The Family Bathroom

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on November 15th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

Family bathrooms have been popping up in more and more places lately.  I’m a big fan of the concept – there’s so much more room to maneuver than in a regular stall, plus it’s easier for Lex to take Anya into one of them than the men’s room (she’s WAY too curious about urinals).  Usually they’re just a small room with a toilet and sink, and sometimes a changing table.  However, recently I took Anya to the new family restrooms at our local mall, and boy, was she excited to discover that in addition to the regular toilet, there was a tiny child-sized toilet just for her!  It was like the DisneyWorld of public bathrooms.  She was still talking about it that evening.  I guess it’s the little things in life, you know?

I was very happy with how clean this particular bathroom was.  Taking Anya to certain public bathrooms is quite the ordeal, one that often leaves me feeling like I should take a shower.  There is certainly an upside to having a potty-trained two-year-old, namely avoiding the expense and grossness that comes with diapers.  However, those trips to most restrooms when we’re out and about are not always fun.  There’s also the constant fear of accidents and the need to know where the closest bathroom is at all times, although, come to think of it, that’s not really any different from having active ulcerative colitis…

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