Westfield Southland Shopping Centre, Ground Floor
1239 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham, Melbourne

This parents room is located at the Kmart end of the mall on the ground floor. It is clean, spacious and calming as soon as you enter. There was a gated play area but there were no toys or activities inside so I felt like I would have been putting Mr 2 in a “cage” while I had to feed his little sister (actually just more worried he would realise he was in a cage with nothing there to distract him haha). At least there was plenty of space for the three of us in the nursing room.

It was great to see toddler sized toilet in the bathroom included. There was loads of space for nappy changing with bins conveniently located right underneath the bench.

The only things that really let this room down was lack of toys/activities in the play pen (I come from the school of “if you’re going to do something, do it properly or don’t do it at all”) and also the lack of hot water in the toilet. And just to be picky, with so many change stations another sink might have been nice too.

Features:

  • 2 x private feeding rooms 
  • 1 x microwave 
  • 4 x changing stations 
  • 1 x sink 
  • 1 x toilet 
  • 1 x toddler toilet

I rated this room 8/10



Carnegie Central
Cnr Dandenong & Koornang Road, Carnegie, Melbourne, VIC

Carnegie Central is a modest shopping centre so I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a dedicated parents room located on L2 - not just a wheelchair accessible toilet with a drop down change table.

It was very clean and even had a visible cleaning schedule on the back of the door.

The room was functional and had everything you need for a breastfeeding mother (no microwave - although I’m sure one of the cafes would let you use theirs if needed) considering the size of the shopping centre including:

Features:

  • 1 x Large private feeding area
  • 1 x Sink
  • 1 x Change Bay
  • 1 x Toilet
  • 1 x Toddler Toilet

I rated this room 7/10 (shame about no microwave)



Malvern Central Wattletree Road, Malvern, VIC
So a couple of weeks ago I visited this centre and was excited to see this work in progress!
Although disappointed I had to now make my way somewhere else, I thought the signage was very informative with clear directions and factored in those whose need to use a microwave.
Can’t wait to see what the new and improved parents room looks like.
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Malvern Central
Wattletree Road, Malvern, VIC

So a couple of weeks ago I visited this centre and was excited to see this work in progress!

Although disappointed I had to now make my way somewhere else, I thought the signage was very informative with clear directions and factored in those whose need to use a microwave.

Can’t wait to see what the new and improved parents room looks like.

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Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
Richmond, Melbourne

Located just by the food court, this parents room was bright, colourful and roomy.

It was nice and clean and suitably decorated with cute ladybird lights on the walls and had a little table and chairs for the little ones.

Features

  • 2 private feeding rooms
  • 2 couches
  • 1 family toilet
  • 2 change bays
  • 1 microwave
  • 2 sinks 

I rated this room 7/10



Pran Central, Prahran - Melbourne

The best thing about finding this gem is that I can now safely wonder through the fabulous shops down Chapel Street at my leisure knowing that this is only minutes away.

Located on the mezzanine level, this very simple and modest room has all one needs (and I emphasise the word one)…almost. There was no microwave for mothers who bottle feed, however I’m sure one of the places in the food court would let you use a microwave if you asked.

It was clean and tidy, and after we left I even spotted a cleaner in there. I’m not sure how a twin pram would fare getting to it though - it was quite a narrow corridor to get to the door.

Features

  • 1 change bay
  • 1 toilet
  • 1 arm chair
  • 1 sink
  • no mircowave

I rated this room 4.5/10 (penalty points for no microwave and accessibility)



The Parents Retreat, Level 2 Melbourne Central - Melbourne

Amongst all the hustle and bustle, the Parent’s Retreat truly is lives up to its name. Located on level 2 of Melbourne Central just opposite the lifts (take the lifts by little lonsdale st) this brand new room wont stay a hidden gem for long.

This place feels like a parents room should. It’s big, colourful and there’s plenty of things to keep the kids entertained - all contained within childproof safety gates.

There is plenty of space for feeding. The private rooms have more than enough space to fit the entire family and the pram. There are also four comfy armchairs and two additional couches that could be used.

Kids will be kept entertained climbing the ropes, playing with puzzles on the wall or (if they’re able) reading the stories painted on the walls of the private feeding rooms.

The changing bays are nice and deep making it harder for determined wrigglers to get away and rubbish bins handily located in a pull out draw underneath the bench.

If I HAD to find fault with this place it’s that being as big as it is an extra microwave or sink wouldn’t have hurt…and maybe a mirror :)

Features

  • 6 change bays
  • 3 private feeding rooms
  • 2 toilets
  • 4 armchairs
  • spacious
  • activities for toddlers/children
  • toddlers picnic table
  • 1 microwave

This one’s going to be hard to beat. It’s definitely my new fav!

I rate this room 10/10

It’s so good we even caught the mall security guard using it!



David Jones
Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne

In a mall full of people this parents room was nice and tranquil compared to the other two in the mall.

A nice open entrance way with tables and chairs for children separated the toilet at one end of the room from the two private feeding rooms at the other end which would help avoid congestion if the room were to get busy.

It was lovely and clean and welcoming too. Each of the feeding rooms were spacious enough and had their own fold down change table. There was no separate change table which I found a bit odd but I guess you could use the flat bench if you needed to.

Features

  • 2 feeding rooms
  • 2 fold down change tables
  • 1 microwave
  • 1 sink
  • 1 toilet
  • Chairs and tables for children
  • Good amount of space

I rated this 6/10



Chadstone Shopping Centre
Ground Floor

Well considering that this wasn’t the main parents room in the shopping centre it wasn’t too bad. This one was located on the ground floor by the food court and was one of three facilities that I saw. There was also one in the David Jones store, and another on the first level in the main mall.

This humble room had the basics of everything that you really needed but did get a little congested in the entrance way and wasn’t exactly the cleanest it could be - the rubbish bins did need to be emptied. In saying that though a cleaner did come in and picked up a little bit of rubbish and maybe was intending to return when it wasn’t as busy.

There was also a feed back form which was good. There really needed to be an extra changing bay though. As I was waiting to use it another mother came in and just decided to use one of the arm chairs in the feeding rooms instead.

Features

  • 2 private feeding rooms
  • 1 toilet
  • 1 microwave
  • 1 change bay
  • 2 sinks
  • 1 couch

I rated this room 5.5/10



Harbour Town - Melbourne
Clean, spacious and splashes of colour - this was more than I was expecting when I stepped through the door on the side of a concrete wall today. There was even a cleaning log! Bonus points! 
There was lots of space to park the pram or wheel it to one of the two private rooms without having to worry about getting in anyone’s way.
There were three change bays with a sink between each, bins right underneath and mirrors (great for mum to re-group, make yourself presentable again before heading back out with your calm little angel and walking past all those people who were looking at you with daggers because your screaming child was disrupting their lunch). There was also a nappy dispenser incase you were caught short you could buy one then and there.
Is it just me who hates changing their baby side-on? I wish the change mats were facing me - it makes things so much easier. And it’s not like they didn’t have the space for it. Also the change mats are not fixed to the table. I tried turning the mat around but the table was too short :(
Suggested improvements would be to have some music playing to create a bit more atmosphere and maybe even a area for kids e.g a play pen with some toys, and of course fix the change mat issue.
Overall features
2 private feeding rooms
3 change bays
3 couches
1 family toilet
1 microwave 
spacious
I rate this room 7.5/10

Harbour Town - Melbourne

Clean, spacious and splashes of colour - this was more than I was expecting when I stepped through the door on the side of a concrete wall today. There was even a cleaning log! Bonus points! 

There was lots of space to park the pram or wheel it to one of the two private rooms without having to worry about getting in anyone’s way.

There were three change bays with a sink between each, bins right underneath and mirrors (great for mum to re-group, make yourself presentable again before heading back out with your calm little angel and walking past all those people who were looking at you with daggers because your screaming child was disrupting their lunch). There was also a nappy dispenser incase you were caught short you could buy one then and there.

Is it just me who hates changing their baby side-on? I wish the change mats were facing me - it makes things so much easier. And it’s not like they didn’t have the space for it. Also the change mats are not fixed to the table. I tried turning the mat around but the table was too short :(

Suggested improvements would be to have some music playing to create a bit more atmosphere and maybe even a area for kids e.g a play pen with some toys, and of course fix the change mat issue.

Overall features

  • 2 private feeding rooms
  • 3 change bays
  • 3 couches
  • 1 family toilet
  • 1 microwave 
  • spacious

I rate this room 7.5/10



David Jones - Burke St Mall, Melbourne
A completely respectable parents room. I think I was expecting something with a little more character to it being that it was David Jones so maybe that’s why I was a little underwhelmed.
It was nice, spacious and clean. There was a large area as you entered with a couple of arm chairs and seats/tables for kids.   There were also two private feeding rooms, two family toilets, two change bays and one microwave.
The private feeding room was good because as I’ve found now my wee one gets easily distracted if there is a lot happening around him. The room also had a fold down change table if you needed to change your baby. There was lots of space to park your pram and still have room for your partner or other children in the room.
The things that weren’t so nice are that nappy disposal bins lined one entire side of the room that ended right beside the feeding chair which wasn’t particularly pleasant. It would have been better to have them on the other side - then they would also have been under the change table. And if you did decide to change your baby in the room there was no facility to wash your hands so you would have to go to the changing bay anyway.
The bins were also an issue in the change bay area. Instead of being under the table making it convenient to just flip the lid and dispose, the bin was on the opposite wall. Even though it wasn’t far away, it still meant that you had to leave the soiled nappy next to you as you changed baby, then get everything packed up and ready to go before you could throw it away - especially as there were no restraints at the change bay I wasn’t leaving my child up there while I went to throw out the nappy.
Overall
2 Change Bays
2 Private Feeding Rooms
2 Family Toilets
1 Microwave
3 Arm Chairs
Spacious 
I rated this 8/10

David Jones - Burke St Mall, Melbourne

A completely respectable parents room. I think I was expecting something with a little more character to it being that it was David Jones so maybe that’s why I was a little underwhelmed.

It was nice, spacious and clean. There was a large area as you entered with a couple of arm chairs and seats/tables for kids. There were also two private feeding rooms, two family toilets, two change bays and one microwave.

The private feeding room was good because as I’ve found now my wee one gets easily distracted if there is a lot happening around him. The room also had a fold down change table if you needed to change your baby. There was lots of space to park your pram and still have room for your partner or other children in the room.

The things that weren’t so nice are that nappy disposal bins lined one entire side of the room that ended right beside the feeding chair which wasn’t particularly pleasant. It would have been better to have them on the other side - then they would also have been under the change table. And if you did decide to change your baby in the room there was no facility to wash your hands so you would have to go to the changing bay anyway.

The bins were also an issue in the change bay area. Instead of being under the table making it convenient to just flip the lid and dispose, the bin was on the opposite wall. Even though it wasn’t far away, it still meant that you had to leave the soiled nappy next to you as you changed baby, then get everything packed up and ready to go before you could throw it away - especially as there were no restraints at the change bay I wasn’t leaving my child up there while I went to throw out the nappy.

Overall

  • 2 Change Bays
  • 2 Private Feeding Rooms
  • 2 Family Toilets
  • 1 Microwave
  • 3 Arm Chairs
  • Spacious 

I rated this 8/10