The program has progressively expanded since its establishment, so that what began with 84 facilities has now come up to 140.
As the program in its current form also functions as a place to go to for consultation about child development and child rearing, expansion has thus far been planned only at places which already have staff who have the qualifications necessary to provide such services; however, Baby Stations could be increased even further and wider if the available necessary services were set to a minimum of space for mothers to nurse their babies and take care of their toiletry.
Thanks in part to its having been given attention by the media, since 2006 many groups have visited the facilities, with five visits in 2006, five in 2007, 14 in 2008, and five in 2009.
There have also been many other inquiries, and the program has spread out to other municipalities; similar programs have now been put into operation in many places.
Furthermore, there are also signs that it has gotten the private section involved with community child care support: With the program having spread to other areas, companies dealing with baby goods have made cross-sectional maps about them, making
such information available to its customers on line, for example.
Upon receiving the 2010 Good Design Award, the Baby Station project received much positive feedback, it being written that
“(i)ts easy to understand naming and the fact that it is simple to implement has led to its positive evaluation and spread
throughout the country, so that now many other, similar projects are also being pushed on in other municipalities. . . .
It began with a small idea, but having received sympathy from other municipalities with similar problems, it is developing and
fixing itself as a project on the national-scale, greatly changing the face of child care support within Japan.”