Manila Domestic Airport is a Mama-Baby-Kid Friendly Zone

Manila Domestic Airport Kiddie Traveler's Lounge

There are times that I don’t want to go out. Believe me, I really want to (who doesn’t?) but I just find it too tacky with a kid in tow. The preparation of my kid, myself and what to bring. The travel time. The commute if without a car. The distraction for my kid while finishing whatever I needed to do. Eating if meal time comes around. The list goes on!

This is why I appreciate it very much when the people or places I go to considers my predicament. Anyone or anything that makes my life much more convenient, I am truly grateful. And of course, I share it with you.

A month ago, we were lucky enough to go on an out of town family vacation. After finding the best deal on a resort and airfare, I purchased our tickets online from Zest Air. Choosing the 4 AM flight despite the fact that I have a preschooler in tow. I thought I’ll just pack up on activities so he’d either be preoccupied or sleeping while waiting for our flight. I know I can pull it off – I am just stubborn like that.

A day before our trip the airline sent me a message that the flight has been moved to a later time. I was quite relieved since because of that change, my sister can drop us off the airport. However, the change will also make our waiting time longer. I was actually beginning to worry when we saw the kid’s play area after checking in.

*Double take*

Play area?!

I’m sorry if I appear to be naive – I must have been spending too much time at home. But I haven’t heard of a play area inside an airport until this. It appears to me as newly built because airport people are even instructing a contractor about putting up a new cabinet in there.

Manila Domestic Airport Infant Feeding Station

Also, beside the kid’s play area is an Infant Feeding Station that’s got that cute little breastfeeding logo (seeing it in public never fails to make me smile) and feeding bottle side by side. I kind of like the equality of that. Although, I strongly believe that babies do not need to hide to eat, there are babies who are just a little bit more curious than hungry. Thus, their curiosity is hindering their ability to feed. Sometimes babies need to be isolated when feeding.

The Infant Feeding Station is also the perfect area to express milk! I am totally all for nursing in public but I don’t think I’d be comfortable with pumping in public. A nursing Mama needs her privacy when she’s exclusively pumping.

Manila Domestic Airport

Everything is pretty much packed in that corner. The Charging Station and the Laptop Users table are just outside the Kiddie Traveler’s Lounge.

Ding! Ding! Ding! *Light bulb flashing*

I could be on may laptop while keeping an eye on my kid inside the play area! So nice! I just hope they could expand this laptop area. It’s pretty small for just a table. With 6 people on it, it’s packed.

You all know we are also in the last stretch of our potty training so it’s really wonderful to find out that the bathrooms in this airport are pretty clean. They aren’t the most beautiful I’ve ever seen but the fact that they are complete with soap, water, bidet and a round the clock cleaner is already amazing to me. I don’t like Jack Jack to go potty in a wet floored public bathroom. Eeeww! By the way, he was even able to do number 2 before our flight without me freaking out with wet wipes and alcohol.

A little googling and I found out that NAIA Terminal 1 and Mactan-Cebu International Airport have these facilities as well but I haven’t been there. I should really travel more.

It is wonderful that they have the kid’s area. It kept me sane. I can keep my other activities for a later time so he won’t tire of it. My kid is happy and he found new friends. Although it was a bit of a struggle (Jack Jack would rather be left with his friends) when we were called to board our flight, I hope more airports follow suit.

Maybe it would be more beneficial to change their Smoker’s Lounge into this?

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  • Didi
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    That is such GREAT news!

    But I was at NAIA Terminal 1 and I didn’t see any signs!

    (Here I was thinking negatively that our airports aren’t equipped! Hahahah)

    1. The Lazy Mama
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      It looks so nice in the picture (NAIA Terminal 1). Lots of toys pa.

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    hi there lazy mama!! that makes two of us who are really happy with the rooms :D two thumbs up for the airport admin!

    1. The Lazy Mama
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      Anywhere that would require people to wait, I hope their establishment would think of having these. Kids get bored so easily!

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    Glad to know that they are starting to make ways for breastfeeding mommas. I hope more establishments will follow especially malls.
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  • Mei Li
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    Reading your post sure let me breathe a sigh of relief! I’m dreading our upcoming trip home to the Philippines next month because of long waits in Manila both on the way home and flying back. It will be my baby’s first trip home. My baby is bottle-fed now but I’m wondering… Can I get hot (or sterilized) water at these baby stations in Manila during the long waits?

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