Overall: Basic. Not so great. Change table in female toilets only.
Good Points: Undercover parking. Ramp from the undercover parking up to the shopping centre. Baby change table in the female toilets. Sign on the female toilets indicating a baby change table inside. Female toilets are clean and modern. Wall mounted fold out baby change table, in good condition with straps intact. Nappy bins.
Bad Points: No sign in the centre indicating a parent room. Narrow hallway leading to baby change facilities. No change table in the male toilets. Poorly positioned change table in the female toilets.
Decked out in green to celebrate St Patricks Day, my little family and I headed out to see what we could find in the way of parent rooms and baby change facilities in Wentworthville. We’ve learnt through the parent room hunting process over the years to never take the signs hanging in shopping centres as gospel. If we did, we’d never have found many of the baby change tables and parent rooms that are lurking about. Wentworthville Shopping Plaza is one of those places.
There’s loads of parking, both outside and undercover here, but we couldn’t see any Parents with Prams parking. If you’re parking undercover, the upside is there’s a great big winding ramp leading from the carpark up to the centre of the shopping centre. Very pram friendly.
It’s a small centre, which is nice for a change as it makes navigating a whole lot easier. On the downside, there aren’t any signs letting you know there is in fact a baby change table available for use. At the far end of the plaza, near the fruit & veg shop, there’s a sign hanging from the ceiling directing you to the female/male/disabled toilets and centre management. No hint here of a parent room or baby change facilities.
The hallway leading to the toilets is a little on the narrow side, so if you have a big pram you could find this hall to be a bit snug, especially if there is someone else coming the other way. At the end of the hallway, there’s another sign pointing to the right for the male and female toilets and centre management. Still no sign of a baby change table or parent room!
So turning right into the final hallway, we discovered a teeny tiny sign on the front of the female toilets (on the left side of the hallway) showing a baby change table. Bingo!!! There is one here after all! Go and spread the word!
The female toilets are nice and clean. There are two nappy disposal bins within reach. There’s toilets on the right, three sinks on the left, and the wall mounted fold out baby change table attached to the far wall. The table is clean, in good condition, with the straps intact. However, it has been installed in a pretty bad spot. It’s right outside the door of the final toilet cubicle. If someone is in this cubicle and you need to use the baby change table, whoever is in the loo won’t be able to get out until you’ve finished attending to your little one. On the other hand, if all the other toilets are in use and you’re using the baby change table, and someone needs to use that final cubicle, they’re gonna have to wait until you’ve finished doing what you have to do with bubby. Not the best planning huh.
Look this isn’t the worst place we’ve seen, but it’s not the best. It’s good to know though, if you’re ever heading to this centre, that there is actually a baby change table available in the female toilets. You wouldn’t know there was one if you relied on the signs. So for all the parents in the area, let them know! Well, all the mums anyway. Unfortunately, the dads have been left out again 🙁