On Friday, I had to go to Enfield, CT to pick up my engagement ring that had been resized. Dan was working, so I asked my cousin to ride down with me so that I had some “adult” company. (She won’t be 18 until next month, but she already enjoys old people stuff like car rides and errands. Haha).
As soon as we got to the mall where the jewelry store is, I had to hit the bathroom ASAP. (Anyone else have an incredibly weak bladder after giving birth? Cause I sometimes still feel like I have a baby sitting on mine.) Anyways, as we were approaching the bathrooms, I noticed a sign for a “family lounge.” Perfect. When we travel, Dan and I always scope out family bathrooms (Target usually has them!) so we can tag team diaper changes on those little fold out Koala Care changing tables. They make me so nervous, what with their small space, suspended from the wall, and probably crawling with germs. It’s just easier to have an extra set of hands in those situations. Target family bathrooms have NOTHING on this one though.
First off, here’s the toilets. Yes, I took pictures of toilets!!!! Probably something only a blogger would do. (My photos are all really blurry for some reason… I apologize.)
They had a child sized toilet! I have never in my life seen a child sized toilet outside of a school or daycare. How awesome is this??? Not shown in the picture is also a child sized sink and paper towels at their level as well. I’m also happy to see the paper toilet covers. I get so upset when bathrooms don’t have these. Is there a company out there that makes paper toilet covers in handy little purse packs? Because I’ll buy a hundred. The toilet area was it’s own little room inside of the lounge, but it wasn’t little. You could easily bring four or five kids in there with you and lock the door if that’s what you needed to do.
If you didn’t want to bring your kids into the toilet area with you, there was a large, carpeted sitting area complete with a TV. Though I have no idea how you’d turn it on aaaaand I don’t believe in pacifying children with television, but that’s another story.
And here’s my favorite part. Nursing stations!!!!
There were four of these little rooms, I believe. Comfy chair, little stand, cute art work, and a little curtain for privacy. Garrett wasn’t even particularly hungry, but I brought him in here to nurse because how often do you find such a nice, convenient place to feed your child??
After Garrett ate, I noticed his diaper was feeling a bit squishy. But I couldn’t for the life of me find the dirty plastic drop from the wall changer. Because there was this instead.
Each of the four sinks had it’s own little changing area next to it. And not shown is a drawer underneath with a soft changing pad in it. I opted to use my own though, because I was a little skeeved out by that. I would have preferred disposable liners, because at least it’s not wasteful.
Enfield Square is a smaller mall that doesn’t have a ton of stores (there’s more stand alone stores all around in the area) but if you’re traveling through, it’s definitely worth a stop for a break. I wish more malls and shopping centers had great accommodations for families like this!!!!