The best changing mats to keep baby comfortable during nappy changes

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by Kat de Naoum |

Choosing a changing mat may seem like a task and a half when there are so many on the market. With foldable, portable and wedge options, choosing the best changing mats can take time. Not to mention all of the different colours and designs to try and match up to the nursery!


To make things easier, we’ve singled out favourites according to rave reviews, including foldable and portable versions so that you're prepared wherever you go. From woodland animal changing mats to travel nappy changing mats, there's one to suit all.

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! The best mats are ones that you don't have to spend hours cleaning.

Another necessity is that it has adequate material and padding for the baby’s comfort. Sometimes, changing your baby on a hard floor or surface is unavoidable, so it can help to be prepared. Other factors to consider are size, high sides for safety, whether it folds for storage purposes, or whether it's portable for when you're on the go.

15 of the best baby changing mats

Splash About Anti-Bacterial Changing Mat

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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 it's 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

Lekebaby Portable Nappy Changing Mat Travel Baby Change Mat

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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 good padding and also has inner pockets for extra storage space to put wipes and nappies so that they're handy for changing.

JoJo Grey Spot Print Folding Changing Mat

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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.

John Lewis & Partners Wedge Star Changing Mat

John Lewis & Partners Wedge Changing Mat

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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.

Anti-Roll Changing Mat

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We’re loving the gorgeous designs of the Mama Shack anti-roll changing mat (trust us, they’re made for Instagram). Made with a wipeable, phthalate-free PVC cover and filled with thick supportive foam, it’s got raised sides to help your baby stay in the centre and feel more secure during nappy changes

Essentials Changing Mat, Animal Alphabet

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This super cute reversible design featuring alphabet animals would be perfect for the nursery. With wipe clean material, this changing mat comes in a variety of different designs. As well as thick, comfy padding, this mat is designed to fit Mamas & Papas dressers and cot top changers.

East Coast Nursery Tropical Baby Changing Mat

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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.

Rainbow Changing Mat

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With so many cheerful designs, it's hard for us to choose a favourite. As well as being great value and quality, it fits most dresser and changing tables for hassle-free changing. With high sides for safety as well as Phthalate-free PVC material against baby's skin, this changing mat is ideal.

Navy Mini Folding Changing Mat

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Looking to change your little one on the go? This trendy navy changing mat that folds away can be taken with you on your travels. Velcro straps that easily attach to your buggy and inner pockets for storage only make carrying this changing mat around that much easier.

Bambino Mio Changing Mat

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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.

Changing Mat, Woodland Animals by Ryn Frank

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Featuring the cutest woodland animal print, this changing mat has supportive foam padding and can fit most dresser and changing tops. As well as high sides to stop baby from rolling, baby will be more than comfortable getting their nappy changed on this lovely mat!

Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Bag

Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Bag
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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”.

Silvercloud Counting Sheep Changing Mat

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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.

Mama Shack Changing Mat

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Another of Mama Shack's changing mats, with three other popular designs to choose from. These designs are quick to sell out, and we can see why! With prints full of personality, padding and high sides, this one is an amazing addition to the nursery.

Cuggl Changing Mat

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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.”

How many changing mats do I need?

Usually, having two nappy changing mats would be more than enough. Ideally, you might have one that you can store away at home and a portable or foldable one to take with you on your travels that you can easily pop into your changing bag. That way, you're always prepared when baby needs changing when you're out and about.

Having a spare one around might not hurt either, maybe baby sometimes stays with grandparents who might not have a changing mat to use, so having one for this purpose might be handy. Whether or not you need a changing mat is up for debate, however, they're often the most hassle-free option.

With wipeable material, padding to support the baby's head and provide cushioning from hard surfaces, and high sides to stop baby from rolling off, (and, of course, all the cute designs!) we honestly can't think of a better option.

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