Friday, September 17, 2010

*CLOSED* Charlie Banana Review & Giveaway

I first heard about Charlie Banana diapers when they were sponsoring diaper giveaways through Operation Smile on Facebook. Of course, I perk right up when I hear the words diaper and giveaway in the same sentence. Plus, with a name like Charlie Banana, how could these diapers be anything but adorable? 

btw - Charlie Banana donates 1% of sales to Operation Smile. How awesome is that?

Turns out, my instincts were right - they do make super cute diapers. Not only do their diapers come in traditional colors like Baby Blue, Sage, Bubblegum, and others, they also come in prints for boys and girls and vibrant, bold colors like Shanghai Green, Turquoise, and Hot Pink. Charlie Banana diapers are made to fit all the way from birth through the toddler years with one size and sized diapers ranging from xsmall to large. 

These diapers are actually a 2-in-1 system. Just like traditional pocket cloth diapers, you can use the reuseable microfiber insert, but you also have the choice of using disposable inserts. Just lay the disposable insert right on the fleece and tuck it under the flap. This is a wonderful choice for parents that are still a little 'iffy' about cloth diapers, or for caregivers, vacations, etc. 

Besides their 2-in-1 diapers, Charlie Banana offers a wide range of other eco-friendly products including:
Wipes
Tote Bags
Laundry Bags
Change Pads
Mattress Pads
Training Pants
Underwear
Swim Diapers
Baby Leg Warmers
Reusable Feminine Pads
Reusable Nursing Pads
 
I was able to try out some of these products and I was not disappointed! 

The Charlie Banana Tote Bag (wet bag) and wipes were the first two products I used. The wet bag is simple, but the black color and Charlie Banana logo give it a sophisticated feel. I was able to fit 4 large and medium diapers and 4 or more wipes in the bag with a little room to spare. What I love about it is that it can be used long after your little one is done with cloth diapers because it's also great for holding swimsuits, gym clothes, shoes, and more. 
 
The Double Sided wipes are made of organic cotton on one side and fleece on the other. They get the job done, but are soft and gentle. I even stole a couple from my son's stash to use when I wash my face.



The diapers, of course, were my absolute favorite products. 

The outside of the diapers are made of PUL and come in a wide range of colors, along with a few prints. The fleece liner is so soft and does a wonderful job of wicking the moisture away from little man's skin. 

Both one size and sized diapers come with two microfiber inserts


and can also be used with the disposable inserts.

While I'm not normally a fan of disposable inserts, I did like these. They are large enough that they have a good coverage area and they also don't have those sticky tabs on the back that stick to everything.
The sized diapers range in sizes from xsmall to large and my little man uses both the large and medium sizes. The medium size fits him almost perfectly, but the large gives us that extra rise. What made me fall in love with the Charlie Banana diapers is that the waists of their diapers adjusts a little bit smaller than other diapers. At 10 months old, my little man was more like a chunky monkey and he was able to wear large sized diapers. Then he started crawling...and walking...and running! It didn't take long for him to morph from a chunky, long baby to a skinny, tall toddler. And then the large sized diapers didn't fit him around the waist, but our medium sized diapers didn't have a high enough rise. With the Charlie Banana diapers, I'm able to make the waist small enough on the large diapers to fit little man perfectly. Plus the triangular layout of the snaps help keep the front of the diaper from drooping.





I was amazed at the range of the one size diaper. Obviously, I only used the diaper on my son, but I think this diaper would easily work on a 7 lb baby. I did some quick measurements on the smallest and largest settings of the Charlie Banana One Size Diaper and here's what I found:
Rise - 10" to 19"
Waist - 12" to 25.5"
Thigh - 3" to 12"


Smallest Setting

Largest Setting

I gotta say, I was pretty impressed by those measurements. I also like the fact that this diaper was slightly less confusing for my husband than other one size diapers we have. Instead of adjusting the size by using snaps, Charlie Banana diapers are adjusted by using the elastic and a button. My son has had his diapers put on him in some pretty interesting ways when hubby's been faced with the task of using a one-size with a bunch of snaps in the front. Because of the way the Charlie Banana one size diaper is adjusted, it's also easier to make more subtle adjustments since it has seven different settings.


During the day, we used the diaper with the larger insert and I was very pleased by the trim fit of Charlie Banana diapers. Autumn is already in the air here, so it's great to have diapers that fit so nicely under pants.

For nighttime use, I added the extra insert just because my son can be a super soaker. He usually sleeps anywhere from 8-10 hours at night and we have not had any problems using the Charlie Banana diapers at bedtime. The fleece liner and microfiber inserts are the perfect combination to wick the moisture away from my son's skin, but still keep the diaper from leaking.

Want to buy your own Charlie Banana products? 

Visit Charlie Banana for a list of retailers. You can also purchase Charlie Banana diapers at Amazon and Babies R Us for around $18 each or $99 for six.
Want to win a Charlie Banana OS 2-in-1 Diapering System with reuseable and disposable inserts?

Here's how:
Mandatory Entry:
Go to Charlie Banana and let me know your favorite Charlie Banana diaper color.


Extra Entries (Leave separate comments for each):
Like Charlie Banana on Facebook.

Follow Charlie Banana on Twitter.

Follow this blog through Google Friend Connect.


The contest ends Friday, September 24th, at 4pm CST.


Good Luck!




275 comments:

  1. I like Charlie Banana on Facebook!

    Lindsay Kaples

    Lindsayp22 at hotmail dot com

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  2. I like the black or "under construction" diapers!

    Lindsay Kaples

    Lindsayp22 at hotmail dot com

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  3. i follow Charlie banana on twitter! (joemaclvr4life)

    Lindsay Kaples

    Lindsayp22 at hotmail dot com

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  4. Oooh, Shanghai Green is gorgeous!

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  5. Do I have to pick just one color? I love the black and I like the butterfly print and the orbit print!

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  6. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter (id: janaetx)

    janaedavis@gmail.com

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  7. I follow the blog! (lindsayp22)

    Lindsay Kaples

    Lindsayp22 at hotmail dot com

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  8. I like Charlie Banana on facebook.

    janaedavis@gmail.com

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  9. I like Charlie Banana on facebook!

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  10. My favorite color is the Shanghai Green. I love the prints though too!

    janaedavis@gmail.com

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  11. I follow this blog with Google Friend Connect!

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  12. I like Charlie Banana on FB.
    Heather Martin Whitney

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  13. Under Construction is my favorite print.

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  14. My gave color is hot pink!

    Mom2_3boyzz at yahoo dot com

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  15. I follow them on facebook

    Mom2_3boyzz at yahoo dot com

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  16. I'd pick Butterfly in OS
    irene.liasophia at gmail dot com

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  17. My favourite colour is bubblegum (although I have a son :-D) but I much prefer prints and I love the orbit print :-)

    vered9110 at gmail dot com

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  18. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter.

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  19. I'd pick OS Butterfly
    smanger1 at gmail dot com

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  20. I like the Shanghai Green!

    Lizmchale@hotmail.com

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  21. I like charlie banana on facebook

    vered9110 at gmail dot com

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  22. I am a fan of Charlie Banana on facebook.

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  23. I'm going to have to go with Shanghai Green or Under Construction. Love em'

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  24. I like Charlie Banana in Facebook.


    Lizmchale@hotmail.com

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  25. I follow this blog through GFC - Vered M

    vered9110 at gmail dot com

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  26. I am a fan of Charlie Banana on FB (Stephanie P.)

    stephanieniicole at gmail dot com

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  27. I love the "Under Construction" print!

    stephanieniicole at gmail dot com

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  28. like charlie banana on twitter
    hwhitne01

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  29. I follow you via GFC

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  30. I follow CB on Twitter as @MammaStephie

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  31. I like CB on fb (Amy Robinson-Church)

    amylrobinson8 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I like Charlie Banana on FB!

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  33. I love the under construction print!

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  34. I really want to try these diapers! I love the hot pink or butterfly print!

    amylrobinson81 at yahoo dot com

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  35. I follow your blog through GFC

    amylrobinson81 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter (amylrobinson81)

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  37. I NEED a red diaper. I love all the shades of blue and the butterfly and under construction prints are too cute.

    james.and.andrea at gmail dot com

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  38. I like the orange one. martinmommy@gmail.com

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  39. I follow you thru gfc martinmommy@gmail.com

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  40. I love the butterfly and the shanghai green!
    Doralb96 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I like Charlie Banana on FB! martinmommy@gmail.com

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  42. I like Charlie Banana on facebook.

    sw999400a@hotmail.com

    www.facebook.com/momof2angels.

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  43. I follow Charlie Bananas on Twitter.

    James.and.Andrea at gmail dot com

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  44. I follow on Charlie Bananas on Facebook.

    James.and.Andrea at gmail dot com

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  45. I like Charlie Banana on FB

    Doralb96 at yahoo dot com

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  46. I love the butterfly print.

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  47. I follow this blog via google connect.

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  48. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter.

    sw999400a@hotmail.com

    www.twitter.com/kidsbarefoot.

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  49. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter @sarahhmartin martinmommy@gmail.com

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  50. I follow your blog on Google Friend connect.

    James.and.Andrea at gmail dot com

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  51. I follow your blog through GFC

    Doralb96 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I love the under construction diaper.

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  53. I follow your blog- jessica ellis

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  54. I like charlie banana on facebook-

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  55. I follow charle banana on twitter

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  56. I like Charlie Banana on FB.

    sarah.n.box@gmail.com

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  57. I am a follower of this blog...of COurse!!!!

    missmaryk@rock.com

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  58. I like the Butterfly print.
    baby0319(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  59. My favorite color is Shanghai Green!

    sarah.n.box@gmail.com

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  60. I am a "liker" Of charlie Banana ON FB

    missmaryk@rock.com

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  61. I'm a GFC follower of your blog.

    sarah.n.box@gmail.com

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  62. I follow charle banana on twitter.
    momma0319
    baby0319(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  63. I love the Shanghai Green!
    highjumper04 at yahoo dot com

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  64. Orbit is too cute!
    ktiegen at yahoo dot com

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  65. I'm a fan of Charlie Banana on facebook!!
    baby0319(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  66. I follow this blog.
    ktiegen at yahoo dot com

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  67. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter... jljmommy.
    ktiegen at yahoo dot com

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  68. I like Charlie Banana on FB.
    ktiegen at yahoo dot com

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  69. My favorite Charlie Banana is Black:)

    sarahroms@gmail.com

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  70. Definately <3 the Butterfly print!

    kaye333 at hotmail dot com

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  71. I am a fan of CB on facebook.

    kaye333 at hotmail dot com

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  72. I am followng CC via GFC

    kaye333 at hotmail dot com

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  73. I am following CB on twitter

    kaye333 at hotmail dot com

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  74. Mandatory entry:
    I like the baby blue colored charlie banana!
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

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  75. I follow charlie banana on twitter

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  76. I like charlie banana on FB.
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

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  77. I love the butterfly print!
    tara_lundgren|at|hotmail|dot|com

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  78. I follow charlie banana on twitter.
    oregongal1
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

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  79. I follow you through GFC
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  80. I like Charlie Banana on Twitter
    @MNTara
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  81. I like Charlie Banana on fb
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  82. I follow via GFC.
    angela_heffner at yahoo dot com

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  83. I'm completely in love with the under construction print!

    kemptvillepetpals at gmail dot com

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  84. I follow your blog

    kemptvillepetpals at gmail dot com

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  85. I follow Chalie Bananas on Twitter

    kemptvillepetpals at gmail dot com

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  86. I'm following Charlie Banana on twitter (emilyisland)
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  87. I loooove the butterfly print, besides that I love the colour Hot pink!
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  88. I like the RED one!

    jennifer7516 at hotmail dot com

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  89. I follow your blog via google friend connect
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  90. I like Red or Yellow... or maybe Orange... I don't have an orange diaper yet :(.....

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

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  91. liked Charlie Banana on facebook (Happily Southern)
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

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  92. following Charlie Banana on twitter (@HappyReviews)
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  93. following Cloth Chronicles via GFC
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  94. I love the construction print.

    madelinemiller at gmail dot com

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  95. I like Charlie Banana on Facebook.

    madelinemiller at gmail dot com

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  96. I follow you via GFC.

    madelinemiller at gmail dot com

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  97. I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter.

    madelinemiller at gmail dot com

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  98. Butterfly is too cute!!
    slang76@hotmail.com

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  99. I follow your blog via GFC!
    slang76@hotmail.com

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  100. Follow Charlie Banana on twitter (salm76)
    slang76@hotmail.com

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  101. I am a fan of Charlie Banana on Facebook!
    slang76@hotmail.com

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  102. I love the orbit print! <3 I also love the orange ;)

    kdesquared at gmail dot com

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  103. Liked Charlie Banana on FB!
    Kelisa Eades(id:neonstarfish)
    kdesquared at gmail dot com

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  104. Following via google friend connect :D
    kdesquared at gmail dot com

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  105. Following charlie banana on twitter!
    neonniteowl
    kdesquared at gmail dot com

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  106. Fan of Charlie Banana on FB (Ada G.)

    okgreeners comcast net

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  107. My favorite Charlie Banana diaper color is black. There aren't very many black diapers on the market. :)

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  108. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter as Chelyea.

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  109. I like Charlie Banana on facebook.

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  110. I follow your blog via GFC!
    lindseygalvez at gmail dot com

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  111. I follow CB on Twitter.
    lindseygalvez at gmail dot com

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  112. I like CB on FB.
    lindseygalvez at gmail dot com

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  113. My favorite CB color is Hot Pink!
    lindseygalvez at gmail dot com

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  114. love love shanghai green
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

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  115. follow your blog via gfc
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

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  116. follow charlie banana on twitter
    @mcintoshkim
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  117. like charlie banana on fb
    kim mcintosh
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  118. I "like" Charlie Banana on Facebook.

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  119. I love the butterfly print! Also the bubblegum pink!

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  120. Butterfly is my favorite!

    diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

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  121. I like Charlie Banana on Facebook (Katy Campbell Reiser on FB)

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  122. Liked Charlie Banana on FB

    diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

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  123. The black and hot pink are both awesome colors, but considering I have a boy at the moment, I'm going with black :D

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  124. Following you on GFC

    diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

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  125. Following Charlie Banana on Twitter

    diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

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  126. I'm following Charlie Banana on Twitter (as @KnitStorm )

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  127. I am a fan of CB on Facebook
    Katharine Cordy
    kateri2580 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  128. My fave (since I have a girl) is the Hot Pink.
    Katharine Cordy
    kateri2580 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  129. i love the black one!!!
    kaelkaed@gmail

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  130. Follow this blog via GFC
    Katharine Cordy
    kateri2580 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  131. I like charlie banana on fb
    my favorite print is the butterfly & i also love the hot pink yahooza
    erin.thomson@rogers.com

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  132. I love the butterfly print diaper, my daughter would too!

    Jenna Tabor
    jtabor31 at gmail.com

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  133. I like Charlie Banana of Facebook!

    jtabor31 at gmail.com

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  134. I Follow this blog through Google Friend Connect

    Jenna Tabor
    jtabor31 at gmail.com

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  135. I like Charlie Banana on FB.

    lizaanne at hotmail dot com

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  136. Under Construction!

    lizaanne at hotmail dot com

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  137. Following your blog!

    lizaanne at hotmail dot com

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  138. Black & Turquoise, so gender neutral :)

    Amy L.
    golfrchic (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  139. I like the Orbit print, so cute!

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  140. I'm a fan of Charlie Banana on facebook.

    Rebecca Lord Mann

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  141. I am a FB fan!

    Amy L.
    golfrchic (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  142. I follow this blog through GFC :)

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  143. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter @BeccaJoy99

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  144. I like Charlie banana on FB (kristen huss)
    husskl at comcast dot net

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  145. I love the butterfly print!
    husskl at comcast dot net

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  146. I follow this blog via GFC
    husskl at comcast dot net

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  147. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter (@husskl)
    husskl at comcast dot net

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  148. My favorite color is the turquoise!

    brycesmommy(at)att(dot)net

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  149. I like Charlie Banana on Facebook! (Julia Smith)

    brycesmommy(at)att(dot)net

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  150. I follow you via GFC!

    brycesmommy(at)att(dot)net

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  151. I follow Charlie Banana on twitter! (@HauteMommyBlog)

    brycesmommy(at)att(dot)net

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  152. So many to like... but Red is a great color... I like "orbit" print too.

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  153. I like the black!
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  154. I love all of the colors! They are so much fun. I'd have to say my favorite is Shanghai Green followed closely by Red!

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  155. Like Charlie Banana on Facebook.
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  156. follow via GFC
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  157. I also like Charlie Banana on Facebook! (Elizabeth Evans)

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  158. Like Charlie Banana on twitter @curious_kitty
    taraz9 at excite dot com

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  159. I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter (@GypsyDiva57)

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  160. Now following via Google Friend Connect! Thanks!

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  161. We would choose the butterfly print diaper. But if we only were to choose from the solids, pure and clean white would be the way to go.

    summerluvin_ca at yahoo dot com

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  162. I have been following Charlie banana on fb for quite a while!

    summerluvin_ca at yahoo dot com

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  163. now officially following the blog!

    summerluvin_ca at yahoo dot com

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  164. I've also been following CB on twitter for quite a while now too.

    summerluvin_ca at yahoo dot com

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  165. What a GREAT review!! Love, Love, Love the butterfly print as well as the aqua! They are soooooo adorable and I can't wait to try them out!!!! From one cloth addict to another...happy diapering! ;)

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  166. I'm a Charlie Banana follower on Twitter and a fan on Facebook.

    The under construction print is cute, but for colour I love the bold look of turquoise!

    lcgauci@rogers.com

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  167. Oh it is a toss up between Black and the Hot Pink!

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  168. I follow your blog!

    qnanelson at gvtel dot com

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  169. My favorite color is either Shanghai Green or Black. pearlho81 at gmail

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  170. My favorite color is either shanghai green or black. pearlho81 at gmail

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  171. Follow through Google friend connect
    Amy L
    golfrchic94@yahoo.com

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  172. I like the orbit print. It would look so cute on my little man's bum! =)

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  173. I follow you through Google Reader now.

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  174. I Like Charlie Banana on Facebook.

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  175. I love the black Charlie Banana with the Royal Blue as a very close second place.

    aprildnantz@aim.com

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  176. I follow Charlie Banana on Twitter. (Nantz24)

    aprildnantz@aim.com

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  177. Fan of Charlie Banana on Facebook. Would *LOVE* to try one of their diapers.

    aprildnantz@aim.com

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  178. I like charlie on face book. Any of the boyish prints are great

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  179. Black diapers on a little baby girl? Too cute!!!
    ona_g@yahoo.com

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  180. like them on facebook
    ona_g@yahoo.com

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