My changing pad from my first kid needed to be replaced so I went with this style (first pad was the traditional style - a bit smaller and only two elevated sides). I MUCH prefer this style. My baby is on the taller/larger side so he was always knocking his head into the top of the changing table with the other pad. With this new pad, we are able to avoid that. My only complaint is that it is longer and wider than the last pad and covers do not fit nearly as well. Keep that in mind when purchasing.