Nursing nomad @ Jaya One / The School

Location: Ground floor, The School

Verdict: This is by far the most comfortable and well thought out babies room I’ve visited in a mall.

Photo below (left): The door on the left leads to a dedicated diaper changing area cum disabled toilet. The room with the glass door leads to the baby room which has space for changing diapers, making milk, and one nursing cubicle.

(right): The entrance itself is spacious and wide, with a motion activated sensor door. This is extremely convenient if you’re bringing a stroller or with toddlers in tow.
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Diaper changing room: Cleanliness level is immaculate, 10/10

Photo below: Well-designed and child safe seat for toddler (left photo) and fold-down change table  (right photo) to keep your kids comfy and safe while doing the necessary. There’s also a sink with paper towels and soap dispenser provided. (No photo here).

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Photo below (left): Toilet (in case mummy needs to go, too) is within the same room, which also serves as a disabled toilet.

(right): The fact that there’s a handlebar for the convenience of wheelchair users, is also very helpful for mummies right after giving birth who need a little help to push themselves up.

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Baby room: This large room is separated into three areas – one for changing, one toddler bathroom and one nursing cubicle.

IMG_20150916_163601Drawback: The two diaper changing stations are located side by side with no room in between each other. So if two moms were to change their babies at the same time, the one on the left would not have space to place her essential stuff.

However, it is good that the diaper changing pads are right next to the sink. Makes washing up and cleaning much easier.

Photo below (left): View of the sink, right beside the diaper changing area. There’s soap dispenser, paper towel, and rubbish bin located conveniently nearby.

(right): A hot water dispenser is provided for you to heat up/ prepare your child’s milk or food.

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Photo below (left) : toddler washroom

(right): nursing room. Check out the Orla Kiely wallpaper. Woot!

 

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IMG_20150916_163643 Love the cute signage on the door to clarify the usage of the room for breastfeeding only, so that there’s no dispute arising about people hogging the room for other reasons.

The room is spacious, with a side table provided and a super comfy armchair that feels very ergonomic (for a petite person with short legs).

Very clean room.

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Latch lock on the breastfeeding room door that makes me feel more secure

Plus points:

  • Two plug points in case you needed to charge your devices.
  • Mirror so that you can check that your clothing is rearranged properly before exiting, to avoid “wardrobe malfunctions” 😉
  • The lock on the door is a latch lock (which ensures that the room is properly secured) instead of the normal knob lock that can easily malfunction. (I’ve had that problem before!)

Minus points:

  • Lighting is a bit bright for baby’s eyes when feeding and looking up at the ceiling.

Overall, excellent facilities and well-maintained room. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Children have rights, too!

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Children can exercise their right to free speech, too.

We were strolling in The School @ Jaya One on Malaysia Day, when a huge mural on the wall caught our attention. The “Speaker’s Corner” signage was massive, but the cute cartoon mural underneath hinted that it was anything but a political space.

We decided to take a closer look. We discovered that there were a series of murals in The School, to highlight children’s rights.

Each poster represented one theme taken from the Convention for the Rights of The Child (CRC), which is an international humanitarian instrument to protect and safeguard children. This year marks the 20th year since Malaysia ratified the CRC.

The brightly-colored posters are brilliantly done by the lecturers and students from IACT, which as its campus in Jaya One. Kudos to them for taking the effort to be part of raising awareness for children’s rights.

The first poster we saw had children dressed up in various occupations, standing on top of a “book flower”. The caption in the corner says:

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You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.

Wow, that is an important right for children all over the world! I immediately think about Malala Yousafzai, the young Nobel Prize laureate who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning to allow girls to go to school. She is now a fierce advocate and travels the world to spread the message that education is the key to transforming societies.

When we think of human rights, we do not automatically think about children. But they are a group that need protection and security, since they are often vulnerable and unable to protect themselves. (Think child abuse, child marriages, discrimination or poor living conditions for children worldwide, particularly those living as refugees or in war-torn countries).

Here are some of the posters we documented, plus the explanations.

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You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.

 


 

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You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.


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You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.


 


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You have the right to be alive.


 

 

 

 

 

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You have the right to live with your parent(s), unless it is bad for you. You have the right to live with a family who cares for you.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your family has the responsibility to help you learn to exercise your rights, and to ensure that your rights are protected.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You have the right to the best healthcare possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.

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If you live in a different country than your parents, you have the right to be together in the same place.


 

 

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You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.


 

 

 

 

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Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

It’s so important that children’s rights are not ignored. They are the best investment a country can make for its future.

Read more about 20 years of the CRC in Malaysia here.
Read about Jaya One’s previous campaigns for child rights (2014 collaboration with Unicef)  and Unicef’s My Promise to Children campaign.