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Best baby changing rooms ever!

Sudocrem, the iconic Irish brand, is delighted to announce 31 winners in the first annual Sudocrem Baby Changing Room Awards as they present their best baby changing rooms in Ireland.

Research revealed that 94 percent of parents consider baby changing rooms important when planning a day out. Yet, 45 percent have experienced a dirty changing room and a further 30 percent have faced a lack of bin for nappies and other waste when changing their little one. 

Sudocrem launched this public vote to allow parents to reward venues that make their life easier, but also to encourage other venues to improve their facilities.

The top things parents want in a baby changing room are:
  1. Designated room for baby changing
  2. Clean facilities with a dedicated bin for nappies and wipes
  3. Changing table at waist height
  4. A baby changing mat that features a security belt – very important!
  5. Changing table within arm’s length of the sink
  6. Feeding support for example; a chair for the parent that is separate to the changing area
  7. A changing room that is wide enough to fit a buggy / double buggy
  8. A toilet for the parent or other children within the same baby changing space

Helen Murphy, Sudocrem, Brand Manager said,

“A huge congratulations and well done to all the winners! This is something that affects every Irish parent so Sudocrem are delighted to reward venues striving to make their lives that little bit easier. Overall, 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”.

So without further ado – here are the winners!

best baby changing rooms

3 Star Winners – top award:

  • 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

2 Star Winners

  • 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

1 Star Winners

  • Applegreen Enfield West (M4)
  • Marks & Spencer, Dundrum

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Ask Allison

Q My sister-in-law and I both work three-day weeks and we help each
other out with child minding on our working days, which up until recently has worked out really well. Between us, our kids are aged between five and nine years – the problem is that it’s now become quite apparent that we have very different parenting styles. I prefer my two daughters (seven and nine) to have a structured day. For example, in my house, we have allocated times for television and iPads, etc. My sister-in-law, however, lets the kids run loose after school – homework is ignored and my kids end up wired after eating sugary treats all afternoon. I am considering looking at after-school childcare for the kids, but I’m worried that this is going to cause a family argument. Is there a diplomatic way that I can ask my sister-in-law to introduce some discipline into her child-minding days? It certainly doesn’t do her two kids any harm when I am minding them in my own house!

In a word, no, there is no diplomatic way to do this as it may very likely seem like your saying that your parenting style is better than
hers. As L’Óreal says, ‘now here comes the science bit.’ Dr. Kaylene
Henderson, a child psychiatrist, wrote a very interesting blog about ‘the
science behind the Mummy Wars’. She explains that before she had
children of her own she hadn’t been aware of how parents have a
very specific sense of the right parenting style. She also found that parents could be very definite in defending their chosen parenting style. Dr. Henderson, who describes herself as a curious, scientific, open-minded person, was surprised at how defensive parents could be and, at times, of their judgemental attitude towards each other. She explained the neurology of the Mummy Wars; okay, I’ll need you to bear with me for a second. Warning; I’m about to use some neuro-techie language.

Why do we judge each other?
As we have all had different experiences, this means that we all have very different memories stored in our brains. Most of our memories are ‘explicit’ memories – these are ones that we can recall easily such as important dates that mean something to us; important birthdays, special events or stories of and about our lives.
There is another type of memory called ‘implicit’ memory that plays a
key role in our parenting. This type of memory is the stuff that you do on autopilot. Psychologists call these heuristics or rules of thumb –
such as tying your shoelace, or driving your car (once you have learnt
to do both first!). Otherwise we’d really waste a huge amount of time
pondering over tasks that we have readily available to us. This seems to be where the science bit of our parenting style kicks in. This implicit memory goes all the way back to when you were an infant being parented by your parents. This is when you started the process of storing up how they did it into your memories.
Unless you make a conscious choice and effort to parent differently, what you saw and unconsciously learnt will be your automatic go-to parenting style.

We learn habits
This can really kick into gear when we feel our parenting style is
being mirrored or highlighted by disapproval from another parent. I know the cold sweat you feel when your child decides to make their outstanding bad behaviour performance at, of course, the most public and worst time. The implicit autopilot of how your parents dealt with these outbursts will flow unconsciously from you if you haven’t worked super hard to be aware and consciously change the old habits.
What’s happening for the on-looking parent is that they see you doing something they are used to doing, but you are doing it all wrong. Simply, because that is not how they know how to do it.

Find a way that works
You both have different parenting styles – who is to say which type is correct? You just need to know what works best for your family and that’s the bottom line. The irksome feelings won’t go away. You can talk to your sister-in-law, but I’m adding a caveat that it would be hard not to hurt her feelings. What we’re possibly looking at is that you prefer a more structured form of parenting, whereas your sister-in-law has a more permissive style. I’m not sure the two styles can mix, the mixture is a bit like oil and water.
If a collaborative shared form of parenting style can be agreed upon, then that is great, but our learnt hardwiring may prove difficult to change despite the intent to do so.
Perhaps, your own instinct of changing childcare might work best for you. In terms of making childcare work; the fit is ultimately the most
important aspect as you want a cohesive congruent feeling of the other caregiver to just ‘getting it’, like in any good partnership. Best of luck
with this and I wish you both well.


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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.