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04/07/2013 at 09:49
I thought I'd start this as it may be some help to new parents. I had an issue yesterday whilst in town shopping. I generally find baby changing to be key operated. And most places don't cater for the parents if they need to use the toilet.
Where are the best baby changing facilities you've found?
Ive found marks and Spencer's to be the best as they have a toilet in the baby change. Yesterday I had to use public toilets and leve the door open slightly so I could still see A.
04/07/2013 at 10:04
M and s for me too. Our John Lewis isn't bad either. I do find going to the loo a challenge most places as my buggy is huge and doesn't fit in.
04/07/2013 at 10:06
Pretty much everywhere is hopeless!
My local shopping centre is ok as the baby change is in its own room which also has a loo. Same with sainsburys.
My pet hate is when it's in the disabled loo and you have to get a key. Flipping annoying. And why??
04/07/2013 at 10:29
We've just come back from France and the facilities there really put us to shame. I was amazed how everywhere, and I mean everywhere catered so well for families. We drove from Calais to the French Alps so we had to use a lot of different service stations etc. and even the ones that were pretty much holes in the ground for the adults had excellent baby changing facilities. Every single one we used all over France had a designated area with proper changing mats, wipes and paper towels and a microwave and kettle in the feeding area. They were roomy, well decorated and had toys and stuff it was incredible! I am constantly shocked at the facilities here and even more so now, it was one of the best things about our holiday! We'd only been back in the UK half an hour and were stuck changing E in a poky toilet with one of those pull down hard plastic changing table things and an overflowing stinking nappy bin!
04/07/2013 at 10:30
Our local Tesco extra is pretty good. They even had nappies and wipes available in case you'd not got any with you.
04/07/2013 at 10:48
John Lewis. Always clean. Usually have a separate toilet large enough for buggy, often with a changing unit in it too. Also they often have a breastfeeding area which is slightly screened off from the rest of the room.
04/07/2013 at 11:11
Th I've never really had an offer. If I need to use the toilet I use the disabled one and take the pram in with me. I can't think of any where around town where they are particularly good or bad and have never come across them being locked.
04/07/2013 at 13:09
Our local Mothercare is good.
Debenhams is good too, and has a chair in the room which I presume you can use for feeding.
John Lewis in Edinburgh has a big Parent and Baby room, with a screened off bit for breastfeeding, bottle warming facilities, 3 changing stations, and a toilet that you can fit the pram in.
Ikea also offer free nappies if you run out while you are there, although the Edinburgh store only has 2 baby change facilities.
04/07/2013 at 13:15
Boston (US) was most child unfriendly place I've ever been! Hardly anywhere had good facilities at all.
It is annoying they have started locking disabled toilets, especially when you have to trek to the bar or wherever with a stinky child to get a key
04/07/2013 at 13:23
Update: you can buy the keys online for about £5. Just ordered one and will see how I get on. Our local Wetherspoons disabled toilet is always locked and the bar is really far away to go get the key. Will test it out and report back!
04/07/2013 at 18:45
The ones without a loo (ikea, Tesco) really annoy me, probably my own fault for cloth nappy-ing but what I am supposed to do with a poo?? Normally pop poo into toilet .... I'm taking the nappy home with me but I don't want to take the poo aswell. M&S are brilliant and even have toddler sized loo. John Lewis pretty good too. And my local multi story carpark has amazing loos - huge baby change with loads of animal pics perfect for amusing toddlers!, showers, and a big award plaque outside. They deserve it!
04/07/2013 at 19:03
HF I never even thought of that re: Cloth nappies!
We always end up in the disabled loo on the horrible pull down plastic things - not fab, but TBH my main concern is getting E's smelly nappy off so needs must.
Also makes me mad I've no where to hang my bag! Especially if it's a horrible dirty floor, and that some have no air freshner, you need it when Es around! I may have to start carrying it in the change bag!
Never found anywhere i'd say is fab - the mothercare in Harroage has a baby change room, but also a bench opposite for feeding, H took E in recently, and there was a BF lady in there, and he felt like he wasn't particularly welcome and so came to find me to take her in, so i'd like one with a screened off area for anyone who wants to feed and IS bothered IYSWIM, not that I think it's something to be hidden, but this particular lady seemed to feel so - men take their babies out too!
04/07/2013 at 19:06
Costa coffee has a loo and changing table (pull down). Door hook too hah!
04/07/2013 at 20:02
Our mother care is good has a room with a few change points and a toilet bigenough to fit the pram in if you wish. Also has a seperate feeding room which is great for lots of reasons.
marks and spencer is ok
then not near us but kiddicare were really good as was john lewis
04/07/2013 at 20:07
Our m&s, mothercare and John Lewis don't have baby change with toilets. Makes me so mad ESP as supposed to be baby friendly.
I haven't been to a good one yet.
04/07/2013 at 21:44
I have to say the changing rooms at Cabot circus Bristol are really good. It is one family per room and there are a few changing table, comfy feeding chair, sink and adult toilet.
04/07/2013 at 22:20
John Lewis for me. Roomy, and separate bottle and breast feeding rooms presumably on case you don't want to bf in front of men?
Finkley down farm in Andover had a good baby change room too!
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