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Skip Hop Pronto Review

A convenient, attractive, well-made traveling changer with only enough room for the bare necessities
Skip Hop Pronto
Credit: Skip Hop
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Price:   $30 List | $29.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, easy to use, good for travel
Cons:  Only room for 1 cloth diaper (compared to 4-6 disposable diapers)
Manufacturer:   Skip Hop
By Juliet Spurrier, MD ⋅ Mom-in-Chief  ⋅  May 31, 2021
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  • Storage - 35% 2.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 9.0
  • Quality - 20% 7.0
  • Style - 10% 7.0

The Skinny

The Skip Hop Pronto is a compact changing station with enough space for diapers and supplies 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, 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 frequently on the go.

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Pros Compact, easy to use, good for travelExcelent 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, attractive, 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
Ease of Use (35%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Quality (20%)
7.0
9.0
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2.0
Style (10%)
7.0
6.0
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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 were searching for a diaper bag that suited their needs as new parents. They were not having any luck and decided to create their own product instead. The debut diaper bag was the Skip Hop Duo, and the company has since branched out into bag different styles and now includes other baby gear items as well.

Skip Hop Pronto diaper bag - 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 moms 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 can be strapped to your wrist or stroller if you'd rather 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 2 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 a zippered pocket on the outside for quick access items and a small included wipe case allows you to pack light. During testing, we were able to fit 4 diapers, a case full of wipes, one burp cloth, a bib, a pacifier, a toy, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer into the pockets. This is a perfect amount of supplies for a short afternoon outing, and with a squeeze, we could fit a few extra items such as keys, money, a cell phone, or an extra baby onesie.

Skip Hop Pronto diaper bag - 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

We love that this pack is extremely easy to travel with and keep clean. The polyester material is easy to wipe down and is free of phthalates. At 21.5" wide and 22.5" long, the removable changing pad is larger than most of the competition's included pads.

The inner zippered pocket is the perfect spot for small items such...
The inner zippered pocket is the perfect spot 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 remember to restock the bag after every outing, unlike a regular diaper bag where you might go a few trips before running out of supplies. We also do not like that the wipe case does not seal tightly, allowing constant airflow to quickly dry out wipes. However, the container is small enough that we think you'll likely use the wipes before this happens.

Skip Hop Pronto diaper bag - 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 prepared 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 1 cloth diaper comfortably and does not offer a good place to store dirty diapers.

Skip Hop Pronto diaper bag - 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

Conclusion


If you like to travel light with your baby, you will love the Skip Hop Pronto. Holding only the essentials, and not taking up any more space than is necessary, this changing station has got you and your baby covered. With different patterns, it can blend well with most styles and be gender-neutral for mom and dad. We think that if you can only carry one compact item for your baby while out running errands or a meal, the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station is it.

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