Thursday, September 9, 2010

Charlie Banana Review and Giveaway

I "met" Charlie Banana on Twitter during one of the many chats.  The author behind the handle was sweet and friendly.  I started following Twitter and soon after on Facebook as well.  That's where I happened to get the opportunity to review Charlie Banana products!

Charlie Banana sent me this great pack of goodies!  They sent me a wet bag (finally!), a one size diaper with 2 inserts and a disposable insert, a sized diaper with 2 inserts and a disposable insert (in an awesome orbit print), 2 kinds of wipes, and a swim diaper!!  So much awesomeness in 1 little package!!

I couldn't wait to break into my Squirmy's goodies.  First up, sized diaper!  The diaper has the cutest orbit print!  Squirmy is barely 15lbs and at the very small end of the weight range.  I love this diaper!!  It has 3 snaps on each wing, which at first seemed a bit excessive, BUT makes for a great custom fit.  The lining is super soft and the pocket is easy to stuff.  The pocket opens in the front and has an overlap which holds in the disposable insert.  I haven't had a single leak with this diaper and I don't have to worry about it.  The rise is quite high in the front, but again, he's at the smallest end of the range. 

I tried out the disposable insert one day when I had to attend a training.  I stuffed the diaper as usual and then placed the disposable insert on top.  I wanted to make it as easy to change him as possible...just yank the disposable insert out and the rest of the diaper would be good to go.  Only problem was that he fell asleep in his carseat for over an hour...and NO diaper does well when he poos in his carseat.  The disposable insert or not, the whole diaper had to be changed.  I was sad but I don't think that was a fair shot.

This was the best shot I could get...Squirmy was living up to his name!



I also love the one size diaper.  The one size feature is done through adjustable elastic inside the legs. It's a lot easier to use than I thought and makes the diaper so much more attractive without all those snaps on the front!  Again 3 snaps on each side makes for a great fit and there is an ability to overlap.  I'm not sure how small of a child this would work on.  Squirmy is rather skinny/lanky and we have it snapped at the first non-overlapping option.  The one size is actually less bulky than the sized diaper for us right now.  

(real boys wear pink)

Overall pros:
  • high quality material
  • snap closure
  • fun prints
  • hybrid feature
  • great absorbency (even when Squirmy fell asleep before I expected and I couldn't double stuff one for the night)
  • flat sewn tags on the shells (I hate the look of raggedy tags, and Squirmy always grabs at tags now)
  • big tags that stay flat after washings on inserts (easy to grab onto to unstuff when wet)
  • 2 full size inserts come with each diaper
  • so cute!!
  • super friendly customer service
Overall cons:
  • high rise on the sized diaper 
  • front pocket opening (I prefer back since I have a boy and the front is ALWAYS wet)

P.S. The wipes, the swim diaper, and wet bag are also awesome!!

SOOOOO....Who wants to win one before you can buy them?!?  One lucky reader will win one hybrid 2-in-1-Reusable Diaper with two inserts!

Mandatory Entry:
You must follow my blog via GFC.  If you're email address is not visible on your profile, please leave it in at least one of your entries so I can contact you :)  Then, go to CharlieBanana.com and tell me which product sounds the most exciting!

Extra Entries:
Follow @CharlieBanana on Twitter
Tweet about this giveaway, must include @CharlieBanana and a link to this post (http://bit.ly/a9lO3B) (1 per day, please leave permalink in entry)
Blog about this giveaway, include a link to your post in your entry (3 entries)

Non-Entries but good karma:
Like Charlie Banana on Facebook and tell them I sent you (I got to try out their diapers by following them on Facebook...so do it!)
Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway closes October 1st at midnight EST.  I will use Random.org to chose a winner, email the winner, and post it on Saturday, October 2nd.  Good luck!!

**These products were given to me free of charge to review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  Please see my disclosure policy for full details.

130 comments:

ShortyRobs said...

I follow you through GFC robin dot sayers at yahoo dot com

I LOVE the idea of the 2 in 1 , and especially the "Construction" print- too cute!

ShortyRobs said...

I'm following CB on twitter @ShortyRobs

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24009141996

And the good karma is done as well :)

You can contact me via: love.madevisible@yahoo.com said...

I like the 2-in-1 sized diaper. I have been waiting for them to become available online for a while now!


invisible_diabla @ yahoo.com

TBEmommy said...

I follow your blog!

I think the 2 in 1 looks really cool! I would love to try it out!

mccbethany at yahoo dot com

The Queen Of Free said...

I follow via GFC and I love the stylish tote bags from Charlie Banana!

jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

Sew Cute Colleen said...

I follow on GFC. I like the 2 in 1 diapers, and would love to try them.

whitestrunningshoes@gmail.com

Sew Cute Colleen said...

I follow on twitter: @colleenphelps

whitestrunningshoes@gmail.com

Mommy Is Green said...

I'm excited about their Mattress Pad. I love that it is made from organic cotton and can also be used as a blanket!

I'm a Google Friend Connect Follower.

mommyisgreen at gmail dot com

Mommy Is Green said...

Following CharlieBanana on Twitter as @mommyisgreen

Lindsay said...

I follow your blog on google friend connect.

I'd LOVE the black 2 in 1 diaper - it's rare to find an all-black diaper and their 2-in-1 system looks really interesting!

Lindsay said...

I follow @charliebanana on twitter and tweeted about this giveaway:
http://twitter.com/lmj928/status/24038483949

Meaghan said...

I am following GFC. I am new to CDing, havent done it yet so the products on the site are confusing to me but look adorable. But a 2 in 1 looks good for us. I love light blue color.
meagbeth2 at hotmail dot com

Meaghan said...

following charlie banana on twitter (i already follow you - @bellorelbaby)

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24118131898
robin dot sayers at yahoo dot com

Savannah said...

I follow charlie banana on twitter

Savannah said...

I TWEETED

Savannah said...

And when I visited the store, I think it ALL is exciting and would love to try any of it =]

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

Following your blog and I also would love to try their Mama Cloth!!

SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

Following Charlie Banana on Twitter @SCMOMOF2BOYS

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24187744214

Kendra said...

Following via GFC!

I'm loving the OS diaper! I'm a fan of pocket opening in the front of the diaper. Very cool!

Kendra said...

Follow @CharlieBanana on Twitter. @butterfly1979_2

Kendra said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24200858786

Kendra said...

Blogged! http://sydneyelise2009.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-reviewgiveaway-at-making.html
#1

Kendra said...

Blogged! http://sydneyelise2009.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-reviewgiveaway-at-making.html
#2

Kendra said...

Blogged! http://sydneyelise2009.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-reviewgiveaway-at-making.html
#3

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24282838632

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24296519902

Meaghan said...

tweet https://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/24296791558

Chany said...

I follow your blog publicly with GFC, and I am most exctied about the 2 in 1 1 size diaper.

Chany said...

I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter.

Chany said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24320970273

Erin Patrick said...

I follow you on GFC and I really want to try Charlie Banana's 2 in 1 diaper.

Erin Patrick said...

I follow Charlie Banana on twitter

@wildlifebio

Erin Patrick said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/wildlifebio/status/24321475500

Jazz said...

I am following you.
I really like the construction and orbit one size, I don't have any print diapers.

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24385741714

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24380766230

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24479698456

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24481010879

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24502048226

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24502048226

Sarah J. said...

following via gfc
I love the diapers, but the training pants look cool too. I will have one in each soon! :o)
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

following CharlieBanana on twitter- @saywah
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24574525937

Paula said...

I LOVE the 'Under Construction' or all black 2 in 1!

Paula said...

CB Twitter follower @NeilsonMama

Paula said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/NeilsonMama/status/24576290751

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24574044114

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24580786514

merle said...

follow you via GFC
Tina M
merleandtina@yahoo.com

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24675342859

Meaghan said...

https://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/24689747329

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24690456149

Sarah and Garrett said...

I'm a GFC follower! I think the sized 2 in ones sound great, and I especially love all the cute colors and prints they come in. My email is sarah.n.box@gmail.com

Erin Patrick said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/wildlifebio/status/24752878796

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24753481297

Attila & Tamara said...

I follow your blog publicly!

Honestly, the most exciting thing on their site is the 2-in-1 diaper in the Butterfly print. But the Tote Bags look great, too!

szogediek at yahoo dot com

Attila & Tamara said...

I Follow @CharlieBanana on Twitter

ID: @szogediek

szogediek at yahoo dot com

Meaghan said...

i just tried to submit and Service Unavailable came up so I dont know if this went thru twice. I'm not trying to cheat :)
https://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/24761580179

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24761324597

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/#!/butterfly1979_2/status/24772108123

Annie said...

I follow you on GFC and I like the 2 in 1 One size diapers!
annie.shultz at gmail.com

Annie said...

I follow Charlie Banana on twitter as @mamadweeb

Annie said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/MamaDweeb/status/24784988596

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24846382183

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24849645937

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/24861211473

Meaghan said...

https://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/24947048000

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/24938235438

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/24983739083

wk said...

i'd love to try the CB mama cloth!

I follow publicly...

wendykate99 at yahoo dot com

wk said...

I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter!

wenddykate99 at yahoo dot com

@ABCGP

Diaper Dad said...

Following you on GFC
The 2 in 1 OS is very exciting!

diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

Diaper Dad said...

Following Charlie Banana on Twitter

diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

Diaper Dad said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/DiaperDadJames/status/25002893314


diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25032873545

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/25127767433

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25141941819

Meaghan said...

https://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25151316629

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25124517962

wk said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/ABCGP/status/25217379805

@ABCGP

wendykate99 at yahoo dot com

ShortyRobs said...

http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25216465489

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25219383229

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25225452291

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/25234645171

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25310973508

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25313767655

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25370496373

MommyMonkey said...

Follow you on GFC.
The 2 in 1 OS sounds the most exciting to me! Would love the butterfly print!
sully_debbie11 at msn dot com

MommyMonkey said...

I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter @MSU_MOM_TO_2
sully_debbie11 at msn dot com

MommyMonkey said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/25393408653
sully_debbie11 at msn dot com

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25398156391

:)

Meaghan said...

i blogged about your giveaway! #1
http://bellorelbaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/accepting-my-awards-and-passing-them-on.html

and gave you an award at the same time!

Meaghan said...

i blogged about your giveaway! #2
http://bellorelbaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/accepting-my-awards-and-passing-them-on.html

Meaghan said...

i blogged about your giveaway! #3
http://bellorelbaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/accepting-my-awards-and-passing-them-on.html

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25411914843

ShortyRobs said...

tweet!

http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25495370827

:)

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25509160630

MommyMonkey said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/MSU_MOM_TO_2/status/25588348125
sully_debbie11 at msn dot com

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25590614189

Mama of the littles said...

I follow you via GFC.
I would love to have an Under construction print diaper from CB.
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Mama of the littles said...

I follow CB on Twitter.
@oregongal1
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Mama of the littles said...

Tweet Tweet
http://twitter.com/oregongal1/status/25607463977
oregongal1
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Mama of the littles said...

I blogged about this giveaway #1
http://lifewithmylittles.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-diaper-giveaway-link.html
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Mama of the littles said...

blogged about this giveaway #2
http://lifewithmylittles.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-diaper-giveaway-link.html
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Mama of the littles said...

I blogged about this giveaway #3
http://lifewithmylittles.blogspot.com/2010/09/charlie-banana-diaper-giveaway-link.html
angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

Lindsay said...

I follow you...I would love a swim diaper...I like the idea of nit using a disposable one.

kieffelm514{at}gmail{dot}com

Lindsay said...

Follow them on Twitter

kieffelm514{at}gmail{dot}com

Lindsay said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/SSandStitches/status/25609164148

kieffelm514{at}gmail{dot}com

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25643957820

Tara said...

I love the OS all-in-two diaper!
I follow you on GFC
tara_lundgren at hotmail dot com

Tara said...

I follow Charlie Banana on twitter
@MNTara
tara_lundgren at hotmail dot com

Tara said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/MNTara/status/25647542778

Waitingforbaby said...

i follow via gfc
the one size 2 in 1 sounds great… their mama pads are also very intriguing
mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

Waitingforbaby said...

follow charlie banana on twitter
@mcintoshkim
mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

Waitingforbaby said...

http://twitter.com/mcintoshkim/status/25651237115
mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/25685442035

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25690698058

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25701402781

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25786964195

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25798175001

ShortyRobs said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ShortyRobs/status/25824460022

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25886207102

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/25886717948

Kendra said...

http://twitter.com/butterfly1979_2/status/25994773208

Meaghan said...

http://twitter.com/BellOrelBaby/status/25999924721

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/26002728247

Chany said...

http://twitter.com/chany10/status/26086803339