Best Changing Pad: Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

When we tested changing table pads, we were looking for waterproof, contoured pads with safety straps and a way to attach them to a dresser. We also looked for backing that didn’t scratch the top of a dresser. Our top pick is the Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad.

What We Liked:

  • Safety first. Comes with contoured sides to keep baby from rolling off as well as a waist strap to keep baby in position. A second safety strap comes with it to screw the pad to your furniture.
  • Waterproof cover. You’ll probably still want to use a fabric changing pad cover, but if baby has an accident on the pad, you can wipe it off.
  • No skid bottom. The last thing you want is the pad to scoot around on your dresser top as you’re trying to change baby!
  • Affordable.

What Needs Work:

  • Needs a cover. Vinyl gets cold! A changing pad cover adds another 50% (or more) to the overall price.
  • Vinyl can split after time. This will expose the foam to fluids, potentially leading to mold and bacteria growth.

Best For Smaller Changing Tables: LA Baby Changing Pad

Most changing pads come in one length: 32″. Here’s an option that fits a smaller space:

What We Liked:

  • It’s 30″ long, 16″ wide.
  • Similar features. A waterproof cover, contoured sides, safety strap and no skid bottom are similar to the Summer pad reviewed above.

What Needs Work:

  • Needs a cover. Vinyl gets cold! But most covers are 32″ x 16″ so they’ll be a bit too big for your changing pad.
  • Vinyl can split. This will expose the foam to fluids, potentially leading to mold and bacteria growth.

Splurge Changing Pad: Keekaroo Peanut Changer

Traditional changing pads are pretty similar across the board, but we’re happy to see some manufacturers are starting to think outside the box. Our top choice among these groundbreaking pads is the Keekaroo Peanut Changer. Here’s what’s so intriguing about it:

What We Liked:

  • Impermeable to liquids. Unlike vinyl quilted pads which can eventually crack and split open exposing the interior foam, The Keekaroo has an outer shell that doesn’t allow any liquid in, so it limits mold and bacteria growth. Just wipe off any mess.
  • Don’t need a cover. It’s so comfy to the touch and not cold like vinyl covered pads. And it’s slip resistant.
  • Tested for hospital use. Fluids won’t penetrate, the surface material won’t crack and it’s “puncture resistant” (great for those times your four year old thinks scissors are fun toys!).

What Needs Work:

  • Expensive. You can buy six or seven vinyl quilted changing table pads like our top picks for the price of one Keekaroo.
  • Doesn’t come with a safety strap to attach to a dresser or changing table.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing baby changing pads since 1994. We purchase pads with our own money and test them on real live, pooping and peeing babies. (No babies were injured in the composition of this article).

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear for 25+ years. Yes, that long!

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