It’s not hard to picture the scenario, whether or not you’re out and about with a baby. He needs changing but you don’t know where the nearest facilities are, and he’s letting you know in no uncertain terms about his discomfort.
Thankfully, help is at hand with the new iPhone app from UK parenting charity NCT.
Free to download, it already features over 5,000 baby changing sites at supermarkets, train stations, shops, restaurants, libraries and local authorities, all star rated by popular parent vote.
With the iPhone’s built in GPS and Google Maps, it’s easy to pinpoint the nearest facilities.
As a guide to others, after visiting a changing station, you can confirm it’s open and rate it on two sets of criteria depending on its hygiene condition:
- How clean were the facilities, rate using 1-5 stars;
- Would you use the facilities again, rate with yes/no answer.
If parents know of a facility that isn’t yet listed, they can add it to the database, benefiting everyone.
The charity hopes to make the app available for other brands of smartphone in the near future.
More information is available at nct.org.uk/babychanging.