The great Japanese diaper review : Part one

In the interest of both informing the foreign parents of Japan (and myself), I have decided to review various types of diapers available here.

My son is now 23 months old and (hopefully) will not be in diapers for too much longer, but I thought it would be helpful nonetheless!

For most of Aiden`s life, we have used Pampers because they are available at Costco supermarket in bulk for a reasonable price. I have never found any problems with Pampers, and have used all sizes from newborn to large. We have also used both the tape (テープ) and pants (パンツ) types.

The first type of diaper that I will review in this series are Merries (large 9-14kg, pants type).

The tv commercials for Merries are very cute...

And so is the packaging.

I bought a pack of 56 `のびのび Walker` diapers from the drugstore for 1580yen (thats 28yen per diaper).

The diapers have different patterns that I have photographed below. The front of the diaper is marked with the word まえ (front) and the back is clearly marked with tape which you can use to wrap up the diaper for disposal.

 Front (まえ) and back

 Front (まえ) and back

- cute design
- popular brand (seems to be available everywhere)
- breathable materials (lining is made of cotton)
- yellow indicator stripe on diaper which turns blue/green after the child has peed

- the side panels are so soft they are difficult to rip
- because the materials are so soft, they don't hug the body too tightly, allowing leaks

Aiden is a big drinker, and usually goes through a lot of diapers each day. During our use of Merries diapers, we had at least 1 leak/overflow EVERY day/night. For that reason, I will not be using these diapers again, but if your child doesn`t drink a lot, they might be ok!

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


  1. Love to read your blog.
    Just for reference, I wanted to comment that I use a different brand, Mamy Poko nappies, they have mickey characters on them. They are a bit cheaper than the bigger brands, or the same price with a few more in the pack and suit my little guy because he has quite a longish body. The mamy poko seem to be deeper than pampers and bigger. I think i started using them because the DIY shop did a special half price temporary offer on them, so i stocked up and never went back. So jealous you have a costco near you.

    1. Thanks! Actually I am testing Mamy Poko now!! No leaks so far :)

  2. how to dispose baby diapers in trash, i heard it is illegal in japan, if you throw some light on this issue will be useful for expectant mothers..thnx

  3. Thanks for your email,
    According to the trash collection rules, paper diapers are included in combustible trash and should be thrown away with other kitchen waste. They prefer garbage not to have any offensive smells, so the diaper should be emptied into the toilet before disposal. The diapers and other waste should be in a semi-transparent trash bag.

    Here is an excerpt from the site I found...
    Please dispose of burnable trash, such as kitchen waste and scrap paper, in a designated container or transparent or semitransparent bag so that the contents are visible.
    Examples of combustible garbage
    Kitchen scraps, scrap paper, paper diapers (please flush waste matter down the toilet), sanitary products, cooking oil (absorb oil in paper/cloth or use a solidifying agent), plastic items, rubber/leather items, clothing, etc.

    Hope that helps.

    From Fran


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