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Best Non-Toxic Changing Table Pad Guide

Written by Irina Webb

Isn’t it challenging to figure out what caused your newly born baby to cry?  You have tried everything the book suggests, and yet the baby is still crying!  When you get creative and put yourself in your baby’s booties, you will see that many times the irritant is not in your baby, but around her.  In other words, your baby may be reacting to the objects around him that touch his skin and affect the air he is breathing.  For example, if you use a diaper changing table, I recommend you get a non-toxic changing table pad.  Seemingly minor, it will be in contact with your baby’s skin many times for many months, so it is worth having a non-toxic changing pad in your nursery. 

In this post, you will learn about two healthy options of changing table pads that will make your baby changing experience more joyful for both of you.  Keep reading to find out what they are.

Best Non-Toxic Changing Table Pad Guide. A photo of two non-toxic changing pad options.

Conventional changing table pads

Sadly, some of the popular materials used in the manufacture of baby items including changing pads are polyurethane foam and vinyl.  But here is what is helpful to know about these materials.

Polyurethane foam in baby items

If I told you that during the production process, the workers who make the polyurethane foam wear full-body protective gear and respirators, how would that make you feel?  I mean, the result of their work will find its way into your nursery after all and make no mistake – it will change its ambiance.

First, polyurethane foam will most likely contain flame retardants, including chlorinated Tris, the toxic flame retardant removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s.  Second, polyurethane foam may emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Third, it is toxic not only to people but also to the environment because of toxic chemicals emitted during its production. 

On top of that, polyurethane foam contributes to landfill because it is not biodegradable.  And if it catches on fire, it releases deadly gases such as hydrogen cyanide.  You can learn more about polyurethane foam and its presence in our homes in my post Polyurethane Foam: What is Inside Our Furniture?.  

For the reasons above, polyurethane does not belong in the best non-toxic changing table pad.  Read on to find out which non-toxic changing pad I like and recommend.

Vinyl in changing pads

Generally, manufacturers use vinyl (PVC) to waterproof changing pads.  However, it is the most toxic of all the plastics in all stages of its lifecycle: production, usage, and disposal.  To specify, vinyl pad covers often contain phthalates and heavy metals, such as lead.  And your baby will be exposed to PVC through inhalation and skin contact. 

You can learn more about vinyl chloride and its presence in other household items in my post PVC Yoga Mats: Safe or Toxic?.

The best non-toxic changing table pad options

To begin with, when I select baby items, my criteria are especially strict.  And it is not only materials and fabrics that I look at, but also the manufacturer’s attitude to the customer.  Both companies that I am about to present to you have been generous with their time and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. 

As a result, the best manufacturers of safe changing table pads, in my opinion, are Naturepedic and Holy Lamb Organics.

Naturepedic organic changing pads

For starters, I have confidence in this company because I have been their long-term customer.  To clarify, we have been sleeping on their GOTS-certified organic mattresses for many years now.  Our son grew out of his Naturepedic crib mattress and moved onto their kids-2-in-1 mattress. And my husband and I have been enjoying a good night’s sleep on their best organic mattress ever. 

You can find out why I am so excited about Naturepedic organic mattresses in my posts the Best Organic Mattress Review and The Non-Toxic Crib Mattress We Switched To.  Also, check out my Savvy Consumer Fast Track: Mattresses e-book to learn about other mattresses on the market. The book will tell you how you can be deceived into thinking that you are buying a natural mattress.

Based on our experience with the mattresses, I believe that the Naturepedic non-toxic changing pad is also safe and of high quality. 

Why I like the Naturepedic non-toxic changing table pad

First, the pad is made from certified organic cotton.  Its waterproof cover is a biodegradable plastic made from sugarcane.   The cover has a cotton feel to it. 

It is so important that the changing pad is washable.  In his first weeks, my son peed and pooped pretty much every time we opened his diaper.  We took precautions but sometimes things got messy. 

Additionally, the Naturepedic changing pad is made of cotton instead of extremely flammable polyurethane foam. Consequently, there is no reason to use flame retardants to pass the flammability tests. 

Furthermore, this non-toxic changing table pad comes in a 2-sided contoured or a 4-sided contoured design.  I recommend the 2-sided version, so if you baby grows really tall (like mine), you can still use it.

And lastly, I love the fact that Naturepedic luxurious changing pads are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  And you can see their certification in the GOTS public database.  In fact, if a company tells you their products are organic, double-check their organic certification in the GOTS database.  From my experience as a full-time product researcher, I can tell you that you will be surprised sometimes. 

You can buy these organic changing pads on the Naturepedic website.

Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic changing pad

Alternatively, Holy Lamb Organics makes pads from premium eco-wool and covers them with organic cotton.   

Growing up in a small town with freezing cold weather, I knew the value and the necessity of wool.  So, I was shocked to learn that “fleece” sold in the US was made of petrochemicals.  But I am happy that there are manufacturers like Holy Lamb Organics. It sources premium wool from US farmers and carries on the tradition of real fleece.  You can learn more about premium eco-wool and certified organic wool in my post about their organic nursing pillow.

Why I recommend the Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic changing table pad

First of all, there are so many benefits of wool.  It is naturally antibacterial and naturally regulates the body temperature.  In addition, wool wicks moisture from the skin and has natural flame-retardant properties. 

On top of that, there is a study that shows a connection between weight gain and lambswool. Thus, when premature infants slept on lambswool, its soothing effect lowered their metabolic rate. As a result, the infants put on healthy weight. 

As you can tell, I highly recommend this luxurious natural changing pad.  There are absolutely no chemicals of any kind in this safe changing pad.   Also, there is no plastic cover.  Hence, the manufacturer recommends using a puddle pad and a thin cotton blanket to cover the pad.  Do not worry if the moisture gets to the pad because this non-toxic changing pad is washable.

You can purchase Holy Lamb Organics pads on their website

Conclusion about the best non-toxic changing table pad

To sum up, I highly recommend Naturepedic and Holy Lamb Organics non-toxic products for your nursery.  Although they are more expensive than those made with polyurethane foam, your baby’s safety and comfort are worth more. 

If you are looking for assistance with living healthy, you can book a consultation with me. I will help you to make the best choices.  Also, please visit my shop for other options of non-toxic baby skincare, baby clothes, and household products. 

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29 thoughts on “Best Non-Toxic Changing Table Pad Guide”

    1. Hi! I sent them an email with some questions. Thanks for asking.

      Normally when it says “rubber,” that means synthetic rubber. I did confirm with them though and the pad is made of synthetic rubber, the material I do not recommend. Let me know if you have further questions.

        1. It is made of a type of synthetic rubber. It is one of those situations where we just do not know enough about it. Eventually, somebody will do research. I would be curious to smell it. If you see it in a store, let me know if it has any smell. I tend to err on the side of caution and prefer natural materials such as wool, cotton, hemp, etc.

          1. We ordered one and it does have a smell out of the box. We’re letting it air out for a month before the baby comes!

  1. Hi – what are your thoughts on the Oeuf diaper changing pad? Not sure about that or the Naturepedic one (Ouef is almost half the price so leaning towards that one…)! Any opinion on which one, price not considered?

      1. according to amazon, it says (for the oeuf changing pad) 69% fiberboard and 31% urethane foam (does not say polyurethane) and states it is made of “renewable plant – based foam”

        1. Hi Shari: urethane foam is a type of polyurethane. Fiberboard is a type of wood product. I thought we were talking about changing pad, not changing table. I find that Amazon product descriptions are often confusing and misleading. I always try to contact the manufacturer directly. Could you please do that? Thanks! ~Irina

          1. straight from Oeuf:

            “All of our mattresses and changing pads are handmade by Colgate Kids in Atlanta, GA. No chemical flame retardants are used. A barrier fabric made of Rayon is used to meet fire safety standards. This is a cellulose material placed underneath the top layer of the mattress/pad. This is safer than chemical retardants. The wetproof backing is made of a food grade polyurethane. Fiberboard is at the bottom and does not contain MDF. It is high-density fiberboard, which does not require glue or other added products. There is no formaldehyde.”

            “The foam itself is made of a plant-based foam that, as of last measure, was an 20:80 ratio with food grade polyurethane oil based foam. Colgate kids is constantly trying to better themselves and that ratio is always changing to include more plant based foam and less polyurethane.”

            she also mentioned its:
            greenguard certified.
            free of PVC, phthlates, PBDE and phosphorus and arsenic (she mentioned a few more, but I did not write them down).

            (also thinking that the baby is not going to be spending a significant amount of time on the changing pad….unlike sleeping).

          2. Hi Shari: it is not too bad, as you said, considering the price and that it is a small object. I like that it is certified by Greenguard. I wonder if it is certified to Greenguard’s Gold standard, which would be good. And yes, since the baby is not going to be spending much time on it. It would be also good to air it out in the garage before using, just in case. Thank you for your research!.~Irina

  2. Hi Irina,

    Have you looked into Ah Goo Baby Changing Pad? I was going to purchase it but now that I came across your website. I would like to learn more about it!

    Please let me know!
    Thank you.

    P.S. just purchased your e-book on cribs. Thank you for sharing your detailed research. SAVE ME SO MUCH TIME AND TROUBLE!!

    1. Hi, Jam: To learn more about the changing pad, we need to know what type of foam it is made of. I emailed them but from the product description it looks like that it is probably polyurethane foam, which a petroleum product. From your planning, what decisions did you make about your baby registry? Are you going to get all natural or organic baby products or petroleum-free when it is only absolutely needed? How far you in a process of preparing for the baby? You might benefit from downloading my free baby registry planner. Thanks. ~Irina P.S. I am glad you found my e-book on cribs helpful.

  3. I know this is a slightly old thread, but I just received the Naturepedic one in the mail, I hadn’t seen it in person. It seems like a soft foam-ish material covered in a crunchy sounding plastic bag. I realize it is cotton with plastic – not “luxurious” like it states. There is a huge air gap – like I could grab the top layer and pull it inches off of the bottom support. Does anyone else find this terribly annoying? I can’t imagine waking up at 2am with a newborn and hearing that noise. I’m starting to look for alternatives.

          1. We got it from our registry, but it was purchased from BuyBuyBaby. I did email Naturepedic and they gave me the runaround – my understanding though is that what I got was correct. I think they did not accurately describe what you get though.

  4. Hello! Thanks for your article! Wandering if you could give another opinion on the Keekaroo after reading the description below? It is from another article and was the response from Keekaroo about the materials used. (I was leaning towards the Naturepedic until I read reviews that it might not be waterproof. Keekaroo looks awesome- waterproof and no need for extra laundry- if it is safe of course.) Thank you very much!

    “The cushion material…is made of polyurethane polymer and foam. Polyurethane Polymer is the raw material form. Once Polyurethane Polymer is processed, it becomes a Polyurethane Polymer Elastomer, which is a synthetic rubber. An example of a Polyurethane Polymer Elastomer is Spandex, sometimes referred to as Lycra, found in all kinds of clothing material. Our Cushions do not contain PBDE…[which are] organobromine compounds that are used as flame retardants in some applications. Our Flame retardant properties come from the inherent polymer structure of our trade secret materials.

    We do NOT use PVC in any products we make or sell. Therefore, our products have no phthalate additives.

    We’ve passed all testing required in this industry: Government: CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), as well as independent certifications on Safety: JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturer association), ASTM International (American Society of Testing Materials). Our cushions are proudly made in the USA.

    The skin of the cushion is a proprietary process that creates a non-toxic, seamless product impermeable to fluids and offers anti-microbial protection. Due to this proprietary process, although details are kept internally, I can tell you that the antimicrobial protection is a citrus based compound. Tested in the harsh hospital and school markets, our cushions are proven peel, tear and puncture resistant and include a slip resistant texture to ensure safety.”

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