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Baby Loungin’ Japan

DD Daddy November 22, 2016 Posts 4 Comments on Baby Loungin’ Japan

As you all probably already know, last week we went to Japan sans G&O and had a pretty special time just the two of us. Although we missed the girls terribly towards the end of the trip, Japan was a long time coming and I’m grateful DD Mommy and I were able to take some time off from the rigours of work and raising twin pre-schoolers.

One aspect of Japan that reminded us of G&O often was the fact that the country, as a whole, is extremely conscientious of parents with babies. Beyond the unlimited amount of entertainment options for kids, I was blown away by the small details that go a long way with parents of little ones.

Particularly this:

Parents of little ones, I give you the Baby Care Lounge, a refuge for parents needing to ‘refresh’ their babies on the go. This Baby Care Lounge is located in the Takashimaya Department store, one of the most well known shopping department stores in Tokyo. Not the type of “lounge” I’m used to frequenting but this place had me grinning from ear to ear.

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Baby Care Lounge was located right beside the men and women restrooms so I conveniently checked it out on my way to the men’s restroom. When I entered the men’s restroom, I saw not one but TWO changing tables for Dads to ‘refresh’ their babies! When I’m out with G&O, it’s a struggle to find ANY men’s public restroom in the good ole’ United States of America that has a changing station for men to change their child’s diaper/clothes, let alone TWO changing tables

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Thinking how incredibly convenient the Baby Care Lounge is and how I wish we had this concept in the states, I walk into bathroom stall and now my mind is blown am astounded by what I see…………a  seat attached to the wall that allows a parent to comfortably put their child in the seat safely while the parent ‘takes care of business’.

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The Baby Rest, as they call it, is a geniusly designed apparatus. I spent a good 3-4 minutes just staring at it and figuring out how it works. Parents out there know how hard it is to use public restrooms with small children, especially when you’re out alone with the kids. This device is geared towards children from 5 months to 2.5 years old, the stages of child growth where they depend on you for almost absolutely everything.

I already had admiration for the Japanese thanks to their food, culture and decency but now as a Dad of 3 year-old twins, my fondness for them grew exponentially deeper after my visit to a department store restroom.

 

Have you heard or seen a concept like Baby Care Lounge before? 

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4 Comments

  1. Shelley Gooden November 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    It’s shelley! Melissa ortega skupnys friend. I love your blogs! It has been a dream of mine and my Hubby to visit Japan. With that being said after reading about your trip we are planning to go in 2018. I would love all your tips on the credit card you used to get all your points for mileage and hotel! I hope I can be as card savvy as you so we can go in 2018. Tell Stephanie I said hi and G&O are growing up to be beautiful little girls. Have a blessed thanksgiving!

    • DD Daddy November 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Shelley, I’d be happy to prescribe a plan for you. I’ve already got tips ready to provide you as soon as you are ready. The time to start plotting for a special Japan trip on points/miles should be 12-16 months prior to your expected travel date. Feel free to get in touch with me via email Juan.ruiz7@gmail.com, by phone 754-423-7075 (Mey Mey has my number)

  2. Melissa Elders December 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Yes! We took S to Japan when she was 14months and they had these types of lounges and “Baby Rests” all over — in shopping centers, train stations, etc. It was fun for Greg (and a relief for me) to have options. And there were sometimes nice nursing rooms for mama’s too. An enlightened culture in so many ways!

    • DD Daddy December 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

      I was so impressed by how they think of families when building infrastructure and occupying it with hardware. They “get it”. Awesome that you took S to Japan at such a young age. I love hearing all about parents taking their little ones on long-haul trips as it motivates others less adventurous to do the same!

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