The Best Changing Mats in the UK for 2020 Review

Baby laying on their back on a changing mat

You don’t need a changing mat, blankets, towels, or just the bed works fine – right?

Wait until your baby has a blowout so big that the stains will never wash out—and that is going to happen, whether it’s at two months or two years.

On the other hand, changing mats are typically made of smooth, easy-clean material—making them a must-have for parents.

We reviewed the top changing mat brands and products available to help you make your pick.

What Are the Best Changing Mats?

The best baby changing mats available right now to buy are:

Now that you know what our top picks are, let’s see what each one has to offer.

1. Babycurls Deluxe Anti-Roll Wedge Changing Mat

Babycurls Deluxe Anti-Roll Wedge Changing Mat click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, with foam.
  • Surface material: Wipe-clean, waterproof PVC.
  • Size: 69 x 45 x 8 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, slanted sides creating an anti-roll surface.
  • Extra features: None.

We like the Babycurls Deluxe wedge because it’s made of thick foam. It will cushion your baby no matter how hard your changing surface, and there’s no way for it to burst or leak. 

The anti-roll nature is also convenient, especially for younger babies, as infants aren’t typically strong enough to bypass this shape. Although sometimes, they can flop over basic raised sides. As their muscles develop, they get stronger than you’d expect.

2. Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad

Crystal Baby Smile Portable Changing Pad click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes.
  • Surface material: Wipeable, waterproof, non-toxic material.
  • Size: 53.3 x 55.8 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: No.
  • Extra features: The changing mat is a removable part of a simple diaper clutch.

This portable changing pad is a life-changing product that eliminates the bulky diaper bag. It also lets you separate your baby from bacteria-ridden surfaces when changing nappies in public. We like it because it has everything you need in one easy-to-carry clutch. 

3. Babycurls Large Waterproof Baby Changing Mat

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Key Features:

  • Padded: Lightly padded with foam.
  • Surface material: PVC.
  • Size: 75 x 46 x 3 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, slightly.
  • Extra features: None.

We like this changing mat because it goes back to basics. It’s a typical changing mat you could fold and transport in emergencies. But despite being thin enough to fold, it’s still padded enough to be comfortable. The adorable and bright design is another pro in our book on top of the other pleasing factors.

4. LEADSTAR Portable Nappy Changing Mat

Leadstar Portable Nappy Changing Mat click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, with a sponge cushion.
  • Surface material: TPE cloth.
  • Size: 90 x 59 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: No.
  • Extra features: It doubles as a diaper bag.

The Leadstar portable changing mat is a fantastic choice due to its practicality. It’s perfect for changing nappies on the go. There’s ample space for nappy storage, and the pad itself protects your baby from contaminated surfaces.

5. East Coast Nursery Mini Origami Wedge Changing Mat

East Coast Nursery Mini Origami Wedge click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, thick padding with foam.
  • Surface material: PVC.
  • Size: 69 x 45 x 9.5 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, roll-preventing tapered sides.
  • Extra features: No.

What we like about the East Coast Nursery wedge is that it’s thickly padded for comfort, and shaped to prevent wiggly babies from rolling away. It also has a fascinating pattern that babies can stare out for hours, even when not being changed.

6. Callowesse Baby Changing Mat

Callowesse Baby Changing Mat click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, with soft foam.
  • Surface material: PVC.
  • Size: 79 x 46 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, slightly.
  • Extra features: None.

We enjoy this product for its simplicity. Changing mats don’t need to be fancy, but it doesn’t hurt if they’re cute. This plain but practical mat should work wonderfully in any home.

7. Babies With Love Deluxe Unisex Baby Waterproof Changing Mat

Deluxe Unisex Baby Waterproof Changing Mat click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes.
  • Surface material: Fully breathable PVC.
  • Size: 74.5 x 48.5 x 5 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, slightly.
  • Extra features: None.

This changing mat stands out thanks to its dinosaur design. As far as changing mats go, it’s standard, wipeable, non-toxic, waterproof, and has raised edges. But if you have a baby whose favourite toy is a dinosaur, this could be the mat to match.

8. New Born Baby Wedge Changing Mat

Baby Wedge Changing Mat click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, with thick foam.
  • Surface material: PVC.
  • Size: 64 x 40 x 7.5 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes, raised and tapered edges to prevent rolling.
  • Extra features: None.

This changing mat was made for mums, by mums. That’s why we love it—and the message on the mat is a heart-warming mood booster too. Once you pick your baby up from this mess-proof and accident-proof mat, it’s a joyful thing to see.

9. Neat Nursery Company Bebeluca Grey Stars Changing Mat

Bebeluca Grey Stars click for current price button

Key Features:

  • Padded: Yes, with foam.
  • Surface material: PVC.
  • Size: 38 x 70 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: Yes.
  • Extra features: None.

Your little one is the brightest star in the sky. That’s why we love this changing mat covered in silver-grey stars. Not only is it adorable, but the neutral colours work well in any nursery so you can leave this on your changing surface full time if needed.

10. Bibetta Portable Baby Changing Mat

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Key Features:

  • Padded: Very lightly.
  • Surface material: Soft, warm, absorbent, and waterproof material.
  • Size: 72 x 58 centimeters, folds down to 26 x 20 centimeters.
  • Raised sides: No.
  • Extra features: Pocket for wipes and nappies, and it’s star-shaped.

It’s one thing to have stars on the mat for your little star; it’s another for the changing mat to be shaped like one. We love this changing mat because it lets your little one stretch out on the warm fabric. When the change is over, you can fold it down into a wallet-shaped bag containing nappies and wipes in the pocket.

What to Consider When Buying a Baby Changing Mat

Infographic on features to consider when buying a changing mat for your baby
  • Changing Mat with Wipeable Material
  • Raised Sides on the Changing Mat
  • The Changing Mat is Portable
  • Changing Mats with Wedge Sides
  • The Pattern on the Mat

Types of Changing Mat

There are a lot of basic changing mats on the market, set apart by their loveable patterns. But there are several types of mats that you may not see as often as your standard thin, patterned, PVC, and foam ones.

1. Inflatable Mats

Some changing mats provide padding once you inflate them. None of these are in our top 10, but if you’d prefer an inflatable mat be aware they’re out there. They’re an excellent mat to carry in your pocket, folded down, on trips out.

2. Portable Mats

Although inflatable mats are portable, they’re not as efficient as those that fold down into wallets or clutches.

Some mats will let you carry them inconspicuously. All the while, they’ve got nappies and wipes hidden inside.

These aren’t the most padded mats in the world, but they’re excellent for travel and packing the essentials.

They won’t fit more than nappies and wipes, so make sure you have another small bag for other essentials. For example, make sure you have room for nappy cream to prevent a rash.

3. Basic Mats

Almost everyone knows the smooth, patterned changing mats with the slightly raised sides. There’s an abundance of them on the market, and they’re mostly the same mat in a different skin.

But some are more breathable than others, which is ideal for your baby’s sensitive skin.

Meanwhile, others have slightly higher sides, which adds extra safety. Unfortunately, a lot of mats like this have “raised” sides so low they might as well be flat.

4. Wedges

Wedges are incredible changing mats. They’re so thick but stable they work well on any surface, even your legs, as you sit with them, stretched out on the couch.

The sides are higher than most basic changing mats, and the rise is smooth—almost like a valley. So if your baby rolls left or right, they get pushed back to the middle without fuss.

They’re very safe and highly convenient.

Although, wedges aren’t the best changing mat for portability, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for something you can take on short trips.

But for longer trips, they’re not too thick or heavy so they can sit neatly in your luggage without much disruption.

Our Favourite Changing Mat

The changing mat we like best is the Babycurls Deluxe Anti-Roll Wedge Changing Mat. We adore the anti-roll sides and how thick the foam padding is; this lets you place it on the hardest surfaces, and your baby stays comfortable. It’s also sturdy due to its thickness—so you can use it on a bed without it sinking or bouncing.

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