It's been just three months that I've been a mom but my life is already overtaken by the D word. That's right, Diapers. Changing them, washing them, changing them and then washing them once again. Despite the overdose, I love it. Let me tell you why.
For the first month of motherhood, my newborn was constantly in and out of nappies and since it was a harsh winter back then, the number was significantly high! I was in recovery mode from the surgery but got no rest, tending a colicky and leaky baby. I hated it and I just didn't want to expose my doll's delicate tushie to the evil chemicals that sposies contained. Also, in the initial weeks, using a disposable only caused her rashes no matter how careful I was about changing her on time. So, I looked around the internet for a solution and I was gifted with the answer of Modern Cloth Diapers. I really didn't know there could be a thing beyond cloth nappies, that could keep my little one dry for hours at once and could be reused a number of times! So in my hunt for 'Good' cloth diapers, I landed up on Charlie Banana webpage who were generous enough to send me a pack of three one size diapers (wohooo!) to try on my baby and review them up here. I couldn't be much happier in doing so.
Let me tell you this if you haven't already perceived it yet, cloth diapers are a one time investment. You buy a few dozen to build your stash and then you're good to go until your baby is toilet trained. So when buying cloth diapers, you must keep in mind that though they're expensive to begin with, these are going to save you a lot of money in the coming years. One of the reasons why I decided to take it up was the math behind how cloth diapers helps the ecosystem by reducing carbon footprint and are pocket friendly in the longer run. Your one stash for the first baby can be used from birth up to the age of 2 and can be saved & reused if you plan a second one.
I received a pack of Peony Blossom which contained 3 One Size, 2 in 1 hybrid Cloth Diapers along with 3 additional microfiber inserts. Each diaper has a large size MF insert and can be stuffed with the additional small insert. It is recommended to add both inserts if the baby is above 3 months of age. The inner layer of diapers if made of fleece and the other layer is PU. In times if need you can also use a disposable insert in the diapers, hence Two in One.
To begin with, Charlie Banana diapers have the SOFTEST inner layer of all the diapers in my stash! Its so soft that I actually rubbed it on my cheeks to feel it (when it was new and unused, of course!). Fastened by snaps, these can be easily adjusted according to the baby's age and weight. That's what i'm tryin to show in the pictures below how snugly it fit my 3 month old daughter and her 7 month old cousin. Sure double inserts looked little bulky on my DD but they don't look that big on the cousin, if you notice. The best part is the bra strap adjustment system for leg elastic that are perfect for kids any age or size. That's one thing I like the most since my DD is on the slimmer side with skinny thighs. A better fit on the legs ensures there are no leaks or blowouts. A flap in the front makes it so much easier to remove the inserts since the baby girl wets the back of the diaper mostly. Also, its great to keep disposable inserts in place.
These hybrid or 2 in 1 diapers can also be used with disposable inserts when you're out and about with your little one and want to avoid the fuss of carrying a load of diapers. Its like the best of both diaper worlds. Charlie Banana also sells flushable liners and disposable inserts which i would love to purchase soon.
Another reason why I adore Charlie Banana is that it not only makes luxury yet eco friendly products that are gentle to the environment but they also support Operation Smile and Project Child Save. How often do we see luxury brands that support humane causes! Project Child Save is a non profit organization that is dedicated to helping preventing child abductions and kidnapping through education and public awareness campaigns. Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgeries to children suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
That's my brief take on why I love Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers. If you want to ask more questions, drop me a message or comment and i'd love to discuss! Cloth diapers are all I talk about lately ;)