Changing pads usually go hand in hand with changing tables, but they can be used on their own as well.
There are a few different types of changing pads, and I’m here to explain the differences to you to help you make an informed decision as to what type is right for your family.
Maybe you don’t think you need a changing pad for your home. Hopefully, this page will answer that question for you as well.
Why Use a Changing Pad?
There are a couple of main reasons why you want to have a changing pad in your home.
- It’s a safe and comfortable area for your little ones diaper changing.
- They help to contain the mess to one central area which in turn makes for easier cleanup.
- It’s a familiar space for your baby. Doing all diaper changes in the same place lets them know what to expect each time.
These are my reasons for wanting a designated changing area in my home, and I’m sure you have your reasons as well. No matter the reasoning, you still need options for the different types of changing pads out there.
Or perhaps you like to change your little one on the fly whenever the need arises, and that’s perfectly fine. You may want to consider a cloth changing pad for those extra full diapers to save your furniture or floor from the disaster.
Foam Change Pad
The foam changing pad is the most common one found in households, and it’s perfect for a stationary changing station. They are typically contoured with edges and come with straps to keep baby from rolling off. Not that you’re going to walk away from the table.
When looking at foam changing pads, there are a couple of things to consider;
- Do you want one that you can put a changing pad cover on?
- Would you rather use it without a cover and wipe it clean after each use?
You will also need to measure the space you have for the changing pad. Most changing tables will accommodate the majority of foam changing pads. But, if you’re planning to use another surface area as your changing station, you will need to make sure the changing pad does not hang out over the edge.
Cloth Change Pad
Cloth changing pads are great for diapering in any room of your home and while out and about. They fold up and will fit perfectly in a diapering caddy or your diaper bag.
You can find cloth changing pads is all sorts of patterns to suit your style. There are some out there that come with a carrying pouch. And the best part of all, they are waterproof and machine washable.
Disposable Changing Pads
I’m a huge fan of saving the environment and discourage the use of disposable items as much as I can. Occasionally one-time use products can come in handy, like disposable changing pads. I don’t recommend using a disposable changing pad in your daily routine, but they are great in a pinch.
There a many brands out there for disposable pads and each one is as good as the next. You can use them for diapering out of the house or keep a couple by the change table for when those dreaded blowouts happen. They make for easy cleanup and minimal mess.
There is nothing worse than dealing with a blow out in public and getting your reusable changing pad full of poo and having to clean it as best you can and put in back in your diaper bag. Yuck! Even worse is having to use it again before you get a chance to do a thorough cleaning.
Portable Change Stations
A portable changing station is like a diaper caddy, and changing pad all rolled into one. This type of changing station will have pockets to hold your essential diapering needs and has a changing pad that is usually detachable. This one would be ideal if you don’t plan to use a changing table and want to change diapers anywhere in your home.
For more information on this type of product, you can check out my Portable Changing Stations page.
Change Pad Covers and Liners
Changing pad covers are typically made for contoured pads while the liners can be used on any surface. They can be used separately or together.
Changing Pad Cover – Covers are usually made from a soft and plush material providing warmth and comfort to baby during diaper changes. They have elastic to hold it onto the changing pad and hole for the straps to feed through to baby’s safety.
Changing Pad Liner – Liners are generally made from 100% cotton and are also soft to the touch. They are flat and are meant to just lay on top of a surface and not wrapped around the pad. They are similar to cloth changing pads and are great to use in your diaper bag.
Using a cover and liner together is a great way to keep the cover cleaner for longer. You can lay the liner on top of the cover for easy access to replace when soiled. Though you don’t need to use both, one or the other will work just as well.
No matter the type of changing station you choose, fixed or portable, you still have some options to decide on. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to your little one’s diaper needs, so go with what works best for you.
Are you still not sure what kind of change pad is right for you? Here are some questions to help you decide.
- Would you rather a stationary changing station? Or do the diapering on the fly?
- Do you want a contoured pad with the option to use a change pad cover?
- Is a cloth changing pad more you style for its ability to become compact and portable??
- Is the environment a top concern for you?
- Would you rather a station that holds everything for around the house and on the go?
- For a stationary pad, do you want multiple covers to change out and wash?
- Would you prefer a fitted cover over a flat liner
I hope you have a better idea of what will work best for your family.
Good Luck in your change pad search and happy shopping!