Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review



I fell in love with Charlie Banana two years ago when I purchased two of their one size pocket diapers!  I had the privilege recently to do a review on three of their products to share with you!

For review purposes I was sent three products and the following is my opinion.

Charlie Banana was founded by a mom GaĆ«lle Wizenberg with inspiration from her own children one of which is named Charlie hence the name "Charlie Banana."


Just a little about Charlie Banana from their website:


"Charlie Banana® was created out of a love for eco-friendliness, quality, and design. We wanted to design products that anyone would feel confident using on themselves and on their babies, and that they would recommend to their friends. We wanted products that make you feel good on so many different levels.
We live in a world full of chemicals, full of cheap items that do not deliver what they promise. There is a global lack of eco-friendly modern design, and such a waste of resources. Many of us do not realize the full extent of the chemicals we apply on ourselves and on our children - from food, cosmetics, clothing, personal hygiene and cleaning products we use. We wanted to make something truly unique and to promote items that are basic but so much better for the health of the whole family, for our world, and for everyone's wallet.
As the future of the world is in our hands, we actively promote reusing wherever you can. Changing habits one at a time. Individual efforts make a huge difference.
If we can make people more aware of their daily waste, and encourage them to change their habits, this will be a great achievement. This is something to be proud of and to embrace.
Charlie Banana® is an eco-friendly brand, we feel this is something important. Every single entrepreneur should try manufacturing greener products. We design and manufacture everything with reducing waste in mind."

I was sent three diapers to review the first I will discuss is a XS!  I don't have my little squish here yet but I can not wait to try this one out!

The diaper is just like the one size in respect to being a pocket.  It comes with one XS insert that fits perfectly.  What I love about Charlie Banana is the opening is at the front so lets say that breastfed poop isn't going to touch your hands getting the insert out!  

The back of this diaper is pictured above in the middle but it says, "Goodbye Disposable Hello Cloth."  How cute!  What a way to show off your little fluffy bum!  I plan to update this post when our new little girl gets here so I can tell about the fit etc.  

The XS diaper is listed on the Charlie Banana website for $17.25 and you can choose from some awesome prints including this one!  

The next diaper I will discuss was the 2-in-1 Swim Diaper & Training Pants.  At first I had the impression this was only for swimming but I was mistaken!  I love this as training pants and for swimming!  


What I like about the trainer/swimmer is that the inner is made from soft organic cotton.  The outside is waterproof and the inside has very little padding.  For potty training purposes we are not quite potty trained yet and these are my first go to especially if we are going in public!  They do hold in pee's and poo's very well!  I would just not use these overnight as we are still using diapers and it says on the package for day use only.  They are a great as a learning tool though little girl can feel when she doesn't make it to the potty making them ideal.

For swimming, the diaper has held up very well and doesn't sag like I had pictured in my mind.  I put this on with a bathing suit top and she was ready to swim!  The drawstring in the front is a great idea you can cinch to where you need it.  The swim diapers are sized so you have to look and see which size you would need.  We have large and they seem to be quite perfect!  

The trainer/swim diaper goes for about 12.88 on their site.  If you compare this to a pack of disposable swimmers you are looking at a pack of large being about $10 for 17 diapers.  Depending on how often you swim you would definitely get your money's worth in over a summer!

Lastly, I was sent a One Size Charlie Banana with their logo on it.  

The one size option is the route many people go because it will fit from approximately newborn to 36 months or 6 pounds to 35 pounds.  I was excited to try out the new diaper because of the change they had made with the strap that controls how large or small you want the diaper.  The old one I had was a metal that was not easily moved and when I actually moved one it had broken leaving me with no elastic at all in the diaper!  I am happy to say this one is different and much easier to move they compare it to a bra strap.  

The link here is from the Charlie Banana website and it is a great way to show how to adjust the length of elastic and other great information!  

Just like the XS diaper the inner is very soft and the opening for the inserts is at the top.  The main difference besides of course the size is that the OS comes with two inserts making it ideal for nap and night (if you don't have a heavy wetter).  For us the one large insert works just fine especially for naps!  I like that the Charlie Banana diapers are more trim than other diapers making the fit much better and less bulky.  Although I know some mama's like big fluffy bums!  

The One Size diapers are priced at $21.88 on their website.  

Overall, I am VERY pleased with all three diapers I was sent to try out!  Of course I plan to update with pictures of my new little one in the XS!  One last thing that I am happy to say about Charlie Banana is that they are getting more mainstream and are in places such as local Targets.  I was in the OBGYN for an appointment the other week and even saw one of their ad's in a magazine!  I was so happy to see them trying to get cloth mainstream!  

For those who need organic options if your little ones are allergic or you just want something more natural then they just released an organic cotton option diaper!  You can see them here.


You can purchase Charlie Banana diapers at many retailers here and you can connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!


Thank you for reading about my experience with the cloth diaper's from Charlie Banana.  The opinions expressed are totally my own and I did receive product in exchange for a review. 





Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blogger Signups for The Rebecca Foundation's #Cloth4all Giveaway!



Many of you know that I do some volunteering with The Rebecca Foundation's Cloth Diaper Closet!  We are getting ready to launch a new campaign called #Cloth4all!

If you do not know about our organization we provide cloth diapers to families on a loan program FREE of charge, (1 in 3 families has to choose between diapers and food, we try to help families not have to choose, while helping the environment) in return once the client has built their "stash" of diapers we ask that they return the diapers to us, while on the program the families are to volunteer two hours of their time, by passing out flyers or other means to try spread the love and help we give.

The #Cloth4all campaign is a campaign to break the stigma surrounding cloth diapers, showing that everyone no matter race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economical and work background can use cloth diapers.  We hope by releasing #Cloth4all that others will become more aware of our organization and we can help many more families!

If you are a blogger who is passionate about sharing with others your love for cloth diapers and things related please sign up to promote this awesome giveaway!  As a thank you we will reserve one spot on the giveaway form with any social media link of your choice!  Please share this with any other blogger's you think may want to join in!

Sign ups will close on June 1st and the HTML code will be sent as soon as possible via the email you use to sign up with!

If you are a WAHM or company that has cloth diaper related items and you would like to be added as a sponsor please email:  Dara@trfcdc.org

Event Details:


Event Dates:  June 9th-June 14th

By signing up you are saying you will promote the giveaway at least 3 times during the giveaway. 

Hashtag:  #Cloth4all

To sign up:


-Grab the #cloth4all button from the top of this page and save to your computer feel free to place it on your blog but not a requirement.

-Help promote the #Cloth4all campaign

-The email will be sent a few days prior to June 9th.

-Please have the Giveaway post set to go for 12 am June 9th.


Thank you for signing up and we look forward to working with all of you to make this an exciting event!






Friday, May 9, 2014

Bravado Designs



I have had the opportunity to become an ambassador for Bravado Designs and as part of the partnership they have sent me an Essentials Embrace Nursing Bra.

I have to say first that I am not breastfeeding yet but will be Lord willing in July!  I had not tried this Bravado Designs the first time I was breastfeeding but so glad that I learned about the line!

 Just a few things that I like about the Essentials Embrace Nursing bra are:

The fit-There is a chart and measuring instructions which was extremely helpful for me in choosing a size!

Conversion-After you are finished nursing you can convert your bra to a regular bra with provided instructions and tabs!

Comfort-This is the biggest thing for me!  I have been wearing it now that I am prego and everything is growing it is so comfortable with no underwire but still keeping my big whoppers up!



I know that with little girl nursing for 15 months was longer than I at first wanted to go but this time having a supportive bra that I can wear at night and be comfortable will make a big difference!

Bravado is partnered with Medela bringing knowledge from both sides to create a line for women to suit every need.  They are also having a campaign and wanting women to share their little victories in everyday life!  By using the hashtag #littlevictories and sharing your story you can encourage other mom's!  Be sure you connect with Bravado on their Website/Facebook/Twitter.

What are your #littlevictories for today?

Mine would be hearing little girl say parts of the Lord's prayer that her daddy taught her!  So happy to hear and such a blessing it makes the other parts of being a mom not so hard!


Note:  Photos are taken from the Bravado website and I received no compensation other than the product for my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bring on the Baby Giveaway Event!




Welcome to the Bring on the Baby Giveaway event hosted by Atta Mama and Optimistic Mommy. This giveaway is meant to celebrate the expanding family all the way through the first year of life. Read more on the fabulous prize sponsors and how to enter below! [IMAGE HERE] Spring has definitely sprung and there's something in the water! Babies everywhere, am I right? Efforts to ride the baby wave resulted in the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide at AttaMama.com. This gift guide is a resource for new moms and seasoned parents to find the newest, most practical items to make their parenting journey easy and hassle free. Teaming up with some of those same amazing sponsors, we're bringing you this awesome giveaway for your new and growing family!

Awesome prizes include:
Daddy Swag Gift Set from Daddy & Company- ARV $89.95 Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Sack - ARV $34.95 Mommy's Club Personal Skin Care Bundle - ARV $147.70 Dr. Brown's Early Feeding & Solid Feeding Kits - ARV $140.00 Milkies Milk-Saver and Freeze from Fairhaven Health - ARV $57.90 Infinity Nursing Scarf from Linzy Dawn Designs - ARV $20.00 Who Loves Me? Personalized Gift Set from I See Me - ARV $49.95 Lotus Bumz cloth diaper with matching leggings - ARV $37.98 Lalabu Soothe Shirt - ARV $60.00 Cover and set of 3 inserts from Buttons Diapers - ARV $21.00


The grand total is... Over $650 worth of baby swag!
Giveaway will run from May 1st until 11:59 pm EST om May 15th. Giveaway is open to US only. You must be 18 or over to enter. Winner will be chosen at random via Giveaway Tools. Winner will be notified by email at the end of the Giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Atta Mama, Optimistic Mommy, and the other participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment. To enter, simply fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. All entries are optional, but the more you complete, the better your chance of winning!
Good luck!

 
Disclosure: Atta Mama received the above items in exchange for review. This blog did not receive financial compensation or product in exchange for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by the Sponsors. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of sponsored prizes.