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The Top 10 Best Portable Changing Stations

The Top 10 Best Portable Changing Stations

Imagine you invite your friends over for dinner. And they have a brand new baby…

You’re a little weirded out by babies. And rightly so. They’re gooey, gurgling little humans that just stare. Anyway, all of a sudden your friends calmly, and without hesitation, lay their baby onto your brand new coffee table.

You wonder what they’re up to, but keep the conversation going.

They proceed to unsap the kid’s onsie and dive into his diaper. It’s filled with mustard coloured poop running from front to back.

Ok, this has gone too far you think. They’re doing this on you bare table. What the hell are they thinking!?

Needless to say, that was the last time you invited them over for dinner. From then on, you always met them out. Moral of the story: Don’t be that person. Oh, and use a portable changing station next time. It saves friendships.

Already convinced you need a portable changing station? Then check out our top picks below…

But Do You Really Need A Portable Changing Station?

Ok, so in the scenario above, you know better. You'd never do that in a million years. But my point remains the same: You DO need a portable changing station.

Here's why:

  • It will prevent messes,
  • keep your baby off unhygienic surfaces,
  • and help you make quick work of that near-toxic waste baby poop.

But not all changing stations are created equal. So we’re here to help.

Protip
Combine a portable changing station with a backpack diaper bag for a truly portable baby-poop-containment-system.

What to Look For In A Portable Changing Station

First, you need to know what they all have. Because there’s no reason comparing things that come as standard issue:

  • Waterproof and padded changing mat
  • Two main pockets (a couple models vary)
  • Foldable design
  • Carrying straps

With all of our gear guides, we scoured the internet to find the most popular products. Here’s the criteria we used to weed out the best portable changing stations:

Function
Most portable changing stations use the same design but some features stood out in the best changing stations, like additional pockets and clear view compartments. We assessed them all and rated each product for function and finishing touches.

Portability
We considered size and weight here. No one wants to carry around a bulky change station. You’re already cleaning up poop, you don’t need any more hassle. We based this category on finding the right balance between padding for your baby, pockets for your supplies, and the overall thickness of the product.

Style
Can’t stand the thought of your best friend seeing you pull out that change station? Then it loses huge style-points (#6 will make you cringe).

We looked at design, form, colour, patterns, and overall flare. And we didn’t just give our opinion. This rating is also based on reviews from other moms and dads from across the continent.

Price
Don’t overpay. Just check out our price rating. We compared prices so you’ll know if the product is worth the cost.

Ok, with these things in mind, let’s look at our top picks for the best portable changing station.

Drumroll, please…

The 10 Best Portable Changing Stations of 2017


MAMAN Portable Changing Pad

Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Average:5 Stars (5 / 5)

This ultra-classy option has plenty of room for diapers, wipes, creams, snacks (uh…), and keys, tucking away and stay in place nicely with the mesh and zippered pockets. The change pad is large and well padded but not bulky. Translation: it’s functional and portable.

It also comes in gender-neutral colors so neither your baby or baby-daddy will complain. It gets a full 5-star rating for price, putting it on the top.

Pros

  • Looks great.
  • Excellent padding.
  • Large surface area when open.
  • Plenty of room for extras.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Exterior might be hard to clean (due to pleating).
Vito Maro Diaper Clutch

Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Portability: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Average:4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

This bad boy looks like computer bag. And that’s good news because no one wants to look overpacked-parent trucking around an obvious (and ginormous) diaper bag.

It even has a shoulder strap (most others don’t), folding compactly while still offering plenty of space for essentials in it’s mesh zippered pockets. It’s well padded and even has a built in mini head cushion. You can choose from stylish white and grey or black. We like the black since it’s won’t show the dirt (er, spit up). This bag also gets full points for affordability.

Pros

  • Computer bag sleek
  • Shoulder strap and wrist clip (others don’t offer a shoulder strap)
  • Zippered compartment for keys, wallet, phone, etc.
  • Head cushion for baby.
  • Comes with free plastic bag dispenser (for dirty diapers).

Cons

  • Appearance not quite as trendy as #1.
Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station

Function: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

All the functionality of the others before it and comes with a clear, reusable wipes container and has extra integrated padding for baby’s head.

The unique triangle pattern hides scuffs, but it falls short on portability and price. It’s larger when folded up (and opened) and was the most expensive changing station reviewed. But if you have a preference for a larger change pad and want a wipes case, this may be your best option.

Pros

  • Extra integrated head cushioning.
  • Comes with clear plastic wipes holder.
  • Plenty of room for extras.
  • Sweet style!

Cons

  • Slightly larger than others.
  • Some users report wipes holder doesn't fasten properly.
  • Most expensive product reviewed.
WILLCARE Diaper Changing Travel Kit

Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 5 Stars ( 5 / 5)
Average:4 Stars (4 / 5)

While this diaper change station has most of the common features (mesh and zippered pockets throughout), we didn’t like the bungee straps or floppy head pillow.

Users report diapers fall out easily and the extra padding gets in the way.

It’s the largest of the lot, and also the heaviest (but we admit we’re talking ounces here so that part’s nbd). In spite of all that, it’s decent value (one of the least expensive models). So if you don’t mind the bulk (or have a larger baby), this beast still gets the job done.

Pros

  • Multiple pockets.
  • Affordable.
  • Enough space for all baby's essentials.

Cons

  • Some users report diapers sliding out of straps.
  • It’s big (as in the biggest changing pad we reviewed).
  • White changing pad looks kinda cheap.
Castle Kids Co Luxury All in One Portable Changing Pad

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:4 Stars (4 / 5)

The design of this product is different than the rest. It has three internal pockets (rather than two) and a long but narrow change pad. The three pockets means it folds up much thicker, making it harder to pack. The very narrow change pad means there’s a better chance your creature might wiggle off (or spread a mess more easily).

Style-wise, this pad was plain jane. And not to mention the clips look to be really poor quality.

Pros

  • Three internal pockets (instead of just two).
  • Longer changing pad.

Cons

  • Changing pad is very narrow (7 inches less compared #1).
  • The smallest change pad surface area
  • Appearance is poor and materials look cheap.
  • Materials look cheap.
Mom's Besty Luxury Baby Change Pad

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Style: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Price: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Average:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Ok, so probably not the best looking product. The worst part is the tacky orange logo plastered on the side. So there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a diaper change station. Ha. But in all seriousness, it does OK on other fronts. And apparently it comes with a ‘bonus’ pacifier clip. Yupie!

Pros

  • Same basic two pocket design.
  • Pacifier clip.

Cons

  • Tacky orange logo on exterior.
  • Materials look cheap.
  • Diaper compartment is a little small.
  • Velcro fasteners stick to diapers.
Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad

Function: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

The Crystal Baby isn’t half a bad to look at as #6, and still offers decent functionality (good design and padding) and style. But we didn’t like the bungee straps used to hold diapers (see #4) because some users report that diapers are constantly falling out. Also this diaper change pad is the largest when folded up, so it’s not very compact.

Pros

  • Decent cushioning.
  • Plenty of compartments for baby's things.

Cons

  • Bungee straps don’t hold diapers securely.
  • Larger than others when folded up.
Jj Cole Changing Clutch

Function: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:3 Stars (3 / 5)

This portable changing station is minimalistic.

It has a simple design with fewer compartments than the others. That means you gotta pack your extras separately, or just leave them at home. It’s pretty bulky for what it is and it’s price point suffers due to it’s reduced functionality.

Pros

  • Minimalistic.
  • Compact and fits into other bags easily.

Cons

  • Only enough room for diapers and wipes.
  • Doesn't look great after refolding.
  • Simple design with fewer compartments.
BRICA goPad Diaper Changer

Function: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Portability: 2 Stars ( 2 / 5)
Style: 4 Stars ( 4 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:2.8 Stars (2.8 / 5)

These diaper changing stations are becoming leaner. They have few features and extras. They also seem to be getting larger (since they’re likely just going to be used as a change pad).

But, we do want to point out that this change pad looks pretty hot and so we’ve bumped up it’s style points.

Pros

  • Minimalist design.
  • Good colours and prints to choose from.

Cons

  • Bulky due to its large change pad.
  • Few compartments.
JL Childress Full Body Portable Changing Pad

Function: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Portability: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Style: 1 Stars ( 1 / 5)
Price: 3 Stars ( 3 / 5)
Average:2 Stars (2 / 5)

Literally just a changing pad with a strap for wipes. Definitely not for those hoping to leave the diaper bag at home. But a nice, big, minimalist changing pad to add to an existing gear bag.

Pros

  • Large.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • You'll still need a bag.
  • Not very well padded.

Remember – you don't always have to pack the kitchen sink when you're on the go.

Whether it's a quick trip or a long flight, you definitely don't need to be weighed down by bulky diaper bags.

Comment below and let us know what bag you love and why.

Happy travels.

 

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