I have been using cloth diapers since October of 2005. In the last 6 1/2 years I have been privileged to use more brands than I can count.
You’ve rejoiced with me when I discovered the greatness of bum Genius Elementals (then called Organics), Grasshopper Diapers, Rumparooz, Ragababe and sustainablebabyish (and a few others) and I said, “Finally! A cloth diaper that’s almost perfect!”
Today, I get to add another diaper to the short list.
Chelory stay dry AIOs in both snap and aplix are pretty near perfect. Near.
What makes Chelory so special?
The very first thing I do when I receive a new diaper is to inspect the craftsmanship. Is there a fine attention to detail? Is there a creative, unique aspect to the diaper?
If you have ever had the privilege of buying a hand made cloth diaper you will know that there is a difference. Chelory cloth diapers are one of the better made cloth diapers I have reviewed.
I asked Rachel if she had a team of seamstresses helping her to meet the high demands that customers have placed on her supply. Like many WAHMs she is a self-proclaimed control freak so allowing her mom and 2 local grandmas to assist in the production was very hard! Rachel is committed to being the final hands to touch every diaper: the elastic and topstitch is done by her.
After inspecting the diaper it’s off to the washer and dryer (they come ready to use but I didn’t realize this). These are some thick diapers so the dry time is a bit longer. Rachel advised me that if you turn the inserts around the diaper it shortens drying time. I’m trying that out right now.
How does Chelory perform?
A diaper could be near perfectly crafted but if it leaks, droops or leaves deep grooves in the thighs then who cares about the beauty, right?!
The Stay Dry inner fabric is Wicking Jersey. Under that the absorbency comes from layer upon layer of bamboo.
Bamboo is one of the best fabrics used in the cloth diaper industry. It satisfies many of the desires parents have: organic, absorbent, trim, sustainable, easy to clean.
I put the aplix version on first. The aplix tabs are sewn in a way that allows them to naturally fold onto the laundry tab. They actually stayed down in the wash!
Camden is 17m, about 26lbs and 34″ tall. He has a short rise so he wears the Chelory diaper on the small rise setting.
I left the diaper on as long as I could but he pooped. Of course. What kid doesn’t poop in a new diaper on the first try?
Camden is slightly prone to rashes and red marks so I was curious to see how the elastic and wicking jersey faired.
Surprisingly, he was all clear. Yeah!
It was about 6:30 in the evening and I had to decide if I wanted to put on the nighttime diaper super early or put on a regular one only to have to toss it in the pail after an hour’s use. Anyone else go through this dilemma?
I decided to be brave for the sake of a review and put the snap Chelory on for the night.
Camden is not nursing at night anymore so he is not a heavy wetter.
After 14 hours (8:30am) there were no leaks but the inside was soaked. When Camden was nursing throughout the night only microfiber and hemp kept him dry. It would be interesting to see how Chelory performs at night for a heavy wetter.
Chelory Stay Dry AIO cloth diapers are a one-sized diaper designed to fit newborn through toddler. Camden won’t have a problem wearing these to potty training since he is only on the small rise setting.
Is Chelory the perfect cloth diaper?
There is no perfect cloth diaper. You knew that. But, Chelory is a cloth diaper that makes me excited about cloth diapering!
WANT TO WIN A CHELORY??!!
Enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form. Winner will be chosen on Friday June 8th around noon. (remember the Rafflecopter form can’t be modified by end time, it will say there is time left by contest ends at NOON!)
Don’t wait to see if you win the contest to try a Chelory! Chelory will stock on Wednesday June 6th! Get your fingers ready because these diapers will sell out lickety split!
*I was given a snap and aplix Chelory stay dry AIO for review. My review is 100% based on the performance, quality and fit of the diaper…not that I received it for free :)