10 of the best baby changing mats

You're going to change a lot of nappies in your baby's first couple of years, so a good baby changing mat is essential. Here's our round-up of the best...

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When it comes to shopping for your baby, the question “Do I need a changing mat?” may pop up.

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Of course, you don’t need to have one – many parents use a blanket or towel – but there are some clear benefits.

However expert you are, or become, at changing nappies, there will be times when accidents happen, and a waterproof, wipe-down mat will be a must-have. And, whether you’re shopping, sitting in a cafe or on holiday, a thin fold-away mat stored in your bag can be very handy indeed. 

There are plenty to choose from – inflatable, wedge-style, thin and portable mats, and of course those oh-so-pretty ones, but consider hygiene and durability too. It may be with you for a while!

On the floor or on a baby changing unit, if you’re changing your little one and the phone or doorbell rings, remember to take them with you, so they aren’t left unattended.

These are 10 of the best baby changing mats and where to buy them…

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1. 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.

Despite its extra large size, it folds down easily into a stylish 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.

You can buy the Bibetta Star Mat from: Bibetta, Amazon and Babies Corner


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2. Koo-di B.Box Essential Baby Changing Box, £14.99

  • Machine washable: No
  • Size: 25cm x 15cm x 5cm
  • Colours: Purple Polka, Retro Turquoise, Cherry Delight, Mellow Yellow, Flower Power and Splish Splash

This handy baby box not only comes complete with a vibrant polka dot mat, there’s storage for nappies and disposable bags, an easy-access compartment for your baby wipes and a flexible arm to hold everything in place. 

This really is a mat for anyone on the go. Just throw the box – complete with wipe-clean mat – into your changing bag, handbag or car and you’ll have everything you need to make your baby comfortable in a flash.

And it’s BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

You can buy the Koo-di B. Box from: Mothercare, Koo-di and Amazon


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3. Close Parent Pop-In Free and Dri Change Mat, £15.50

  • Machine washable: Yes, at 30°C, but do not tumble dry
  • Size: 60cm x 35cm
  • Colours: Lime Sherbert, Aqua Haze, Grape Jam and Pumpkin

Want to give your baby a little nappy-free time – without the mess? Try this clever little changing mat.

The Close Parent Pop-In Free and Dri mat is soft and absorbent – designed for comfort. But it’s the removable waterproof section that pops over your baby, that’s a game-changer.

Not only can your little one kick about with confidence, any little mishaps means your clothes, carpet and bed should no longer be at risk. 

Arriving in a handy drawstring tote bag, it’s easy to carry around too – especially to that baby massage class!

You can buy the Pop-In Free and Dri Change Mat from: Mothercare, Close Parent and babipur


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4. Babymoov Disposable Changing Pads – pack of 10, £5.95

  • Machine washable: No
  • Size: 40cm x 60cm
  • Colours: White/grey

You’re a parent-on-the-go, and you need fast, simple, solutions. Enter the Babymoov disposable changing pads.

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.

You can buy the Babymoov disposable pads at Babymoov, Uber Kids and Tesco


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5. John Lewis Wedge Changing Mat, £15.50

  • 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.

You can buy the Wedge Changing Mat at John Lewis


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6. My Babiie Foxes Changing Mat, £12.98

  • 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.

You can buy the Foxes Changing Mat from My Babiie, Kiddicare and Uber Kids


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7. Silver Cross Luxury Changing Mattress, £35

  • 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. Suitable for all Silver Cross changing stations and most other changers – maybe it’s time to inject a little luxury into your life.

You can buy the Silver Cross Luxury Changing Mattress from Silver Cross, Very and Pramworld


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8. Cuggl Changing Mat 3 in 1, £11.99

  • Machine washable: Yes
  • Size: 66cm x 46.5cm x 3.5cm 
  • Colours: White

A lovely, soft mat that’s the perfect size for a changing unit, but also rolls up and tucks into its own slip pocket, making it extremely portable too.

For extra ease, Cuggl have added a loop handle to pop over your wrist if you’re in a hurry. And, with a towelling top layer that you can remove and pop in the washing machine, this is one hard-working product.

The Cuggl 3 in 1 can also be used as a feeding or support pillow for your little one.

You can buy the Cuggl Changing Mat 3 in 1 from Argos and Amazon


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9. Splash About Changing Mat, £8.99

  • Machine washable: No
  • Size: 38cm x 63cm.
  • Colours: Shark Orange, Navy and Red, Navy and Turquoise, Pink and Pink Blossom

For water babies everywhere, this vibrant mat is the perfect poolside accompaniment. 

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.

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.

Simply wipe down and roll up after use, ready for next time.

You can buy the Splash About mat from: Splash About, Boots and Swimbabes


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10. Leander ‘Matty’ Changing Mat – Dusty Grey, £82

  • 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 changing mat price range, but if you’re after style, functionality and something a little unique, the ‘Matty’ could be for you.

You can buy the Leander Changing Mat from Natural Baby Shower, Huggle and Nubie

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