When travelling with an infant in a tropical area, there are several needs that become evident; finding an air-conditioned sitting area to cool off occasionally, finding a quite place to nurse the hungry child, and finding a clean bathroom in which to change the baby’s diapers. We weren’t sure how we were going to satisfy all these needs, but it turns out that Singapore has a bunch of places throughout the city that satify all these needs: the subway stations.
When Douglas is getting cranky, whether it’s for heat, food, or a change, we head down into the underground subway stations and find a bench on the platform. There we are cool and have a discreet place to feed him, and then we can use the free, clean bathrooms to change him.
Compared to the mass transit systems of cities like St. Louis, Hamburg, or New York, the Singapore system is clean, efficient, and shockingly baby-friendly. Who would have expected it?