By: Jenny McGrath
You’re in town for the day with your partner, husband, friends…. and baba in their buggy. After a while either me or my husband will say “Wanna go for something to eat and we can feed baby” So you go and check out somewhere that looks nice, and, it seems more often than not one of us disappointingly says to the another “oh, I dont think we will fit in there” It seems that everywhere becomes smaller crammed with more tables placed super close together leaving no room for patrons with buggies.
When we go to town for the day, there is about three places we can actually go and sit with our buggy… pre baba, we had a favorite lunch or breakfast spot, which we can now no longer fit or we will block up the entire walk way for staff and customers. There are places like O’Briens and the likes which have the floor space, but babies are expensive enough without having to pay for an overpriced sandwich because you cannot physically fit in anywhere else. I have been in shops, cafes etc where I have not even been able to use the bathroom because I would have to leave my baby in the buggy outside, obviosuly something I would not do. I have been in big stores, and shopping centres which only have one baby changing room. So why are establishments so unbuggy friendly? Is it better to have two empty tables, then to get rid of one for a buggy to fit and have one full table? Surely in this current economic climate places should be making it possible for people to actually come in and spend their money and not force them to look elsewhere? Accomodating for a buggy should just be a given, and if more places understood the importance of being a buggy friendly establishment, they would definitely benefit from any parents who know they can go in to a place, and not worry about having to leave after a swift look around knowing there is no room to accomodate. And knowing that they will have a repeat customer would most probably be an instant deal!