Choosing the best-changing mat may seem like a task and a half when there are so many on the market, but we’ve singled out 10 of the top changing mats out there according to rave reviews and hyper-enthusiastic buyers — including foldable versions.
What to look for in a baby changing mat
One of the most important things to look out for when choosing a changing mat is that it’s easy to clean. Whether it’s a wipe-down version or one you can easily pop in the washing machine, it’s highly likely it will get dirty more than once and you don’t want to have to faff about for hours cleaning it.
Another necessity is that it has adequate padding for baby’s comfort because sometimes, changing your baby on a hard floor or surface is unavoidable. Other factors to consider are size, high sides for extra safety, whether you’d like a foldable changing mat that stores away if space is limited, or if a portable changing mat can cover all your needs. Our top 10 picks for the best changing mats are:
- Splash About Anti-Bacterial Changing Mat
- JoJo Grey Spot Print Folding Changing Mat
- John Lewis Wedge Changing Mat
- Bambino Mio Changing Mat
- Silvercloud Counting Sheep Changing Mat
- East Coast Nursery Tropical Baby Changing Mat
- Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Bag
- Lekebaby Foldable Travel Changing Mat
- Cuggl Changing Mat
- JollyEst Foldable Travel Changing Mat
Scroll down to read more about these awesome baby changing mats so you can choose the right one for you.
As Amazon’s choice for the best swimming changing mat, and a Mother&Baby award-winning product, the Splash About changing mat has a lot of perks that make it a strong contender for the best changing mat; it’s antibacterial, non-slip, easy-to-clean, rolls up easily for carrying, and is incredibly budget-friendly too.
Tested by mum Rachel Robinson Tingle for the M&B Awards 2016: “I really liked this mat and thought the price was great value for money. It rolls up so is easy to put away in my swimming bag for the little one. It's very comfy and soft, grips well, and dries really quickly after use.”
Read our full review of the Splash About Anti-Bacterial Changing mat here
This small and lightweight folding changing mat from JoJo fits into a larger changing bag, or even a tote or handbag, and has two pockets — one waterproof — for baby changing necessities like wipes, nappies, and cream. It’s made from phthalate-free PVC and comes in a stylish minimalistic grey shade.
For your at-home baby changing station, this wedge changing mat from John Lewis is just the ticket. It has deep comfortable foam cushioning inside an easy-to-clean phthalate-free PVC cover, higher sides for added protection, and — as per one happy customer who stated that theirs is “still going strong two years later” — it’s durable too.
This awesome portable and foldable changing mat has an absorbent inner padding —as opposed to a sleek wipe-clean version — that can catch and absorb anything that escapes the nappy. You can then throw it in the washing machine and tumble dryer, ready for the next use. It also comes in not one or two, but 20 different funky designs to choose from.
The Silvercloud changing mat was designed to fit and sit perfectly atop a baby changing unit. It’s several inches thick which means it’s nice and comfy for baby and it comes in a nice and subtle unisex sheep design to go with any décor. To clean this waterproof mat, just wipe it down with a damp cloth.
For something more vibrant to catch baby’s curious eye (and perhaps make changing time more appealing), try this tropical rainforest baby mat from Argos which is a steal at the moment at under £4 — and it even comes with a one-year manufacturer’s guarantee. Padded, wipe-clean, and designed to fit most baby changing dressers, you can’t really go wrong with this one.
The versatile Pronto changing bag from Skip Hop has an expanding extra-wide changing pad which can be wiped clean, and there’s even a comfortable little pillow for baby’s head. It has a convenient strap attached, there are two inside pockets and one on the outside for the changing essentials and the design is modern and fun and doesn’t scream “baby changing mat”.
For an extremely simple portable changing mat that will keep the baby comfy during nappy changes and can fit in any nappy bag, tote, or under a stroller, the Lekebaby foldable travel changing mat comes highly recommended by many buyers. It’s lightweight, has some good padding and, at 70cm long, will last you many baby-changing months as baby grows.
Another at-home changing mat made for the first few months of a baby’s life is the Cuggl foam-filled, grey-and-white polka dot number. Waterproof, simple in design, and made from phthalate-free PVC, buyers have described this mat as “light and easy to put away,” “perfect quality,” and “cheap and practical.”
We’re loving the design of the JollyEst travel changing mat (because who doesn’t love cute deer and bunnies?). It cleverly features a stitchless design which means that no dirt can get into those nooks and crannies and it’s waterproof too. It also comes with a handy matching waterproof bag for dirty nappies or wet clothes.