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Stall-ing is difficult with little kids. Nope - I'm not referring to delaying an answer or even a treat. I'm talking about the difficulty of taking a young child to the use the restroom while away from home.
I am convinced that all restaurant, mall and auditorium bathroom stalls are designed by adults who are childless. The stalls, no larger than a coat closet, are not made to comfortably fit even a larger adult, much less an adult with toddler in tow. To compound the issue, the doors to the stalls mostly push IN. That means difficulty squeezing into the tiny space without actually standing on top of the toilet. (No, I've never tried that...) Once inside, there's finding a place to hang or sit a bag that doesn't involve it touching the floor, a germy toilet seat to cover with strategically placed toilet paper, a tiny tot to lift onto the seat and room to stand while all this takes place. Superman changing clothes in that phone booth had nothing on us!
If you manage to get through all of this without issue, you're left with the exit strategy. Now that you're inside the stall, try opening the door INWARD with two people, a TP dispenser, a toilet, a bag, etc. inside. Yikes! Inevitably there are bumped heads, elbows and knees in the process.
A handicapped accessible stall is required in public restrooms, but not always available. Those of you who've ever had a potty-training toddler understand the value of the seconds you would waste waiting on that stall to open up. Other privately owned establishments may not have a larger stall available.