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What to look for when buying a baby changing mat?

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Parents to be have a lot to consider when preparing for the arrival of their new baby. Among the many essential items on their checklist, a nappy changing mat is a crucial addition to the nursery. Changing nappies is a frequent task, and a comfortable changing mat can make this process easier and more pleasant for both the baby and the parents. In this blog, we will explore what you should look for when choosing a baby changing mat to ensure it meets your needs and expectations.

Size and Portability

The size of the nappy changing mat is an important factor to consider. It should provide enough space for changing your baby comfortably while fitting within the available space in the nursery or other designated area. A changing mat that is too small can make the process uncomfortable for both baby and you when changing the nappy. On the other hand, a mat that is too large might not fit in the desired location, making it inconvenient to use or store.

The average size of a changing mat is approximately between 45cm to 50cm x 70 cm which comfortably fits on standard changing tables, however always measure where you plan to use the mat as sizes do vary. If you don’t have a changing table you may choose to change baby on the floor or bed and store under the cot out to save space when it is not in use.

Portability is also key, especially as you’ll need to change your baby’s nappy on the go. You will probably need an additional mat that can easily fold or roll up for travel, these maybe included with your changing bag.

Material and Comfort

The material of the changing mat plays a significant role in comfort and ease of cleaning. Many changing mats are made from wipe-clean, waterproof materials that are easy to maintain and sanitise. Baby changing mats come in a variety of materials. They most commonly comprise of foam with a waterproof PVC covering. This provides a protective barrier against any accidents during nappy changes, making it easy to clean up and maintain a hygienic surface.

In addition to easy maintenance, the comfort of the changing mat is vital. Look for a mat that provides sufficient cushioning for the baby’s comfort during nappy changes. Babies can be quite wiggly during nappy changes, and a comfortable mat can make the process smoother for both of you. Some changing mats have extra padding to enhance the baby’s comfort. The average thickness of a changing mat is 4cm/5cm.  You need to be careful as some sites don’t include this dimension of the changing mat and also measure to the highest point (this wont be the height at which your baby is laying on). Our SuperMax changing mat has 10cm wedge edges and is 4cm thick where your baby lays.

Safety Features

Safety should be a top priority when choosing a nappy changing mat. Ensure that the mat you select has safety features such as raised sides to prevent the baby from rolling off during nappy changes. 

Check for any certifications or safety standards that the changing mat may have met, as this can provide peace of mind that it meets certain safety criteria. Always supervise your baby during nappy changes and never leave them unattended on the changing mat.

A wedge changing mat or one with side bolsters is better for wiggly / fidgety babies. 

Style and Design

While functionality and safety are paramount, the style and design of the changing mat can also be a consideration for many parents. Changing mats come in various colours and patterns, allowing you to match them with your nursery decor or personal preferences. Aesthetic choices can help create a visually pleasing and harmonious environment for both you and your baby.

It is an item that will be used frequently, so it’s important to invest in a durable product. Look for a changing mat made from high-quality materials and built to withstand everyday use. Check customer reviews and manufacturer information to gauge the mat’s long-term durability.


The cost of nappy changing mats can vary significantly, and it’s important to find a balance between your budget and the features you require. While it’s tempting to choose the most affordable option, remember that a durable, comfortable, and safe changing mat is an essential investment for your baby’s well-being and your peace of mind.

Additional Features

Some changing mats come with extra features that can enhance the nappy-changing experience. For instance, some have built-in storage pockets for nappies, wipes, or baby essentials. Others like our SuperSnug changing mat have an incline, the elevated head position is beneficial for enhanced baby eye contact and helps with reflux & colic symptoms. Consider whether these additional features align with your preferences and needs.

Buying a baby changing mat

Choosing the best baby changing mat is a crucial decision for expectant parents. It’s an item that you’ll use frequently and, with the right selection, can make nappy changes a more comfortable and efficient process for both you and your baby. When making your decision, consider the size, material, comfort, safety features, ease of cleaning, portability, style, durability, cost, and any additional features that align with your needs and preferences. A well-chosen changing mat can simplify the process of changing nappies and provide a safe, hygienic, and comfortable environment for your baby.