Cloth Diapering with Charlie Banana

If you’re not already a cloth diapering fanatic, I know that you must be thinking it’s just so much work. I’m here to tell you that it’s not – and that you should definitely give it a try!

I’ve recently become a believer and I’m so happy I just went for it and hopped on the cloth diaper train.

Cloth diapers are a great way to save money and save the environment. Not to mention, they come in much cuter prints than disposable diapers.

Charlie Banana was kind enough to gift me the products mentioned in this post!

Thank you to Charlie Banana for partnering with me on this post! This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission off of purchases, with no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.

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What Do You Need to Cloth Diaper?

I’ll be straight with you – there is an upfront cost to cloth diapering. Once you have your supplies, it evens out quickly. We were spending over $60/month on disposable Pampers for our 11 month old.

The easiest way to cut costs is to go with an All-in-One (AIO) diaper. They are the biggest bang-for-your-buck and will last a long time.

Charlie Banana Sizing

The first thing you will need is a shell. Here’s where you get to choose adorable prints to fit your little one’s personality!

Next, you can either do a reusable fleece insert OR a disposable insert that tucks into the diaper.

And that’s it!

Charlie Banana also makes reusable wipes, swim diapers, and wet bags.

How to Cloth Diaper

The first thing is to wash the items in 40C water. Next, hang to dry or tumble dry on low.

Then, you’re all ready to start! Simply insert the disposable liner or fleece insert into the shell and snap onto baby! They will take care of the rest.

How to Wash Cloth Diapers

This is the part that scares people off – I promise you it’s not that bad!

If you’re a parent, your probably already used to all kinds of bodily fluid and you’re probably a master at disposing of yuckies without getting it anywhere, so this should be a breeze.

Disposable inserts can simply be discarded like a typical diaper.

For fleece or reusable liners, put any solids into the toilet and rinse any excess residue. Store the inserts and diaper in a dry or wet pail to store until its time to wash. Wash them in 40C water with diaper-friendly detergent and tumble dry on low or hang to dry.

That’s it!

Avoid bleach, hot water, and high dryer settings.

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Pros to Cloth Diapering

There are so many positives that come along with cloth diapering!

I would argue that the biggest one is shrinking your carbon footprint. Disposable diapers end up in landfills and contribute to climate change. We need to leave a better planet for our children. Making small changes like using cloth diapers or reusable wipes teaches little ones young that the choices we make matter. We are not helpless.

Another plus side to cloth diapering is the cost! No more trips to Target or Walmart to get diapers every month. With cloth diapers, you know that you won’t run out.

Charlie Banana’s diapers are super soft and gentle on the diaper area. In my experience, they cause less irritation.

And of course, who doesn’t love choosing super cute prints!

Cons to Cloth Diapering

The only real downside that I’ve experienced with cloth diapering is extra laundry. I use a combination of the disposable inserts and cloth inserts. The disposable inserts can just be thrown away while the cloth ones need to be washed.

I do not cloth diaper when we’re leaving the house or when someone else is watching the baby, for simplicity’s sake.

Again, there is an upfront cost, but this quickly evens out. You can even buy gently used shells on eBay and pass them down from kid to kid. Charlie Banana’s shells are durable and built to last.

Why Charlie Banana?

Charlie Banana is the go to choice for parents because of their commitment to quality and care for babies and the planet! I was happily surprised by how soft their products are and how well they’ve held up!

They have so many cute prints to choose from and other sustainable household items to choose from.

From their website:

We know that single-use plastics can have a devastating impact on our environment – and reversing that impact means creating products that are gentle on baby’s skin and gentle on the planet. That’s why every Charlie Banana diaper is made with the softest materials, Climate Neutral Certified, and benefits environmental causes through our pledge to donate 1% for the Planet.

I’m honestly kind of bummed I waited this long to try cloth diapering – it’s so much less work than I had imagined. I feel like I’m making a small dent in my family’s carbon footprint and I love that I’ll be able to reuse the diapers with my next kids. I will definitely be cloth diapering baby #2!

Do you currently cloth diaper? Is it something you’d want to try? Have you heard of Charlie Banana? Let me know below!


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