Babies are magical, adorable and joy-inspiring bundles, but they can also be messy, and nappy changing can often seem like an almost never-ending ritual.
Whether you’re at home or out and about, a baby changing mat is one of the most essential nappy changing accessories to help the changing process go as smoothly, comfortably and cleanly as possible.
While some parents may use a blanket or towel to rest their baby on while they change, a wipe-down mat you can easily clean can be a godsend for many, especially if you’re away from the house.
There are plenty of changing mat designs to choose from including simple, cheap versions, portable styles designed for travel and all out luxury options.
Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best changing mats we’ve found, including our MadeForMums Award winners. There are three baby changing mat reviews of winning products which have been tried and tested by our own, real parent judges to win the bronze, silver and gold awards. You can see a full list of more award winner nappies, changing and potty training products here.
Here’s our pick of the best baby changing mats…
1. Mama Shack Changing Mat, £19.99
Machine washable: No | Size: 79cm x 45cm | Colours: wide variety – see online | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best changing mat/pad – Gold
This a traditionally shaped changing mat with smart design upgrades. The mat is spongy and soft for babies to lie on and the turned up sides help to keep your baby secure. Our judges were especially impressed with the huge range of stylish designs, including personalised options which would be ideal as gifts.
There were glowing changing mat reviews for this product. We were so pleased with the performance and design that we awarded it a Gold in the MFM Awards 2020. Parents who reviewed these mats for us loved the size, design and quality of the products.
“They are so practical with the turn up sides and I also love the size as it’s bigger than usual,” said mum and MFM tester, Leah. MFM tester, Sammy, adds, “I can tell the quality will last a long time. Gorgeous soft and spongy so comfy for baby.”
Available from: Mama Shack
2. Bibetta Star Changing Mat and Nappy Wallet, £19.99
Machine washable: Yes | Size: Large – 72cm x 58cm, folds down to 26cm x 20cm | Colours: Plum, black and blue
You’ve got baby ready for their nappy change and put them straight on to a cold mat – brr! Unless you’re using the Bibetta Star changing mat of course.
Made from soft, padded neoprene material, it’s warm and comfy for your little one, and its unique star shape means they can stretch out their arms and legs too. The neoprene material also means it’s easy to wipe down as one Amazon reviewer found, “Cleans well and is a lot softer and less plastic-y feeling than others I’ve had, so I can imagine it’s comfier for baby.”
Despite its extra large size, it folds down easily into a compact clutch bag shape, making it the perfect travelling accessory when you’re out. With a pocket for nappies and wipes, and the fact that it can be machine-washed and tumble-dried, it’s a win-win.
3. Skip Hop Pronto Striped Changing Bag with Changing Mat, £30
Machine washable: No | Size: 30cm x 21cm | Colours: Striped, chevron
If you’re after the full kit, you can get a changing bag with a changing mat included. This bag by Skip Hop Pronto has plenty of storage space and lots of handy features such as a wipes case and mesh pockets for oils and ointments.
The changing mat is extra wide and features a cushioned pillow space for your little one to rest their head during changing and is designed to be wipe-clean.
This stylish changing bag and mat received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on the John Lewis website. Parents who had bought the bag in the past commented on the size and practical design, saying that “everything fits well” and it is “light to carry” with a “good handle.”
Another parent praised the product, describing it as having a “brilliant practical design with loads of useful storage space” but “not too big and bulky but great for taking all the essentials.”
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4. Bumbo Changing Pad, £67.95
Machine washable: No | Size: 48cm x 73cm | Colours: Aqua, grey, pink | Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best changing mat/pad – Gold
This unique changing pad by Bumbo is ergonomically designed and features high sides to prevent babies rolling away. The pad includes an adjustable strap to help keep your little one in place and the base is made from high quality foam for a soft, comfortable cushioning.
We were impressed with the clever design and effectiveness of this product, awarding it Silver in our MadeForMums 2020 Awards.
“Simple to use – with a clear dip in the pad for baby’s head to go in. Straps easy to adjust,” said MFM tester Harriet, while MFM tester Wandana added that the, “material is very soft and padded, very kind on little ones skin and really easy to wipe clean.”
Available from: Amazon
5. Babymoov Disposable Changing Pads – pack of 10, £7.99
Machine washable: No | Size: 40cm x 60cm | Colours: White/grey
You’re a parent-on-the-go, and you need fast, cheap, simple, solutions. Enter the Babymoov disposable changing pads which are ideal for travel.
These leak-free, disposable mats are super-absorbent, small enough to fit in your bag and hygeinic – they can be disposed of as soon as you’ve used them. No messy mats to carry around for you!
Ideal for travelling, you can take them wherever you go, and in a handy pack of 10, they’ll see you through those times when you just need to change-and-go.
6. The Wriggler Changing Mat, £34.99
Machine washable: No | Size: 68cm x 43cm | Colours: Animal characters Awards: MadeForMums Award 2020, Best changing mat/pad – Bronze
This innovative changing mat features straps to help hold squirming little ones securely in place while you are changing. The attached knee-pads allow parents to anchor the mat in place while changing, so it shouldn’t roll up while you’re in the middle of things.
There were great changing mat reviews for this design and we awarded it Bronze in the MadeForMums 2020 awards. MFM tester Sharon described it as “great quality” and advised that, “if your baby is a wriggler, then the The Wriggler changing mat is a worthwhile investment.”
While judges were impressed overall, some parents did find the mat a little fiddly to get the hang of. For example MFM tester Katy says, “The straps that the arms go through really do hold a wriggly baby in place. It can be difficult to get the knees in place quickly enough though.”
Available from: The Wriggler
7. Splash About Changing Mat, £11.99
Machine washable: No | Size: 38cm x 63cm | Colours: Shark Orange, Navy and Red, Navy and Turquoise, Pink and Pink Blossom
Let’s face it, changing babies for, and after, their swim can be challenging, especially if you can’t find somewhere suitable to lay them down. But, there’s no need to fret with this super-comfy splash mat.
Made from anti-bacterial neoprene, the Splash About Changing Mat retains heat (always a good idea for a post-swim change) and is non-slip. One Amazon customer liked that it provided a warm surface for her baby and said, “It’s thick enough so you can lay your little one down onto the floor and it also helps to keep them warm to some extent (better than just a towel on the floor).”
It also folds to a compact size and according to one Amazon customer, it “drys relatively” quickly so is perfect for using on the go. Simply wipe down and roll up after use, ready for next time.
Available from: Amazon
8. Leander ‘Matty’ Changing Mat – Dusty Grey, £89
Machine washable: No | Size: 51cm x 73cm x 11cm | Colours: Dusty Grey, Pale Blue, Cappuccino, Soft Pink
To Scandinavian company, Leander, design is a passion. But, they also believe their products should be strong in shape and function, and the craftsmanship should be good.
The Leander ‘Matty’ all-in-one changing mat in Dusty Grey is pretty striking, although it’s fair to say, that at first glance (even, second), it doesn’t look much like a changing mat. But it certainly does its job.
With a slip-resistant base and four little feet that suspend it slightly above the table, it holds firm. And, despite its sleek appearance, the mat is soft, and 100% waterproof. Any little accidents can just be wiped down with a cloth.
It’s definitely at the higher end of the luxury changing mat price range, but if you’re after style, functionality and something a little unique, the ‘Matty’ could be for you.
9. John Lewis Wedge Changing Mat, £16.50
Machine washable: No | Size: 69cm x 45cm x 9cm | Colours: White and White Star
What baby doesn’t love a wriggle at changing time? Which is why the John Lewis Wedge Changing Mat is a great idea.
Designed with deeper, cushioned edges to keep your little one in the middle of the mat while you’re changing them, the whole process is easier, cleaner and safer. And who doesn’t want that.
Made from a pthalate-free PVC cover and foam interior padding, it’s extra comfortable and easy to wipe clean too.
Available from: John Lewis
10. My Babiie Foxes Changing Mat, £12.99
Machine washable: No | Size: 79cm x 46cm | Colours: Foxes, Pink and Grey Chevron, Grey Elephants, Katie Piper Believe Unicorns, Grey Stars and Dinosaurs
With a love of fashion and design, it’s no wonder that My Babiie has produced this fox-patterned changing mat – sure to add a splash of colour and style to any nursery.
And, aside from its stylish good looks, it’s practical too. Well-padded for comfort, with raised sides for safety, and a wipe-clean surface, it ticks all the boxes.
Made with non-toxic PVC, it’s a fun and functional mat to brighten up those nappy-free moments.
11. Silver Cross Luxury Changing Mattress, £38
Machine washable: Fabrics covers can be washed | Size: Mattress 79cm x 44cm, Towel Liners 60cm x 30cm, Pillow 27cm x 19cm | Colours: Vintage pink, Vintage blue
As you would expect from Silver Cross, their changing mat is a premium offering. Deep-padded, vintage pink, and with a removable button-quilted cover – it certainly makes a cosy scene at changing time.
The mattress is waterproof, and with two towel liners and a removable pillow included, it’s practical too.
Soft on your baby’s delicate skin, this is one sumptuous place to lay down your baby. And it’s suitable for all Silver Cross changing stations as well as most other changers.
12. Personalised Changing Mat Gift Set, £34
Machine washable: No | Size: 25cm x 18cm (bag), 35cm x 60cm (mat) | Colours: Blue star, pink star, white with navy stars, white with red stars
This baby changing mat is made by an independent seller on Not on the High Street, Lucy Lilbet. Created from soft oil cloth, the mat can be rolled up and slotted into the handy day pouch included, making it a handy, portable choice.
There are four star-based designs to choose from and this changing mat set can be personalised with the name of your own or a loved ones’ child.
A particularly popular option for gifting, previous buyers were impressed with the performance and style of the set which went down well with recipients too.
“Bought these products for my newborn son and absolutely love them! I would buy for friends without a second thought,” said one reviewer, while a repeat customer added that, “this is the third one of these changing bags I’ve bought as new baby gifts. My friends have been delighted with them.”
Available from: Not on the High Street