14 of the best baby changing mats

best baby changing mat

by Kat de Naoum |
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Choosing a baby changing mat may seem like a task and a half when there are so many on the market. Every parent needs a baby changing mat for at least the first year of your little one's life, so whether you're expecting and on the hunt or need a new mat, you'll want to pick a high-quality option that will suit your lifestyle.

With foldable, portable and wedge options, choosing changing mats can take time too. Not to mention all of the different colours and designs to try and match up this must-have nursery accessory to your décor and changing table unit!

It can seem a little stressful making the right choice, but don't worry, we're here to help. To make things easier, we've singled out favourites according to rave reviews, including foldable and portable travel changing mats you can pop in your changing bag so that you're prepared wherever you go.

The best baby changing mats at a glance:
Best award-winning baby changing mat: Baby Me Super Thin Diaper Changing Mat - Buy now on ebebek
Best universal baby changing mat: CuddleCo Rainbow Changing Mat - Buy now on CuddleCO
Best baby changing mat for travel: Lekebaby Portable Nappy Changing Mat Travel Baby Change Mat - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best changing basket mat liner: Mama Shack Changing Basket Mat Liner - Buy now on Mama Shack

From woodland animal changing mats to travel nappy changing mats, there's one to suit all parents and their babies, so take a look at our full, carefully curated list down below.

Mama Shack changing mat as featured in our list below ©Emily Gilbert

How we choose the best baby changing mats:

Our Mother&Baby awards are renowned in the industry for being one of the most highly respected product awards for baby and parenting products, and every year, we arrange for thousands of independent mum reviewers to test the latest products on the market.

Awards testers are asked to score the product they are reviewing in four areas: usability, design, quality and value for money. Each product is scored out of 10 with each of these areas in mind, and the final score determines which products make the coveted bronze, silver and gold spots in that product category.

Find out more about how we test and what considerations we take into account in our testing process.

The best changing mats for 2024

Best baby changing mat for travel

Highly recommended by many buyers as an extremely portable changing mat and nappy bag, it will keep your baby comfy during nappy changes with the integrated head rest, whilst also offering space to hold things like baby wipes and nappies with its three interior pockets and zipped outer pocket. Buyers love that the changing bag is easy to clean - it is made from water-resistant polyester, you can easily wipe-clean the entire product. Buyers also like that you can keep everything you need for changing in one place with the sections and pockets. The changing mat itself offers 5 per cent more changing space than similar products too, according to Lekebaby.

You can easily fit it into any nappy bag or tote, and underneath your stroller or attach it to the side. It is lightweight and has two carry handles so you can easily carry it by hand like a bag if you don't have space elsewhere. One reviewer said, "Honestly this mat has made travelling so easy!!! the concept is so practical and well thought out, and it fits perfectly in my travel bag without taking up space." They thought the section for wipes was a little loose but didn't find it to be a problem. They have travelled abroad with it and describe the changing bag as the 'best purchase!' Another customer said, "Only criticism is the area for the wipes isn’t the best as it tends to fall out but there is a zip pocket you can store them in to stop this from happening."

Pros

  • Lekebaby says you get 5% more changing space than similar products
  • The mat is designed with comfort in mind with a head rest for your baby
  • The changing mat can be suspended in strollers for hygiene in public places
  • You can carry it by hand like a bag with the two carry handles
  • Accomodates plenty with three inner pockets and a zipped outside pocket
  • Made from water-resistant polyester the whole thing is easy to wipe-clean

Cons

  • No brighter colours available
  • Buyers point out that the area for wipes isn't practical

Best universal baby changing mat

As well as being great value and quality, this baby changing mat fits most dressers and changing tables for hassle-free changing, and its nice and lightweiight to move around the house if needed. One reviewer does point out that when they receved the mat it was folded in half, and they felt it took a while, laying it on the floor with books on top, to get it to lie flat – so it's not a changing mat you can fold to store away or travel with.

We love the wide range of designs on offer with this changing mat though,so you will defintely be able to find one that is aesthetically pleasing to you and goes beautifully in your nursery and home. One customer said they bought two of them for their home, finding one to match their nursery too. Another customer who recommends the product said they bought the same mat twice because they loved theirs so much.

One review points out that this mat isn't the most wiggle-resistant, however, it does have high raised sides to help provide some peace of mind for baby's safety. The Phthalate-free PVC material is also safe against baby's skin and makes the mat waterproof and wipe-clean. One reviews though it was a good quality mat but felt it could have been a bit more padded, although they said they found it to be sufficient.

Pros

  • Lots of design options to choose from - rainbows, dalmation dots, leaves and more
  • Range of aesthetic prints and curved corners make it a beautiful mat for your home
  • The raised sides are nice and high to prevent baby from rolling out
  • Made from Phthalate-free PVC, this mat is waterproof and easy to wipe-clean
  • Designed for comfort, the mat is soft and padded for baby
  • Lightweight and fits most baby changing units

Cons

  • Not the most wiggle-resistant

Best changing basket mat liner

Changing baskets are everywhere right now but to be practical, they require a suitable liner to keep your baby comfortable as you change them. You do have to purchase the changing basket separately, but the liner fits perfectly inside. Our mum tester and the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby, Emily Gilbert says, "I loved the idea of a changing basket but so many came with liners that were thin, cotton and frankly a bit useless when it came to a messy nappy! I was so pleased to find Mama Shack as not only do the liners come in gorgeous designs you can match to your nursery theme but they're comfortable for baby too."

Most suitable for use in a nursery, this stylish liner from Mama Shack comes in a range of gorgeous tones and patterns to choose from. It is padded with British-manufactured foam, free of TCPP and covered with comfy phthalate-free, non-toxic PVC – so you can have complete peace of mind when using it. It's super easy to clean, bieng waterproof, you can simple wipe-clean any accidents on the spot. The foam is also nice and thick offering maximum comfort for your littel one at changing time.

Pros

  • Lots of print design options available in gorgeous muted tones and patterns
  • The changing mat is waterproof and wipe-clean for easy accident clean-ups
  • It is made from a nice and thick nursery grade foam that's comfy for baby

Cons

  • Changing basket is sold separately

Best reversible baby changing mat

Best baby changing mat Mamas & Papas Essential Changing Mat - Animal Alphabet
Price: £15.20 (was £19)

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This super cute reversible design featuring alphabet animals would be perfect for the nursery. With wipe-clean material, this Mamas & Papas Essential Changing Mat comes in a variety of different designs to choose from. As well as thick, comfy padding, this mat is designed to fit Mamas & Papas dressers and cot top changers rather than travelling with. One reviewer said, "It's easy to keep clean, has sufficient padding to be comfortable for babies/ toddlers to lie on but slim enough to store easily."

Overall, buyers like that the mat is soft and comfortable, and made from good quality materials. One reviewer said "I bought this one month ago for my grandson and it's perfect. The quality of the padding plus the beautiful design really helps to keep the grandson happy while having nappy changes." They also point out that their grandson is very long but this mat was a great length with plenty of room for him to grow into. They said it's worth the money. Another reviewer said, "More expensive initially but so well constructed it lasts for years."

Pros

  • The 100 per cent PVC-coated polyester binding means you can easily wipe-clean it
  • Reversible animal alphabet design means you can change on either side of the mat
  • Designed to fit all Mamas & Papas dresser & cot top changers to complete your set
  • With all smooth edges and no scratchy bits or tags it is safe and comfy for baby

Cons

  • Not the easiest to travel with
  • Pricier than others

Best anti-roll baby changing mat

We're loving the gorgeous designs of the Mama Shack anti-roll changing mat - we think they're made for Instagram! Constructed with a wipeable, phthalate-free PVC cover and filled with thick supportive foam, it's easy to clean and is comofrtable for your littel pone. It's also got raised sides to help your baby stay in the centre and feel more secure during nappy changes. One reviewer said, "These mats are great for my wriggly, he hasn't managed to roll over on it yet. I have two Anti-roll changing mats as they are great quality with such pretty prints. They are hardwearing but soft for my babies head."

Suitable for newborns too, one reviewer said, "Our newborn loves this mat! I think because it’s black and white he likes looking at all the spots, so he’s very happy being on the mat after he’s been changed which gives me extra time to get jobs done! So I’m very happy with this purchase." Keep in mind that it's not the most compact of changing mats, however, it has been designed to fit all baby changing stations, and the beautiful designs means it's definitely something you can can keep out on display in the nursery.

Pros

  • The wedge shape design helps to prevent your baby from rolling off the mat
  • The Phthalate-free PVC cover makes this mat waterproof and easy to wipe-clean
  • It is designed to fit all changing stations and is suitable from birth

Cons

  • Not the most compact

Best roll up baby changing mat

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.

Our Mother&Baby Awards 2018 mum tester Rachel Robinson Tingle really liked this changing mat and thought it was great value for money. She said, "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." The only thing Ishe would like to see improved is the length of the mat made slightly longer. The slightly shorter length does add to the portabolity of the mat though.

Rachel noticed there was a bit of a chemical smell when first using the mat, but says it disappeared over time. She loved the antibacterial feature and the fact that the mat rolls in on itself for ease of transport and containing when it's wet. She says, "I hate changing rooms so it's nice to know I can go swimming and change baby hygienically. The mat also keeps the baby warm as it feels sort of padded and it means that baby isn't on cold tiles." The mat is indeed 3mm thick, and the non-slip base is ideal for secure poolside changing

Read our full Splash About Anti Bacterial Changing Mat review

Pros

  • The naturally antibacterial neoprene protects babies dirty changing room floors
  • It is 3mm thick too so babies won't feel any cold hard floor beneath them
  • It has an non-slip base for better security on changing tables or by the poolside
  • Baby won't get a shock from a cold mat on their bare bum as this mat retains heat
  • The mat is easy to care for as it wipes clean and is quick to dry.
  • It also rolls up easily, nice and compact to fint in your changing bag or swim bag
  • It has a nice soft feeling for baby's comfort while changing

Cons

  • Could be slightly longer
  • Bit of a chemical smell when first using it

Best patterned baby changing mat

East Coast Stars changing mat
Price: $20.07

This discreet grey star patterned baby changing mat by East Coast is nice and neutral for any nursery. but they have a range of other, more vibrant designs too. They are designed to fit most baby changing units so you can go for a deigns that best suits your decor and keep the changing mat on display and ready for use. The mat is well-padded, waterproof and wipe-clean – you can't really go wrong.

One reviewer who bought one for their new nephew said it was just what's expected for a good quality baby changing mat: "Easy to clean and comfy for baby, not the flimsy kind that comes with a changing bag." Another reviewer sho loved the design they chose said the mat seems sturdy and is an excellent product. Despite the design being fairly standard and basic, overall, buyers think the mat is functional and aesthetically pleasing. They also like the value and durability of the product, as well as the fact that it's comfrotable for baby and a practical size for changing.

Pros

  • This baby changing mat is nice and padded for your baby's comfort
  • It is designed to fit most baby changing units
  • The material is waterproof and easy to wipe clean

Cons

  • A more basic design

Best compact baby changing mat

Best baby changing mat Bambino Mio, Baby Changing Mat
Price: $20.99

Ideal for travel, the Bambino Mio Changing Mat is super portable as you can fold it compact to fit in a changing bag. It has absorbent inner padding as opposed to sleek wipe-clean types of changing mat, which means it can catch and absorb anything that escapes the nappy, including accidents while changing baby.

One buyer points out that the microfibe outer material does tend to pick up all sorts of materials, but while you can't wipe it down, on either side, to keep it clean, you can throw it in the washing machine and tumble dryer, ready for the next use, and it dried quickly! The changing mat also has eight funky designs to choose from.

One reviewer who was very pleased with the changing mat said it was so easy to fold and unfold, and fit perfectly in their changing bag. They described it as being soft on the inside and comfy for baby while being changed, They said, "I love that it is machine washable, ours has been through wash multiple times and still in great condition! 100% recommend"

Pros

  • This mat is lightweight and compact, and even folds for portability
  • It has a super soft quilted comfortable changing surface for your little one
  • It has an absorbent inner padding to catch any accidents in the middle of changing
  • The mat is easy to keep clean – you can machine-wash it and it will dry quickly
  • For eco-conscious customers, this changing mat is made from sustainable materials

Cons

  • Not wipeable
  • Microfibre fabric on outside picks up dust, hair etc

Best high sided baby changing mat

Featuring the cutest child-friendly storybook illustration-style print designs, this changing mat by Ceba Baby is portable for moving around your house and designed to fit on most baby changing units, although one reviewer describes it as nice and big, saying you need a maxi-changing table, so make sure your double check measurements first. They like how the raised edges allowed them to be more relaxed when changing baby, and they thought the designs were nice and in line with a Nordic style bedroom.

The changing mat has supportive padding for baby's head too, which this reviewer felt gave them peace of mind knowing they wouldn't bang their little one's head while changing them. Another reviewer said they bought this mat as one of the few available for the Polini changing table adapter from IKEA, and say it fits perfectly. One thing to keep in mind is that the cushioning makes this changing mat very soft and buyers point out that it could be more durable.

Pros

  • Choose form an adorable design selection with cute child-friendly illustrations
  • Designed with safety in mind, materials have been fully tested
  • Made from PVC film the mat is waterproof and wipe-clean
  • The mat is easy to move around your house and fits most baby changing units

Cons

  • Could be more durable

Best baby changing mat with pillow

Best baby changing mat Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station Bag
Price: $29.99
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The versatile Pronto changing bag from Skip Hop has an expanding extra-wide changing pad which can be wiped clean. There's even a comfortable little pillow for baby's head and the pad can be zipped off and used independently. One reviewer said this was one of their best baby buys, and that they take it everywhere. They like that it provides a nice cushion for baby when he's being changed and that it gives them the freedom to take baby literally anywhere. They found it's also good to take into baby changes as it provides protection from the often dirty changing tables and means you don't need to take the whole changing bag in with you as you can easily keep wipes, nappies etc inside it.

It is indeed very practical, with two inside pockets that can hold four nappies, and a zipped front pocket on the outside for changing essentials. There is also a translucent wipes case, with the see-through design making it easy to know when to reload so you never get caught out without wipes! We love the practical elements of this changing mat, but we also love that the design is modern and fun and doesn't scream "baby changing mat". Similar to a clutch bag, it has a convenient strap attached so you can attach it to your wrist or your stroller.

Pros

  • Described as a "Diaper Clutch" you can strap it to your wrist or clip it to your stroller
  • The changing pad is wipe-clean and zips off for independent use
  • The integrated cushy Pronto pillow keeps baby's head comfy while you change them
  • Plenty of storage with a front zip pocket + interior mesh pockets to hold 4 nappies.T
  • The translucent wipes case is see-through for timely reloads

Cons

  • Some reviewers noted not receiving the correct colours

Best gender-neutral baby changing mat

The Silvercloud Counting Sheep 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 babies, and it comes in a nice and subtle unisex sheep design to go with any décor. One buyer who thought it was a really cute design and very functional, said, "Love the fact that it can be matched up with other items in the Counting Sheep range."

To clean this waterproof mat, just wipe it down with a damp cloth. Overall buyers like that the mat is thick for comfort, easy to clean, and the fact that it can be used for both boys and girls. There have been some concerns about the durability die to the sift opadded material, so this is definitely one to treat with care.

Pros

  • This changing mat is softly padded for baby's comfort
  • Made from waterproof materials it is easy to wipe clean
  • Lovely unisex colours and designs to choose from
  • Suitable from birth, the mat fits onto most standard baby changing units
  • Choose to purchse matching nursery products that are available

Cons

  • Not as durable as others

Best baby changing mat print

My Babiie changing matBoots

A Dani Dyer favourite with a gorgeous statement design that will be a great feature piece in your baby's nursery. With the adorable print, it's full of personality. One reviewer said, "Lovely changing mat, I love the print and it feels very good quality." The padding and high sides make it ideal for newborns and it's soft and comfortable. The only downside is the back of the mat is not patterned, so you can't reverse the mat. A customer who bought theres as an extra changing mat to go under thier next-to-me crib said it's lovely as they wanted to get something that was neutral and could be used again.

Pros

  • A stylish design that will brighten up any nursery
  • The waterproof non-toxic PVC material makes it easy to wipe clean
  • The may is well-padded making it soft and comfortable for baby
  • It has raised side to stop baby rolling and is suitable from birth

Cons

  • Plain on the back (no pattern)

Best award-winning baby changing mat

The Baby Me Super Thin Diaper Changing Mat was awarded Bronze for Best Product For A Newborn 0-4 months at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

The Baby Me Super Thin Diaper Changing Mat is extremely soft and kind to skin giving you peace of mind when using it with your child. They quickly retain moisture, with a cellulose layer providing effective hygiene control to coordinate reliable experience when changing nappies or to use for extra protection while sleeping. Our mum tester said: "I’ll be honest, when they arrived I expected super basic simple disposable changing mats but these are so much nicer! Not only do the have nice patterns but they are unbelievably soft and super handy! My daughter had some nappy free time and they are so absorbent that there were now spillages, at all!" She found them handy to have with her when out of the the house as they're extremely compact and also says that as a mattress protector they have been a god send. You don't get that many in a pack - only 10, but packs are cheap to buy and while it may seem wasteful to have disposably changing mats, they do make a good back-up.

Read our full Baby Me Super Thin Diaper Changing Mat review.

Pros

  • Super thin to take with you in your baby changing bag or keep in the car
  • Disposable design so you don't have to carry a bulky changing mat
  • Soft material that is kind on baby's skin
  • The cellulose fibres easily absorb any accidents while changing
  • Doubles up as a convenient protective underlay when sleeping

Cons

  • Wasteful
  • You only get 10 in a pack

What to look for in a baby changing mat

There are a few things to consider when choosing a baby changing mat:

• How easy is it to clean?
• What material is it?
• Is it comfortable?
• How big is it?
• Does it have anti-roll sides?
• Is it easy to store?

One of the most important things to look out for when choosing a baby 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 newborn's nappy on a hard floor or surface is unavoidable, so it can help you 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.

Is it necessary to have changing mats?

Many people may say that it's essential, but you don't have to buy a changing mat - you can simply use a muslin or a towel instead. However, it is often much more hygienic, comfortable and safe to use a changing mat as it's a designated place to change your little one.

Should you change your baby on the floor?

Ideally, it's much safer to change your baby on the floor, as they don't have anywhere to fall. However, if you are planning on using a baby changing unit, we recommend purchasing a wedged baby changing mat (or an anti-roll baby changing mat) to prevent them from wriggling or hitting their head.

Never leave them unattended and make sure you have your nappies, lotion and wipes with you before you begin.

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 in a changing box ready to grab when you need it. It's also great to have 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.

How we test the best changing mats

Our Mother&Baby Awards are renowned in the industry for being one of the most highly respected product awards for baby and parenting products, and every year, we arrange for thousands of independent mum reviewers to test the latest products on the market.

Our independent mums review the products based on their usability, design, quality, and value for money. Reviewers give us qualitative feedback on their experience with the product, which our team of journalists review to decide our recommended products.

From all this work, our best baby changing mats are chosen and listed above in our finalised and definitive list of the best baby baby changing mats, one for each key category, along with the quotes we found to be most useful when choosing our selection.

Our editorial team is also constantly looking for new baby changing mats to test so that we can help you find the best - be that a cheaper product that we want to test for value for money or the latest baby innovation.

Kat de Naoum is a freelance writer based in the UK and Greece. She has written for many publications, and, as an advocate for female empowerment, loves to write about women's issues, and helping fellow mothers feel supported and less alone.

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