Win a Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station in My First Giveaway!

The best advice I got before having a baby/creating a baby registry/buying anything for life with a baby was from my sister. She told me not to buy a diaper bag. She said she had hated all the ones she had tried. Instead, she suggested that I buy a smaller changing station that would hold diapers, wipes and some diaper cream and attach it to whichever bag I found useful for each stage of my baby’s life. At the time, hers was in a backpack; my nephew was almost two, and my niece was almost four, so their stuff took up quite a bit of space. She told me that when she had just been toting around my niece as an infant in her ring sling, she hadn’t needed anything bigger than a purse. Well, diaper bags are expensive, especially the nice ones. So I looked at some. Drooled over a few. Then, I scored a purse that I loved and realized that it was both durable and big enough for my baby’s needs.

We never leave the house without:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • A Change of Clothing for Walt
  • A Plastic Bag

I really should always have a change of clothing for me, but I never remember that. I usually have a pacifier, and often a bottle. But we can pull over, so I can breastfeed him if he’s hungry. No one has died from hearing a baby cry, and the pacifier doesn’t always work, anyway. If he has managed to shoot out all the poop in his body at one time, up the back of his diaper (every baby does this, I am told), waiting until we get home to change him is pretty awful. Putting him back in poop-stained clothing, even if his diaper is clean? Really gross. Having to store the poop-stained clothes in my purse without a plastic bag around them? Really gross. I once forgot the plastic bag and threw away the outfit with the dirty diaper rather than get deal with it. (We have a ton of baby clothes, many of well-loved by older cousins. This outfit was one of those, not a fancy new gifted outfit.) My point is that all of these things fit in my purse, for now. I don’t need a big diaper bag. So, I decided to take my sister’s advice and find some sort of mini diaper changing “station.”

Picture me and my mother-in-law at Babies ‘R Us, trying to finish getting the things on my list that we had not received at our babyshower. We wander. There are outbursts of excitement when we finally find something on the list. I have brought all the wrong measurements for everything and don’t understand what size of anything I’m supposed to be getting. Finally, I spot the portable changing stations. It’s been picked over pretty well. I have two options: the Babies ‘R Us brand without a wipes container or the more expensive (and much prettier) Skip Hop Pronto, the Queen of all Changing Stations. Obviously, I treat myself to the beautiful one. I plan to carry it every time I take the baby out, after all.

I nearly packed our Pronto in my hospital bag. I had diapers and wipes in that thing weeks before my due date. My husband talked me out of bringing it to the hospital because it is a five-minute drive from our house. In traffic. But I still worried that we would need it! Behold, the awesome:

Yes, the changing pad is an adorable surprise! (Photo from skiphop.com)
Yes, the green changing pad is an adorable surprise! (Photo from skiphop.com)

The features of this incredibly useful product include:

  • Front Zipper Pocket: For keys, wallet, phone, etc
  • Strap w/ Clip: Hangs on stroller or wrist
  • Pronto Pillow: Innovative head-cushion keeps baby safe & comfy
  • Mesh Pocket: Holds up to four large diapers, creams and other essentials
  • Translucent Wipes Case: See-through for timely reloads
  • Two-In-One: Pad zips off for independent use
  • Changing Pad: Extra-wide for wiggly babies. Wipes clean. Laminated mod design
  • Material is ideal for monogramming (this service not offered by Skip Hop)
  • Size: Closed: 8 3/4” x 11 1/2” x 1” Changing pad size: 21 1/2” x 21 1/2” (at widest point)

Did it ever occur to you that a *translucent* wipes case would come in handy? Not me! But it does–we can see how many are left without opening it. I use the Pronto, Dad uses it, three of Walter’s four grandmothers have used it. It fits in an airplane bathroom; did you know that once the changing table in one of those bathrooms is folded down, there is barely room for a parent, let alone a parent toting a big diaper bag? Oddly, Skip Hop fails to mention in their official list of features that the changing pad zips off. Yes, you can unzip it, put it on the changing table and put the rest of the Pronto on whatever counter is handy. Just in case you, too, find yourself changing a baby in an extremely cramped space. We clip it around the handles of my purse, the handle to the carseat, to the stroller. I’ll be clipping it to my baby carrier when I attend the BlissDom conference next week!

But one day, it just wouldn’t zip anymore. I panicked. Obviously, I took a picture of the broken zipper and posted it to InstaGram, because I turn to social media when I panic. (Yes, I’m aware that that is weird.) I asked Jaime, aka The Baby Guy, for help. This is what happened in the comments to my photo:

I got a real person's email. You can't see it, because I covered it up with hearts, but she was super nice and helpful.
I got a real person’s email. You can’t see it, because I covered it up with hearts, but she was super nice and helpful.

I already was a huge Skip Hop fan. It would take me awhile to list all of the things people have given us from the brand, because they know this. And because everything they make is adorable and high-quality. I am now an even bigger fan. I emailed the Skip Hop rep who left her email in that comment, and she had a coupon code for their online store emailed to me within 24 hours. After I placed my order, I discovered that she had also made sure that shipping was free and that it would arrive within two days.

The box, when it did arrive, contained not one, but two Skip Hop Pronto Changing Stations. And yes, “GIVEAWAY!” was the first thought I had. I had to get permission, of course, and make sure they didn’t want the extra one back. Oh, no, they are happy to let me give it away to one of you! What is not to love about this company? The Pronto you get will look like mine: black, with a fun green pattern on the changing pad inside. There are other colors and patterns, but I couldn’t be sure that they’d match my red purse. Here are more pictures:

By the way, the strap that's clipped around the model's wrist gets really long. In case you need to buckle it around something very large? They think of everything.
By the way, the strap that’s clipped around the model’s wrist gets really long. In case you need to buckle it around something very large? They think of everything.

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31 Comments

  1. Bunnie Lu said:

    I don’t have a baby yet, I’m due in May. But I have taken care of plenty of babies. The most awkward place I’ve changed a diaper was at a high school football game. Imagine, they don’t have changing tables in the bathrooms haha

    March 13, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Congratulations!
      Oh, I am picturing my high school football games… Eep! Definitely not baby-friendly.

      March 13, 2013
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  2. Domestic Diva said:

    I’m afraid of changing on an airplane — those bathrooms are so tiny and dirty.

    March 13, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Confession: I haven’t actually done it yet. His dad was closer to the aisle! I will next week, though, when we fly to Dallas for BlissDom. It made the story too complicated to explain that his dad was the one who did the airplane changing! ;)

      March 13, 2013
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  3. Leah Marie said:

    Ooooh, yes please! I had something like this with Thing 2, but have long since gotten rid of it (because, you know, I wasn’t having any more kids…). Anyway, I’m clearly gonna need another one now! ;)

    March 13, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Well, you simply must have the best!

      March 13, 2013
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  4. Sara said:

    I’m afraid of having to change my baby in any public place of transportation.

    March 13, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      If you mean on the train or bus, I totally get that. If they have bathrooms at all, they’re usually super gross. (This question seems to be inspiring more fear than giggles… I was hoping for more giggles! Sorry!)

      March 13, 2013
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  5. We had to change my daughter in the middle of an arts and crafts store because she was poop exploding all over my husband (through her own clothes). We almost died laughing and my husband walked out minus his shirt because we had to put it on my 5 month old daughter! It was a disaster. I have never ever forgotten extra clothes ever again my life haha.

    March 13, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Now that is the kind of giggle I was looking for! I hope it was a Michaels with really mean staff. (I have a running feud with that chain of stores. I swear, no matter which one I go into, I find bitterness and spite.)

      March 13, 2013
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  6. chris said:

    going on a long trip to PA from CT car packed with all of our stuff and things for 2 little ones … trunk filled mostly w the double stroller … made an emergency rest stop for an exploded diaper .. only place to change was on our lap! I held LO while DH changed the diaper .. lol not sure who had the worst job … wouldnt have been so bad if we had more space to change but we drive a small sedan so … fun times ;-) i should mention before we left DH changed number2s diaper .. she was a size 1 at the time and our older one a size 4 …he put the wrong size diaper on youngest thinking bigger diaper more space! thus last longer …didn’t work out like that

    March 14, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      We did something similar on a Christmas road trip to Upstate NY–it was not easy.
      I would imagine that a size 4 diaper on a size 1 baby would leave some sizable gaps!

      March 14, 2013
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  7. June L said:

    Changing diapers during a road trip in a dirty rest stop that has nothing and a packed care was kind of hard. I used my lap and my hoodie.

    March 17, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      I have used my lap and the zipped off part of the Pronto. I believe I thanked him, out loud, for not peeing while I switched diapers. The pad may be waterproof, but that just means the liquids run off onto whatever’s underneath–me, in that case.

      March 18, 2013
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  8. Kimberly said:

    My husband thought it would be a good idea to change our daughter in the back seat of his car. Not that odd, but he is a slob and there were old newspapers all over. She was amazed by her crinkly surroundings and did a 360* shimmy. The poor girl got poop in her hair.

    March 17, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Oh, no! Our baby has just begun to accomplish the 180 turn on his back. I am positive the same thing would happen. My son is pretty much bald, so perhaps it would be less difficult to clean up? Still–ugh! Poor girl!

      March 18, 2013
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  9. Jessica said:

    Most awkward place was in the trunk of my car. At the time I had a hatch back, so it wasn’t too uncomfortable, but my daughter thought it was hilarious

    March 17, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      It’s always hilarious or upsetting at moments you least want attention, right?

      March 18, 2013
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  10. Jessica said:

    We’ve had to change my son a couple times in my husband’s car! It always ends up being a unique situation! I would love this product for my second baby on the way!

    March 19, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      I have used this at least three times in the car, on my lap and on the seat. It’s definitely good for tight spots!

      March 19, 2013
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  11. Kristine said:

    I’m afraid I will have to change my niece’s diaper in front of strangers. That always creeps me out when people are staring.

    March 19, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      I can’t remember ever changing my niece in public–she’s turning six this weekend, so maybe I’ve forgotten, but I don’t think I did.
      It’s interesting that this never occurred to me with The Boy. Do you think it would bother you with a nephew?

      March 19, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      LOL I feel like we’re rewriting green eggs and ham. I will not do in in a boat, I will not do it… what rhymes with boat?

      March 19, 2013
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  12. katie whitcraft said:

    Definitely not looking forward to changing my newborns diaper in the car! Its my first so it will br interesting!

    March 19, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Cars have come up so often in this! It’s definitely really awesome to have the zip-off mat with its Skip Hop pillow when you have to change a baby in a car. Far too few places have changing tables, so the parking lot has been a refuge at least twice.

      March 19, 2013
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  13. cassandra said:

    So far the floor in a restaurant bathroom is the worst place. But we fly on Monday and I’m hoping the plane isn’t as terrible as I’m expecting.

    March 23, 2013
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  14. Bailey said:

    Hey! I was wondering if you had a chance to send out the skip hop yet. :) Looking forward to it!

    April 19, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      I’m so useless! I have it all packed, but I couldn’t find a Sharpie and the printer wouldn’t print, so I quit trying. Thanks for the reminder. I will try again to address the darn box…

      April 19, 2013
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      • Bailey said:

        You’re not useless, you’re busy! :) No worries

        April 20, 2013
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  15. Shannon Reed said:

    I love skip hop diaper bags– I always buy them for baby shower gifts. And my two cents: I think changing diapers in an airplace is the worst! But cars? I am a champ at changing a diaper in a car =)

    June 3, 2013
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