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St Ives Shopping Village (near Harris Farm) – 166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives NSW 2075

Overall: Small but has the basics. Nappy change, feed, rest, toilet. No microwave.

Good Points: Automatic push-button sliding door. Bright, colourful murals on the walls. Nappy disposal bin plus general rubbish bin. Water cooler. Comfortable armchair. Toilet cubicle. Single change bench. Sink and hand dryer.

Bad Points: Quite small. No microwave. Couldn’t see any extra powerpoints.

We arrived at the centre a bit early, so went for a wander on our own to see what we could find in the way of parent rooms (unassisted). This one we found down a hallway near Harris Farm, with signs from the roof at the front of the corridor pointing to toilets. It wasn’t until after we came back out that we realised the sign has a small symbol indicating a parent room. It’s not the usual symbol of a baby, or a parent leaning over a change table, but two people with a child in the middle. When you’re in a hurry, it just looks like a symbol for regular male and female bathrooms. Take note of that next time you’re at St Ives Shopping Village.

We headed down the corridor and turned right, to find the parent room at the end of the hall. At the start it looks promising, with a green push-button automatic door which is frosted for privacy. On the inside, though, it’s a little small. It’s pretty and does all the basics comfortably, but it is small. You could only fit one pram in here at a time, so it’s definitely worth noting where the other parent rooms are in the centre.

The custom built change table is on the left of the room. The colourful murals on the walls provide a nice distraction to little ones from the task of having nappies changed. The sink is on the edge of the table, with a sensor tap so you don’t have to physically touch anything to get water. Love that! There’s also a stack of paper towel along the edge of the sink, between the wall.

We were particularly impressed with the hand dryer in this parent room. Ordinarily these things are loud, scaring the bejeebers out of anyone nearby – especially kids! But this one is very very quiet, and was chosen for this feature. Honestly, it’s fabulous. We’s love to see these replace all parent rooms where there are hand dryers (especially those jet-engine sounding dyson ones – OMG!).

The toilet cubicle is quite snug, with just enough room for one toilet. There’s no way a pram will fit in here, so just be aware of that if you or your little ones need the loo. Keep an eye on the main door!

Later on, when we met up with centre staff, we spoke with them about the function of the parent rooms and the issue of privacy for feeding. The chair in this parent room is very comfortable, with arm rests at a good height for feeding. However, there isn’t a curtain or anything of the like to ensure privacy. We were told that the building is quite old, so the space they have to work with is quite limited. Installing a curtain or something along those lines would take up even more space in an already snug room. It was said that most parents are comfortable these days to feed in public, with a covering of their own. Hmmmm…..I’m not sure I agree with this. I much prefer to find a parent room to feed my little ones, than sit in public feeding with a cover. For me, and for many other parents, it’s a special time to bond with your baby and also give them some quiet time while they feed. Plus I just found it felt easier to feed in a private room than in a public place like a cafe, regardless of whether or not I had a covering. In relation to this parent room, I guess my point is make sure you have a covering on hand. The door doesn’t lock, so you may get the door opening when another family needs the room. Just a heads up. In our parent room travels, we have come across some rooms that have automatic doors which can be locked from the inside with the press of a button. This might be something the centre could look at adding to the rooms.

Anyway, back to what is in the parent room. Next to the armchair is the water cooler and nappy disposal bin. The bin is too large to fit underneath the change bench, which is why it’s against the far wall. This is a good compromise. Either have a smaller bin underneath the bench, which might overflow and stink the place out, or have a bigger bin against the wall. We like the bigger bin. Just keep an eye on toddler hands though (curious little things).

What do you think of this parent room? Have you been to St Ives Shopping Village with your children? Did you find it easy to locate the parent rooms?

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St Ives Shopping Village (near Centre Management) – 166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives NSW 2075

Overall: Quite lovely. Nappy change, rest, feed, toilet. No microwave.

Good Points: Bright murals on the walls. Comfortable armchair for feeding. Water cooler. Quiet hand dryer. Paper towels. Sensor tap in middle of double change bench. Large nappy bins. Automatic door. Push buttons for the door mounted high on the wall. Adult and child size toilets. Sink, soap and hand dryer. Toilet paper dispenser. Touch flush toilets. Powerpoints next to the change bench.

Bad Points: No microwave. Automatic door swings open, so be careful with prams. Not really big enough for more than one pram. One toilet paper dispenser for two toilets. 

This is one of the three parent rooms available at St Ives Shopping Village. It’s the biggest one and is the most modern. The room is located just down the hall from Centre Management (or ‘the principal’s office’ hehehe).

From the outside, it’s immediately promising. The frosted door has a big silver button high on the wall (away from little hands), and it opens automatically, slowly swinging inwards. This means you can get in and out of the room without having to keep one hand on the door while you use the other to push the pram inside.

The inside of the room is small yet lovely. The walls have a bright, colourful, fun mural on them, making it an immediately pleasant space to be in for both parents and children. In the corner to the right is a very comfortable armchair, which was tested and chosen to be ideal for feeding. We tested it on this visit, and it’s perfect. The armrests are just the right height for feeding, giving parents enough support without being too high. The water cooler (a nice touch!) is within arms reach of the chair too – very handy ūüôā

Along the main wall is the double change bench. It’s not too high, and has a sink with a sensor tap in between the two change bays. This kind of tap is fabulous, as you don’t have to touch anything to activate it – no germs! There’s paper towel at the far end of the bench, just near the powerpoints (handy for those needing to express with an electric pump).

The nappy bins are along the wall adjacent to the change bench. They’re a decent size too. The plan was to have nappy bins in the cupboards underneath the bench, but this was ditched in favour of having larger bins against the wall rather than smaller bins. Fair compromise. We’d rather bigger bins than smaller overflowing bins in a cupboard.

On the left wall is the doorway to the toilets. There’s both adult and kid size toilets, which are touch flush (no tough buttons for little ones to press). It’s very clean in here, and the sink and soap are at a reasonable height for little ones to use. However, there’s only one toilet paper dispenser and it’s on the far wall next to the adult toilet. Not sure what little ones are meant to do. Wait for an adult to get the toilet paper for them? Hmmmm.

Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised with this room. It’s definitely the better of the three in the centre. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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***UPDATE*** St Ives Shopping Village – 166 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives NSW 2075

*****UPDATE*****

The Marketing Manager at St Ives Shopping Village has contacted us, and has some feedback regarding the parent rooms at the Village.

St Ives Shopping Village has 3 parent rooms, and all have change tables.

Two of the rooms have custom built change tables, and the other small room has a pull down ‘koala’ brand table.

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Overall: Extremely basic for a shopping centre. Nappy change, feed, rest.

Good Points: Side by side, adult and kiddy size toilets. Low level sink. Lockable main door. Wall mounted fold out change table. Microwave. Nappy disposal bin. Chairs for feeding.

Bad Points: Small room! Manual door (ie not automatic). Microwave broken (30th August). No privacy curtain around feeding chairs. Sliding toilet door does not lock.

*submitted by Melanie*

We found this small parent room located in the upstairs food court near an Asian grocery shop. 

There are many other “parent rooms” in the centre which are all single cubicle toilets were parents can escort their kids to the loos. None of these have change tables / microwaves etc which you expect to see in a parent room.¬†

Disappointingly the door was not automatic ( you had to navigate the pram whilst opening the door yourself ) and the microwave was not working when we visited 30th August. 

This being said the door was lockable to prevent toddlers from running away whilst tending to bubs. I would suggest locking it if you were feeding as there is no privacy curtain.

The one change table was fold out ( I expected more from a shopping centre facility ) which was more than enough as you could not fit two prams in there, despite having two feeding chairs side by side

Pros Рside by side toilets with low level sink, lockable doors 

Cons РManual door, broken microwave, very small.  ( the sliding  toilet door is not lockable)

Overall, extremely basic and small but ok for a quick nappy change. Don’t spend too much time in there if you are claustrophobic¬†

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