While in Seoul, I noticed a lot of differences between us and them. We took a lot of public transportation – the subway system mostly – which is underground. Blueberry was in the stroller most of the time and the trains were underground. Finding an elevator was hard, nearly impossible in some of the stations so we carried her and the stroller. That is probably the only non-kid friendly part.
Once you get underground, every so often you would see these signs for “nursing rooms.” I never went in one in the subways but at the airport, we went into one. It was amazing. First of all, the airport bathrooms are like most airport bathrooms, small, cramped, dirty. The nursing room, complete opposite.
When you first walk in, there’s a row of 3 changing tables, a huge couch, a counter with free hot and cold water, a microwave, a bottle warmer, and child-sized furniture. I would have taken a picture of it all but there were people in there already and I didn’t want to look like a weirdo.
Piglet ran into the nursing area, so I took pictures of that. Inside was a comfy chair, another change table, a sink, and a breast friend! How great. Imagine if public places in America had this? If someone told me to go nurse here, I wouldn’t be so pissed. I mean, the chair was soft, it was quiet, and private.
My mom was telling me how kid-friendly things are there, there’s a Children’s day, parent’s routinely go home for lunch just to hang out with their little ones, it’s so cute. Sometimes I wonder if America was more kid-friendly, things would be better. Instead of airlines making parents feel like shit by having “child free flights,” maybe help to make things less scary and more comfortable for the kids instead? America does a lot of things great, but instead of making kids feel like members of our society, we treat them like things that should hush up and be ignored. Maybe Seoul can teach us some tips on how to act like our little people are actually, you know, people.