Hello lovely readers! I hope you’re having a merry day. Or at least you will after reading this blog on the best nappies in Japan – Merries Nappies! You may not have thought to google Japanese nappies, as why would you when there are so many choices in the UK? But as a mother myself of a 3 month old bubba, I know what it’s like to want the absolute best for your little one. Kao Merries nappies really will wow you with their ultra soft feel, anti-leakage and with different types to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. So roll up your sleeves and pull up your pull ups, I’ll show you why Merries are the best baby products out there!
Nappy Rash Prevention To Protect Baby’s Bottom
Nappy rash… diaper rash… whatever you like to call it we can all agree on one thing… it’s not very nice and you want more than anything to protect every inch of your precious bubba, including their cute little tooshy! There may be red patches on your baby's bottom, or the whole area may be red. Their skin may look sore and feel hot to touch, and there may be spots, pimples or blisters. Ouch! Most babies with mild nappy rash don't feel sore, but if the rash is severe your baby may feel uncomfortable and be distressed, poor thing. Nappy rash is often related to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. Nappy rashes certainly alarm parents and annoy babies, but fear not! It usually clears up with some simple at home treatments, like air drying, frequent nappy changes, ointments but also being wary of what type of nappy you’re using.
The best way to prevent nappy rash is to keep their nappy area clean and dry, so choosing the right nappy is imperative to keep your baby protected against that dreaded nappy rash. Be sure not to overtighten that nappy too as tight diapers stop airflow going into the nappy region, which sets up a moist environment; a nappy rash’s dream! You need a nappy that can protect against all of this and more! I may have the merry answer you’re looking for… Merries are considered to be the most breathable brand of nappy in Japan and leaves baby’s skin feeling smooth and dry. If your baby suffers from diaper rash, a switch to Merries may help!
Introducing The BEST Japanese Diaper – Kao Merries
With its cloud like feel and anti-leakage protection, it’s no wonder Merries are the top selling nappy in Japan. Merries are produced by a domestic company in Japan and are so popular that there was a time they often made the evening news for constantly selling out due to the demands of Chinese tourists whose bulk purchasing made retailers limit their sales to one pack per person! As they’re one of the most bought nappies, in-store stocks are limited, making online shopping your best bet. Hello Zak Zakka!
There’s a wetness indicator that changes colour from yellow to blue so you know when it’s time to change that nappy! For all you seasoned parents it might not be necessary but it’s perfect for newbies or if you’re letting your little angel have a sleepover at grandma’s who may not be as ‘with it’ when it comes to sniffing out a stinker. With this blue line she’ll know when it’s time, putting your minds at ease. Merries are also designed for parent & child communication; be sure to look out for the 18 different bunny designs and point them out to your little one! Who’d have thought that changing nappies could be fun for you and your baby.
Use Japanese Nappies to Keep Your Baby’s Skin Soft
Did you know your baby's skin is only half as thick as an adult's? A newborn baby's skin is so thin and delicate so it needs to be well looked after by keeping nappy rash at bay and how do we prevent nappy rash? By keeping that nappy area nice and dry. The moisture level in a nappy can go up to 80%, even a newly wet diaper might seem to have absorbed the wee immediately, but it's still surprisingly moist in there. Babies also sweat twice as much as adults, so the wee and poo can irritate the baby's moist and sweaty skin, causing nappy rash. Thankfully, Merries have 2 steps to reduce that stuffiness. Firstly, it has a 3 layer air-through system: layer 1 is a soft airy surface made of wavy mesh to allow air through and enhances breath ability. Layer 2 lets air pass through the absorbent layer. Layer 3 has an all round breathable sheet.
“97% of mothers find a drier bottom for their babies”
Secondly, it has an ultra soft and absorbent surface for delicate skin. There are two convex shapes (small and large) that absorb and lock in No. 1s and No. 2s from moving around the nappy. The large convex shape quickly absorbs all of baby’s business whilst the small convex shape prevents that business from spreading around the nappy. It has a lasting soft texture that’s gentle to skin, even after absorbing a lot of wee. In fact, the polymers in Merries nappies can absorb up to 200-300x the weight of fluid relative to its weight! Pretty impressive and giving you peace of mind even on mornings when your baby has wee-wee-weed the whole night.
There are two barrier flaps to prevent any leaks too. It gathers at the sides by the legs and also on the back. The tabs that seal the deal are rounded and made of a soft material that is gentle and does not scratch your baby's skin. The bright green colour is so easy to see making nighttime changes easy peasy as you know where to grab and pull. They’re actually reusable which is super duper convenient so if you don’t get the placement right the first time, you can try again… and again… and again! Merries nappies are incredibly soft and can adapt to all the activity that babies and toddlers make by having a flexible 'w' shape at the crotch area which is great for movement and flexibility.
“There is no comparison in softness, Merries wins hands down!”
– Polly and Pip
Types of Nappy – Tape & Pull Up Diaper
Tape type nappies have the benefit of adjustable sizing thanks to the fasteners on either side. Pull up types are good for little ones who don’t like to lie down for nappy changes anymore, but I use the pull ups on my 3 month bub who’s still lying down and it works a treat. Rather than the traditional tape removal where you undo, roll and tape to throw out, you simply rip the sides for easy removal. Once you’ve rolled the dirty nappy there’s a sticky strip at back of the nappy that helps keep that rolled nappy in place which means you won’t be dropping any nice surprises…
How To Change A Nappy
Merries nappies are so easy to put on and take off, even with the wriggliest of babies. First, spread out the nappy and raise the inner barrier flaps that help to prevent leakage. Next, place the new nappy directly beneath the soiled nappy before removing it. Pull the top part of the nappy up until it’s slightly above your baby's belly button. Open the soiled nappy and wipe away all the poo-poo and wee-wee, then gently lift your baby's bottom to remove it. Place your fingers over the inner barrier flaps to keep them raised as you lift the new nappy over your baby's belly button. For boys, make sure that their wee-willy winker is pointing downwards. Hold down the sides of the nappy and gently pull the tape over. A little tip - make sure both sides are symmetrical before fastening. Use your fingers to adjust the side barrier flaps around your baby's thighs to prevent any leaks.
With the pull up type you just slip bubba’s legs through the leg holes, like you would with pants and slide it up into position. Make sure the nappy is in place around the legs, back and up past their belly button. My little tip is to double check the inner barrier flaps on the legs to make sure everything is in place and covered; that way you know you won’t have any mess. The pants type nappies have an impressive 2.5 x stretchability making them easy to wear as they aren’t too tight but they are a comfortable snug fit around bubba’s tummy and thighs so there’s no worry of them slipping down. The ‘back flow lock’ at the back of the nappy is another safeguard against leaks as it instantly absorbs and locks in moisture.
With its fresh cotton feel, perfectly hugs baby's waist, comfortable, keeps baby’s bottom rash free and great absorption, Merries gets a 10/10 for me and my princess. Doesn’t your little one deserve the best? With plenty of sizes and types to choose from, Zak Zakka is the place to buy Kao Merries Nappies.