Baby Changing Tables Should Be Installed In Men’s Bathrooms- Says, Dads
Hannah AremuPublished in January 2020 / Updated in December 2020
In society, it was mainly the mother’s role to change the baby’s diapers but times have changed. What if they are with their dads and there is an urgent need to change their diapers?
In the UK, diaper changing tables in public restrooms are only available in the women’s room. The lack of these baby changing facilities has been forcing dads to use sinks, countertops, and even floors to accommodate their children’s bathroom needs.
Now, dads have started a recent campaign after a photo of a dad, Donte Palmer, trying to change his son’s diaper went viral on Instagram.
Dontre Palmer, 32, a dad of 3 young boys from Jacksonville, Florida was snapped by his 12-year-old son when he was having difficulties trying to change his 1-year-old son, Liam.
In the photo, Donte was found leaning against a restroom wall using his lap as a table. The pole was later donned as the “man squat”.
“When I started changing my child, my 12-year-old son, Isaiah, usually comes with me to assist me; handing me the new diapers, handing me new wipes. As he’s doing that, he pulls his phone out and starts taking pictures. I’m thinking at the time, he’s just playing on his phone, you know, doing what a 12-year-old kid usually does”
“It wasn’t until we got back to the table, he showed my wife and me this picture. And I was like, well that’s a powerful picture, I’ll put it on social media when I get a chance, and we’ll just see what happens”
Almost all dads have faced the challenge, and some were prompted to share similar experiences and photographs of their baby’s changed in uncomfortable positions and places.
After the picture went viral, Donte started the #squatforchange campaign to help other dads speak up about their challenges faced due to a lack of changing facilities, and famous celebrities as John Legend has joined in the campaign.
“Spending time out and about with my kids is one of the greatest joys in my life, but it’s frustrating when I am out with Miles and the men’s restroom doesn’t have a baby changing table,” he said.
The campaign also caught the attention of a famous actor, Ashton Kutcher who had earlier expressed his challenges in a post on Facebook back in 2015. Not only have dads from other countries joined in the campaign, but moms have also been speaking about the issues and some even took to Twitter to complain about how some women’s restrooms don’t even have baby changing facilities.