Much of what I attempt to pass off as useful content on my blog is criticism of products and companies that, in my opinion, just don’t measure up. I have very high standards, which means that I’m often disappointed. However, it also means that when I’m happy with a product and recommend it, you should sit up and pay attention.
A nifty little item that my wife bought a few years ago, Skip Hop’s “Pronto” diaper changing kit in denim, has turned out to be such an amazingly useful and high-quality product that I feel I must recommend it to others.
In a nutshell, the pronto gives you a large, comfortable changing pad that can be wiped clean; a container for wipes; pockets for wipes, diapers, cream, etc. as well as extra pockets for pacifiers, keys, wallet, phone, or whatever; a nice little carrying handle; and a clip-on strap you can put around your wrist or hang on your stroller, all in a nifty little package that rolls up and fastens closed easily.
Diaper bags wear out, but this one just doesn’t seem to. We’ve had it for several years, and it looks as new as the day we got it. The changing pad hasn’t cracked, faded or become discolored, all of the pockets and zippers are intact, and not a single stitch of the sewing that holds everything together has become undone. We did have to replace the wipes container when one of its hinges broke, but this doesn’t bother me at all, considering that I keep a stash of several such containers because their nature is to get lost or break all the time.
If you’re at the stage in parenthood where a huge diaper bag is necessary to carry all the items you consider essential when you go out with baby, then the Pronto isn’t for you. But if, like us, you can sometimes make do with a few diapers, some wipes and a changing pad, then I can’t recommend this product enough.
I haven’t tried any of Skip Hop’s other products, but since small companies tend maintain a similar level of quality throughout their product line, I suspect that their other stuff is top-of-the-line as well.