A diaper change away from home isn't usually a pretty thing, but employ one of these stylish diaper pads and even the dirtiest job can look good . . . well, at least not so bad. Cool changing pads from Skip Hop, Ralph Lauren, Oshi Mat, and more are a great investment for mamas who like to keep their babies on the go and either don't want to lug around a huge diaper bag — or want a more substantial changing pad than the freebie version that often comes included with a diaper bag. Keep clicking for eight sleek, chic diaper changing stations.
Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. On last night's episode of Bethenny Ever After the new mama took a break from her meal to change baby Bryn's diaper in a restaurant's tiny restroom. With no changing table available, she covered the floor with her changing pad and went to work, only to wonder how she was supposed to use the bathroom while holding her tot.
The scene was eerily reminiscent of my first meal out with my lil one. I confidently strode into the restroom with my baby and diaper bag in tow, only to find the requisite pull-down table missing. I balked at putting my infant on the dirty floor (even if it was covered) and tried to come up with a different method. I managed to balance my son and his changing pad on my lap while sitting on the toilet, only to wonder how I was supposed to then use the facility myself. Let's just say it took a lot of coordination! Now, I'm sure to check out the Sit or Squat app before entering a restaurant with my kids. What was your toughest diaper change environment?
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Moms on the go often find themselves changing their tots' diapers in some unusual, and uncomfortable, places. While airplane changes take the prize for most-Twister-like changing venue, mamas often find themselves contorting their bodies elsewhere. The Dipe n' Go ($20) is designed to take the pain out of in-vehicle nappy-changes. Complete with Velcro that attaches directly to the side of a car's interior, the mom-designed all-in-one changing station tries to make the trunk-side diaper change as clean and sanitary as possible, but would you invest in it?
As a lazy second time mom, I rarely pull out the changing pad when my wee ones need a quick change. Occasionally a mat is required to shield their bums and noggins from the surface of a public restroom changing table. Since most diaper bags provide mamas with a roll type pad that is rarely long enough to cushion a toddler's head, I was tickled when I had the opportunity to test out the Ticklebug Baby changing kit ($49).
Compactly packaged in bright eye-catching prints, the velcro sealed tote unfolds into a changing pad that easily fits a toddler (head to toe) while providing mommy poopy nappy artillery. On each side of the cushioned mat, there are pouches for cream, wipes, diapers, and a wallet. To keep children entertained, there is a ring where mama can securely attach any sort of toy. And if mom is a germaphobe, she'll love the fact that the item is machine washable!
Keep things light by packing the bare essentials into a diaper bag alternative, such as the Pronto ($30). It's a simple diapering kit that unfolds into a changing pad with a “pronto pillow" and pockets for all the essentials.
Not into the Pronto? Try one or two of the alternatives to go — and remember, if you are just stepping out for a second you really only need wipes, a place to lay baby down and a fresh diaper.