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27/11/2013 at 21:01
27/11/2013 at 21:06
I try and find baby changing facilities - usually Mothercare, Debenhams, John Lewis or Starbucks. Most chain restaurants have them too. Otherwise I use the mat from the changing bag on the floor of the loo. Not ideal, and not good for the back, but do-able. The NCT have an app to find facilities close to you. It's not 100% accurate but might help.
I felt really unconfident about going out at first too. It got easier, I'm sure it will for you too very soon.
27/11/2013 at 21:13
I can definitely empathise with feeling unconfident about going out. I felt like that too at first. Like queencrunchy says, John Lewis is great for changing facilities (our local one has a separate baby area which has baby change and two feeding rooms - one for breastfeeding and one for bottle feeding) and also coffee chains are good too. After worrying about it quite a bit when my baby was new, once I did get out and about it wasn't actually that bad. Each time you do get out and do a change/feed, I think it builds your confidence.
27/11/2013 at 21:21
Most big towns will have pleanty of shops with changing facilities, for example my nearest big town has changing facilities in
Marks and spencer
the shopping arcade
mothercare (V good as have a feeding room to that isn't the toilet although don't know if all mothercares have this)
John Lewis (we dont have one but John lewis on the whole are good for baby things like feeding and changing)
house of fraser
lots of pubs/ resturants will have changing facilites to if you are stopping for A coffee
Most public loos will have some kind of baby change facility - quite often in the disabled loo. However if i couldnt find a toilet with changing facililties i have changed bums in the car (laying them in the boot if its clear!!) Or even in the buggy in a poo emergency! X
27/11/2013 at 21:27
If no baby changing facilities were available, i'd just find a seat somewhere quiet, and change him on my lap. TBH, I found changing him on my lap easier than on mats, so most of the time, opted for quiet area, and on my lap rather than faff looking for the loo.
27/11/2013 at 21:47
If you are in town with shops, then most shops will have toilets and if there are toilets there is generally a baby changing place. I tend to look for BHS, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Boots or Mothercare.
If we are out and about in the countryside then I will just change wherever, find somewhere quiet, put down the change mat and do it there. I have also frequently changed her either in the boot of the car or on the passenger seat. I have never mastered changing on my knee but pretty much anywhere else and I'll do it.
28/11/2013 at 08:12
What everyone else said really. I've never struggled finding somewhere to change them.
28/11/2013 at 08:15
If you have an iPhone or android there is an app that will give you the locations of babychanging facility locations. I think it's the NCT one. Hope this helps a little x
28/11/2013 at 09:51
Seeing as there is a costa or Starbucks on every corner you always have that as well as department stores. Worst case scenario go to McDonald's!
I once changed my eldest in his pushchair whilst waiting at the vets. Hubby sat one chair away from me with the dog and didn't even know I'd done it! The more you do it the better you will get too. Once my son was standing I changed him stood up quite a lot.
28/11/2013 at 12:45
I too really worried about this at first but it was a complete non issue in the end. Lots of cafes and restaurants have changing where you probably would stop to feed anyway plus all of the above. Plus supermarkets and shopping centre toilets. Disabled loos usually have them too. Good luck. You'll be grand.
28/11/2013 at 13:26
I worried about this too but 11 weeks on and ive not found somewhere I cant changr him, I carry disposable changing mats with me too after having to change him on a toilet floor once (no changing facilities at all), they make me feel more comfortable using anywhere to change. Im sure once im more used to it I will ditch them. Get out and about it will be fine
28/11/2013 at 17:12
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