Why is IKEA so Great?

Sure IKEA carries cool contemporary housewares at incredibly low prices and impeccably designed, albeit cheaply made furniture.  They need a whole eatery because halfway through the store you need to re-fuel.  And who can pass up 15 Swedish meatballs for $3.99.

But the above reasons are not why I think IKEA is so great.  I have been there three times since my son was born and every time I walk into the store with him I am greeted and given the whole rundown of things I might like to know.  Such as, there are bottle warmers in their cafeteria, free diapers on the lower level, changing tables in all the bathrooms, and if I'm breastfeeding, a nursing room for my convenience.

Before I was pregnant, it never crossed my mind whether or not public bathrooms had changing tables or where I would go if I needed to nurse while I was out and about.  Who does?  I did not even realize until a month ago, Starbucks does not have changing tables.  What?  Aren't mom's, and dad's for that matter, a huge demographic for their establishment?  Don't they have couches and free WIFI so people come in and stay a while?  Is that meant to exclude those with children.  Is it their subtle way of saying get your coffee and go mama and take your baby with you.

I'm not saying every public place needs to become a daycare center.  I certainly don't think my local pub needs to cater to my motherly needs.  I acknowledge and accept that though babies are wonderful, they are not welcome everywhere.  But when I see a place that goes above and beyond to make me feel my baby feel welcome and comfortable, I just have to give them credit!

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  • I bet you joined Lisa Simpson to buy the Pupli.

    It may be daycare and meatballs, but I finally got to the point that their catalog is incomprehensible and doesn't make it worth driving out there.

    It may be Swedish design, but if you look at the lower level "product pickup area," most of the furniture is manufactured in Poland or Indonesia and appears made out of particle board.

    For housewares, the catalog usually says "hand wash only." One can get name brand housewares at places like Bed Bath and Beyond, usually with a 20% off coupon, or better quality stuff at Crate & Barrel.

    Finally, as Lisa Quinn points out, one generally has to hire someone to put it together, as she does.

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