Have baby, have diapers. While a changing table may seem an unnecessary addition to the baby's room,  seasoned parents will tell you that having a dedicated space for an event as common as changing diapers will save you lots of trouble, let alone making the whole process infinitely easier. 

But you are not always home. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a designated space.

When your baby needs more than a quick change,  such an event usually leaves you with two scenarios: either carry your baby’s changing table all over (which we don’t recommend) or find the nearest public bathroom and hope that the sink is clean. 

But there is a third option: carry a changing pad. 

Portable and easy to lug around, changing pads solve issues for parents who travel with their baby. The one we recommend is the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad. 

The Summer Infant is comfortable, spacious, easy-to-clean and competitively priced. The quilted, double-layered 16x32 inch vinyl pad is easy to clean, while the highly contoured sides help add an extra layer of safety for your baby. There’s also a security strap underneath that helps keep your baby secure while you go about the task at hand, and the non-slip bottom helps keep your child in place. 

The product has more than 18,000 positive ratings, alongside a perfect 5-star rating. In the reviews, parents said they were especially fond of the easy-to-clean and stain-free material, while others found the non-slip bottom and safety belt help make diaper changing all the more easier. A number of parents also left reviews saying that it’s very lightweight and easy to store. They also like the warm colors of the covers, while others are  glad to have found a competitively priced yet quality changing pad. 

As such, the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad is our recommendation.

Medically reviewed by Yvonne Stolworthy, MSN, RN
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