August 09, 2011 02:00 PM

Courtesy Patemm Pad

In this day and age of eco-everything, it’s hard to believe there are changing mats, mattress pads and more that are still made with vinyl. Alas, there are. And it’s usually up to parents to wade through everything and find the safest options.

To help jump start your search, we’ve created a round-up of our top picks. Check it out below:

Patemm Pad

The first thing you’ll notice about the beautiful, award-winning Patemm Pads ($55 and up) is that they’re round, which makes it easier to change an active baby because it’s harder for them to wiggle off.

They also fold up incredibly easily and sport handy pockets to store wipes, diapers, etc. It’s perfect for short and long trips because everything you need fits right inside.

Courtesy Thula


The nifty little changing pads from Thula ($30) are kind of like a baby-sized yoga mat. Made with a PVC-free material, they easily unroll and roll up and surprisingly provide a great amount of cushion for their thin size. They’re a bit big to travel with, but they’re great for around the house.

Courtesy Naturepedic


Naturepedic is an excellent source for healthy bedding options for your family. We love, love, love the waterproof mattress pads ($29 and up), which comes in every size (bassinet to queen) making them a great waterproofing option for co-sleeping families.

Their contoured changing pads ($99) is the only one we’ve seen that is made with materials that are safe for babies. There are even organic cotton covers ($29) available.

Courtesy Oshi


Made from a PVC- and latex-free non-toxic foam, the Oshi Mat ($50) is one of the more sturdy options available. Not only is it perfect for a diaper-changing station at home, but it also works for mommy & me tummy time and classes.

Courtesy Swaddlebees

Swaddlebees and Fuzzibunz

Swaddlebees and Fuzzibunz are cloth diaper manufacturers who also make incredible mattress and changing pads.

Both of their changing pads are similarly designed with a PUL bottom and a super soft fleece upper, but the version from Swaddlebees (left) has an extra middle layer of Sherpa, making it somewhat more absorbent.

Stephanie Phoenix

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