Baby Changing Facilities: Could They Be Better?

Direct365 is a business that supplies baby changing facilities to leisure outlets throughout the UK has launched a series of humorous videos as part of a campaign to improve changing spaces.

They asked me to take a look at changing facilities near to me and video review them. Having three children, one who still needs changing facilities, I have used lots of public changing rooms and I knew right where to look to find an example of a good changing room and one that was in need of improvement.

Direct365 hopes that by teaming up with parents across the country to do some real-life research into facilities it will encourage places to check, and if necessary revamp, the amenities they have.

Check out the new Direct365 videos here or watch my favourite here.

My video of the changing facilities I visited is below. I was asked to rate them according to the following questions….

  1. How easy to find are the baby changing facilities?
  2. Are they available for both women and men?
  3. Is there enough space to move around?
  4. Are there any additional chairs for parents with more than one child and breastfeeding mothers?
  5. Are there any nappies, nappy bags, surface sanitisers?
  6. How does it smell? Are there any air scents or air purifiers?
  7. How safe and secure is the baby table?
  8. Are there nappy bins?
  9. Does everything seem to be well maintained (good stock levels and fresh bins)?

 

What I discovered was that even the facilities that I considered good didn’t have everything they could have. And the worst facilities were really bad! There’s definitely room for improvement across the board.

Hopefully this campaign will raise awareness that baby changing facilities are in need of improvement.

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14 Comments

  1. trinimamabebe
    Oct 26, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Amen to that. I am sick of using changing facilities that are no use or ornament I hope some people read this and improve there’s

  2. Oct 27, 2017 / 9:36 am

    They are so much better than they used to be – as a parent with children in their 20’s and a toddler, there is far more choice these days

    • Oct 28, 2017 / 11:28 am

      I shudder to think what they must have been like 20 years ago!

  3. thenafranssen
    Oct 27, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    They can always be better, or cleaner. I’m amazed at the number of places that still didn’t have access when my daughters were born 9 and 5 years ago!

    • Oct 28, 2017 / 11:27 am

      I agree, you have to know where to go and they could always be improved upon.

  4. Oct 27, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    It’s a mixed bag some are great and some are really awful. Luckily I don’t have to use them often.

    • Oct 28, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Totally agree. It’s great when your children are older and you can avoid them!

  5. Oct 28, 2017 / 11:20 am

    I think there are so many public facilities that could be improved. I wish places would actually consult the groups they are trying to cater for to get insight.

  6. Oct 28, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I hate the changing tables in the accessible toilets. I feel like they like. The needs of people with physical disabilities to those of babies.

    • Oct 28, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      I’ve never thought about it that way to be honest. I usually just feel bad that we’re taking up the disabled toilet.

  7. Oct 30, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Since I started going out and about with a little baby, I noticed how bad most changing facilities are indeed.

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