Bathroom Bound

Mommy Nearest relieves our bladders with some of the best bathroom recommendations in the city.

Bathroom Bound

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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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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