Unpacking the diaper bag today for the first time in over a month, and I realized we had Pampers from three countries: the US, France, and Japan.
The Japanese ones [lower left] are far softer than either of the others, both on the surface and in their pillowy construction. But they must have some regulatory restriction on using weird scientifical absorbency crystals, because they hold far less--and hold it in far less well--than any others. That meant the kid's butt--and often, the outside of her diaper--were both damp when we'd change her. Heads up.
One innovation, though: the vertical yellow stripe running through the diaper's business district turns blue when it's wet. Call me a literalist, but shouldn't it be the other way around?
The French/EU diapers, meanwhile, are apparently identical to the US, including on performance and sizing [the Japanese diapers only have S-M-L.]. The only difference is the most obvious--and the most welcome: no Muppets being seared into your infant's subconscious.
Now, if only they'd come out with an all-white version, we'd be in business.