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The Eli Monster AIO Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 10/27)


eli monster aio

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!!

eli monsterdiapereli monster large diaper

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!

velcro closures

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.

screenprinted diaper hand screenprinted diaper

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.

eli monster large vs bumgenius mediumeli monster large vs bumgenius medium front

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:
eli monster med vs largeeli monster med vs large rear
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.    😉
med vs large soaker thickness foldedmed vs large soaker thickness

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!

The first photo is him in the medium, taken the same day as the other photos.
eli monster medium on 18.5 lb baby eli monster large on 18.5 lb baby
large front on baby leg opening

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!

diaper rear diaper from side

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.

Entries as of October 27th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 213

FTC Compliance: I paid normal retail prices for items reviewed.  I was not 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 preschooler 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.
  • October 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    >yea I really like how much you make it easy to enter. thanks!

  • October 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    >Yup, I'm going to chime in and say that the entry form is ingenious! Love your blog!

  • October 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    >I love the reviews and the easy entry for the contests! Thanks!Cindy

  • October 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    >Super cute diapers!, thanks for the giveaway and the super easy form! =)

  • October 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    >I just want to say how much I appreciate that. I've had a rotten time lately and I'm feeling really down on myself, today has been especialy stinky. Knowing that someone appreciates something I do makes me feel good. 🙂

  • October 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    >I agree with Diaper Dad! So refreshing and I'll keep saying it every time I enter!

  • October 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    >Thanks! Have I mentioned lately that I love the easy entry? 😉

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