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Mother Seeks Baby Bathroom Seats

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Being half Swiss (the other half is from Trinidad and Tobago), I often get mistaken for a Swede when I'm in the States. Probably because 'Swiss' and 'Swedish' sound vaguely similar...

But, let me tell you, I actually wouldn't mind being re-born in Sweden. Not because I'd probably be blond, but because of the way the country is organized to facilitate family life, for their ability to balance parenting/work/children, for the encouragement young fathers receive and, not least of all, for the strong female presence in their political landscape.

But at a far more basic level, I admire Ikea for how the Swedish company thinks of the needs of its clients with kids. An apparently frivolous, but crucial example is the baby seat that they've installed in all their public restrooms. How many mothers give up on going to the bathroom when they are out and about alone with their baby, because they simply have nowhere to put down the little mite.

If you've got the child in a stroller, what do you do ... park it outside the restroom while you are peeing?

If you've got the baby in a sling, either you bend down holding onto the child for dear life (hanging upside down), or you skip it all together.

Come on, how hard is it really to install a plastic baby seat in each stall (male and female) you can effortlessly clip your baby easily into it while you do what you have to do? Can we please encourage all airports, train stations, planes, trains, cafes, restaurants, shops, parks and malls in all the cities of the world to follow the Swedes?

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