South Korea is really kid & baby friendly
First off, when women give birth to their babies in Korea, they are expected to stay home for at least 3 weeks for self care or they can check themselves in to a postpartum care centre where they enjoy pampering, meals, long naps and even parenting classes. All us moms need to heal post birth, but the Koreans do this right. It’s a little weird that the babies are taken care off by someone else mind you, but it’s truly amazing that the mom’s are treated with the utmost care for weeks after. I mean, I was kicked out of the hospital after a nights stay!
Secondly, the amenities for babies and children across the country make it easier for mom’s and dads while on the go.
- The nursing rooms are exceptionally comfortable, and absolutely everywhere.
- The majority of bathrooms have change tables, baby seats for your child while you use the toilet. They also have mini sinks, mini mirrors, and cute little mini urinals for boys in the women’s washrooms.
- Restaurants are very well equipped to support babies out for dinner with their families.
- Healthy baby snacks for sale in major supermarkets made from seaweed and coconut! (note: it helps if you know Korean)
Here’s of a few of my favourite amenities for kids and babies in South Korea…
Sinks, Urinals and Toilets for Children/Kids in Korea
Baby seats in bathrooms in Korea
I really loved that majority of bathrooms have little baby seats you can put your baby in in each bathroom stall and even beside the sinks. No trying to balance your baby on your lap while you relieve yourself, or while you wash your hands. I’ve seen these very rarely in Canada.
Kid and baby friendly restaurants in Korea
I found the staff at restaurants to be very accommodating of babies. There were almost always high chairs available, and most bathrooms had change tables in them (unless it was a more traditional Korean restaurant). There were also a few restaurants that had cribs right in the middle of the restaurant so your toddler or baby could nap while you eat. It’s like they were the crabs in the tank at red lobster.
Baby and kids food in Korea
Formula and Huggies diapers (much more expensive than in Canada) were readily available in Korea, I didn’t see any snacks that I was familiar with. But they had some cool seaweed, banana, carrot and even meat snacks for babies in most grocery stores.