Your new bundle of joy is sweet-faced, smiley, and a pooping machine, which means around-the-clock changes. You have your diapers, your diaper bag, and your rash cream — so now, you need a high-quality diaper-changing pad.
You need something sturdy, washable, and easy to deal with. You don’t want anything cumbersome or huge, but you also don’t want something that won’t protect your furniture or floor, either. It needs to be a balance of size, shape, cleanability, and ease of use.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
There are so many options out there: How do you make sure you don’t end up with a crappy changing pad? First, you need to think about materials. Your diaper changing pad either needs to be wiped clean with a Lysol wipe, or should be able to be tossed in the washing machine. After all, no one wants to hand-wash a changing pad!
Next you need to consider its use. Are you taking it with you, or are you using it at home? This will determine the size you need, and if you need it to fold up.
Lastly is cost. Spending a ton of cash on something your baby is literally going to poop all over feels like a waste to us.
You can avoid getting the contents of their loaded diapers all over the nursery (and their hands) with these top-rated picks. Whether you have a squirmy baby who can’t seem to keep still or you just need a pad that speaks to your love of all things organic, we’ve found the best changing pads to easily get you through the diaper phase … as long as it may feel.
- Size: 27 x 26 inches
- Material: Polyester
Yes, this is genius! When you’re on the go and baby is extra fussy, you’ll love having a changing pad that’ll keep baby’s hands clean and busy. Not only will your little cutie not get dirty, but you’ll have an easier time changing their diaper because they’ll be preoccupied with the hanging toys.
- Size: 29 x 16 inches
- Material: Green Guard-certified foam
This innovative changing pad from Hatch Baby will be your favorite part of baby’s new room.
With the dual function of being a safe place to change your baby’s diaper and a super accurate scale, you won’t have to wait until the next check-up to know where your baby falls on the growth chart. When you download the app, you’ll be able to keep track of your baby’s feedings, weight gain, and diaper changes.
- Size: 33 x 16 inches
- Material: Greenguard Gold- and CertiPUR-US-Certified safe foam
You want the best for your baby, but if you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks for an organic changing pad, this wallet-friendly pick makes a great alternative. There’s no off-gassing of toxic fumes from the cushion, thanks to the GREENGUARD Gold certification. In addition, the filling is CertiPUR-US-certified safe foam, made without flame retardants or formaldehyde.
- Size: 32 x 16 inches
- Material: Vinyl cover
Affordable, comfortable, and easy to clean: What more could you ask for? Summer Infant’s popular changing pad has four sides to keep your baby from rolling around during diaper changes, and it can help contain runny diaper leaks from spilling onto the carpet (or you).