Baseball just got much more interesting with the introduction of the most incredible parenting room we have ever seen – and it’s at a most unexpected venue – the Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park in the USA.
When a number of mums suggested that there was nowhere to feed bubs at one of America’s popular baseball stadiums, Cincinnati Reds’ CEO and father of five, Phil Castellini didn’t take their objections lightly. Instead, he set to work creating the Pampers Nursing Station. And this is one parenting room that hits it out of the park!
“It just didn’t make sense that we would put a couple chairs in the women’s bathrooms,” Castellini tells ESPN.
The modern parenting room has rocking chairs, a bathroom and changing tables as well as beautiful decor in the Reds’ colours. It’s sponsored by American nappy company Pampers.
“We know that baseball is traditionally a family-friendly sport, and we understand how stressful and difficult it can be for mums to find a quiet feeding space for their little ones in a public place,” a Pampers spokesperson says.
The cottage-like design, modern decor, cool colours, adorable pillows and cozy chairs create the perfect atmosphere to rest your legs and feed bubs during the 7th inning stretch.
There are also private restrooms, a kitchenette, refrigerator and lockers to store items during the game.We especially love the baby baseball artwork and the assortment of bottles for infants and coffee mugs for Mum. Genius!
However, Castellini assures mums that breastfeeding or bottle feeding in their seats or wherever else they choose is still acceptable. The parenting room looks so comfortable and divine mums just might move in! And they won’t miss out on the game – the suite comes complete with several flat screen TVs as well as toys for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
This just might be the greatest family-friendly curve ball a sporting venue has ever thrown and so far the feedback has been nothing but positive. Well played Castellini and the Cincinnati Reds. Well played.
So mums, how does it stack up against parent facilities at Australian sporting stadiums? Would you like to see a nursing room like this at the MCG or The Gabba?