10 Best Baby Changing Pads Reviewed in 2018

You’re out running errands with baby, filling up the cart or dropping off a package or making those returns when suddenly–oh no. You know it’s time. Changing baby at home is stressful enough, but doing it out in public adds all kinds of uncomfortable variables. Is the changing table in the restroom clean? Will it be available? Is there even a restroom or changing table nearby? Luckily, there are plenty of portable changing pads out there to make sure baby has the most sanitary and comfortable experience each and every time you swaddle them in a fresh diaper. We’ve gathered 10 of the top options below, both disposable and reusable. With these brands, you and baby are guaranteed to get the top of the line.

10 Best Baby Changing Pads Reviewed in 2018

 

1. Summer Infant Contoured

1. Summer Infant Contoured
The Summer Infant Changing Pad is made of 100% waterproof quilted durable double-layered vinyl and cleans easily with a moist cloth. It includes a safety belt with quick release to keep the baby secure and comfortable on the pad and has a non-skid bottom.
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The Summer Infant Changing Pad is made of 100% waterproof quilted durable double-layered vinyl and cleans easily with a moist cloth. It includes a safety belt with a quick release to keep the baby secure and comfortable on the pad and has a non-skid bottom. The walls are contoured to stabilize the child, plus it attaches to furniture for security with underneath straps. It is available as just the pad, combined with covers, or as a gift set combo, and it will fit most standard-size changing tables. The infant will stay in place securely and not fall off the table surface. The soft foam sides and padding will not flatten out even after long-time use.

Benefits
Because this item is constructed of a waterproof foam material, it is super easy to clean and wipe down. This is great to prevent germ build-up and ensure that your baby is in the cleanest environment.

What We Like About It
The soft walls of this changing pad ensure that the baby will not roll off the table as you change them or reach for supplies. These boundaries are necessary on a flat surface because it is too easy for a baby to roll into danger.

Cost and Value
This is the most economical product featured in our product list because it is the smallest package offered and a disposable item. For those always on the go, it is hassle-free and a great deal.
Pros

Includes a safety belt with quick release

Attaches to furniture for security with underneath straps

Will fit most standard size changing tables

Available as just the pad or as a gift set combo

The infant will stay in place securely

Cons

Some products were received with bubbles and folds

Disappointed a few people with the overall appearance

2. Munchkin Arm and Hammer

2. Munchkin Arm and Hammer
Perfect for sanitary and safe diaper changes, these Arm and Hammer Changing Pads for baby are leak-proof, so liquids will not seep through. The baby’s skin is kept from the moisture with the absorbent ultra-layers, and they are made of paper.
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Perfect for sanitary and safe diaper changes, these Arm and Hammer Changing Pads for baby are leak-proof, so liquids will not seep through. The baby’s skin is kept from the moisture with the absorbent ultra-layers, and they are made of paper. These have odor effective and natural protection from the pads being baking soda infused. This is a pack of ten disposable pads, but this product is available in eight pack sizes, such as ten, twenty, or thirty to a pack. They are perfect for traveling and away from home because you can just throw them away and not have to worry about cleaning up and maintaining a regular changing pad.

Benefits
Baking soda is added to these pads to keep them odor free and sanitary. Smells are minimized this way, and you can feel confident that your baby is on a great sanitary surface.

What We Like About It
You can buy these disposable pads in eight different size combination packs. Buy as many as you like to keep your baby in changing pads, especially if you travel plenty or visit family and friends.

Cost and Value
This is the most economical product featured in our product list because it is the smallest package offered and a disposable item. For those always on the go, it is hassle-free and a great deal.
Pros

Perfect for sanitary and safe diaper changes

Has odor effective and natural protection

Baby's skin is kept from the moisture

Are leak-proof so liquids will not seep through

Perfect for traveling and away from home

Cons

Not great for older babies to use

Some were disappointed in the quality for the price

3. Pronto Signature Portable

3. Pronto Signature Portable
Made of polyester material, this terrific Portable Changing Mat comes with a pillow that is built in and a baby wipes case that is translucent. Being see-through, you can tell immediately when you are running out of baby wipes without even opening the case.
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Made of polyester material, this terrific Portable Changing Mat comes with a pillow that is built in and a baby wipes case that is translucent. Being see-through, you can tell immediately when you are running out of baby wipes without even opening the case. This great product allows you to make diaper changes easily wherever you are, and the pad cleans easily by wiping it off. It is available in ten different colors, and the pad is extra-wide. This wonderful changing pad features a large pocket of mesh that can hold as many as four diapers, plus other essential items like creams, lotions, or powders. It has a zippered front pocket that can hold personal items, such as cell phones or keys and folds easily into the bag. This amazing portable item can be clipped to the stroller or strapped to your wrist for easy on the go changes. The pad can be removed from the bag also, leaving a nice carry-all for other types of items.

Benefits
The little extras of the pillow wipes case and the bag are terrific for those on the go. Portability is sometimes one of the most important features of a product for the baby because you are busy and on-the-go plenty.

What We Like About It
This wonderful changing mat is offered in ten different patterns and colors. You can pick out the color and scheme that best matches your nursery, baby car seat, or stroller for a lovely set.

Cost and Value
With an almost average price for this product, it is quite a bargain because it comes with the added pillow and wipes holder, plus it folds into a wonderful carrying bag.
Pros

Comes with a pillow and a baby wipes case

Available in ten different colors

Features a large pocket of mesh

Has a zippered front pocket for personal items

Pad can be removed from the bag

Cons

Mat was thinner than expected

Wipes case is not airtight

4. Baby Loovi Biggest Portable

4. Baby Loovi Biggest Portable
The name is right as this is one of the biggest diaper-changing mats currently on the market. It has plenty of room for the baby’s whole body and even to roll over, plus it comes with a bag for storing the pad and/or diapers. Use it anywhere and anytime such as on a bed, when shopping, in a car, away from home, or at home.
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The name is right as this is one of the biggest diaper-changing mats currently on the market. It has plenty of room for the baby’s whole body and even to roll over, plus it comes with a bag for storing the pad and/or diapers. Use it anywhere and anytime such as on a bed, when shopping, in a car, away from home, or at home. This super mat is compact when folded and will not hold odors. It is nicely decorated with a cute print pattern that will work for both boys and girls. This item makes a more comfortable place to change the baby, even on a changing table. It protects surfaces well because it is waterproof. This fabulous changing mat cleans easily with a moist towel and is comprised of three distinct layers consisting of polymer and sponge materials. The infant can even sleep on this lovely mat to protect sleeping surfaces.

Benefits
Because of its size, this fabulous pad can be used longer than some of the other pad options. The infant can be rolled over for a complete cleaning during a diaper change without having to leave the mat.

What We Like About It
The cute colorful pattern on this pad will blend in well with almost any nursery room décor, diaper bag, and changing table accessories. It is unisex in color and looks great in any room.

Cost and Value
Priced well below the average for all changing pads, this one is a terrific buy simply because of the size and portability. It is a permanent pad that can be used for a long time.
Pros

One of the largest changing pads available

Has plenty of room for the baby's whole body

Comes with a bag for storing it

Is compact when folded

Baby can sleep on this mat to protect sleeping surfaces

Cons

Some were not happy with the overall quality of the material

The color started fading after a month of use for a few people

5. LA Baby Waterproof

5. LA Baby Waterproof
Featuring four-inch side walls to keep the baby in place and safe, the Cocoon-Style Changing Pad is one-of-a-kind. It has a bottom that is non-skid, so it will not slide while you are changing the infant and includes a waterproof quilted outer cover.
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Featuring four-inch side walls to keep the baby in place and safe, the Cocoon-Style Changing Pad is one-of-a-kind. It has a bottom that is non-skid, so it will not slide while you are changing the infant and includes a waterproof quilted outer cover. This great item is stain-resistant, non-allergenic, phthalates-free, and anti-microbial. It comes with a safety harness that has a buckle with a quick release and is easy to keep clean with water and mild soap. There is even a security strap for holding the pad to a dresser top or changing table, plus a manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year.

Benefits
With a safety harness to hold the baby on the pad, you can have the freedom to reach for items to make the diaper change and not worry. The baby will not fall out or roll over out of this pad.

What We Like About It
Of the few changing pads that have walls on the sides, this pad is one of the best because the sides are high and stable. They are also on all four sides, unlike some others.

Cost and Value
This remarkable changing pad is priced well above average and is the second highest expensive item listed here. It is well worth the cost because of the safety features implemented.
Pros

Features four-inch side walls

Has a bottom that is non-skid

Includes a waterproof quilted outer cover

Comes with a safety harness and a security strap

Includes a one-year warranty

Cons

Some said it was not non-skid on the bottom

The pad surface was a bit rough for a few people

6. SnoofyBee Portable 3-in-1

6. SnoofyBee Portable 3-in-1
The SnoofyBee Portable 3-in-1 is a 100% polyester diaper clutch: it folds up small, unfurls to be a changing station, and transports all diaper essentials!
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The SnoofyBee Portable 3-in-1 is a 100% polyester diaper clutch: it folds up small, unfurls to be a changing station, and transports all diaper essentials! This changing pad is water-resistant and roomy, with a ¼” thick foam pillow to keep baby pampered and pleased. The sides fold up and the inner loops allow you to attach toys. This creates something of a cone of privacy, so baby is distracted while you do the dirty work. Attach their favorite jingling set of keys or little stuffie and let them play while you change. The updated design features smooth, hassle-free velcro, two toy links, and an elastic closure so more supplies can fit inside. And adjustable wrist and stroller strap let you attach this carry-along so you can keep your hands free, and water resistant wipe-down material makes cleanup quick and easy. Be a busy but stress-free bee with Snoofybee.

Benefits
Babies are bound to kick, pull, and generally make life difficult when it’s time for a diaper change. This changing pad allows a little bit of separation and distraction to make the grown up’s job easier while the cone keeps baby’s hands from joining the fray. It also keeps them on a clean surface that you can control, and gives baby a little padding for comfort.

What We Like About It
It’s like a really cute, soft version of that cone your vet puts on the dog to keep them out of trouble. This changing pad keeps baby’s hands above the changing action, and occupied with their favorite toys. It fits changing accessories and supplies in it, so you don’t need to carry multiple diaper bags with you when you go.

Cost and Value
It’s a pretty standard price for a more permanent changing pad, and given the fact that it also doubles as a bare necessities diaper bag, we think it’s a pretty great deal.
Pros

Two rings for attachable toys

¼” thick foam padding

Elastic closure allows more room for storage

Attaches to your wrist or stroller to keep hands free

Compact and easy to clean

Cons

The product runs small and is too tight for some babies

7. PooPoose Wiggle Free

7. PooPoose Wiggle Free
Designed by doctors, the Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad includes a strap that is swaddle-like for holding the infant secure. The strap is removable and washable, plus it fits infants to toddlers. The foam is contoured, comfortable, and high-quality.
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Designed by doctors, the Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad includes a strap that is swaddle-like for holding the infant secure. The strap is removable and washable, plus it fits infants to toddlers. The foam is contoured, comfortable, and high-quality. It is not necessary to have an additional cover for the pad because it cleans easily. Made of food-grade and medical-grade materials that are non-toxic, the amazing pad fits most changing tables that are standard size. The raised side edges gently cradle the infant while you change them, and the soft straps provide a natural calming effect on the child. This great product is made with recyclable foam.

Benefits
With raised edges on the sides of this marvelous pad, you will not have to worry about the baby rolling off. It will gently keep them centered while you get the little one clean.

What We Like About It
The wide strap is soft and gently holds the baby on the pad. You can reach for items you need during the diaper change with the infant held in place.

Cost and Value
This is the highest priced item we feature and rightly so because it was designed by doctors and made of recyclable food-grade and medical-grade materials.
Pros

Straps are removable and washable

Velcro strap fits infants to toddlers

Made of food and medical-grade materials

Was designed by doctors

Made with recyclable foam

Cons

The Velcro strap is loud and can scare the baby

Infants can still rotate in the strap

8. J.L. Childress Full Body

8. J.L. Childress Full Body
Being one of the larger pads offered online, this excellent product is extra-large and folds compactly to put in a travel bag, diaper bag, or purse. It is available in four terrific colors and gives the infant a germ-free clean place for diaper changes.
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Being one of the larger pads offered online, this excellent product is extra-large and folds compactly to put in a travel bag, diaper bag, or purse. It is available in four terrific colors and gives the infant a germ-free clean place for diaper changes. Made of waterproof safe PEVA material that cleans easily, this Full Body Changing Pad from J.L. Childress is phthalate and lead-free and fully-padded. It includes a webbing strap that can hold a baby wipe container and diapers to the pad for storage and traveling convenience.

Benefits
Extra supplies like diapers and a package of baby wipes can be held onto this folded pad with the webbing strap. That makes this item a real convenience when on the go or traveling.

What We Like About It
You get to choose from four colors for this terrific pad, which is a great feature. Most of the available changing pads do not offer a color choice, but this one does to make it more personal.

Cost and Value
This terrific large pad costs half the average price of these items and is worth it because of the large size and external strap to hold a few extra changing supplies.
Pros

Is extra-large

Is phthalate and lead-free

Folds compactly

Is waterproof and fully-padded

Includes a webbing strap to hold extras

Cons

Some said the material makes noise

Padding thickness was a disappointment for a few buyers

9. Little Things 25

9. Little Things 25
This 25 pack of brightly printed changing pads is portable, disposable, and wonderful for traveling and away from home. These come in two color choices that are both unisex and are larger than normal size. They are durable and can be used more than one time, especially at home.
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Disposable pads make cleanup after diaper changing so easy because you can just throw them away when done, and these unfold quickly with just one hand. They are large enough to roll the baby over to clean both sides and will keep the infant off unsanitary surfaces. This amazing product is leak-proof and comfortable, plus comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee for your satisfaction.

Benefits
Even though these are disposable, they are quite durable and can be used several times before discarding when at home if they are still clean. This makes them very economical.

What We Like About It
For parents who travel plenty or always away from home, these disposable changing pads are fantastic. Just unfold, use, and toss to make diaper changing so easy and carefree.

Cost and Value
This outstanding product costs the average of all listed changing pads here, which is higher than some of the other disposable products. There are more in the pack and they can be used more than once.
Pros

Comes in two color choices that are unisex

Can be used more than one time

A larger than normal size and are durable

Unfolds easily and with one hand

Large enough to roll the baby over on

Cons

May have an odor

Some said they are not leak-proof

10. Crystal Baby Smile Portable

10. Crystal Baby Smile Portable
This portable changing pad can detach from the remaining changing station and is lightweight and compact. It is easy to clean, waterproof, wipeable, and germ-free, plus it comes in three great colors. Perfect for home, travel, and visiting, this outstanding pad includes plenty of storage space in mesh pockets.
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This portable changing pad can detach from the remaining changing station and is lightweight and compact. It is easy to clean, waterproof, wipeable, and germ-free, plus it comes in three great colors. Perfect for home, travel, and visiting, this outstanding pad includes plenty of storage space in mesh pockets. It will hold creams, wipes, small toys, and diapers and folds easily into the carrying pouch. This marvelous changing pad has an exterior zippered pocket for personal parental items such as keys, napkins, and cell phones. It includes a buckle strap that will clip the pad to a stroller or hang on your wrist. The Portable Changing Pad makes a wonderful gift for baby showers and new parents because it is organized, spacious, and of superior quality.

Benefits
If you are looking for a great gift for new or expecting parents, then this is it. this is a super changing ensemble that has everything parents need for making the infant comfortable and changing him or her with ease.

What We Like About It
Any extra space is always appreciated and used when you have a new baby. This changing station has plenty of space for all of those supplies and extras that are needed when changing the baby’s diapers.

Cost and Value
Right at the average price of these changing pads, this product is a fantastic value because it is packed full of space, giving your organization abilities like no other item.
Pros

Changing pad can detach from the remaining pouch

Includes plenty of storage space in pockets

Will hold creams, wipes, small toys, and diapers

Has an exterior zippered pocket for personal items

Makes a wonderful gift for new parents

Cons

Some received the wrong color

May be too big for a small diaper bag

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Baby Changing Pads

Disposable vs. Reusable

There are benefits to both kinds of changing pads. Disposable pads are quick, easy to carry around, and can easily be tossed once you’re done with them, but you’ll need to replenish your stock fairly often, and they aren’t as environmentally friendly. Reusable will last you longer and probably cost less in the long run, but babies do sometimes outgrow these, and they can get damaged from wear and tear and require replacements anyhow. They can be a larger investment up front, but still probably are the more economic choice overall. With reusable changing pads, you’ll have to carry them to and from wherever you’re changing baby, and also clean them after every use. This is usually pretty quick and easy, as most can be wiped down, but it does present more baggage to be hauling around when you’re out and about. In the end, both can be quality, functional options, just consider what will better suit your lifestyle and needs.

Functional and Comfortable

Several of these changing pads feature added functionality, such as wrapping around to keep baby’s hands away from your task. A few include space for storing changing necessities so that you won’t have to lug around yet another diaper bag with you. And a couple include clips and places to attach toys to keep baby entertained. Furthermore, most of the semi-permanent options feature additional padding, so baby will be comfortable during any changing excursions. If you’ve got a little wiggle worm, the extra padding might make everyone feel just a little safer so there aren’t any bumped noggins or extremities should baby start kicking or squirming around during the changing process.

Top-rated and most-purchased items

We only highlight the best online products in a category for your enlightened shopping experience. These changing pads all have the most reviews and the top ratings out of all such items currently online. Customers who bought them provided overwhelmingly positive feedback stating their satisfaction with these, making them the best offered by manufacturers for changing baby diapers. We search through the product descriptions, review feedback and comments to give you concise, informative summaries to make intelligent buying decisions.

For the purpose of changing baby diapers

Each of these products is for the sole purchase of changing baby diapers safely and germ-free. Sometimes parents must change the diapers of infants when they are traveling or at other people’s homes and there is no place that is suitable to place the baby. These changing pads give you that safe place to place your precious baby in a germ-free, clean environment as you care for them.

Lightweight, durable, and portable

Even the pads that do not fold up into a neat package are portable, durable, and lightweight. Most of those are made out of soft foam and plastic, so they can be easily taken on trips, in the car, or away from relatives and friends houses. The ones that do fold into compact forms can be tucked away in diaper bags, purses, or backpacks to be taken and used anywhere you need to change a diaper on the go.

Easy to clean and safe for the infant

Every one of these diaper-changing pads can be cleaned easily by wiping with a damp cloth and mild soap if it is not a disposable type. Many uses can be had by these and their care is simple. The disposable pads do not need to be cleaned because they can be simply thrown away. All of them are safe for the child because they provide a safe, germ-free place for them to be while their diaper is changed, or they take a nap. Some of these pads are large enough to allow the baby a comfortable place to sleep, especially when they are not wearing a diaper. A few of the non-foldable pads have side walls to prevent the baby from rolling off and/or straps to hold them to the pad around the waist. These safety measures add to the value of the item and make them great to have for new parents.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which pads are disposable and can be thrown away after using?

A: The disposable changing pads are the ones from Munchkin and Little Things.

Q: Is it best for traveling or in the car purposes to use the disposable pads or the regular ones that fold up?

A: Most people would go with the disposable pads because of storage issues and cleanliness, but this is a personal decision that highly depends on the conditions where you will be when changing the diapers. If there is a place to throw away the disposable ones, then this would be a great choice. If there is not, then perhaps cleaning a permanent one would be the better option.

Q: What are these pads made of?

A: The permanent-type pads are generally made of plastic and foam materials to be easy to clean, lightweight, and germ-free. The disposable ones are made of paper and plastic to provide a throwaway alternative to permanent changing stations.

Q: Will one of the permanent-type pads last long enough for the whole infancy of the child or will another one have to be purchased in a few months?

A: This would depend on the use and care of the pad. With regular use, it may be necessary to repurchase pads every few months depending on the brand. Some buyers experienced deterioration after a few months with some of these, but the level of care for the product will determine how long each of them hold out.

Q: Are there any color choices for these that are not disposable?

A: Yes, two of the items have colors choices. They are the products of Pronto, Crystal Baby Smile, and J. L. Childress. Several color choices are available with these terrific pads.

Q: Which pads have pockets or places to put supplies like diapers and lotions?

A: The pads that have pockets or places to put little extras are the Pronto Signature Portable Changing Mat, the J. L. Childress Full Body Changing Pad, and the Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad.

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