It doesn’t seem like that long ago since Ted & I went undercover in the restaurants and cafes of our hometown, to find out what baby change facilities there were available to me, as a dad.
Since then we’ve been on Good Morning Britain & BBC Radio to discuss the issue as well as thousands of parents add ‘dad-friendly’ change facilities to our interactive map. The campaign may have seemed like it went quiet, but we’re by no means done with the petition very much active. In fact, if you haven’t signed it, you must do it here, now.
With the political eruption from across the pond, President Barack Obama will say farewell to the White House this month and, as a parting gesture, has introduced a new law so that every public male toilet in the US will have a baby changing facility. A small step perhaps, but one we hope will be repeated in the UK.
A tiny fraction of men’s toilets in the UK have baby changing facilities, yet almost 700,000 men become fathers each year and a further 1 million have children under two. Since 2012, leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem has campaigned for change with an award scheme to recognise the importance of good nappy changing facilities.
This year, the Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room Awards has a new category for male toilets and has teamed up with the Dad Network and the NCT to make it happen.
There are four categories for this year’s award scheme: Retailer, Restaurant/Café, Family Hotel/Holiday Park and, in partnership with The Dad Network, Dad’s Toilet.
The dads baby changing facilities take centre stage, and it’s about time! It’s crazy that baby changing facilities are normally in the ladies’ toilets and feels like a throwback to the fifties when men weren’t expected to change a nappy or take an active role in parenting. We want more facilities for dads everywhere and that’s why we’ve joined Sudocrem to campaign for change!
The Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room Awards have launched TODAY! So if you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, head to the Sudocrem website www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub.
The winning baby changing rooms receive an engraved plaque and use of the Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room logo. Everyone who nominates their favourite changing facilities will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of the several prizes, including a short break at Knoll House, Britain’s original family-friendly hotel*.
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