Best changing pad- for home or on the go!

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Before learning to use the potty, children use 7,000 diapers on average. That’s 7,000 diaper changes!

While this number may seem like a lot (because it is), it’s easier to swallow when we remember that diaper changes are an important time for your baby– they are an opportunity for bonding, and one of the first time a child experiences personal-care (the first 7,000 times they experience it, to be exact).

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Best Changing Pads for the Nursery

These are made to go in a changing table or on top of a dresser.

Why it’s wonderful: It’s affordable and durable.

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Why it’s wonderful: It’s organic, and free of many other harsh chemicals.

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Why it’s wonderful: This mat boasts extra high 4″ tall walls make this perfect for babies who are super rollers!

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Why it’s wonderful: Includes a mobile for baby to watch while you are changing their diaper!

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Diaper changes don't have to be a dreaded affair! They are an opportunity to bond with your baby through song and games.

Best Portable Changing Pads

The changing pads below are generally marketed for travel, but really they are just great portable options. You can:

  • Keep one in the diaper bag for changes on-the-go. PS: check out my all time favorite diaper bag here.
  • Keep one in the second floor of your home, if applicable, or in your bedroom, so you always have a changing station available.
  • Keep one at the grandparent’s house, so they have a changing station that they can easily put away when you’re not there.
  • Keep one in the trunk of your car, for when you’re out of the house and that’s the best place to change your baby (been there, done that 100 times).

Why it’s wonderful: This is a solid portable option, and includes storage for diapers and wipes.

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Magic Mom Hack

When you’re on the go, I recommend bringing your own bags to dispose of your diapers. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a trashcan.

These are a cute, eco friendly option. These bags are biodegradable (compared to other plastic bags, which take up to 500 years to decompose!).

Why it’s wonderful: One of the largest portable mats on the market– so you can actually use it until your child is out of diapers.

Note that it’s large size makes this a little difficult to fit inside a full diaper bag. This one is better suited for grandparent’s houses, the trunk, or a second changing area inside your home.

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Baby wearing is another wonderful way to bond with your baby! Find the best carrier for you here.

Best Changing Pad Accessories

Check out these top accessories to add to your changing table set up. While the right changing pad is the first step, you also may want to consider the following to simplify your diaper changes:

  • Changing pad cover: these can go on top of changing pads, and help your baby feel more comfortable when you put them on it (think: not so cold). Look for ones that are machine washable and dryable to save yourself some trouble. I really loved these ‘organic cotton Burts Bees covers.
  • Changing pad liners: newborns are notorious for peeing when you take off their diaper. You can (and should!) put these on top of your changing mat so they absorb the pee and it doesn’t run everywhere. These Snoozy ones are a well-loved organic cotton option. These Tillyou ones are affordable and a good size.
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Baby Changing Pad FAQs

Do I need a changing table?

Not necessarily, no. You will need what I call a “changing station.” That is, somewhere to change the baby’s diapers. But you don’t need a formal changing table. The main benefits of a changing table is that they have storage underneath them for all of the baby things, and they’re at a good height so you don’t need to bend over when you are changing a diaper. But it’s also totally possible to just to keep a changing mat or changing pad stored away and pull it out when it’s time for doo doo duty. You can also get a changing pad basket that you can easily move from room to room. Check out a stunning handmade one here.

What should I look for when choosing a baby changing pad?

At the end of the day, choose a diaper pad that matches your style! Whether you’re living in a small apartment or a large house, whether you’re a homebody or on the go constantly, there is a changing pad to suit your lifestyle.

And, if you’re in the market for other newborn necessities, check out my comprehensive database here.

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