A family restroom to remember

I don’t find myself writing about bathrooms very often. So this one must have been pretty darn good to warrant a blog post!

My children and I were visiting South Coast Plaza mall the other day when nature called. We headed toward the nearest restroom, only to find a sign that read “Family Restroom”. I figured this would be a larger room to accommodate a stroller and include a pull-down diaper changing station. So when I pulled into this gigantic room complete with an attendant, you can imagine my surprise.

We were greeted by the attendant, who kindly opened the Dutch door for us (what a smart way to keep restless kids from wandering outside!). Once inside, she gave me the lay of the land, including a relaxing sitting area with a TV, a private nursing area, a wall full of diaper changing stations (which also included wipes) and two family restrooms. Each of these restrooms included an adult toilet and sink plus a child-size toilet and sink — so clever and so helpful for a newly-trained toddler!

My kids didn’t want to leave! I actually had to give them a time limit since we had to head home. I wish more malls and stores would follow suit. A room like this makes the shopping experience so much more enjoyable for parents and their kids. Which means we stay longer and spend more money, a true win-win for all!


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