It’s difficult for parents of a young child to go anywhere they like on a whim. Baby monitors can help when you stay nearby, but otherwise you need to time everything so she’s rested, fed and changed when you leave the house, and usually you have to take along a whole heap of stuff.
Pound for pound, that’s something like packing 8 airline suitcases for an adult. This shouldn’t be necessary just for a quick trip to the store, a fact the Suessie company understands.
Still, this isn’t a fashion accessory but rather a very useful tool. It folds out into a cross-shaped diaper changing pad 22″ long by 22″ wide (55 cm x 55 cm). The pouch part can either be zippered off or, if space permits, lie above this padded changing platform.
Though the bag isn’t very large, everything in it is organized and easily accessible. This becomes invaluable when you’re in a hurry, there’s not much light or you have your hands full.
In total, there are six separate storage spaces for items like lotions, two or three diapers, wipes and so forth. If you always pack it the same way, you can quickly get into a routine and grab what you need without having to rummage around.
The changing pad itself is nicely soft, though probably not as plush and comfy as the one you use at home. It should be fine for a few minutes of use, but note that there’s no strap to hold the baby in place.
It provides protection in other ways, however. How many grimy little butts do you think touch the baby changing station in a typical public bathroom between cleanings? Having a pad of your own always available improves hygiene and keeps both your baby and whoever uses the picnic table after you safer.
The whole thing is made of washable, toxin-free polyester, so it should still be in good shape long after your child has outgrown diapers.
We’d really have liked to see this available in more than one design, but the gray-and-white color scheme won’t bother too many people, while the complex, stripey pattern helps to mask any stains that happen to get left behind.