Skip Hop Portable Changing Mat

Last updated date: January 22, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

You'll have plenty of room to change your baby's diaper or clothing when you opt for the extra-wide Skip Hop Portable Changing Mat. The mat has both inner and outer pockets for storage and a built-in pillow to support baby's head. After each change, all you have to do is wipe the surface clean, fold the pad up and attach the outer clip and you're all done. In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the Skip Hop Skip Hop Portable Changing Mat placed 9th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 22, 2020:
Checkout The Best Portable Changing Station for a detailed review of all the top portable changing stations.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
19 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
715 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Offers a convenient front zipper pocket for for keys, a phone, and other items. Boast a mesh pocket that holds up to four large diapers, creams, and various diaper-changing essentials.
- BestReviews
Convenient clutch: the pad is waterproof, easy to clean, and equipped with convenient pockets designed for both baby and mom essentials.
- Cheek Tummy
It’s sturdy and will hold up well.
- Mom Loves Best
January 6, 2019 | Full review
There are multiple pockets available for various necessities.
- Best Top Now
This polyester changing pad is easy to clean using only a wipe.
- Temper and Tantrum
October 3, 2019 | Full review
There is a strap with a small clip that hangs conveniently on your wrist or stroller, and the mesh pocket is spacious enough to hold as much as 4 large-sized diapers, lotion, cream, or other essential baby items.
- The Top Pro
The best feature is the translucent wipes case that makes it easy to see when it’s time to restock
- The Bump
Easy to Clean. The pad can be cleaned with a baby wipe or with soap and water.
- Best Mom Products
February 24, 2018 | Full review
This is more than a changing pad though. The Skip Hop Pronto doubles as a mini diaper bag with an interior mesh pocket that comfortably holds four diapers plus cream and wipes (plastic wipe holder included). If you choose to remove the changing pad, you'll have more more room to carry additional items.
- Business Insider
August 21, 2019 | Full review
Very easy to use (with one hand) and the black and white stripe is stylish (especially nice to have a red opaque wipe box included). Appropriately sized for newborn to toddler.
- Baby List
This pad features a long carrying strap and a short carrying strap. There is also an attached head pillow.
- Presents 4 Mom
November 3, 2018 | Full review
Skip Hop Pronto is the answer to the ‘ever-busy-hands-on-mom’! This portable diaper changing pad being travel-friendly has a built-in pillow and wipes case to support the mom every time there’s a need to change the pad.
- Julie Pro
The mat is very easy to clean – just a good wipe will do – and its sides can be closed around your baby to keep him from rolling or flailing away.
- 10 Best Home Decor
June 17, 2019 | Full review
I love using the changing station during my daily errands with the baby. It barely weighs anything so it's easy to carry.
- The Mama Maven
The Pronto Signature has a built-in pillow at the head area of the pad. We love this feature because the cushioning and slight elevation is useful to keep babies more comfortable and less wriggly during changing.
- Cute Little Darling
September 21, 2019 | Full review
Parents love the clips – you can clip this to a stroller or strap it to your wrist. It’s high quality with strong fabric and plastic that isn’t too hard for the baby.
- Parenting Passage
September 5, 2019 | Full review
One feature that I found particularly useful was the wrist strap. It is wide and sturdy and has a buckle that allows you to attach it to the stroller or baby carrier. You can even hang it from a hook in a public restroom. Once your kid gets to the age where throwing things out of a stroller is an option, the wrist strap becomes even more of a lifesaver.
- Things That Fold
This comes with an efficient pocket that has the capacity to hold a good number of diapers and other essentials baby creams. Furthermore, this also comes with a zipper pocket for storing valuable items such as keys and mobile phones.
- HolyGhostNYC
June 25, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Smaller than many comparable pads. Wipes container does not always close properly.
- BestReviews
The pockets are rather small and it is difficult to fit in more than a couple of diapers.
- Cheek Tummy
It’s waterproof on both sides, which makes it slippery on hard surfaces.
- Mom Loves Best
January 6, 2019 | Full review
Too big for some people and some bags.
- Best Top Now
No safety straps.
- Temper and Tantrum
October 3, 2019 | Full review
Difficult for One-Handed Use. Some moms found that the various fasteners on the Pronto were difficult to manipulate with one hand.
- Best Mom Products
February 24, 2018 | Full review
A bit bulky.
- Business Insider
August 21, 2019 | Full review
Does not come with straps to attach the mat to a changing table.
- 10 Best Home Decor
June 17, 2019 | Full review
The only possible, but quite unremarkable drawback that you’d get with this model is it can get bulky.
- Cute Little Darling
September 21, 2019 | Full review
Parents don’t love the red carrying case or the wipes container. The pad is also a little on the short side and, while most of it is waterproof, the outside is not.
- Parenting Passage
September 5, 2019 | Full review
One sacrifice that you do make with it being so compact is that the mat itself isn’t so cushiony. The head area has a light amount of cushion but the rest is totally flat. It isn’t ideal to use on hard surfaces.
- Things That Fold

From The Manufacturer

The ultimate diaper changing tool makes baby changing easy-no matter where you are. Our ultra-convenient clutch features a wipe-clean, zip-off changing pad, built-in pillow and translucent wipes case for timely refills. The large mesh pocket holds up to four diapers plus creams and other essentials, while the front zippered pocket is perfect for keys, cell phone or other personal items. Simply drop the Pronto in your bag, strap it to your wrist or clip it to your stroller and go! Front zipper pocket for keys, wallet, phone, and personal items Drop it in any bag, strap it to your wrist or clip it to your stroller Pronto pillow keeps baby's head comfy Mesh pocket holds up to four large diapers, creams and other essentials Translucent wipes case is see-through for timely reloads Two products in one-changing pad zips off of clutch for independent use Extra-wide wipe-clean changing pad Size - Closed (inches): 11.75l x 4w x 8.25h; (cm): 30l x 10w x 21h Size - Changing pad (inches): 23.5l x 21.75w Brand Story By Skip Hop

Overall Product Rankings

1. Skip Hop Pronto Portable Changing Mat
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 0
2. Lekebebay Portable Diaper Changing Station
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Comfy Cubs Baby Portable Changing Pad
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Lil Fox Portable Diaper Changing Pad
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
5. Kimusium Portable Changing Pad
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
6. ArtShip Design Portable Diaper Changing Pad
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Scuddles Portable Changing Station for Baby
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
8. MikiLife Baby Portable Changing Pad
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Skip Hop Portable Changing Mat
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 19
10. MAMAN Portable Changing Pad Station
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 13
11. Summer Infant Safe Surround Changing Pad
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Groverly Portable Diaper Changing Pad
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
13. Idefair Diaper Changing Pad
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Portable Changing Stations

Parents who find themselves always on the go will need a safe and healthy way to change their babies away from their home changing tables. Portable changing stations are an excellent solution to this problem.

“When out and about with your little one, few things are guaranteed, but at some point they will be hungry and they will poop and/or pee,” says parenting expert Kate Desmond. “You will want to be prepared for both with an arsenal of breast, bottle or snacks, and you’ll definitely need a diaper changing plan. This plan will most likely include a portable changing pad to ensure your baby’s bottom doesn’t soil their surroundings and the surroundings don’t soil your baby.”

As you search available models, you’ll want to keep the following information in mind:

Review the material used to make the changing pad. Not only do you want to make sure the pad is constructed using non-toxic materials that are safe up against baby’s skin, but you’ll also want to make sure the pad is waterproof.

The best portable changing pads cover a large area without taking up to much room in your bag,” says Desmond. “Look for one that folds and unfolds easily — you’ll want to be able to do this with one hand if necessary. Also imperative, the changing pad needs to be wipeable and washable. It will get stuff on it, and you will need to make sure it is properly sanitized every few uses or whenever the moment calls for it.

Check to see if the portable changing station has enough storage to hold diapers, wipes and either lotion or a tube of diaper cream. The Comfy Cubs Baby Portable Changing Pad actually has three separate storage compartments. There are two on the inside and one on the outside. The outer pocket is a nice addition, as it gives parents a place to store their car keys, phone and wallet when out and about.

Some portable changing pads have pouches for diapers and wipes. This is a nice feature if you want to be able to pluck it out of your bag without dragging everything to the restroom with you,” Desmond says.

Examine the padding to make sure it’s comfortable. If you have to lay your baby on a hardwood floor, for example, you’ll want the pad to provide extra cushioning. Some products also have a built-in pillow with extra padding to support your baby’s head.

Look at the portable changing station’s straps next. You’ll find most offer either a handle for easily carrying the pad, or a strap that can be attached to your wrist or your baby’s stroller. Of course, depending on the size of the pad, you may even be able to slide the pad in your diaper bag instead of having to carry it separately.

Consider models that have a little something extra to offer. There are models that offer tall contoured sides that keep baby from rolling off the pad, or a quick-release buckle that safely keeps baby in the center of the pad until you’ve finished changing her diaper. Another safety feature is an anti-slip rubber bottom, so even if you have to place it on tile or hardwood flooring, it won’t move across the floor.

Finally, inspect the style and pattern of the portable changing station to choose one that matches your taste. Some models are solid in color, while others have polka dots or stripes. A few are so sleek and classy that they don’t even resemble diaper pads at all.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although diapering babies has been around a long time, the practice has evolved significantly. Parents in China used to set their babies in bags of sand, while parents in Russia used fur bags with moss as the disposable ingredient. Other popular items used for diapering back in the day included leaves, Milkweed leaf wraps and linens.

In the 1800s it was common for parents to use cloth diapers with safety pins. This practice continued until an employee of Proctor & Gamble noticed how difficult it was to change his grandchild’s diaper. This man, Vic Mills, asked his company to create a disposable paper diaper that would make changing babies much easier. The diaper was constructed and available for sale in 1956.

Unfortunately, the first disposable diaper designs were still difficult to use, so originally, they didn’t sell as well as expected. Today, approximately 90% of American parents use disposable diapers. That’s thanks to the many revisions to the original design. Disposable diapers are now lighter and more absorbent.

Parents today are always on the go, so convenience in caring for their babies is key. In addition to the disposable diapers, parents now have the ability to purchase a portable changing pad to change their babies anywhere and at any time.

The Portable Changing Station Buying Guide

  • Always read the product care label before you attempt to clean your portable changing station. Many have waterproof surfaces that can quickly be wiped down with a baby or cleaning wipe. Some require spot cleaning on the outer surfaces, while others have pads that can be tossed in the washing machine.
  • Look for a changing pad that comes with a money-back guarantee or a customer service team with an excellent rating. This way, you’ll be able to get a replacement product or a refund if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason.
  • When at home, try to stick with changing your baby in the same area every time. It’s important that you don’t change your baby in any location where food is being prepared. You don’t want to leave behind any germs that could easily contaminate your next meal.
  • Always pack your portable changing station with everything you’ll need for the diaper change and then get those items out before you start changing your baby. Items to pack include diapers, wipes and rash cream. You may also want to have a spare outfit in case your baby has an accident through his clothes.
  • Never leave your baby unsupervised on the portable changing pad, even if the baby has not previously rolled over. This is especially important if you aren’t changing the baby on the floor, as your baby could fall and suffer an injury.
  • After each diaper change, roll the soiled diaper up into a ball and use the adhesive tabs to secure it. This is the best way to seal in the germs before transporting the diaper to a trash can or baby diaper pail.
  • Portable changing stations are available in a wide range of prices. These vary based on special features and the actual style of the pads.