I bought my first diaper from The Eli Monster about 6 months ago; a size medium creme speedypants AIO. When it started to seem kind of small on him, I got a little panicky, because I love it so much!!
I had “spotted” it on The Eli Monster Hyenacart store seemingly forever, and I was really surprised when it was still in stock when I had the money to buy finally. Learn from my fail here…”in stock” doesn’t mean ready to ship. It simply means she has the materials to make the item; all items are made to order! Her about me page is kept updated with current turnaround times. Since I have impeccable timing (ha!) I placed my order just as her daughter arrived. Despite just having had a baby, Steph gave me excellent service and an amazing diaper. She doesn’t send out a diaper that she doesn’t think is her best work!
What I love about The Eli Monster is that they are totally unlike any other diaper I have ever seen. They have hand sewn appliqués and hand applied screenprinting.
The screenprinting isn’t “perfect,” but it’s not supposed to be. It’s an incredible, hand made diaper, and no two will be exactly alike, unlike if a commercial company tried to copy this with a factory made diaper!
But anyhoo, the medium diaper I bought before is the speedypants, which was $19.50. This time, I bought the “special edition miracle diaper” for $25.50. For each one she sells, she donates a diaper to The Cloth Diaper Foundation (formerly Miracle Diapers.) The other items I am just dying to have are: the Punk Rock AIO, Anchor’s Aweigh AIO, Tattooed Baby Longies, and the Nautical Star Tattoo diaper. I also need one of her camera wrist straps and a Large Speedypants! She makes nursing pads, covers and embellished prefolds too.
It sounds ridiculous but OMG. For realz, yo. I want one of everything. I love, love, love Eli Monster stuff. Totally my style and so different than everything else.
In my opinion, you may want to consider sizing up in The Eli Monster. Above is the large Eli Monster, compared to a medium Bumgenius. My son still has lots of room in the medium Bumgenius, but has pretty much outgrown the medium Eli Monster. The Eli Monster’s Size Chart gives weight estimates of 10-22 pounds for the medium, but I would probably suggest going with her more general guidelines of medium=baby and large=toddler. My guy is only 18.5 pounds now, and the medium seemed smallish when we got it when he was a year old. Since my guy isn’t even on the CDC’s growth charts, a larger baby would probably grow out of it even sooner.
Yappity yappity, here it is measured folded and stretched:
Here is The Eli Monster large compared to the medium:
The most noticeable difference to me between the medium and large, was the soaker thickness. I’ve tried to photograph it, but it’s tough to show. I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in me pinching diapers with calipers. 😉
After using the large, it is definitely a better fit for my son. It makes sense to me. The smaller diapers have trimmer soakers, since you’re likely to change more often and/or have lighter wetters. The older babies tend to wet more at once, so you need more absorbency even if you change diapers as soon as they’re wet!
I love Eli Monster diapers, and so does my husband. They are one I reach for if I know that my son’s diaper might be hanging out of his pants. They are such cool and unique diapers, I’m always hoping someone will notice it, and I’ll be able to
bring them over to the dark side get them interested in cloth! Giveaway: The Eli Monster is offering a $20 gift certificate towards anything in her shop! Most items are under $20 so, woo hoo! Here’s how to enter: All comments go in the form below. Feel free to leave a comment, but comments do not count as entries. Mandatory entries include name, email address and your favorite Eli Monster item from The Eli Monster Hyenacart Store or The Eli Monster Etsy Shop . You may “like” The Eli Monster on Facebook for a bonus entry. I will accept entries until Wednesday, October 27th 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
FTC Compliance: I paid normal retail prices for items reviewed. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.