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Stockland Mall – 197-215 Condamine St, Balgowlah NSW 2093

Overall: Up to the usual excellent Stockland Mall Quality

Good Points: Wide doorway. No steps. Clean change table. Warm Wiped, Lockable and Comfortable Feeding rooms, Sink and soap. Door locks from the inside.

Bad Points: Nothing Obvious

After a very pleasant morning tea meeting at lovely Cafe with an out the back, outdoor nook with a potential business partner – who ended up being a touch on the psycho side we proceeded over to the nearby Stockland where we had parked.

My daughter, now 7 years old (doesn’t time fly) needed to go to the bathroom.  Now that she is a “big girl” she prefers to use the ladies facilities, however we were afforded a rare willingness to use the parent room, since the ladies room was suffering with a foul odor.

Unfortunately, it appeared that there were a number of other mothers in the same boat so there was a bit of a lineup to use the facilities, which restricted my ability to take some happy snaps of the room.  Plus we had to leave before the actual toilet was vacant so didn’t get to see inside there either.  However if it was anything like the rest of the room, I am sure that it would have been top notch.

All of the usual wonderful Stockland quality was present, change tables with hygiene paper and hanging mobiles above to entertain the bub, warm wipes, a bottle warmer, a functioning microwave, a fenced toddler area with some play items and a couple of TVs.

The lockable feeding rooms (2 of them) looked spacious enough to easily fit a pram in – there was a side table and a nice comfy chair in each to sit in.  My only comment would be that the chair should probably be a bit nearer to the emergency button, but none the less it was good to see a red-button in there!

Well done again Stockland – living up to your usual quality in Parent Rooms!!

Happy travels mums & dads!

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Queen Victoria Building (QVB) – Sydney City

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You will find this room tucked away right down the bottom of the building near the Post boxes.  Once you’ve found it, the room is reasonably well appointed with decent facilities.  A few repairs were needed when we visited.  I hope by now they have been!

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SM Harrison, Pasay City, Manila Philippines

Overall: Basic. Change table only. The only one we found, so very happy.

Good Points: It’s in a department store. In good condition. Safety straps intact.

Bad Points: A bit grubby. Mounted on a wall in a snug little alcove.

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We were so excited about this find. Seriously, this is the only change table we found during our recent trip to Manila, Philippines. Locals just mustn’t need this kind of facility. Perhaps families don’t tend to go shopping with the little ones. Thinking about, we didn’t really see many people out and about with their babies. When we did see families with babies, it was usually at restaurants rather than shops. Anyway, for us westerners, it was almost like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when we found this change table in SM Harrison.

The change table is mounted on a wall in a little alcove, up the back of the shoe department where the toilets are. There’s not really space enough for a pram, but Manila isn’t exactly a city where you’d explore it with a pram anyway. Make the most of your baby bjorn carriers, people! Anyhoo, the change table is in good condition, although a bit grubby. The safety straps are intact, which is great to see. Make sure you BYO everything – wipes, tissues, whatever you need.

We love the Philippines and cannot wait to get back there! Highly recommend it as a place to travel with the kids, but just BYO everything for toilet stops (including loo paper or tissue packs, just in case).