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BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 15:55:11

Happy to be told that I am.

Took ds (2) to softplay yesterday and was in there with him (hoying myself down the slide and getting stuck in the rollers which aren't built for women like me) helping him to climb etc

2 mams came into the toddler area with babies, both women had their boots / trainers on.

I caught the eye of one and said 'excuse me, please could you take your shoes off? There are babies crawling'

One said 'yeah, in a minute' her friend said 'I've got no socks with me'

There were no staff - it's in a leisure centre and they were over the far side behind barriers

I told them that they could have anything dog shit on their shoes so could they please take them off.

They both flounced out and 1 took her boots off and came back in whilst the other made a phone call and loudly told the person on the other end of the line about the 'mardy cow at softplay who'd made her take her shoes off'

Wibu and petty to insist when it really wasn't my place?

VashtaNerada Sun 11-May-14 15:57:19

They were BU for wearing shoes at soft play (esp if there were signs) but I'm not sure I would have actually said anything.

Busymumto3dc Sun 11-May-14 15:57:42

Could you not have found a member of staff

Floggingmolly Sun 11-May-14 15:58:03

No, I'd have insisted too. Silly bitch knew she was in the wrong if she had to ensure you heard her rude phone rant.

BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 16:01:30

Sraff were behind kiosks right over the other side of the centre. I'd have had to drag ds out and that seemed like more of a fuss.

CeliaLytton Sun 11-May-14 16:02:41

YWNBU. Nobody likes it pointed out to them when they do something inconsiderate or thoughtless which is why they were huffing. But shoes off in soft play is fairly common I would have thought.

BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 16:08:25

Admittedly I am a sucker for rules but I just think anything other than shoes off is minging.

They weren't just walking around, they were climbing, stepping into the ball pool etc.

Nosynora Sun 11-May-14 16:44:57

I think you were all unreasonable for being inside the soft play it is for children and something they need to experience with parents/carers keeping a watchfull eye from the sidelines .

StarSwirl92 Sun 11-May-14 16:59:32

Not in any soft play for children of that age I've seen. Yanbu OP.

LangenFlugelHappleHoff Sun 11-May-14 17:25:21

I don't think ywbu at all. I have done it myself, if nothing else when young children are crawling you need bare/socked feet so if you accidentally stand on a limb you will notice and remove your foot sharpish

BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 17:29:14

Nosy - even when dc are just 2? I'm fairly laid back but he's little for his age and needs help with some of the stuff.

Cheesymonster Sun 11-May-14 17:32:54

Nosynora my local soft play centres specify that children under 2 must be accompanied in the soft play area.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 11-May-14 17:35:42

Yanbu, but I would have been too shy to say anything, so power to you!

trufflesnout Sun 11-May-14 17:35:59

YWBpetty, but not unreasonable I guess.

addictedtosugar Sun 11-May-14 17:37:49

Our local soft play does a roaring trade in toddler and adult socks.
No shoes on the soft play, and no bare feet either.
I've never known anywhere with other rules.

treaclesoda Sun 11-May-14 17:38:39

My local soft play centres (there are three nearby) specifically say that adults are not allowed on/in the equipment, particularly the toddler bit.

From what I've read on mumsnet, they must be the only ones in the UK like that, because everyone else seems to climb in there with the children and think it's strange that I don't. I thought the OP was going to say that the other parents asked her to come out of the play area and I was going to say 'quite right too, you shouldn't have been in there' grin

As it is, I think you're right. Dirty shoes all over the play equipment is pretty grim.

SirChenjin Sun 11-May-14 17:44:07

YWNBU to ask them to take their shoes off

YWBU to play on the equipment yourself with all these babies crawling about - you don't need to actually play, you just need to supervise.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 11-May-14 17:44:56

It's totally normal for a parent/carer/much older sibling to accompany a toddler in to soft play here too. There is a big difference between just being there to assist & actually 'playing' in there yourself IYSWIM.

I've only also ever experienced the strict "no shoes, no bare feet" rule too. And they also sell plain white trainer socks grin.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 11-May-14 17:46:38

Oh, and YWNBU to say something. I can just picture an adult coming down the slide in to the ball pool & kicking a small child in the face. Unintentionally of course, but totally possible - likely even, if it was busy.

trufflesnout Sun 11-May-14 17:51:27

I can just picture an adult coming down the slide in to the ball pool & kicking a small child in the face. Unintentionally of course

Oh no, it's the only reason I go to soft play!

BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 17:56:14

YWBU to play on the equipment yourself with all these babies crawling about - you don't need to actually play, you just need to supervise

Spoilsport blush

TaliZorahVasNormandy Sun 11-May-14 18:06:22

At my local softplay, under 4's have to be supervised.

And playing is fun, thats a perk of having kids.


TaliZorahVasNormandy Sun 11-May-14 18:07:03

btw supervision means going on the equipment, not just on the sidelines.

BobPatandIgglePiggle Sun 11-May-14 18:20:25

I worked in one when I was younger and we often had parents who came in with sleeping babies and spent half an hour legging it round having fun before the kids woke up.

Tali I think it's a perk too and the only exercise I get although I'm always terrified I'll get properly stuck!

ShadowFall Sun 11-May-14 18:47:17


All the softplays near me insist on no shoes and no bare feet too. And most of them sell socks for the benefit of people who've forgotten to bring them along.

Also, the softplay places near me have signs up saying that children under a certain age (usually 4 or 5) have to be supervised. Which means that the parent has to get in there with them, unless the softplay area is really tiny.

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