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Skip Hop Pronto Review

A convenient well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessities
skip hop pronto diaper bag review
Credit: Skip Hop
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Price:  $30 List
Manufacturer:   Skip Hop
By Juliet Spurrier, MD ⋅ Mom-in-Chief  ⋅  Nov 29, 2022
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#7 of 12
  • Storage - 35% 2.0
  • Quality - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 9.0
  • Style - 0% 7.0

The Skinny

Compared to the top-ranked diaper bags, the Skip Hop Pronto is a compact changing station with enough space for diapering necessities for short outings. Two zippered pockets and one mesh pouch hold the essentials, while two carry methods make it easy to transport. The extra-large changing pad is easy to wipe down, and when you're done changing your baby's diaper, the whole thing wraps into a tight package that easily fits into a purse, stroller basket, or backpack. We love the features of this diaper bag alternative and think it is perfect for any minimalist parent who is frequently on the go.
REASONS TO BUY
Compact
Easy to use
Travel-friendly
REASONS TO AVOID
Only room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)
Editor's Note: We updated the Skip Hop Pronto gear review on November 25, 2022, as we added new products to the diaper bag review and checked that the information in this review aligns with the results.

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Pros Compact, easy to use, travel-friendlyExcelent organization, comfortable carry, under the radar designEasy-to-access interior, great price, nice exterior organizationLightweight, lifelong use, large capacityAffordable, spacious, comfortable to carry
Cons Only room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)Only one carry style, expensive, annoying strapsLacks inner pockets, straps uncomfortableNot well structured, limited carry optionsZipper issues, not well structured
Bottom Line A convenient well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessitiesAn abundance of pockets offer excellent organization, but with difficult-to-adjust strapsThis easy-to-clean and practical bag has a unique stay-open feature that makes access simple but is not as comfortable to carryA roomy backpack style diaper bag with the potential for lifelong use, but limited useabilityAn affordable backpack with enough pockets to organize your daily supplies, but low-quality construction
Rating Categories Skip Hop Pronto Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Skip Hop Mainframe... 7AM Voyage BK718 Ruvalino Backpack
Storage (35%)
2.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Quality (35%)
7.0
9.0
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Ease of Use (30%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
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6.0
Style (0%)
7.0
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Specs Skip Hop Pronto Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back Skip Hop Mainframe... 7AM Voyage BK718 Ruvalino Backpack
Carry Style Wrist Strap Backpack Backpack/Crossbody/Tote Backpack Backpack/Tote
Dimensions 12"W x 8"H x 3"D 12"W x 16"H x 5"D 14.8"W x 14.2"H x 6.2"D 17"W x 12"H x 5"D 12"W x 17"H x 8"D
Weight 0.75 lbs 2.34 lbs 1.8 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.9 lbs
Insulated Pocket/Cooler No Yes, 2 insulated pockets Yes, 2 insulated pockets No Yes, 2 insulated pockets
Included Accessories Wipe case None None Stroller straps None
Cleaning/Care Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Machine washable Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent Machine wash cold and tumble dry on low heat setting Wipe clean

Our Analysis and Test Results

In 2003, parents Michael and Ellen Diamant searched for a diaper bag that fitted their needs as new parents. With no luck, they decided to create their own instead. The debut diaper bag was the Skip Hop Duo, and the company has since branched out into different bag styles and other baby gear items.

Performance Comparison



skip hop pronto diaper bag review - with roomy pockets and an extra-large changing pad, the pronto packs...
With roomy pockets and an extra-large changing pad, the Pronto packs a big punch in a small package.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The Skip Hop Pronto is a clutch-style changing station that we love for minimalist parents and babies on the go. With it, you can change your baby just about anywhere (because not all public bathrooms are baby-friendly). When closed, its dimensions are 12" W x 8" H x 3" D, which is small enough to fit into most bags and purses. Alternatively, the changing station has a carry handle and a clip that you can strap to your wrist or stroller if you prefer to use it as a standalone bag.

A buckle strap on the side of the bag allows you to clip it to your...
A buckle strap on the side of the bag allows you to clip it to your wrist or stroller when you don't have an extra hand.
Multiple carry options add to the convenience of the Pronto Changing...
Multiple carry options add to the convenience of the Pronto Changing Station.

The small package unrolls to reveal two inner pockets and a spacious, removable changing pad. There's even a cushion (the "pronto pillow") at the head area to make it more comfortable for your baby. The Skip Hop has an exterior zippered pocket for quick access items, and a small included wipe case allows you to pack light. During testing, we could fit four diapers, a case full of wipes, one burp cloth, a bib, one of our favorite baby pacifiers, a toy, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer into the pockets. Essentially, enough diapering supplies for a short afternoon outing, and with a squeeze, we could fit a few extra items such as keys, money, a cell phone, and an extra baby onesie.

skip hop pronto diaper bag review - we were able to comfortably fit all the above items in the skip hop...
We were able to comfortably fit all the above items in the Skip Hop Pronto changing station.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The changing pad is 21.5" wide and 22.5" long, making it large compared to the others we tested. We love that this pack is travel-friendly and easy to keep clean. The polyester material is easy to wipe down and is free of phthalates.

The inner zippered pocket is perfect for small items such as diaper...
The inner zippered pocket is perfect for small items such as diaper cream, hand sanitizer, or an extra burp cloth.
The mesh pocket is large enough to hold 4-6 diapers, and the...
The mesh pocket is large enough to hold 4-6 diapers, and the included wipe case.
We like to use the outer zippered pocket for quick-grab essentials.
We like to use the outer zippered pocket for quick-grab essentials.

Dislikes


The compact size of this bag is one of its biggest draws. However, it can also be a big drawback. You'll need to restock the bag after every outing, unlike a regular diaper bag, which you could use a few times before running out of supplies. We also do not like the wipe case not sealing tightly, allowing constant airflow to dry out baby wipes. However, the container is small enough that we think you'll likely use the wipes before this happens.

skip hop pronto diaper bag review - the wipes case is conveniently compact, but it does not seal tightly...
The wipes case is conveniently compact, but it does not seal tightly enough to prevent wipes from drying out over time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

If you like to be ready for every possible scenario, the Pronto probably isn't the right bag for you. It is highly functional but only holds the essentials and no more. If you use cloth diapers, you may have an even bigger problem, as the changing station only fits one cloth diaper comfortably and does not offer a place to store dirty diapers.

skip hop pronto diaper bag review - the skip hop pronto is a simple and efficient way to bring along...
The Skip Hop Pronto is a simple and efficient way to bring along diaper supplies.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Skip Hop Pronto?


If you want a smaller, compact diaper bag that doesn't weigh you down, we think you may love the Skip Hop Pronto. This changing station holds only the essentials and doesn't take up more space than necessary so that you can travel light. With different patterns, it can blend well with most styles and be gender-neutral for mom and dad.

What Other Diaper Bags Should You Consider?


If you need more space to pack items, we think the Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F and Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back are worth considering. They offer more space and excellent organization, but they are pricey. If you need something more budget-friendly, we suggest looking into the Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open.

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