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    Bit weird.

    I would only use the parents room if I have DS with me, and even then, because he's 7 and I feel comfortable enough taking him into the female bathroom with me or waiting outside when he goes into the male bathroom, it's very rarely. Usually only when the toilets are questionable or there is a really big line up and we're in a hurry. I would never go in there by myself though. I'd feel a little awkward.

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    In general it really irks me when those other than parents/carers use the parents room, shopping centres provide plenty of public toilets for those without children. Our shopping centre like most I assume provides a small toilet and a full size toilet in the one large cubicle which means both mum and child and pram if necessary can go into the same cubicle together to use the toilet. I have a 5 year old and a 9 year old and we still use the toilet in the parents room as it comes down to a safety issue, if she finishes before me I don't want her waiting outside in a public bathroom alone. I'm sorry but if you don't have children or are not with someone with a child then you have no right to be in there. For the record my DH is a stay at home parent and he relys on parents rooms when out and about with the kids as its totally inappropriate to take a young girl into a male toilet and its just so frustrating when you cannot access the resources that are intended for you.

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    I often think Parents Rooms are a lot like Parents With Prams car parks. Its something offered to a certain section of society as 'nice' option to use in their centre but in the long run dont think its enforceable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirgoMama View Post
    At the risk of scaring you further, I went into the parents room of my local centre to change my baby's nappy. It was a Saturday so thankfully had my husband with me.

    It was early so the centre wasn't busy yet but there was someone in one of the curtained off stalls. There was a lot of noise like a belt buckle rattling and then this older guy rushed out the stall & raced out the door. I freaked out! What if I'd been on my own or someone else had been in there on their own when he came in?! It 'appeared' that he was...you know.

    Worst thing was I saw him stuffing what seemed like a pink bra in his pocket. I immediately rang centre security & they came quickly to get a description. I was shaking by this stage. Anyway we continued on our way to do what we had to and then saw the man again...in the ladies underwear section of Big W. I raced out to find the security guy we'd just left & he came back with me so I could point him out. They quietly went up & talked to him then escorted him away.

    I don't know what happened after that. I imagine they just made him leave the centre. I was so freaked out & think completely differently about our safety within these rooms now. I think they need an emergency button or something.

    This was in a 'perceived' nice centre in Perth too (Karrinyup).
    Jeez that's my local shopping centre! That's about the only place I'll use a parent's room. DD2 loves using the little toilet in the one downstairs as it gives her independence.

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    I do get cranky when non-parents use the parent's room. 2 old biddies were having a whinge that someone was taking too long in the toilet, while myself and the other mum feeding told them repeatedly that the normal toilets were just downstairs
    My local shopping centre (highpoint) has such a busy parent's room that on the weekends it has a door b!tch DP had taken the kids in to change DD and take DS to get toilet, while I went to the ladies, then when i went to go into the parent's room to feed DD, the security woman tried to stop me as i was on my own.
    I also get cranky when it's busy and bottle feeding mums use the feeding rooms. If it's busy I'll feed on the couch out the front so someone who wants to BF privately can use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I do get cranky when non-parents use the parent's room. 2 old biddies were having a whinge that someone was taking too long in the toilet, while myself and the other mum feeding told them repeatedly that the normal toilets were just downstairs
    My local shopping centre (highpoint) has such a busy parent's room that on the weekends it has a door b!tch DP had taken the kids in to change DD and take DS to get toilet, while I went to the ladies, then when i went to go into the parent's room to feed DD, the security woman tried to stop me as i was on my own.
    I also get cranky when it's busy and bottle feeding mums use the feeding rooms. If it's busy I'll feed on the couch out the front so someone who wants to BF privately can use it.
    Haha that's awesome! I'm sure it was annoying to be stopped but I'm just picturing it like an exclusive parents room with a rope and they will let in who they want

    I also sit on the lounge to feed in case someone who has trouble feeding wants to use the curtained off bit. It also means DS1 can usually play and I can watch him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadpoles View Post
    Sonja, I agree with you. I feel more vulnerable feeding in a parents room if I am the only one in there than if I were to sit in the middle of the food court.

    I have no problem if there is at least one other person in there or if say DP is at the shops too and knows I am in there.

    It may be irrational but it's how I feel.
    I don't think that's irrational at all - the curtain makes it seem so much more 'taboo', like it's a changeroom where people take their gear off. That's fine for those who are uncomfortable feeding in public, but for people who are happy to feed in public it makes it feel 'wrong'. I always felt as though I was doing something bad/wrong when I was in the parents rooms because I felt obliged to sit behind the curtain as everyone else was feeding their babies with bottles.

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    how do you know if someone behind the curtain is bottle feeding or not? do people stick their heads in to have a look?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minchi View Post
    how do you know if someone behind the curtain is bottle feeding or not? do people stick their heads in to have a look?
    I've seen plenty of people bottle feeding in there with the curtain wide open.

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    Am I the only mum who never used a parents room and as far as I know I've never even walked into one! I BF DS for ten months - how did I miss the whole parents room thing?


 

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