Wedge changing mat in a nursery set up

A Comprehensive Baby Changing Mat Guide for New Parents




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You're about to embark on an incredible journey called parenthood. As a new parent, you will know that ensuring your baby's comfort and safety is a top priority. One essential item that will become your trusty sidekick in those nappy-changing moments is the baby changing mat , but with so many options available, how do you choose the right one?

In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about selecting the ideal baby changing mat . From different types and materials to considering size and portability, Mabel & Fox have got you covered. Our expert advice will help you make an informed decision, ensuring that your baby's changing experience is as comfortable as possible. We'll discuss the pros and cons of each type, offer valuable tips to consider when shopping with Mabel & Fox , and highlight the features that will make a difference in your daily routine.

Whether you're looking for a wipeable mat for easy cleaning or a portable option for on-the-go parents, this guide has got you covered. Get ready to choose the perfect baby changing mat, and tackle those adorable nappy-changing moments with confidence!

The Importance of a 

baby changing mat

Baby Changing mats are a must have essential for any nursery. When it comes to caring for your baby, having a dedicated space for changing their nappy is essential. Baby changing mats provide a comfortable and supportive place to change babies and toddlers. Not only does it protect your baby from coming into contact with any harmful bacteria or allergens that may be present on other surfaces, but it also ensures their safety by providing a secure and stable platform.

Additionally, a changing mat helps to keep your baby's changing area organised, making the process more efficient for both you and your little one. With so many benefits, investing in a high-quality baby changing mat is a must for any new parent.

Changing mats are used multiple times a day, everyday (for several years) so not only do they need to be practical and hardwearing, but also beautiful. Lets face it, you are going to be looking at it a lot - so why not have something nice.

Mabel & Fox customers often use they're changing mat as an integral part of the nursery, decorating around the theme of the print. Long gone are the days of limited choice, poorly designed prints (the sort of boring prints you see in the supermarket) - here at Mabel & Fox we have an extensive range of beautifully designed, decor inspired and on trend prints, that finish off a nursery perfectly. 

Different types of baby changing mats

Wedge Baby Changing Mats:

Our best-selling mat style, and for good reason, the Wedge mat is a very popular choice with new and existing parents.

Our wedge changing mat features raised edges, which is a great choice for wriggly babies! Be careful of other brands calling them anti-roll mats, whilst they do genuinely help to minimise rolling, all babies are unique and develop and different rates, so calling them anti-roll implies they cannot role off - this is simply not true!

Additionally, one of the key benefits of raised edges is to help your baby to feel safe and secure during nappy changes.

Mabel & Fox wedge baby changing mats are great if you’re tight on space; many of our customers will use this style on top of a chest of drawers if they don’t have space for a changing table. Please do remember never to leave your baby unattended on a high surface.

Our staff use these with their own children and have used them up to 24 months. 

Standard Baby Changing Mats: 

The traditional standard baby changing mat (sometimes referred to as a table  mat) is a popular choice for many parents. These mats are padded, soft and cushioned, providing a comfortable surface for your baby to lie on.

Our standard changing mats are designed to fit into most changing tables, they have raised, padded sides to ensure a comfy surface for a baby change. We’ve opted for an extra thick layer of padded foam for additional comfort too!

Our table changing mats are a good bet if you plan to have a changing table in your nursery – especially if you plan to store all your nappies, wipes and changing essentials underneath – a perfect changing station! They are lightweight and can easily be moved around the house if needed too!

Travel Baby Changing Mats: 

An absolute must have for changing on the go, not only are our travel changing mats a practical compact mat for out and about, but they can be kept downstairs to avoid unnecessary trips upstairs. We’ve opted for a 1cm foam thickness, which means your baby has a padded surface when out and about, but they can also be folded down and popped into your changing bag easily too!

Mabel & Fox sell a stunning range of baby changing bags to compliment our travel changing mats, which can be found here !

Basket Changing Mats:

Last, but not least, are our Basket changing mats . These are designed to seamlessly fit our beautiful, handmade seagrass changing basket . These Moses basket liners come with all the same great features as our other mats, just shaped to fit our seagrass changing basket.

Offering a good level of padding and comfort, Mabel & Fox basket changing mats manage to balance being an on-trend nursery item that's practical and comfortable for little ones.

Why buy a Mabel & Fox baby changing mat?

When it comes to baby products, Mabel & Fox is a brand that stands out from the rest. Our baby changing mats are known for their quality, durability and stylish designs.

With a Mabel & Fox changing mat, you can be confident that you're investing in a product that will last.

  • Our changing mats are made from British Standard Nursery Graded Foam.
  • They are ultra-padded for a supportive changing surface.
  • All our baby changing mats are made from a non toxic PVC.
  • Easy to clean, with wipeable surfaces that make for quick and hassle-free maintenance.
  • They are designed and manufactured in the UK.
  • Fit seamlessly into your home with a range of stunning prints.
  • Soft and safe for baby's delicate skin.

Mabel & Fox changing mats have close attention to detail in design. We offer a wide range of prints and patterns to choose from; allowing you to find a mat that matches your nursery decor and personal style. With a Mabel & Fox baby changing mat, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're providing the best for your baby.

Want to know how to care for your new mat? Click here!

Factors to consider when choosing a baby changing mat

Choosing the perfect baby changing mat involves considering a few key factors.

First, you'll want to think about the size of the mat. Ensure that it provides enough space for your baby to lie comfortably without feeling cramped. Consider the dimensions of your changing table or the area where you plan to use the mat to ensure a good fit too.

Portability is another factor to keep in mind. If you're someone, who is often on the go or plans to travel frequently with your baby, a portable changing mat that can easily be folded and carried is a great option.

Materials are also important. Look for mats that are made from non-toxic materials, that are durable, yet soft and easy-to-clean. This will ensure your baby's comfort and make your life easier when it comes to maintenance.

Finally, consider any additional features that may be important to you, such as raised sides for added safety or foldable for space saving.

Taking these factors into account will help you find the perfect baby changing mat that suits your needs.

Changing mats are a focal point in the nursery.

When setting up your baby's nursery, the changing area is an important focal point. It's a space where you'll spend a significant amount of time caring for your little one, so it's worth investing in a changing mat that not only serves its purpose, but also adds to the overall aesthetic of the room. Mabel & Fox offer a range of changing mats with beautiful prints and designs that will complement any nursery decor. Whether you prefer timeless classics or on-trend prints, you're sure to find a mat that matches your style.

By choosing a changing mat that blends seamlessly with the rest of the nursery, you can create a cohesive and visually appealing space for you and your baby.

Timeless classics

If you prefer a more classic and timeless look for your baby's nursery, Mabel & Fox has you covered. Our range of changing mats includes designs that will stand the test of time. From neutral colours and simple patterns to elegant and understated designs, these mats are perfect for parents who appreciate a clean and sophisticated aesthetic.

Whether you're going for a minimalist look or a more traditional vibe, a timeless classic changing mat from Mabel & Fox will fit right in.

On-trend baby changing mat prints

For parents who love to embrace the latest trends and want their nursery to make a statement, Mabel & Fox offers a variety of on-trend prints for our changing mats.

From statement safari to whimsical florals, these mats add a fun and playful touch to the nursery.

Whether you're planning a gender-neutral nursery or want to add a pop of colour to your baby's space, an on-trend changing mat from Mabel & Fox is the perfect choice.

With our wide selection of prints, you're bound to find a design that captures your unique style.

Which baby changing mat is right for you?

Choosing the perfect baby changing mat is a personal decision that depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider factors such as size, portability, material, and additional features when making your decision.

Mabel & Fox offers a range of high-quality changing mats that tick all the boxes. From durable construction and easy-to-clean surfaces to stylish designs, these mats are loved by our customers.

Whether you opt for a timeless classic design or an on-trend print, you can't go wrong with a Mabel & Fox baby changing mat.

So go ahead, make your selection, and make those nappy-changing moments with your little one more pleasurable!