Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Public Toilets

I got this email from a mom who wants your opinion!

"As the mom of an almost 4 year old and twin infants I find it horrible to have to use public toilets. The gripe lies in the hand washing setup in nearly every place we go. A short person, like a child or a little person can not use the sink with out assistance. I have to lift my daughter to the sink every where we go, the soap, sink and towels are usually completely inaccessible to anyone under 4 feet tall."

I have noticed this. I usually wipe off the sink and lift up my son if I have to. Usually our problem lies with the soap. If it's back by the mirror, he can't reach it. The single sinks work much better. Target comes to mind. The sinks are all accessible and there is a low paper towel dispenser. The grossest part is when he has to sit on the toilet. I have tried using the little papers for him, but that just doesn't work when you're five-years-old!

Does anyone else want to chime in about dealing with public toilets and kids?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Diane Vespa said...

It's about dang time we started talking about this elephant in the closet. I HATE taking my girl to public restrooms knowing she is going to have put her tush on the public seat. I bring wet wipes and wipe it down first but I get sick of washing public toilets. Can't wait until she is big enough to just squat.

Yeah, the sinks are always a challenge. Not really sure what you can do about that other than just keep lifting them. I guess we should enjoy it while it lasts!

Tim said...

We just let our son wash his hand in the urinal. Just kidding, I know what you mean, our 3 year old is just getting to the height he can reach the faucet, it's such a relief.

ryansmom said...

Funny you brought this up b/c this has been a huge annoyance for me lately. I have a 3 1/2 year old who usually needs to be lifted to reach nearly everything he needs to get a decent hand wash and the fact that I am pregnant now certainly won't make it any easier in the months to come. I practically can't even lift him now the kid is so heavy! All I can say is Target bathrooms are about the closest thing to kid friendly I have seen around here (and I don't mean clean, just accessible) Oh, and the cute little kids potty in the family bathrooms at Shoppes at Grand Prairie:)

It's about time these retailers take a look at who is shopping at their stores and make some accommodations!

Diane Vespa said...

Tim - good one! Lol!

The family restroom at Shoppes at Grande Prairie is the best thing since sliced bread!

momof4 said...

Try having 4 kids and three of them go to the bathroom every place we go! The toliet thing is a big problem with germs luckly i only have one girl on the potty right now and others are boys. Since i carry a huge diaper bag i carry one of those little potty things in a plastic bag, i put that down for her and she sits on her own seat. And don't for get the lysol (got a mini can). As far as the handwashing goes, i carry sanitizer and have them wash their hands that way. It works so far.

Mark Welp said...

I'd rather change a diaper than deal with public restrooms. Now that the girls are 6 years old, they won't go into the men's room with me and I can't go into the women's room (although it is fun trying). I encourage them to sit sideways on the toliet so they aren't exposed to the porcelain.

When they wash their hands I tell them to just leave the water on so they don't recontaminate themselves fumbling to turn it off.

Rixblix said...

Huh. I've never really given the issue much thought.

I changed the boys in the back seat of our car and they learned to pee standing up pretty early.

I remember my parents having us kids pee along side the road on long car trips. I don't think it's that big a deal. But then again, I don't get the whole germ-a-phobe/raising my kids in a bubble notion though, either.

Jolie said...

We usually stick the little potty chair seat (you know, the one that sits directly on the seat making it kid-size) in a plastic bag and stick it in the bottom of the stroller. That way, there is no sitting on - or God forbid, slipping in to - a public toilet. I always take wet wipes and germ-x too... just in case the hand washing we're able to pull off doesn't quite do the trick.

BTW - ditto about the family restroom at the Shoppes. The handicapped stall in Bordes is pretty good too. It has plenty of room for a stroller. And a chair that you can slide over to the sink (which is in the stall) for the little ones to stand on.

Jennifer said...

I think it would be great if Mark could post a demonstration of his suggested pottying technique online! I'm having a hard time picturing:
"I encourage them to sit sideways on the toliet so they aren't exposed to the porcelain."

Do they have to balance themselves then? How does sitting normally expose one to the porcelain? I have so many questions now that had never dawned on me before!

Pumpin for everyone said...

One would think that these retail stores could go so far to invest a tiny bit of money to add a simple step stool to the bathrooms.

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