For pregnant women with full bladders, finding a clean — and available — NYC bathroom in a pinch can be like discovering hidden treasure. Our kegel muscles can only do so much work in one day! And although we’ve occasionally found the sweet hostess who spots our bulging belly and immediately escorts us to the john, we just can’t take chances when we’ve got a tiny human tap-dancing on our bladder. It’s enough to make us want to invest in diapers early. To help ensure a clean toilet experience during our nine long months, we asked Mommy Nearest for some picks around the city that will provide sweet relief when the need strikes.
Here’s what they said.
TriBeCa: Babesta Cribz (56 Warren Street)
Mommy Nearest: Home of the hipster mommies and babies, Babesta Cribz offers high-end furniture and other baby needs. For non-locals, this place is worth making the trip because the selection is that good.
Well Rounded: After you do your deed, open up a registry! Great customer service and a well-curated selection will help you keep your cool during an often-intense process.
Real New Yorker: I love their selection of T-shirts! And their bathrooms are very clean. –Assilem W.
Chelsea: Buy Buy Baby (270 7th Avenue)
Mommy Nearest: Don’t let the size of the store intimidate you; Buy Buy Baby‘s selection is one of the best in the city. Most importantly, bathrooms are located in the basement.
Well Rounded: While we may not want to spend a Saturday afternoon at this one-stop baby megashop, we can always find what we’re looking for in a pinch, from the most obscure stroller accessory to an emergency sleep-aid (vibrating mattress pad, anyone?).
Real New Yorker: Best place to nurse while you are on the go in the city. Private room with nursing chairs, changing tables and free changing mats. –Karen C.
Midtown: Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen (620 8th Ave)
Mommy Nearest: They serve good old-fashioned American food for New Yorkers and travelers alike. Schnipper’s also boasts one of the cleanest, largest changing tables in the Times Square area.
Well Rounded: This is a great escape from the madness of Times Square, if you happen to find yourself amongst the throngs of tourists. Plus it’s in the New York Times building, so you’re basically helping your baby get smarter just by walking in.
Real New Yorker: This place has perhaps THE cleanest bathrooms in Times Square, complete with a changing table in middle bathroom. And a Purell dispenser right outside of it! –Lisa P.
Murray Hill: Le Pain Quotidien (3 Park Avenue)
Mommy Nearest: This national chain is one of the more child-friendly businesses throughout the city. With a focus on fresh and sustainable, Le Pain Quotidien sources only organic ingredients. We’re especially keen of their fresh breads and jams.
Well Rounded: If you’re dreaming of a babymoon in Paris that’s not in the cards, this may be the next best thing. Ok, probably not, but at least they have wifi.
Real New Yorker: Great food and clean bathrooms and large space so room for strollers. –Lauren P
Lincoln Square: Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)
Mommy Nearest: New York City’s premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in the heart of Columbus Circle and the West side. They have very child-friendly establishments, including the always-popular weekend brunch spot, Landmarc.
Well Rounded: Even a city gal needs a mall sometimes, and the Shops at Columbus Circle is as luxe as it gets. Now that J. Crew has launched maternity wear, this ritzy spot is well worth the trip.
Real New Yorker: Changing tables located right outside Landmarc. Clean and well-kept! –Stephanie B.
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