The world is changing. Parenting is changing, and that means importantly, dads are changing too. So why are so many places such as restaurants, pubs and shopping centres so slow when it comes to keeping up with the basic needs of dads, and more importantly our children? This might come as a shock to some establishments, but dads change nappies too…
I’ve lost count of the places I’ve been to where the changing facilities have either been in the ladies' loo or worse still, just non-existent. My worst experience was having to change my daughter Edie a few years ago on the floor in a grubby men’s loo. She was very young, very sore and very unhappy, but worst of all, surrounded by god knows what fluids on the floor - not a pleasant experience for me, but even worse for her.
Thankfully, improvements are being made. When I’m out and about now, on most occasions I'll find a separate changing facility in a shop/restaurant, or more often than not, it will be located in the disabled loo which is great for us dads. Changing a nappy when you’re out and about is usually rushed, unorganised and mostly spent trying to suppress a gooey eruption, so to be able to go through such chaos in a quiet space which is clean and safe, is at least some comfort. But unfortunately, there are still a lot of places who are simply behind the times when it comes to the basic requirements of dads haven't prioritised their facilities to adapt to an ever changing parenting world. But enough of these losers, lets concentrate on the places who are to us dads, like a breath of fresh air (or at the very least, a scented nappy bag).
Nappy cream giants and saviours to many a sore little bottom, Sudocrem, are hosting the Baby Changing Room Awards. The awards highlight the importance of places providing warm and clean facilities for parents whilst they are out and about. Parents nominate their favourite facilities via the Sudocrem website where there is also a catergory for Best Dad’s Toilet.
Entries will be judged by the NCT’s CEO Nick Wilkie and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2017 and the winners will be announced by the 28th February 2017.
The winning baby changing rooms will receive an engraved plaque and use of the Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room logo. Everyone who nominates their favourite changing facilities will also be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win one of several prizes, including a short break at Knoll House, Britain’s original family friendly hotel*.
*Terms & Conditions apply
BCRA Winners 2015-2016
Best Retailer: Mothercare, Edmonton
Best Independent Retailer: The Pointer Pub, Buckinghamshire
Best Attraction: Bewilderwood, Norfolk
Best Service Station: Southampton Airport
RRP for 30g tube - £3.99, 40g tube - £4.99, 50g tube - £5.99, 100g tube - £9,99. Available in Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Savers, Asda, Morrisons and Independent Pharmacies.
Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment - designed specifically for babies - that offers TRIPLE PROTECTION against nappy rash at every nappy change:
1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.
2. Conditioning the skin - Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised.
3. Guarding against infection - As well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.
Because Sudocrem Care & Protect is just for your baby, it is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives.