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Charlie Banana Organic Cotton One-Size Reusable Nappies Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2018 Shortlisted Best Reusable Nappy
Mother & Baby 2018 Shortlist

At a glance:

This nappy certainly stands out against the crowd in terms of longevity, as it was strong, durable and as soft as a baby’s bottom! The adjustable sizing, using poppers, is ideal for growing tots and we love the stylish wet bag that comes with the nappy.

What they say:

“Charlie Banana Organic is just like standard Charlie Banana nappies but with organic natural fibres next to baby’s bottom. The inside is lined with luxuriously soft, 100% organic cotton lining inside. The soft cotton lining lets fast the liquid to pass through to the absorbent washable insert.  Organic cotton is slower drying than microfibre that comes in standard Charlie Banana fleece lined nappies so please allow a longer drying time. Each nappy contains 2 Hemp inserts. Charlie Banana® Hemp inserts are especially designed for children who are heavy wetters. We recommend that you stuff your Charlie Banana® diaper with 2 Hemp inserts for longer outings, during nap time and night time. These inserts have 4 layers inside – 2 layers of Microfiber and two layers of Hemp fleece composed of 55% Hemp, 45% Cotton. This is a great combination because Microfiber absorbs fast and Hemp can hold larger quantities of liquid.”

Tested by mum Laura Palfreeman for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Yes! These nappies are so exciting - the overall design of the product is excellent! From the modern patterns on the actual nappies to the stylish wet bag that comes with it, I’m so impressed. The poppers make for a really good fit and the material of the inserts is so soft. There are clear instructions on how to use this product too. The only issue for me, as a busy working mum, was the prep time before first use. You have to wash the inserts numerous times to ensure you get the maximum absorbency.

How did this product make your life easier?

I’m not sure in what way my life is easier, as I haven’t had a chance to use them extensively yet. I feel that the amount of time you have to wash the nappies before they work well is time consuming and therefore not very practical. However, they will definitely benefit me and my child if I use them for a long period of time, you get your money’s worth and are helping the environment! 

Would you choose this product to win?

I think so yes. I can only compare these to the reusable nappies my sister uses and I can say that the Charlie Banana nappies are of a higher quality for sure. The designs are better and the material feels softer – I would definitely want this fabric next to my baby’s skin.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would like to only have to change the insert after each use, and not the whole nappy. This would make life considerably easier.

Tested by mum Emma O’Neill for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I could confidently recommend Charlie Banana as the nappies will clearly last a long time, making them real value for money. There is the initial cost of buying the product, but within a short space of time you are certainly saving money. The adjustable size and the quality make them ideal for long term use - and I won't deny that knowing they are better for the environment is also appealing.

How did this product make your life easier?

Having only ever used disposable nappies, this was a big change for me. However, this product by Charlie Banana has clearly been designed to make everyday use as straight forward and convenient as possible. It is quite time consuming readying the nappies for use, though knowing that you never need to run out of nappies again makes it worth it!

Would you choose this product to win?

For those who want to start using cloth nappies, this product stands out due to the eye-catching designs and high-quality material. The continual updates on patterns and designs mean you can always add to the collection. Above all, these nappies are so soft and don’t lose their feel after a few washes!

What changes would you make to this product?

Having to wash them several times before use is a bit frustrating, we all like to use something new straight away, but in all honesty, it seems the people behind Charlie Banana have thought of everything that you could want in a reusable nappy. The ability to add additional disposable inserts makes them more absorbent during the night, the waterproof bag for when out and about and the fact that it seems impossible for the nappies to get stained all makes for a perfect product.

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