The Irish in me can’t believe I am blogging about toilets. In Ireland, all things toilet are considered crude and crass. I think I may be in Japan too long, where neither the loo nor poo is considered taboo! A typical Japanese public family toilet really is worth showcasing, though, especially in this series of posts about the family friendly utilities (if you’ll pardon the pun) readily available in Japan. The above type of family toilet, with a child size loo and an automated regular toilet, complete with heated seat and inbuilt bidet options (I kid you not), is quite common in this area of Japan. The baby keep my daughter is sitting in is a standard feature of most public toilets built in the last 10 years or so. I live in hope that these will catch on someday in Europe! They are such a simple idea and so practical. The seat folds up when it’s not in use and it can be used from the time a baby can support their own head. The below toilet is possibly the best family toilet I have ever encountered. Apart from the automated toilet, infant toilet, baby keep, hand basin and changing bed pictured, there is also an urinal, an ostomate sink, an automated sink, a flip down platform for use in changing clothes (so you don’t have to stand on the floor) , automatic lighting and an emergency button. So you see, Japanese family toilets really are worth blogging about! For those in Japan, have you seen any family toilet that could top this? For those outside of Japan, are there baby keeps in your country? Or has anyone ever seen a baby keep anywhere other than Japan?