So I'm not sure if i'm late to the party here, or whether there might be other people out there who didn't know about the baby change and feeding facilities in Fenwick department store in Newcastle city centre? My sister in law had mentioned that they were good, but today was the first time that I had been in to them. They are brilliant. In my life before children I often used to use the powder room area of Fenwick, if you haven't been it is on the third floor, next to the toilets and has loads of mirrors with tables and chairs in front of them so you can top up your make up. When I actually used to go places without a double buggy, range of spare clothes and hundreds of nappies in tow, I would pop in to reapply my make up if I was heading out to dinner straight from work, or to do my hair on the occasions when I'd had my make up applied in the MAC concession downstairs. I shouldn't have doubted that now I rarely manage to slap a bit of foundation on, but I'm frequently looking for somewhere to hose down my baby after nappy seepage that yet again Fenwick would come to my rescue.
The area is really good - I recognise that it's time to question your life when you get excited by hidden nappy bins and a bottle warmer - but we are who we are. It's on the third floor, on the opposite side of the store from the lifts, through the nursery furniture section (side note - going to the loo could get costly as there were some gorgeous kids decor stuff in there.)
When you first walk in there is a sofa seating area where the winner of the battle over who is going to change the baby's nappy can sit and play on the phone whilst their other half does the dirty work. Really appreciate that Fenwick have put this in so the baby's entourage can at least sit down comfortably whilst they are being changed or fed.
There is then a lockable adult's toilet with a baby change mat included so you can go to the loo without having to leave the kids outside. There was loads of room in there to take in the buggy too - always handy as just yesterday I made the mistake of letting my toddler free whilst I used the toilet. Safe to say the people in Blaydon Library were not expecting to see me sitting on the toilet when the door swung open. Joy.
The main biggest area is the communal baby change area, which is decked out with everything that you might need and all handily placed to be able to access even when keeping one hand on a squirmy suicidal baby. There were 4 change stations, all with access to disposable change mat liners, a basin, soap, and a nappy bin which was stored away in a drawer next to the change mat. There was also a bottle warmer here to use.
Finally there were 4 private, lockable baby feeding rooms, with a cosy reclining chair, and a table in each room.
Really impressed that Fenwick have put so much thought into making this area so comfortable and pleasant to be in. More than once I've fed the baby in a smelly stuffy room, virtually sitting right on top of the nappy bin, so it makes a really nice change. I'm more than happy to feed the baby everywhere and anywhere, but its good to know this area is here if i needed it. I'll definitely be coming back to use the changing facilities if I'm in the city centre and needing to change either of the kids.
39 Northumberland Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 232 5100 OR 0191 261 0541
Monday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Tuesday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Wednesday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Thursday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
Sunday: 10.30 am - 5.00 pm
Are there any other changing facilities in Newcastle I should know about? Either to use or to avoid? Let me know in the comments