham Faby March 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

How cute!! Love the Blackbeary pattern!

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79 Sarah Jane
Twitter: wifemummynurse
March 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

They are now at Target stores.
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80 Claiborne March 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

The William or Kate!

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81 Lizzy Ashmore March 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

I like the blue handsome print.

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82 Samantha March 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Love the Robot Girl print!

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83 kelly
Twitter: urbantimesinmi
March 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I like the Kate print.
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84 Chantal March 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I love the BlackBeary. So cute!

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85 Christel E. March 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

The William print is adorable.

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86 Aimee March 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Love the under construction print

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87 Christina Hellaby March 17, 2013 at 7:18 am

I love the camo prints! I’m new to cloth diapering and have grown slightly obsessed with pocket diapers! Charlie bananas are beyond adorable! and I love love that they are environmentally friendly and safe for my boys bum!

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88 Jessica A. March 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

I love the William and the Blackbeary prints!

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89 Charity
Twitter: stsupermom
March 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

I would choose the Handsome or Robot Boy print!
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90 Breanne March 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

I like the Blackbeary print

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91 Andrea Nelson March 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I love the Blackbeary! So cute!

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92 Jenna Burris March 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

thanks for the giveaway! i like the under construction print. though I have never tried cb diapers yet.

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93 Becky March 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I love the butterflies print!!

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94 beatriz March 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

we love and own most of the robot prints!

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95 Shannon Stubbs
Twitter: summers1405
March 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I like handsome!
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96 Jessica March 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I like The Fashion Collection BlackBeary best

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