’s largest parenting charity, is harnessing the power of mobile technology by launching the first interactive charity iPhone application for parents. UK
NCT Babychange is free to download and will make it easier for parents and families who are on the move, or away from home, to find the nearest baby changing facility in their locality and view its star ratings. The app also allows parents to rate the changing station so that other parents know if it’s a good, clean changing facility to use.
The app has over 5,000 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, parents can pin point the nearest baby changing facilities in the area. Selecting a particular facility will bring up its name and current ‘star’ hygiene rating and further selection brings up the full address and location details. Places highlighted in green indicate a clean, hygiene level that’s recommended for use again, facilities in amber indicate they need more parents to rate them to confirm their status.
As a guide to other parents, after visiting a changing station, parents can confirm it is 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 charity is also calling on parents to add new or unlisted baby changing sites to the app’s database, and rate them, so that even more parents can benefit. Please visit www.nct.org.uk/babychanging for further details and instructions on how to download the free app.
NCT Babychange App. Winner of Best Mobile Solution Award 2011 as featured in The Times and Sunday Mirror.