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  www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub or by emailing competitions@satellitepr.com.

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. January 5, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    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.

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      January 5, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      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. Patrick
    January 5, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    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!!

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      January 5, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Totally agree, finally everyone is being treated right x

  3. January 5, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    What a great award but I am shocked as I didn’t realise quite how few places had the proper equipment to allow parents to change their children x

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      January 6, 2018 / 9:58 am

      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

  4. Solange
    January 6, 2018 / 2:03 am

    Baby Changing Room of the Year.

  5. January 6, 2018 / 7:41 am

    What a great giveaway, and a great cause to support too. I had no idea that facilities weren’t widely available!

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      January 6, 2018 / 9:55 am

      It is a great cause and sdly facilities are noth that great at times x

  6. January 6, 2018 / 9:57 am

    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.

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      January 6, 2018 / 9:59 am

      I totally agree and it is nice to see comapanies recognise this x

  7. January 6, 2018 / 10:30 am

    What a great idea to vote for great baby changing rooms. Have to say that Paultons Park have some of the best I have seen

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      January 6, 2018 / 11:30 am

      I have never been, but great to hear somewhere that is great x

  8. Rebecca Smith
    January 6, 2018 / 10:36 am

    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.

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      January 6, 2018 / 11:30 am

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

  9. January 6, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I am not a parent but have seen people baby change in random plces. There should be adequate places to change a baby x

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      January 6, 2018 / 11:28 am

      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

  10. Louise Reeks
    January 6, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    Dad changing room. My brother is a stay at home dad and struggles to find places while out shopping

  11. January 6, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    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.

  12. hannah
    January 6, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    This is a great award. I think that there needs to be more places that have suitable places to change

  13. Kate Kathurima
    January 6, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Great give away, Always shocking some places standard of facilities

  14. January 7, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    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.

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      January 8, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      I hope so as well, as it really is hard out there for parents x

  15. Margaret Gallagher
    January 8, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Baby CHANGING room AWARD

  16. Jodi Hill
    January 8, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    About time! Let’s hope things change 🙂

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:27 am

      I hope so too x

  17. January 8, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    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.

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:25 am

      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

  18. January 8, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    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

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:23 am

      I hope you have given them a nomination x

  19. January 8, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    This is a great giveaway! You’re so kind. I’m sure this will come in handy to the winner.

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:23 am

      It is a lovely giveaway x

  20. January 8, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    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

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Thats is great to hear, hopefully that will be come the norm one day with everywhere being like that x

  21. January 8, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    This is a great award even if I am not a parent.

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:22 am

      It is a great award, and something that can be a problem in some places x

  22. January 8, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    This is a really good iniciative, sometimes I do see parents struggling with changing babies with a lot of toilets even on shopping not having it!

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:21 am

      I know, it can be a nightmare at times and hopefully this award will make a change x

  23. January 9, 2018 / 12:51 am

    So great that there’s a whole category for Dad’s changing room of the year! Hopefully that will inspire more places to set these up!

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:20 am

      I know, it is such a struggle for Dads to find changing rooms I hope this helps to make them more accessable x

  24. January 9, 2018 / 4:49 am

    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.

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      January 9, 2018 / 10:20 am

      I know it is such a great idea x

  25. Laura Walker
    January 9, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I nominated a local shopping centre for changing room of the year

  26. January 9, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    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!

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      January 9, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you, it is nice that we can try to make things much nicer x

  27. January 10, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Good changing rooms are so important! Great campaign and giveaway 🙂

  28. Annemarie LeBlanc
    January 10, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    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.

  29. Chinedu
    January 11, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    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!

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      January 14, 2018 / 11:46 am

      Than you and it is important, it is awful having to change your baby on the floor

  30. paula cheadle
    January 12, 2018 / 12:58 am

    I have not nominated anyone as I have not used any of the changing rooms

  31. T Brailey
    January 16, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Baby changing room of the year.

  32. January 19, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Baby Changing Room of the year

  33. Davina Mellon
    January 21, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    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!

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      January 21, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      Totally agree x

  34. Samantha Mann
    January 22, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I nominated Alton towers for the Changing places

  35. Adrian Bold
    January 23, 2018 / 1:24 am

    Baby Changing Room Of The Year

  36. Debbie Skerten
    January 24, 2018 / 9:15 am

    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.

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      January 24, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Thank you, and there should be more facilities x

  37. Maria Hackett
    January 25, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Baby changing room award!! I have little twins and i always struggle to finding baby changing rooms.

  38. Tracy Nixon
    January 25, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    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.

  39. john prendergast
    January 26, 2018 / 12:15 am

    baby changing room of the year

  40. maria
    January 28, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    baby changing room of the year

  41. MANDY DOHERTY
    January 29, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    What a great award, hopefully it will encourage more places to improve their baby changing facilities

  42. Deborah Clarke
    January 30, 2018 / 10:59 am

    Baby changing room award . Decent changing areas can make such a difference. They do vary enormously

  43. carol boffey
    January 30, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    BABY CHANGING ROOM AWARD

  44. Gemma Cook
    January 30, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Baby Changing of the Year

  45. Melissa Lee
    January 31, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I voted for the Baby Changing Room of the Year Award

  46. CHANTELLE KEMP
    January 31, 2018 / 10:33 am

    The baby changing room 🙂

  47. natalee gosiewski
    January 31, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    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)

  48. Dale Dow
    January 31, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Baby Changing Room of the year was my nomination

  49. Emma Price
    January 31, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Baby Changing Room of the Year

  50. Kristin Burdsall
    January 31, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    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

  51. Tee Simpson
    January 31, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I voted for changing places toilets

  52. Natalie Crossan
    January 31, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Baby changing room award x

  53. Rachel Craig
    January 31, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    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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