Top 10 Best Diaper Changing Pads for New Moms in 2019

diaper changing pad

Not all new baby gifts can be cute. In fact, most gifts for new moms are more practical than fun. Diaper changing pads are probably the least cute but most practical item that a new mom needs. It should come as no surprise that babies create a lot of dirty diapers no matter where they are. At home or on the go, those diapers have to get changed.

While it would seem that there would be only one option for diaper changing pads, there are actually a lot of choices on the market. And some of them are even cute. We’ve examined all the diaper changing pad out there and narrowed down the list so you can pick out the perfect pad for home and on the go.

Types Diaper Changing Pads Available

Enter your text here...When we talk about diaper changing pads, there are two kinds: diaper changing pads for a changing table and portable diaper changing pads. In one respect, both of these pads are the same. They keep your baby comfortable and safe during a diaper change. One is used only at home. The other you stash in a diaper bag.

Diaper Changing Pads for a Changing Table

Diaper changing pads for changing tables sit on top of your changing station. Most of these changing pads will attach to the changing station with a belt. These changing pads keep your baby comfortable and safe during diaper changes.

diaper changing pad: diaper, baby toys and baby bottle

Changing table pads are made of thick pads that keep your baby comfortable during diaper changes. You can cover it with a soft case that you can change out to match decor or to wash. Some models come with one or two sets of straps. One strap is to keep your baby from rolling off the table. The other strap is to attach the pad to the furniture and stop it from slipping off the table. Many of these changing pads are contoured on two sides, creating a depression. While this is not a safety feature, it can help prevent your baby from rolling off the pad

Portable Diaper Changing Pads

Portable diaper changing pads accomplish the same thing, just on the go. They are meant primarily to keep your baby away from germs when you change them using a public changing table. They are smaller and fold up for easy carrying. Most portable diaper changing pads can fit into a diaper bag, but some feature straps and outer zippers so you can use the pad as a small purse. Portable diaper changing pads are slightly more padded than a blanket, but not as padded as the table pad. And, unlike a blanket, a portable diaper changing pad holds its shape when a wriggly baby is on it. Most have several pockets to store things for easy reach (like extra diapers and wipes).

diaper changing pad: sleeping baby

Many diaper bags include the changing pad as part of a set. However, some people find that purchasing just the portable changing pad turns almost any bag into an instant diaper bag. Some of the portable pads can take the place of a bulky diaper bag. These pads have a strap for easy carrying and extra pockets for personal items.

What Features Should I Consider?

When looking at diaper changing pads, the first thing to consider is size. No matter what kind of diaper changing pad you are shopping for, they are not all the same size. Table pads come in different widths and lengths so make sure the pad you buy will fit your changing table. Portable pads come in a range of sizes and shapes. The larger it is, the more space it will cover, but it may be harder to fit into your diaper bag of choice.

Changing Table Pad Features

diaper changing pad: changing table pad

For changing table pads, look at whether or not it attaches to the table. If so, determine how it attaches. Some pads come with a strap that goes under the table and buckles the pad to the top of the table. But if you are using a dresser with a changing table accessory, it may not attach properly with a belt system. Because the pads come in different sizes and shapes, the cute cover that matches the nursery theme you want to get may not fit on that particular pad. And, once you get the cover on the pad, it may not be so easy to get off.

Portable Diaper Pad Features

Most portable diaper changing pads are not machine washable. You will have to wipe them down to clean them. But, some pads detach from the pockets. This makes it easier to wipe them down. Consider how the pad closes, since you will likely be holding a wriggly baby with one hand and will have to close up the diaper pad with the other hand. Some roll up. Others fold up. Once closed, some pads fasten shut with Velcro. Others have a hook and loop closure. Still, others may require you to tie them like a shoelace. They also may have a belt style buckle. Check the measurements and reviews to see how bulky the pad is. It may be too big for your bag. And, make sure there are enough pockets for things like wipes and diapers and everything else you need when changing a diaper.

Price Ranges

For a diaper changing pad for a table, there is a wide range, but the materials used in making the pad have an impact on price. Pads made from recyclable materials will cost more. Also, some pads come with covers while others do not. More straps, a non-skid back, or a thicker pad will also affect the price.

Portable diaper changing pads cost less than a hundred dollars. Again, size will affect the price as will the number of pockets. And, the type of pocket will also affect the price. Some “pockets” are really just mesh pouches.

How We Reviewed

For this review, we examined price and user reviews as well as features of changing pads.

Our Top 10 Picks for Diaper Changing Pads

Because there are so many choices out there, we’ve narrowed down our picks to our top five recommendations for diaper changing pads for changing tables and our top five picks for portable changing pads.

Diaper changing pads for changing tables

All of our recommended changing table pads are waterproof. While the cover may be machine washable, you can only wipe down the pad. Our recommended pads also have contours.

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
  • Durable quilted vinyl is 100% waterproof material that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth

The Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad measures 32 by 16 by 4-inches and is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. This pad also includes a machine washable cover. Suitable for babies weighing up to 30 pounds, the pad attaches to the changing table with a belt.

DaVinci Waterproof Contour Changing Pad

diaper changing pad: DaVinci Waterproof Contour Changing Pad

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, the DaVinci Waterproof Contour Changing Pad. Made of extra-firm, non-toxic foam, the pad has a safety strap. The pad measures 31 by 16 by 4-inches. Unfortunately, it does not include a cover.

PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad

PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad/ Changing Table Pad, White, 16" X 32" X 3.5"
  • Secure, swaddle-like strap calms your baby while gently immobilizing him or her during diaper changes

The PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars. Made from 100 percent recyclable foam, the 16 by 32 by 3.5-inch pad features a unique safety strap. Unlike other pads that have a thin safety strap with a buckle, this changing pad features a wide strap made of soft materials that has a hook and loop strap. It feels more like swaddling and is removable and machine washable.

Dream On Me contour changing pad

Dream On Me, Contour Changing Pad
  • contoured shape, non skid bottom

The Dream On Me Contour Changing Pad is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. Made of 100 percent rayon from bamboo, the 32 by 16 by 4.5-inch pad features a non-skid bottom, safety strap, and hypoallergenic quilted cover. The made-in-America pad is good for babies up to 45 pounds.

LA Baby Waterproof Contour Changing Pad

Featuring a skid proof bottom the LA Baby Waterproof Contour Changing Pad measures 30 by 16 by 4-inches large. It has a 4.3 out 5 stars rating and includes a non-allergenic and stain-resistant cover. It has a safety belt for your baby as well as a belt to attach it to the table.

Portable diaper changing pads

All of our recommended portable diaper changing pads are waterproof. None of these pads are machine washable. However, when necessary, you can wipe the pad with a bleach wipe.

MAMAN Portable Changing Pad Station

MAMAN Portable Changing Pad Station - Waterproof Cushioned Diaper Changing Mat Organizer for Baby Boys and Girls
  • POCKETS: front zipper pocket for personal items (keys, wallet, phone, etc.), mesh inside pocket (holds up to four large diapers), & zippered inside pocket (for wipes, creams, & other essentials)

Rated a whopping 4.9 out of 5 stars, the MAMAN Portable Changing Pad Station measures 11 by 2 by 8-inches. The pad has zippered inside pockets for small items and a large mesh pouch for up to four diapers. It also has a large outer zipper pocket when folded for personal items like a wallet, keys or phone.

J.L Childress Full-body Changing Pad

J.L. Childress Full Body Portable Baby Changing Pad, Fully Padded for Baby's Comfort, Waterproof, Opens to 19" x 30", Grey/Teal
  • Extra-large changing pad provides a clean, germ-free surface for baby when diapering on-the-go

The J.L Childress Full Body Changing Pad is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, the extra large 19 by 30-inch pad features a sleek design. Instead of pockets or pouches, a simple webbed strap holds diapers and wipes in place.

Comfy Cubs Baby Changing Pad

Baby Portable Changing Pad, Diaper Bag, Travel Mat Station Grey Large
  • Improve Baby Comfort & Hygiene - These portable changing mats provide a soft, supportive, clean space to change your baby's diaper or clothes, or take a short nap.

The Comfy Cubs Baby Changing Pad has a 4.8 out of 5-star rating. This pad features a long carrying strap and a short carrying strap. There is also an attached head pillow. The entire pad measures 8 by 11 by 1-inches and also has two inner pockets and one outer pocket for extra supplies.

Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station

Skip Hop Pronto Signature Portable Changing Mat, Cushioned Diaper Changing Pad
  • Ultimate baby changing station makes baby diaper changes easy-no matter where you are. Pronto pillow keeps baby's head comfy

The Comfy Cubs Baby Changing Pad has a 4.8 out of 5-star rating. This pad features a long carrying strap and a short carrying strap. There is also an attached head pillow. The entire pad measures 8 by 11 by 1-inches and also has two inner pockets and one outer pocket for extra supplies.

Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad

Skip Hop Pronto Signature Portable Changing Mat, Cushioned Diaper Changing Pad
  • Ultimate baby changing station makes baby diaper changes easy-no matter where you are. Pronto pillow keeps baby's head comfy

The Crystal baby smile portable changing pad is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars. Featuring 2 large mesh pockets for extra supplies, the 25 by 22-inch changing pad features an outer zipper pocket for personal items. The pad is detachable from the pockets making it useful for nap time and cleaning.

Our Final Thoughts

You won’t always get to choose where a diaper change happens, but being prepared will make things easier on everyone. Having a portable diaper changing pad available is a great way to keep your baby away from germs when diaper changes happen on the go. A soft and comfy changing pad at home means your baby can be comfortable during all those diaper changes.

Diaper changing pads may not be the as cute as a stuffed animal or blanket. But, not only will the new mom appreciate this practical gift, it will be well-used for many years to come.


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