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to think that you should not lie your baby down on her changing mat and change her nappy on the floor in the middle of a crowded exhibition hall?

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Mintyy Sat 09-Nov-13 15:32:39

I expect I'll get some yanbus as I've seen people attempting to justify changing nappies in restaurants and libraries before now.

But, it's just really not on, is it?

havingastress Sat 09-Nov-13 15:33:55

Nope. I would always find somewhere private. I think Mums who do this are just trying to make some stupid point! (don't know what though)

Morgause Sat 09-Nov-13 15:35:10

NEC? Saw it there last year. Unbelievable. Except I saw it happen.

MrsSpencerReid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:37:24

I had to do this in a dentist waiting room, there was no where for changing babies and the toilet floor wasn't big enough, where would you suggest I changed DS instead?

Minshu Sat 09-Nov-13 15:37:56

I once saw it done in front of a swing in the local park, to stop anyone using the swing while baby was being changed. And it was a cool day next to the North Sea in NE England confused

WorraLiberty Sat 09-Nov-13 15:38:38

I can't make up my mind really?

As long as no-one's tripping over them I suppose it's ok?

It's not the sort of thing I've ever really thought about grin

havingastress Sat 09-Nov-13 15:39:10

Reid I'd have asked politely at the dentist's reception - pretty sure you could have used their back room in private.

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sat 09-Nov-13 15:39:22

Meh. I can't get worked up about this. Perhaps not a poo filled nappy in a restaurant but otherwise it's fine by me...assuming no real changing facilities are readily accessible.

Minshu Sat 09-Nov-13 15:40:14

There are toilets with changing facilities in this park, BTW.

Agree, some places leave you with no option smile

MrsSpencerReid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:41:05

I did ask, I was told there was no where to use. The waiting room was empty except for me, DS and dp

azzbiscuit Sat 09-Nov-13 15:41:40

Poo and wee are unnatural and must be suppressed.

BrianTheMole Sat 09-Nov-13 15:42:51

I don't think it would bother me very much.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:44:37

Look at me I'm a mother doing mother things in yo face.

Lavenderhoney Sat 09-Nov-13 15:47:07

I saw someone change there child on a bouncy castle once, that was being bounced on at the time by lots of children. It was her only child, so she had no real reason to do that.

I would have taken my dc at that age to the loos or a baby changing- they have them at these places don't they? Its all oart of starting to do certain things in private, means nothing to baby at the time I know, but to you and as they get older, they learn to head for the loos, not pee in the street like I saw one child of about 6 do in the Main Street of naice market town, whilst his dm waited and chatted to a friend shock

Bambamb Sat 09-Nov-13 15:48:59

I once changed a pooey nappy on a picnic table in the park. I think the toilets were closed for some reason and didn't think anything of it at the time.

I now look back on that with shame! !

The only thing I can think is to excuse myself is that:

a) I was ridiculously sleep deprived at the time and a little bit mad.
b) when you're changing umpteen nappies asday you get a bit desensitised to the fact that it's a bit icky.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 09-Nov-13 15:48:59

If it was literally in the middle of the hall with people tripping up or having to go round yanbu.

If it was at the side of the hall I can't see the problem.

Mintyy Sat 09-Nov-13 15:49:09

Girlwiththedirtyshirt - well, I imagine there are several places to change a nappy at Olympia

I'm not sure what your experience at the dentist has to do with my op MrsReid.

Bettercallsaul1 Sat 09-Nov-13 15:52:20

I would be more concerned about the possibility of people tripping over/treading on the baby, if the room was crowded. If the mother is kneeling on the floor with the baby, and everyone else is standing about or walking, they might not be clearly visible.

MrsSpencerReid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:54:34

Well you said it's not on changing nappies in public, so I'm wondering what is the right thing to do if I'm in this situation again

OurMrsReynolds Sat 09-Nov-13 15:54:41

I've changed my DDs on my lap before in waiting rooms; no ones ever batted an eyelid that I've noticed been too busy trying not to get shit up my hands

JaquelineHyde Sat 09-Nov-13 15:56:00

What's wrong with changing a baby in a library? Am I missing something here?

WorraLiberty Sat 09-Nov-13 15:56:17

The thing is, changing a baby can take less than a couple of minutes. So in a big place like that, I don't know if I could be arsed to seek out a changing room.

I probably would do a quick change on the floor at the side of the room, so no-one tripped over us.

Topseyt Sat 09-Nov-13 15:58:48

I always preferred to use a changing area if there was one. I certainly wouldn't have used the middle of a crowded exhibition hall. That could be a bit dangerous apart from anything else. If I had no choice then I would have found a quieter corner, away from the main area. where there was less risk of baby (or me) getting trodden on, or tripped over.

PenguinsDontEatPancakes Sat 09-Nov-13 15:59:04

Well, I very nearly ended up changing a nappy in a corner at the NEC. It was fecking miles, pushing your way through people all the time, to get to the loos. Followed the signs to one set, to discover they had been changed to staff only. Then started treking to the next lot to find I was going to have to queue up and get an exit and re-entry stamp to use them. DD2 was screaming, I was going a bit dizzy (low blood pressure in pregnancy) and I very nearly gave up. So although no, you shouldn't, I can imagine how it happened.

Mintyy Sat 09-Nov-13 15:59:45

Personally, I would have changed the baby on my lap in the loo. Or I might have gone outside and done it on the back seat of the car. Members of the public do not want or need to be treated to the sight and smell of your child's poo.

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