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7 Baby Items Worth Buying In Japan

2016.03.04

Writer name : beauty_mom

Japanese baby goods are known for being useful and high-quality. Here are some baby items you should consider buying.

1. Powdered milk

Japanese powdered milk is known for being high-quality and easily soluble, something that's made it very popular in Asian countries. One recommended brand is the Meiji Hohoemi series by Meiji Dairies Corporation. Their cube-shaped powdered Milk, Meiji Hohoemi Rakuraku Cube, is very useful because you don't have to spend time measuring. It allows families that aren't used to making milk to easily get the baby's food ready. Since they have a long shelf life, you can buy in bulk without fear. You can by it at supermarkets and drugstores around the country for about 300 JPY - 400 JPY.

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1. Powdered milk

2. Bolo

Bolo is a small baked snack made of wheat and sugar. It has almost no additives so it's often given to babies as a snack. It is known under a few names like "Baby Bolo" and "Tamago Bolo". It's about 1 cm wide, making it easy for babies to eat. You can buy it for a few hundred yen at supermarkets, drugstores, or stores with baby goods. It's one of the standard products in the Calcuite Bolo series from well-established cookie and biscuit maker Ito Biscuits. Babies can start eating it when they're around six months old.


2. Bolo

3. Cooling sheets for babies

In Japan, there are cooling sheets used when one has a fever. They're usually made with menthol and stick to the forehead so they don't fall off even if you lie on your side. There are actually versions for babies as well. No matter which company the sheets are made by, they last for about 8 hours and don't fall off easily so you can use them without fear even as your baby sleeps. They're gentle and non-irritating so parents can use them without anxiety. You can buy them for about 400 JPY in supermarkets, convenience stores, and drugstores.

*It isn't medicine to lower a fever, but works more like a cool washcloth placed on the forehead.
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3. Cooling sheets for babies

4. Sippy cups

Many Japanese sippy cups have very cute designs. Pigeon's Magumagu series (starting from 1,200 JPY (excl. tax) has four types, including those with mouthpieces similar to a nipple and some with straws, so you can match the cup to your baby's needs as they grow. They're easy to clean and put together and were made with health in mind so everything about these cups were made with great attention and care. You can buy them in any store that carries baby goods.

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4. Sippy cups

5. Baby Waserin

When your baby has skin problems, a recommended product to try is petroleum jelly for babies. It's a gentle product made with few impurities. You can use it as a moisturizer after baths, but also as a treatment for diaper rash. Even though it's marketed for babies, adults can use it for their own skincare as well. Kenei Pharmaceutical is the representative brand that markets it as Baby Waserin, but there are other options as well that you can buy at drugstores for about 500 JPY.

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5. Baby Waserin

6. Baby toothbrushes and toothpaste

A recommended baby toothbrush is Combi's oral care series (starting at 480 JPY (excl. tax)). Dental experts were involved with its creation, and it is made with a soft head so that when babies bite it feels like a toy. There is also a little plate that stops the brush from going too far into the baby's mouth towards their throat, so parents can feel safe using it. The fruit-flavored toothpaste gel (480 JPY (excl. tax)) comes in orange and strawberry flavors so that the baby can look forward to tooth brushing time.

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6. Baby toothbrushes and toothpaste

7. Disposable diapers

Disposable diapers are a made in Japan product that is gentle on the skin while still being highly functional. Kao Corporation's Merries series is the representative of Japan-made disposable diapers, and they are so popular with foreign tourists that they cause an uproar due to the supply being much less than the demand. They're thin and easy to carry, but on top of that they have excellent breathability and dry quickly. On hot days they don't fill with moisture from the humidity, which helps stop diaper rash. The price changes depending on the size of the pack, but you can pick some up for about 1,000 JPY.

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7. Disposable diapers

Japanese baby products are beloved not just for their convenience and high quality, but also for their unique features. What about trying some of these products for the babies in your life?

*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information

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