By Carla Changing Mat With Activity Arc Review And Competition


One of the many things we didn’t have for our first baby is a changing table and changing mat. In fact, it was only when she was over two years old and I was struggling to get down to the floor or sofa to change her over my ever expanding belly that we got ourselves a changing table off Freecycle.  With the new baby coming we decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have our nappies and changing goodies in one place – the living room, since that’s where we spend the majority of our time.

What we didn’t have for our changing table was a changing mat, so we were thrilled to receive one from By Carla who have a stylish range of pregnancy and baby accessories you’ll have seen around these pages before.

So, what don’t I like about the mat? Well, it’s made of PVC and where possible, we try to avoid PVC. Fortunately it has a removable, washable towel liner, so your baby isn’t lying on the PVC, if that helps at all.

Also, I’m not sure if our changing table is an unusual size, or if the mat is wider than standard, but it folds up on one side in order to fit into our changing table – not a crises, but it would be better if it lay flat.

Those are the two niggles. There’s a much longer list of things I do like though.

The changing mat is colourful and unisex. In teal, purple, orange, yellow and blue, it is perfectly suited to either a boy and a girl, which makes a nice change from the standard everything pink, blue or yellow, and particularly good if you don’t know what your baby’s going to be, or you have one of each.

I love the removable liner too. It means if things do get a bit messy, you can just pop it in the wash, no mess, no fuss.

I love the activity arc too. It can pop in or out, so you don’t have to use it, but you can if you want to. It has a mirror to keep baby self entertained during nappy change and it has a hanging mobile with black and white pictures on one side for your up-to-3 month old who does better with simple contrasts, and the ‘cushions’ can then be turned around so you have pretty hand, foot and smiley face pictures to keep (even your two year old) entertained.

About four months ago we really started struggling with nappy changes and Ameli just suddenly started resisting them and kicking and fighting. It was only when we started using this mat that she stopped. Now, even if we’re not on the mat, she doesn’t fight as much, so the distraction is a blessing.

Also, you can swivel the activity arc so that it moves in a semi-circle so as to be above the baby or out of the way, and anywhere on the arc, it can be out of your way.

Additionally, the mat can be used anywhere in the house, so even if we did want to use it elsewhere, like in the garden in summer, it’s light and easy to move.

The By Carla Activity Arc change mat is a really lovely, and if you’re in the market for a changing mat, this one for £29.99 (at Amazon) is a luxurious, but lovely place to start.


By Carla have offered one Diary of a First Child reader the chance to win a Changing Mat with Activity Arc. In order to enter the competition, leave a comment below telling me one feature of the mat that you like.

For an additional entry, (which is not compulsory, and is not sponsored by Facebook and which has nothing to do with Facebook or its employees) you can like By Carla on Facebook, and leave a message on their wall saying I’ve sent you.

This competition finishes at 23:59 on 12 March 2012 and the winner will be randomly drawn. Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won. 

Please read the competition rules.

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75 thoughts on “By Carla Changing Mat With Activity Arc Review And Competition

  1. Solange

    I love the removable liner

  2. Lacy Louise Savage

    What a great idea with the activity arch! Esp when needing to air a sore bottom and keep a wriggly child still! the removable liner is great too!
    Liked By Carla on Facebook too : )

  3. ana ramos

    Very versatile and great design!

  4. nicci cowdell-murray

    i have wrote on the by carla wall to tell them you sent me too x

  5. nicci cowdell-murray

    The mat has a remnoveable liner for easy cleaning of mess . @chanson2010 on twitter / Nicci Jane Cowdell-Murray on facebook

  6. Jemma

    I love this change mat. I think it’s a great idea to be able to entertain whilst changing baby. I love the designs on the mobile, my daughter has sensory impairments but is able to focus on black and white and simple patterns.

  7. Sarah

    I love the fact that this changing mat would keep my baby calm and entertained whilst I’m changing her – no more screaming!

  8. Raj Sandhu

    I’ve liked both fb pages and mentioned you sent me 🙂

  9. Raj Sandhu

    the removable washable towel line would be a big bonus for me!

  10. Kirsty Fox

    I like By Carla on Facebook and have left a message on her wall – Kirsty Fox

  11. The activity arc is a fantastic idea

  12. helenthemadex

    the activity arc is a brilliant idea to keep a wriggle quiet saves on loads of wrestling

  13. Michelle A

    I like the idea of the removable liner, makes keeping clean very easy!

  14. Marta P

    I love the toy arch


    Wow how great and what a clever idea of the activity arch would love to get 1 of those
    Gr8 blog 🙂 xx

  16. stephanie parfey

    I love the toy arch, its a fab idea. No more need for trying to pin babies still while cleaning them up 🙂

  17. Danielle Graves

    Liked By Carla on facebook and said hello.

    In my shortened name of Dani

  18. Laura A

    the removable liner is great

  19. Danielle Graves

    I think the removable liner is a brilliant feature, 🙂

  20. Gill Mitchell

    I love the removable liner, much nicer for baby to lie on and easy to wash 😀

  21. Samantha Matthews

    The removable liner is the best feature


    activity arch

  23. jennifer thorpe

    the removable liner is an excellent feature

  24. sarah clegg

    Posted on “By Carla”‘s FB page :).

  25. Alice

    I love the washable liner 🙂

  26. sarah clegg

    loving the removable iner great idea and fab for cleaning 🙂

  27. Diane Moston

    The removeable washable liner.

  28. Christina

    The removable liner is definitely the best feature – very useful!

  29. Alana Walker

    The removeable liner is a brilliant idea. Thats my fave feature.

  30. Hilda Hazel Wright

    The activity arch is brilliant, nice distraction for baby! I was looking for a changing mat for my grandaughter, things have changed so much since my son was a baby!

  31. Laura S

    Best feature’s definitely gotta be the removeable liner. Accidents happen all too often in my house lol.

  32. Nadia Alex

    I like the removable liner, its just easier to clean x

  33. Sean

    The activirty arch is the best

  34. Kerrie

    commented on Fb page

  35. Kerrie

    i like the removeable liner

  36. kendra florence

    I love the activity arch would make a fab gift for my ew granddaughter

  37. Andrea McGlashan

    I like the activity arch and the use of primary colours to engage the babies!

  38. Ruth Tesdale

    I love the removeable liner


    I liked Carla on fb and told her you sent me


    I love the activity Arc which would hopefully stop my baby trying to escape 😉

  41. Alexa Schoolar

    love the fact that it isn’t over complicated


    the arch, good idea 🙂

  43. cath rodger


  44. tim shurlock

    I like the removable washable liner


    I love the activity arch and bright colours.

  46. Phil Darling

    I love the activity arch too

    • Congratulations on your win! Please email me your address at diaryofafirstchild @ so I can have this sent out to you ASAP. Thanks!

  47. Holly Boyd

    Oh Wow! The activity arch would make changing times so much easier. I’m sure lo would enjoy it more too!

  48. Eva Hunt

    Posted on By Carla‘s Facebook page xx

  49. Alice Hindley

    I love the removable liner and the activity arch

  50. Olivia B

    I really like this changing mat. The bold colours are great, the activity arc with reversible attachments is really clever but what i like the most is the removable towel liner – such a great idea and very useful!

  51. josie tate

    the removeable washable towel is must have!

  52. Cat G.

    The activity arch is a brilliant idea, I love to let my baby have a kick about without her nappy on during changing and this would be perfect to keep her amused while I bag the old nappy etc.

  53. Eva Hunt

    I love the gorgeous multicoloured hand-prints and foot-prints.So unique x

  54. Harpal Kaur

    The activity arch is fab

  55. Shaun

    I love the activity arch would keep give the little one something to do.

  56. barbara shaw

    I love the unisex colours

  57. claire constable

    The activity arc is genius to stop my youngest from rolling off and trying to escape mid nappy change. The neutral colours are genius though, so much now is gender specific

  58. Suzanne sendell

    Love how It will keep them occupied whilst being changed

  59. Margaret

    Posted on the By Carla facebook page x

  60. Claire C

    I love the activity arch, that would def keep my little girl entertained while I’m getting her changed.

  61. Margaret

    I love the activity arch.

  62. Lisa Buckley

    Love the activity arc and the bright colours!

  63. joanna smith

    aww this is adorable!! fingers crossed everyone 🙂 xx

  64. Christel Dance

    I like the activity arch.


    I LOVE the bright colours 😀

  66. Naomi

    Love the unisex colours -so much better than pastel!

  67. emma cella

    Posted on “By Carla”‘s FB page.

  68. emma cella

    i love the activity arch

  69. Carolina J.

    Posted on “By Carla”‘s FB page.

  70. Carolina J.

    Activity arc and the towel liner appeal to me!

  71. We never used a change table at all. The cot was only used a few nights for the first child, then they slept in bed with us until they were about a year old. I do agree though, the activity arch is a great idea.

  72. Ashleigh Allan

    i love the activity arch – great idea!

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