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The Best Changing Pads on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. We’ve already written about the best high chairs, booster chairs, strollers, and double strollers, but this time we’re zeroing in on the best changing pads for babies, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best contoured changing pads

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

“I’ve had this changing pad for three years now — it is amazing! My 3-year-old still fits on it for diaper changes. Even if you don’t have a changing table, you can store it under your crib and pull it out as needed. No rips or tears three years later! It’s so convenient to have a pad to change messy diapers on. It didn’t have any smell when I received it and it still doesn’t now. We put two covers over each other and just take the top off if it gets dirty. All standard covers fit well. I will be ordering another one for the new baby’s room as well.”

L.A. Baby Waterproof 4 Sided Cocoon Style Changing Pad

“I have bought two of these now. I love the four-sided over the three-sided ones because I don’t change a wiggly kid standing at his feet. We place it on top of the dresser and not in a framed changing table, so the four-sided pad is perfect. I like that it is small, so it doesn’t take up a ton of space, but it is still large enough to fit my 2-year-old for changes. This pad withstood two kids and only gave out because my 2-year-old pulled it down during nap time and ripped and pulled out the stuffing.”

Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad

“I finally found this product for my third child. I wish I had found it sooner. It stays very nice on the changing table and doesn’t slip. It’s the perfect amount of contour and the length is also great. It’s perfect!”

L.A. Baby Waterproof Contour Changing Pad

“It fits our changing table perfectly. But the best part is that our baby loves it. When he’s inconsolable, we just lay him there and he happily chills. Maybe it’s the soft-firmness, the contouring, or something else, but he’s very much taken with this pad. Last night when I couldn’t get him to sleep, he actually fell asleep just by laying him on the pad on two separate occasions. I wish they made one small enough to fit his bassinet!”

Colgate 2-Sided Contour Changing Pad

“This is a wonderful changing pad and it is so nice that you can attach it to a table or dresser and not have to bother with some of the other box-style changing tops. My little one is long and big, so the generous size of this pad has been wonderful compared to others I’ve seen. It wipes clean easily and I would recommend it, despite the slightly higher price tag than some other brands.”

Best flat changing pads

Kushies Baby Deluxe Change Pad

“These changing pads are amazing. We ordered two originally and loved them so much that we ordered three more. They are soft, super absorbent, and wash well. Our baby spit up and peed on one multiple times, and we just wiped it off the flannel and you couldn’t even tell. The waterproof back is also great because it protects your surface underneath. We’ve used them on our carpet, our bed, the couch, and on top of our changing pad. We also love the size; they are much bigger than the changing pad that came with our diaper bag. I would recommend these to anyone and everyone with a baby.”

Baby Loovi Portable Waterproof Baby Changing Pad

“Wow, this changing pad is huge! Most of the changing pads I’ve gotten have been on the smaller side, and accidents can still sprinkle onto the side of the changing mat or almost anywhere I am changing the baby. But I guess accidents can happen, especially with a baby boy! This mat is unbelievably large, and it can almost cover the entire bottom of my playpen.”

Best portable changing pads

Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station

“Great changing station! I love this Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station! It is very easy to grab and go! I can attach this to the stroller and I can even attach it to my baby carrier, so I don’t have to worry about the bulky diaper bag. I like how I can just bring it into the bathroom and use one hand to open up everything within the bag. The changing pad is a good size and I have enough room for diapers and personal items, such as ChapStick, keys, and my phone. I recommend this changing station to all the mommies!”

JJ Cole Changing Clutch

“I love this! It is compact and I keep this in my car, so I always have diapers on me. It also makes me feel better because I don’t have to worry about putting my son on something germy! It only holds two or three diapers, so I usually carry a couple more in the diaper bag for longer jaunts. I bought a little hard-sided case for the wipes and it fits PERFECT.”

Mom’s Besty Portable Diaper Changing Pad

“For busy moms who don’t like carrying a ton of bags — this is like a baby pocket book, except it’s a changing pad that holds diapers and wipes. I love it. I simply put it in my main pocket book and take it everywhere. No need to carry a diaper bag; this is a three-step item in one cute pocket book–looking pouch. And — it comes with a lifetime guarantee! Granted ‘lifetime’ for this age is probably 4 years, but you’ll not find another change pad that offers that I assure you. Totally worth the money.”

SnoofyBee Portable Clean Hands Changing Pad

“You guys! You guys! This is one of my favorite baby things and I wish I would have bought it the moment we became pregnant. I didn’t buy it until my little one turned about 8 months old, and it has been amazing. We used it on top of the changing table for a while, but now that he rolls we just keep it on the floor and it keeps his little hands out of the mess. I will be gifting one of these to all the pregnant women I know. It is seriously the best!”

J.L. Childress Full Body Changing Pad

“This is the second one I have because I love these so much! The size is the best … much more appropriate than the tiny baby mats that I normally find that just don’t have enough space for squirmy, growing babies! The white surface is really easy to wipe clean and it does fold up easily. I mostly use this around the house so I lay them out for a little after each wipe down to dry before folding it back up. If I use it in a public restroom, I am sure to clean both sides as soon as I can. I have had so many other parents ask about this mat when they see the size!”

Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad

“This changing pad is AMAZING! I’m using it now during a travel trip across the States from coast to coast and it’s my favorite item. The changing pad is thin but still cushioned for comfort, the zippered pockets and elastic diaper holder are sturdy, and the carrying handle makes it easy for quick grab and runs to the bathroom for the little one. This is by far the best changing pad ever. I’ve been suggesting it to every one I see with little ones! Must have for the diaper bag or purse!!”

Best disposable changing pads

Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pad

“I wish I purchased these sooner. I hate using my nice changing pad on changing tables in public restrooms. I do wipe down the changing tables with antibacterial wipes before using, but still, the thought of putting the changing pad back in the diaper bag is still gross. These are perfect to dispose after use.”

NorthShore Premium Changing Pads

“We decided to try these instead of having to change the sheets every time one of the little ones decided to make a mess while changing their diapers. WOW, I’m so glad we did!! Instead of having the never-ending laundry pile up, this helps ease that problem a little bit. Very good quality, nice size, and they fit on the changing table well. These are well worth the money (which was pretty inexpensive) and save a lot of time in the cleanup area!! I’m so glad I decided to give these a try.”

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The Best Changing Pads on Amazon, According to Reviewers