Okay, so what do you do when you’re out for the day, your baby needs changing, and you don’t know where the nearest baby changing rooms are? Try the NCT’s new iPhone app. ‘NCT Babychange’ is free to download and allows you to locate the nearest baby changing facility in the area, view its star rating, and then rate it for other parents to use.
The app already has over 5000 baby changing sites listed including supermarkets, train stations, shops, restaurants, libraries and local authorities with the capacity to add more.
Using geo-location based features and Google Maps, you can pin point the nearest baby changing facilities. Selecting a particular facility will bring up its name and current ‘star’ hygiene rating. Places highlighted in green indicate a clean, hygiene level that’s recommended for use again, facilities in amber indicate more parents need to rate them to confirm their status.
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.
The app is now available to download free from Apple and will also be available to non-iPhone users via the NCT website later on in the year. Please visit www.nct.org.uk/babychanging for full details.
Have you tried this app? Or do you have other apps for new parents that you’d recommend? Let us know…