You must think me so rude! I’ve been using your parents room facilities for the past nine months and I haven’t yet introduced myself. You see, some of you seem to know me so well. You know how I like to relax, feed and change my baby. But this letter isn’t for you. This letter is for those of you who don’t know me so well, or at all.
I’m a mum of one baby girl. We go out a lot. Nearly every day in fact. I hate being cooped up inside all day and so we regularly go to shopping centres, cafés, libraries, parks and more. Going out isn’t like it used to be. Nowhere near it in fact. These days I travel almost everywhere with my pram packed with nappies, spare clothes, toys and food. I’m a breastfeeding mum and I will happily breastfeed in a food court, supermarket aisle or on a park bench.
The problem on our days out usually start with doorways and entrances. I’m not sure if you are a member of Curque du Soleil but the acts of body contortion required to just get in the door of some parents rooms with a pram are impossible. Then there are the toilets. Who needs the gym to burn off those final baby kg when you can wrangle a pram into a far too small toilet cubicle while holding open a heavy door and then climbing over a pram to get to the toilet and pee? And that’s if you actually have a toilet. I may be superwoman but I still need to pee!
While we are on the subject of toilets, let’s talk nappies. Since becoming a mum, I have cleaned more dirty nappies than I care to remember. I have been weed on and I have been pooed on. And yet, somehow I am not ok with the stench of stale nappies that hits me in the face when I enter some parents rooms. Strange don’t you think? I have a hot tip for you. Empty nappy bins frequently. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Then why aren’t you doing it?
You know how I said earlier that I will happily breastfeed anywhere? Well, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love retreating to a parents room to limit the noise for my easily distracted bubba. I don’t know if you’ve ever breastfeed but one thing that really makes things a lot more difficult is chairs with really high arms. Any chair will do really, as long as I can fit my arms and baby across the length of it. Oh and sorry if I stain your beautiful chairs when my daughter inevitably vomits. Another hot tip coming your way – scotch guard. It works and it’s fabulous.
So that’s me in a nutshell. There is a few years ahead of us so I hope you’ve been paying attention!
Sara (on behalf of all the mummies and daddies)
What has been your worst experience in a parents room?
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