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Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Swim Diaper and Training Pants with Snaps Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2017 Shortlisted Best Potty Training Product
  • 2016 Gold Best Potty Training Product
Mother&Baby Awards 2017 Shortlist

Tested by mum Gemma Knell for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

These pull up pants are excellent. Especially when trying to put a nappy on a wriggling baby who just wont stay still. If it's just a wet nappy I can pull the sides apart wipe her and let her step into a fresh one. Far better than chasing her across the room. They come folded pretty flat so easy to throw a couple in my changing bag.

How did this product make your life easier?     

These pull up pants made my life easier as they are a pull up pant with the absorbency of a nappy. They are able to hold a lot of wee and pop. These also helped me as I didn't have to chase my baby around to put these on. As it's always the final part of doing up a normal nappy that can be tricky.

Would you choose this product to win?

Yes as they work really well and are excellent value for money compared to the other pull up pants on the market which I also find don't have the absorbency ability that these pull up pants do. I also thought the design was simple yet attractive to the buyer and older babies/ toddlers. This product stands out from the brand leader substantially, so much so I wouldn't go back to it.

What changes would you make to this product?

To be honest I can't think what would be better for this product. As for a nappy product these pull up pants cover all areas: - Absorbency no leaks - Comfort as no nappy rash experienced. - Price - these pull up pants were prices very fairly - Design - Simple yet attractive to older babies/ toddlers

Tested by mum Angela Hartley for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

These have been a life saver as we have just reached the age where crawling away from a nappy change is the most fun ever. This means that it is almost impossible to attach a normal nappy! Having the pull-ups means I can sit my little boy up, put one leg in at a time and then pull them up while he stands and holds on to me - which he thinks is hilarious! No sticky bits to contend with. They seem to be as absorbent as the pampers I was using and make it through the night with no leaks. Easy to rip off the sides to take off.

Would you choose this product to win?

It's easy to get on and off and they are absorbant. Had no leaks at all for the whole packet. Had a week of runny pops and they contained them all so no problems. I would definitely buy again in the future. 

What changes would you make to this product?

There's nothing that I would change. 

Tested by mum Amy Hasler for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

We totally loved the swim nappy! These pants are soft on baby's skin and really easy to get on. They are very flexible around the waist and leg - you don't need to undo the snaps unless there is a poo! In which case the snaps are brilliant. The pants look great with nice designs, and they are a really good price for the quality of product and user-friendliness. Our 13 month old is a chunky little boy and these swim pants fitted very well without pinching him anywhere.

How did this product make your life easier?     

The swim pants do make going swimming a nicer experience because normal swim nappies are bulky and awkward to get on with annoying side bits that often tear before you get them on, but these swim pants are so easy and pleasant to use and they look fab! We used them at the beach and in a pool and you can just wash them out and reuse. The price of a nappy is all you need - no more buying packs of awful swimming nappies for us!

Would you choose this product to win?

I would choose these swim pants over any other and they do a great job, are good quality so will last, are a good price, look great, and most importantly, are soft and flexible which means baby can move around easily and they will fit for ages due to the stretchiness of the elastic which is snug but not tight.

What changes would you make to this product?

There is not much about these swim pants that I would change, but a small thing would be to perhaps have a flat, soft panel insert around the waist because there were a few red marks where the ruched waist had been hugging the skin and a flat inside panel would help stop that happening - but not a major problem and would not put me off using them.

Tested by mum Dominique Davies-Robson for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Fab product, having just returned from holiday the swim nappies were a god send. Super soft product, nice deign and very practical. Using the swim nappies meant we could wash them out and dry them over night and they were ready for the next day's use. Really soft material which is kind to babies delicate skin and the design was quirky. Very easy to use and popper fastening was easy to put on and take off. The bag was such a useful item, and a fab idea with the towling tag to add a scent to keep the bag smelling fresh.    

How did this product make your life easier?     

The swim nappies were so much easier and practical than using disposables which often bloat and swell making swimming uncomfortable for little ones. My son has swimming lessons and I've found these nappies amazing for his half hour lessons. They much more comfortable for him and can be washed really easily. The fastening and for are really good and are very easily put on and taken off. The fit is really good and we had no leaks or spills when used. The bag was really useful too as it meant the used nappy could be hygienically stores until I could wash the nappy for the next use.

Would you choose this product to win?

Having taken my little boy swimming since he was 7 weeks old I've used numerous different swim nappies to find the most suitable and a lot of the disposable nappies are quite right to put on (to ensure they're a snug fit to stop any leaks) however these can be difficult to put on and take off. Also quite often after awhile in the pool the nappies can swell up quite a lot which makes swimming uncomfortable and usually means you leave early to get baby out of the uncomfortable nappy. These really are a super close for and you don't have to worry about the swelling.

What changes would you make to this product?

The disposal inserts on the resuable nappies are quite thick compared to some alternative brands, although this meant no leaks the nappy itself was quite bulky, perhaps two disposable pad sizes could be offered to give the option of which size is more suitable. In terms of the swim nappies, I found the white turned a cream colour as sun teams stained the product so potentially removing this colour would ensure the product always looks it's best.

Tested by mum Shannon Fearn for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

The pants come in a great range of fabrics which are really attractive - my son loved them! They're not too bulky, so they're not blatantly training pants. From what I could tell, they hold in any accidents that happen whilst in the water.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Having poppers on the side make these pants really easy to take off, particularly if your child has had an accident in them. Some other swim pants do not have this feature, which makes a big mess when removing them, so these pants are great for this!

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Perhaps the pants could be adjustable around the legs? As I suspect if a child is slender, they may not hold in everything as well as a child with chunkier legs.

Tested by mum Nicola Johnston for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I would recommend the Charlie Banana 2 in 1 swim and training pant with snaps to ALL potty training parents.  They look and feel like knickers/pants with some absorbency to aid accidents.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The training pants have helped to end with potty training as they look and feel like normal pants/knickers and not nappies giving confidence.  Yet if an accident were to happen the snap fastening make it easy to clear up a mess and the outer layer prevent outer clothing having to be changed also.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

For the short period of time they are required during the potty training process. These are expensive compared to cloth nappies or even regular pants/knickers given the quantity that may be required,  however they do have the added use as a swim pant too and the sizing should last a good while.

Tested by mum Jenna Coleman for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Love these 2-in-1 pants. Very soft lining & soft waterproof outer with super cute design. I liked the absorbent organic pad in the centre of the pant (perfect for little accidents when potty training). I love that they are just like proper "big girl" pants but waterproof with some absorption. My toddler accidentally pooed in these, thankfully they kept contents in & due to the snaps on the sides I didn't have to pull down over her legs which means less mess :) They wash well too. My toddler loves these & is comfortable wearing them. Yes, I would definitely recommend.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Super easy to put on & off (especially little accidents of the smelly kind) due to the snaps at either side. Washes well & dries quick. Will save you some money as doubles as a swim pant too.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Nothing! I love these pants.

Tested by Jackie Bitton for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

The Charlie Banana swim nappies come in a variety of patterns and colours and all with children in mind. They're lovely and soft on the inside and out and have a padded organic cotton inner. We took these to the swimming pool with us and they worked really well. They double up as training pants too, my son could take them off easily by pulling them down himself. Really liked that they have poppers on the side, which I can imagine would come in really handy if he'd done a poo in them. They also washed up very well. I'd definitely recommend these.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

We now don't need to keep buying disposable swim nappies. These wash well and dry quick so over time these will save you money whilst doing your bit for the planet.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I saw somewhere that you can buy inserts for these, would've been good if they came with a couple.

Tested by mum Lydia Tomicic for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Absolutely brilliant. They absorb enough to avoid almost all but the massive one off accidents getting to clothes, but lets my toddler feel the wetness and tell me about it. We took a longer car trip so I used a cloth diaper insert to add a little more absorption and had no leaks!  Designs are adorable and easy to pull off and on. They dry quickly too once washed, bonus so the house doesn't look like a laundromat!

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I tested it as a potty training pant but cheated by using it as swim nappy too. Perfect for both! About £8 for a dual purpose swim diaper and potty training pant - awesome!

Tested by Chris Brotherton for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

Lovely bright decorative design looks really fun in the water and the kids enjoyed wearing them as they were excited. Lots of other mums asked about the design as they are so different. Leg elastic is really such a good fit, fits nicely but has lots of stretch. Any "deposits" were kept nicely inside and we had minimal leakage.

How does this product make your life easier?

It's nice to have a two-in-one product meaning that you get more for your money. The snaps are good as it allows for quick easy access for taking off spikes pants.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Perhaps a drawstring waist would make the nappy a bit more long lasting and easier to adjust for smaller waists.

Tested by mum Danielle Reuby for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I really like the idea of these, however in the category of potty training they are a little disappointing. This is due to the fact they are quite small and therefore uncomfortable for long periods of time. They are really cute and such an excellent idea, but my son is in size 6 nappies so we were sent the largest size and they were a tight fit. As they were tight my son struggled to pull them up and down like pants on his own.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

As a swim nappy however, they are excellent. Great value for money if you swim a lot and look really cute on. They seem to dig in less when wet. They were easy to take off too.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

To have adjustable elastic on the legs and adjustable waist as they come up small. My son is not a huge toddler and one of his friends could fit when we tried.

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