Since giving birth to Thomas at the end of October, I have had many opportunities to try out changing facilities/general welcome to people with children/babies in and around the Midlands. This is the first in a series of posts which reports back on what we find.
Merry Hill, Brierley Hill: has two dedicated parents rooms, with toilets big enough to get a pushchair in and things at lower levels for smaller children. Big bright room with good changing facilities, private feeding areas, bottle/food warming facilities and entertainment for the kids. One small negative is that the rooms do get very busy at times, especially at lunchtime and during peak shopping periods.
Pizza Express, Merry Hill: Went with a fellow NCT mom and her nearly 2 year old daughter. Very warm welcome from staff. A pushchair and an excited 2 year old were not a problem. Menu for children was simple and well thought out. Could have done with an individual price for everything instead of one price for 4 courses. Some children may not want 4 courses in one go.
Bullring, Birmingham: has 4 baby changing rooms. They are just big enough to have a pushchair in. There is a disco ball above the changing mat to provide entertainment for the little ones. They have a toilet in the each room. The changing rooms can be extremely busy during peak shopping times.
Selfridges Food Hall, Bullring, Birmingham: 1 baby changing room at rear of ground floor. Very large and big enough for a pushchair. Toilet inside and has a nappy/wipes vending machine perfect for those times when you have an emergency and have run out of nappies. Our favourite so far.
Tesco, Burnt Tree, Dudley: Has 1 baby changing room. It is big enough to get a pushchair/trolley in. Bright and airy room but no entertainment provided for children. No toilet inside either, meaning an extra visit to the disabled loo with your little one.
The Saltwells Inn, Brierley Hill: Has 1 changing table in the ladies toilet. Very useful to have but changing table is located above a radiator meaning that you need to be 6ft tall and in heels to change your baby! It is a nice family pub and is let down by this changing table error.