There’s some sort of conspiracy going on, or people who design restaurants are just blithering idiots or something. After going to literally hundreds of different restaurants around the United States, restaurants that have spent millions of dollars on packaging or themeing their decor as family friendly, depressingly few of them have even remotely kid-friendly bathrooms.
You know what I mean if you have younger children. Toilets are all at adult height and — what bugs me the most — sinks are almost completely inaccessible if you’re not at least five feet tall.
Today we had lunch at Red Robin, a popular and successful family restaurant chain, and it hit me rather forcefully how much of a hassle it was to help my 5yo G- wash his hands after using the toilet.
The tap was too far to reach, the soap dispenser was installed on the back wall, far out of reach, and the paper dispenser was high up on the side wall, too high for him to manage without direct assistance from someone taller.
And the fix is so simple. Restaurants just need to have a small stepstool under the sink. Little folk could pull it out and reach everything, teaching them a valuable personal hygiene lesson, and everyone else could just ignore it.
Of course, my preferred solution, especially for a family friendly facility, would be to have a lower sink and an overall design that worked for wee ones, but that’s a lot more expensive. Then again, a typical themed restaurant drops a mil or more on decor and themeing, so an additional $1000 on a different bathroom design doesn’t seem too outlandish.
Am I alone here, or does the lack of smaller-child friendly bathrooms in restaurants and other public facilities both you too?