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Bumpy roads biggest concern for mothers with youngsters: survey

2012/05/07 21:06:45

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) A recent report indicated that over three-quarters of polled Taiwanese mothers with children aged four or below felt that bumpy roads were their biggest concern when they were outside with their children.

More than 75 percent of mothers expressed concern about uneven roads, with some saying their baby carriages seemed more like roller coasters when pushed along bumpy surfaces, according to the survey conducted by the Children Welfare League Foundation.

The second biggest concern and difficulty for mothers, accounting for 70 percent of total respondents, was finding toilets and wash basins with both appropriate size and height for children, or rooms for usage by both parents and children.

Insufficient space and facilities on public transportation caused problems for parents as well, being the third biggest concern on the survey. Mothers with young children said it was difficult to carry baby carriages and supplies onto a bus or train.

Furthermore, the foundation said mothers complained about the limited space, the lack of privacy and poor facilities in public breastfeeding rooms.

Additionally, the report showed that mothers in Taiwan faced many difficulties in finding suitable, qualified babysitters and child day care centers, since there were not enough public child day care centers in Taiwan.

The foundation suggested that in addition to promoting child care subsidies, government agencies should create a comfortable and convenient environment for mothers and their children.

The online survey, giving multiple choice questions, was conducted between Feb. 7 and March 22. The foundation received 1,481 valid responses across 21 cities and counties in the country.

(By Lin Szu-yu and Nell Shen)