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Changing Room Awards with Sudacrem and a Giveaway

Five years ago the National Childbirth Trust launched its first Baby Changing Room Awards.  This year Sudocrem Britain’s leading nappy cream brand is pioneering the way with a new category to recognise the imprtance of Changing Places toilets for disabled children.

Today in the UK there are 800,000 disabled children, but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet thie needs, which means for a lot of parents they are forced to change their children on a toilet floor, once their child/ren get too big for the baby changing tables.

Since 2012, Sudocrem has campaigned for change with an award scheme to recognise the importance of good nappy changing facilities. Past winners have included Mothercare, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and the National Museums of Scotland. 

This year there are three categories for the award scheme

Baby Changing Room of the Year

Dads Changing Rooms

Changing Places Toilet (in association with PAMIS)

 If you know of a changing room that would fit into one of the above categories and would like to nominate, you can do so through Sudocem’s Facebook page preferably with a photo if you have one or by emailing

Entries will be judged by the NCT, PAMIS and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2018.

The winning facilities will receive an engraved plaque. Everyone who nominates their favourite facilities will also be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win a short break at a family friendly hotel.

In addition to the above, Sudocrem are offering one of my lucky readers a chance to win a BabyMel Frankie Tweed Changing Bag worth £58, as a thank you for your time in nominating.

BabyMel Frankie Tweed Changing Bags


Due to the popularity of the nominations, the closing date for nominations has been moved to 31st March 2018.


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  1. What an absolutely great award, it is amazing how I have realised how much good changing rooms (and toilets) are needed since I am less able, until you get to that point you just take it all at face value which is a shame.

    1. The unfortunate thing is unless you do need better changing rooms and baby facilities you do not realise just how bad they are. I remember having to change C on a floor once when she was little x

  2. This is pretty epic,I think very slowly,stores and merchants in the UK are understanding just how ethical and morally right it is to have all of their guests be able to use a bathroom properly.
    The cheetah entered to win the prize as well!!

    1. It is quite a shock and something you do not realise until you are in that position of needing to use them, I had to change C on toilet floors before when she was little x

  3. I must admit even some non disable baby changing facilities are shocking and could do with a change. I love how Sudacrem have lead the way in the form of this campaign and it’s great to see bigger and leading brands recognise and change the facilities to meet the needs.

  4. This is a great cause – it is awful how little good changing facilities we actually have in this country. I am glad that companies are recognising this and it will be interesting to see who will win.

    1. Very true, it is quite bad, but hopfully with awards like this and being highlighted it might change things for the better x

    1. I know, some places are lovely but it used to be very rare, it is nice that recognition can go to those that do offer somewhere decent x

  5. Gosh, if you were to visit Toronto, you would find so many unisex toilets with changing tables! I really didn’t think about it until now. Even my local library has unisex toilets fitted with changing tables. It’s only when I come home to England do I notice these types of things.

  6. I hope a lot of companies will follow Sudocrem’ genius awards and do more for changing room facilities especially given the numbers of how many disabled children vs the number of changing rooms.

  7. Isn’t it crazy that despite how many disabled children there is, there is only little over a 1,000 adaptive changing rooms which is not on at all! I applaud Sudocrem and yourself for raising awareness and campaigning for better changing rooms. Noone should be excluded, especially kids.

    1. Thank you, it is shocking isn’t it, I found the figures very scary when I first read them. Hopefully this award will help to highlight the problems and things will start to change x

  8. My husband is a huge advocate for parent and baby changing rooms. It’s one of the first things we check when we go on an outing.
    We are also big supporters of changing places. There’s a lovely one in Wigan a Hop Skip and Jump x

  9. This is a great award, there definitely needs to be improvement in changing rooms. I went to a local Debenhams last week and their family toilet and changing room was really impressive

  10. This is such a cool way to acknowledge retailers who actually make an effort to serve the needs of all their customers. I hope more companies follow suit.

  11. You have a pretty giveaway for a unique and valuable award. Its nice that there are still people / group that focuses for the improvement of these areas. Good job!

  12. If only babies can talk, I am sure they’ll be clamoring for good changing rooms. This is a great campaign and I hope we see the change soon.

  13. Thank you for promoting this, it is so important that we have changing rooms that are accessible and make it easier for parents their children to use. The giveaway is lovely too!

  14. I have nominated for baby changing room of the year. I think it is so important to get these right – if you make shopping a pleasurable experience you’re more likely to get more business!

  15. This is a great awareness post. I voted for the Changing Places Toilet. There should be more facilities for not only children, but people with disabilites. Many thanks.

  16. I voted for John Lewis, Newcastle, in the changing room awards because the rooms are cleaned regularly and they have a separate toilet large enough for a buggy or another toddler/child.

  17. baby changing room (I have wrote a few complaints to places before our local tesco was a shocker but that letter has improved the changing room)

  18. Definitely need better facilities for older children with toileting needs. Having taken my 9 year old niece out a few times i know having a clean space to offer her the additional help she needs are very hard to come by

  19. IKEA have good / reasonable changing areas for babies. They are within Disabled / Accessible toilet/s.

    Only thing is ideally surely there should be Accessible Toilets ( to allow Disabled individuals ease of access, some people have urgency due to bowel or bladder condition, etc), as well as areas for changing baby’s nappy, clothing, etc.

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