The Perfect Car-Based Diaper Changing Station

Photo of the Dipe-N-Go baby changing station in a car consisting of a blue diaper pad with pockets.

This is a question more than a declaration. If you designed a product to assist with changing diapers in a vehicle, what features would it have?

My inspiration for the question came from seeing the Dipe-N-Go website, a product from another mom-inventor.

This mom rightly recognized that it’s usually a lot easier to change a diaper in the trunk of your parked car than it is to try your luck with a random public restroom when poop strikes.

The Dipe-N-Go is billed as designed for an SUV or minivan. I look at it and just see an ordinary diaper bag, at least the sort of diaper bag a seasoned parent carries — pad, diapers and wipes.

It’s 15.5″ x 12.5″ closed, has three pockets and folds up. The pad is easy to clean, of course. From the product photo, it seems like the portion of the pad containing pockets might attach to the trunk wall to keep the pockets upright, but I saw no mention of such a feature on the website.

I’m not sure it qualifies as a “diaper station” unless you never remove it from your car. It’s just a diaper bag that unfolds instead of being a bag.

My family uses a fanny pack containing several diapers, diaper wipes, sanitizing hand wipes and a pad. It’s easily swapped into our other car, or carried over a shoulder, and has room for a lot more stuff if the need arises.

We usually use the car trunk, but have changed diapers in a passenger seat, infant seat and the hood of our car.

If you could design a changing pad for use in cars, or a specific type of car, in any of those locations in your car, how would it be any different than what you’re using now?


4 Responses to “The Perfect Car-Based Diaper Changing Station”

  1. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    I have found I prefer to use random restroom, with the fold up changing pad I carry with me that looks, well, very like the picture’s. Of course, the back of my car is often — much like a big purse.

    I have changed the diaper in the back of my car. The only thing I can think of that I might like is a pillow — so I can set it on top of whatever happens to be back there, but it is still flat and comfortable for my son.

    The big problem with most diaper pads is that they are too small. My son is 2 years old, 28 pounds, and tallish. And most diaper pads seem to be designed for the first 6 months!

    February 1st, 2010 at 4:56 am

  2. KGS says:

    I’m happy with my current setup– a changing pad, diapers, and wipes tucked in the pocket behind the front seat. I change diapers in the back of our car all the time.

    What I’d really like to see is something that makes changing a diaper in an airplane restroom less horrifying. But you’d probably have to mess with the space-time continuum to do that.

    February 1st, 2010 at 10:27 am

  3. MoJo says:

    I wouldn’t change anything about our setup. I gave up on traditional diaper bags long ago. I love my Skip Hop Pronto. It is very similar to what you are reviewing. But i got it in the denim color and I often use it as a purse/diaper changing station all-in-one. The only thing better would to be done with diapers!

    February 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am

  4. William says:

    Right now we keep our diapers, wipes, and assorted supplies in the back pocket of our Kelty tc2.0 carrier. It unzips from the main bag for quick trips into restrooms (something they removed from the newer model btw) but normally is attached so all of our baby stuff is together with the baby when we’re out and about. (This is the best dad friendly carrier I’ve used. Having twins before and now on our third we’ve gone through just about every kind of lightweight carrier from Bjorn, Ergobaby, and an assortment of slings. The Kelty tc pack is a small backpack, not a huge framed carrier, that holds the kid plus two pockets for diapers/food/clothes. The back pocket unzips for trips to the bathroom and its got a pretty nice waistbelt for when the kid starts to get a little heavy on your shoulders.)

    Ideally for a car changing pad, I’d love something that is slightly padded and has a bit of a sideways angle to it. That way it gives you a work surface that is flatter when placed on a seat which usually has a distinct backwards slant to it. More like a scaled down changing pad top thats kinda wedge shaped. Really a single purpose thing and not sure if I’d want to designate space in the car to it, but it should would make changing on a car seat easier.

    February 1st, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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