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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Marigold~ View Post
    Do you know what I think? And excuse my French..... F**** those nosey, rude, judgey nincompoops and just keep taking them in with you to the parent rooms and also your son in the ladies room if that's what you're comfortable with. It's not like he's 15. Can't believe that someone yelled at your little boy, that's disgusting.
    As for the disabled toilets, I honestly had no idea that we were "allowed" to use them until reading this thread. I've always just thought they were off limits unless you were, well, disabled. Interesting.
    Oh thanks gorgeous xx I think to us though, he is little but perhaps to parents of babies and toddlers he looks so big and capable? When in fact he's vulnerable and it just doesn't feel right instinctively to send him into the mens toilet alone.

    When I'm in the big smoke alone (as I've said, it doesn't happen that often) with all three, I'll continue to do what's right for my kids despite the dirty looks because that's part of parenting. You advocate for your child regardless.

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    You are never going to please everyone. So just do what you're comfortable with, and what feels right to you.

    The way I see it parents rooms are for people in need of family friendly facilities. The centre provides them as a courtesy to make shopping easier for people with kids. If you have kids with you, and you need any of the facilities provided by a parents room then go right ahead. The age of the kids is irrelevant. I understand that others disagree. That's fine. We're never going to all agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Oh thanks gorgeous xx I think to us though, he is little but perhaps to parents of babies and toddlers he looks so big and capable? When in fact he's vulnerable and it just doesn't feel right instinctively to send him into the mens toilet alone.

    When I'm in the big smoke alone (as I've said, it doesn't happen that often) with all three, I'll continue to do what's right for my kids despite the dirty looks because that's part of parenting. You advocate for your child regardless.
    I've been through it when my DS was little. I asked myself, is he mature enough and capable enough to handle the worst case scenario? I'd never have been able to forgive myself if I hadn't gone with my gut and took him in with me until he was around, I think it was probably 7 or 8? And the men's toilets are different, with the urinals and exposure...

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    I can't believe in Australia some places charge you for using a public toilet ! !

    Of I lived there I'd have 1/3 of my wages going towards it lol

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    OP, 15 mins is a really long time to wait for any toilet. I would feel cranky too!
    That being said - I see why parents of older children would find the parents toilet more convenient. In our local shopping centre, there is no parents room & the disabled toilet has the baby change table in it. It seems that we are expected to use the disabled toilets to change nappies/ bring prams in.
    One time I was im a regular toilet with my 3 kids & had to leave my pram outside because it didnt fit. I had to lift my toddler up so she could wash her hands at the (very high) sink,so I had to put my baby on the floor for a sec. I turned around & my baby had crawled over to a toilet & was half standing holding on the edge of the toilet, & she had PUT HER MOUTH on the edge of the toilet seat! Bleauuuuugh! Soooooo gross. I freaked. So if I have an older child who needs help with toileting, I would always prefer to use a parents or disabled toilet, so my baby can stay in the pram.

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    Did you hear that thud? I think vicpark just fainted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Yours are littler than mine and apparently make people uncomfortable if I take them into the parents room and I mentioned previously that six months ago he got yelled at by a woman for coming into the ladies with us.
    Feels like a no win situation!
    It's so absurd!!
    Nobody should be yelling, that's awful but what would you do if he got yelled at by a disabled person who was waiting for the disabled toilet?

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    My local shops have several parents and children loos. They're like the toilets in the parents rooms, without being in the parents room. Seems like more shopping centres could do with these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    My local shops have several parents and children loos. They're like the toilets in the parents rooms, without being in the parents room. Seems like more shopping centres could do with these!
    Yes, I noticed this yesterday in a public toilet of a large shopping centre. I thought 'great idea'!

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    If I have to take my 5 year old to the toilet and there is a parents room, that's our first preference. Locally, there's a toilet small enough for her to sit on without freaking out about falling in (she still gets scared if I'm holding her on a large toilet and often won't go). She's a child that needs supervision, I'm a parent, we fit the criteria for the room
    If we took the time to line up, I wouldn't give up our spot to someone just because they have a pram or are pregnant. Maybe I'm rude, but I don't think those circumstances give them preference over a child. I don't know about other children, but mine waits until she is busting before she tells me she needs to go to the toilet in public, so I wouldn't want her waiting any longer than she had to.

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