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Chelory Stay Dry / SD AIO Cloth Diaper Review

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 1

Chelory was one of those brands that I was very curious about, like Ragababe. They have a big following, are pricey and hard to get. I’d heard about them in a cloth group quite a while ago, and at first glance, they looked just like Bumgenius to me.

I also instantly thought of certain smilies from Slickdeals.

Tee-hee! Anyhoo, I never thought I’d pay $30 for one diaper but considering how little I’ve spent to cloth diaper both of my boys, when I actually caught a stocking, I bit. Like other WAHMs, Chelory is stocked periodically with just a few diapers, and like some high-demand stores, there was a limit on the # you could buy, and diapers are typically snapped up faster than you can click. I managed to catch a stocking, and although she lifted the purchase limit, there were a few left. Not many, but a few. Orange probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but beggars can’t be choosers…wait…that just sounds odd considering I was begging to spend $30, amirite? :-p

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2

The diaper got here ridiculously fast. I purchased a stay-dry AIO, but she also has organic AIOs and AI2s.

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2-2 vs bg Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 2-3 vs sassy

Above, I’ve pictured it with a Bumgenius 4.0, and also with a Bumgenius Sassy to compare the colors. The Chelory looks to me like the body of a 4.0 (minus the stretchy tabs, and a little more square in front) and a soaker similar to the Bumgenius Elemental (Organic AIO.)

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 3 closures Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 4 rise snaps
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 6 leg elastic Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 7 rear elastic

Chelory diapers are available with hook & loop closures or snaps. The tabs easily fold back and stick to laundry tabs (which work, so far!) and there are 3 rise settings as well as encased leg elastic and rear elastic.

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 8 soakers Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 9 soakers under
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 10 front

The listing says that the soakers are bamboo and zorb topped with stay dry wicking fabric. It doesn’t say how many layers etc. but I have found the diaper to be very absorbent, and also very slow to dry, even if I flip the soaker in the dryer. The stay-dry fabric is the same kind on Super Undies…it has little holes in it and looks like a sport fabric. I don’t know the correct term for it!

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 11 stitching

Here is the small measured folded & stretched (definitely not an exact science, but just to give you an idea.) The owner estimates that these diapers will fit 12-40 pounds.

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 12 small folded Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 13 small stretched

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 14 small Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 15 small side
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 16 small rear


Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 17 medium folded Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 18 medium stretched

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 19 medium Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 20 medium side
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 21 medium back


Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 22 large folded Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 23 large stretched

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 24 large Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 25 large side
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 26 large rear

Here is the medium on my son at about 16 pounds and 10 months old:

Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 27 med on 16 lb baby Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 28
Chelory #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers 29

This diaper is very absorbent, and continues to gain absorbency each time I wash it, as is typical of bamboo. I like the fit since it is nearly identical to a 4.0. Even so, I still prefer a pocket where I can dry the insert separately, have it very trim and/or add absorbency as needed. With a price tag of $30, I’m definitely not itching to buy another, but I don’t regret buying it…I was dying of curiosity.

Have you used Chelory? Which ones? What did you think?

I paid for the pictured item at normal cost. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her toddler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
  • December 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

    […] been a popular brand for several years and had often sold out at stockings. More than two years ago I bought a SD AIO, and the stock was so limited I had to take what I could get! Chelory recently sent their organic […]

  • October 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I think that fabric is called wicking jersey?

  • Katie S
    October 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I love the bumgenius 4.0 and Elemental, so I’d probably love this one!

  • Laurie C
    October 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Ella has a Chelory. I went with snaps though. I tend to save it for when we run errands or visit family because it’s so absorbent. It does have a long dry time and that can be kind of annoying, but I still really like it.

    I managed to grab an elephant one, but she has one that looks like space that I still really want.

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