I genuinely believe every cloth diaper family should have a case of disposable inserts on hand for mental health days. I never used disposable inserts before I had two kids, but now that I have two, I use them all the time. And not just on vacation or staycation, but when I need a break, and I just don’t want to get the laundry downstairs.
Because this mom thing is hard.
Many months ago now, I reviewed two big-name disposable inserts in a comparison post. However, as a connoisseur (definitely not the right use of that word) of cloth diapers, I knew other disposable diaper options existed and connected with Charlie Banana for the sake of science.
Disclosure: with that said, I openly share with you that Charlie Banana sent over some products for a review. I always provide my honest opinion, and I’m not persuaded by free product, swag or money to right good things. Affiliate links will be present in this article because truthfully,t hat’s how I keep the addiction alive.
Charlie Banana Disposable Insert
The Charlie Banana Disposable Insert is truly just another disposable insert. In hand, it most closely resembles Flip disposable inserts, but it’s smaller and slightly different.
Chlorin, plastic, paraben, dye and perfume free the Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts are everything you want in a ‘crunchy lifestyle’ disposable product. To top it off the inserts are biodegradable but not flushable. DO NOT FLUSH. They are much too big. Made of 73% wood Pul and 27% SAP (and a rayon lining) they do a mighty good job at absorbing liquids from your baby.
Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts do not have a waterproof backing (compared to the GroVia Biosoaker). This means if you use the Charlie Banana pocket diaper with them the fleece may get wet from the insert. This also means you can stack them to meet your child’s absorbency needs.
Without taking my kitchen instruments to the disposable insert, Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts hold up to the day to day life of my children. I only once had a leaky morning. But 4/5 mornings we woke up dry when using a single Charlie Banana Disposable Insert. AWESOME.
They don’t really puff up or get heavy the same way some of the other disposable diapering products do, and I felt tricked by my dry mornings, dry naps, and dry everything. I’ll admit I questioned if my children were hydrated before thinking these inserts were awesome.
It turns out the Charlie Banana Disposable Insert is just awesome.
Disposable inserts work best with the brand they are meant to be used in; meaning Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts are best suited to be used with the Charlie Banana Diaper.
Despite this claim, I would disagree. The fleece lining on the Charlie Banana Diaper (because it is a one size pocket diaper) is not ideal for swapping out inserts. Often I need to wait and dry between using the same diaper again, and that’s not a strategy I believe to be very efficient when cloth diapering.
Therefore, I prefer using my Charle Banana Disposable Inserts with a true cover diaper. Anything worked. I never had problems using it with other diaper brands.
This would be better if Charlie Banana had a wipeable cover to use with this product.
It’s hard to track down Charlie Banana products in Canada! But you can find the disposable inserts at Best Buy Baby for $15.99 CDN (same price as on the USD pricing). That makes them about 50 cents per insert.
Seems expensive, but its similar to the Flip, and on par with high-end disposable diapers (For reference: a pack of size four 7th Generation will cost you about 43 cents per diaper).
Yes, please! I like Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts. They are smaller/shorter than the Flip which makes them a better size for my youngest child, and they do work on my toddler.
I have zero complaints about Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts. My favourite thing is that this diaper is more like a wet towel when saturated and less like a heavy gel. If I could easily acquire Charlie Banana Disposable Inserts in Canada, I would continue to stock these for my emergency, mommy mental health days and all future vacations. I also use disposable inserts at bedtime when I can’t find all the pieces to make an overnight diaper work.