It's a dirty job but it has to be done somewhere.
Sudocream is trying to highlight to Irish businesses the benefits of providing good baby changing rooms by revealing that 94 percent of parents consider baby changing rooms important when planning a day out.
Their research also showed that a lot of parents have had to cope with dirty changing rooms and no bins when attempting to change their baby's nappy.
Blanchardstown Centre was voted the shopping complex with the best baby changing facilities while Dundrum Town Centre Ikea and Kildare Village also received top ratings from the parents surveyed.
Helen Murphy, Sudocrem, Brand Manager said, “A huge congratulations and well done to all the winners! Currently, parents only rate Irish baby changing facilities as 5.5 out of 10 – Sudocrem wants to change this to 10 out of 10 in the coming years. There is a value in providing good baby changing facilities and parents will return to venues places that meet their criteria”.
Nine of the best - venues awarded the top rating of three stars:
- Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin
- Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
- Kildare Village
- MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny
- Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork
- Boots, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
- Brown Thomas, Cork
- Brown Thomas, Dublin
- IKEA, Dublin
Two points - venues awarded with the second highest rating:
- Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin
- Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin
- The Square, Tallaght
- Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords
- Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin
- Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk
- Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork
- Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin
- Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Cork
- Manor West Shopping Centre, Tralee
- Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork
- Mothercare, Sligo
- Arnotts, Dublin
- Boots, Castlebar
- Boots, Childers Road, Limerick
- Mothercare, Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick
- Debenhams, Newbridge
- Debenhams, Mahon Point, Cork
- Marks & Spencer, Blanchardstown
- Tesco, Oranmore, Galway
One star winners:
- Applegreen Enfield West (M4)
- Marks & Spencer, Dundrum
The top things parents want in a baby changing room:
- Designated room for baby changing
- Clean facilities with a dedicated bin for nappies and wipes
- Changing table at waist height
- A baby changing mat that features a security belt – very important!
- Changing table within arm’s length of the sink
- Feeding support for example; a chair for the parent that is separate to the changing area
- A changing room that is wide enough to fit a buggy / double buggy
- A toilet for the parent or other children within the same baby changing space