Big diaper bags are great, but nobody wants to lug one everywhere. That’s where changing totes step in. You can go with a fold-out changing pad that has built-in pockets for diapers and wipes; or opt for a diaper clutch/pod (a.k.a. teeny diaper bag) with a separate pad inside. The goal is to have just what you need for a quick change and enough protection to keep baby squeaky clean (a step up from most public restrooms).
To find the one that’s right for you, think about how you’ll use it most. Just want something that you can pull out of a bigger bag for fuss-free trips to the potty? Look for an option that’s as small as possible and easy to open and close. Want something stylish for an afternoon out? Grab a snazzy “diaper clutch,” a new trend in baby gear that looks just like, well, a cute clutch. (Come on, moms still care about cute accessories.) You’ll want to go for something with more storage if you’ll be out for long; and by all means make sure the pad wipes clean if you won’t be near a washing machine in the next few hours.
Here are the best portable pads I’ve found on the market. There are a ton of different features (cushioning, mesh pockets, different straps and closures, fun patterns), so check them over to find the one that suits your style.
Confession: I did include one option that’s nothing but a roll-up changing pad, just because it’s so darn cute. Since there’s no storage, you’ll need another diaper bag or purse to hold the goodies.