Dad Starts Campaign for Baby Changing Tables in Men’s Toilet

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It might be 2019, but it seems that society hasn’t quite got to grips with the fact that dads have to change their baby’s diapers too. In fact, the lack of baby-changing facilities in public restrooms has been forcing dads to change their children on the sinks, countertops and even the floor.

But, after a photo of one dad trying to change his child’s diaper on the floor went viral, it seems like fathers across the globe have finally had enough, sparking calls for more baby-changing stations in men’s public restrooms.

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The stay-at-home dad from Florida, who runs the Instagram account, ‘Three Boys One Goal’, said that the lack of baby changing stations in public restrooms would regularly force him to change his 1-year-old son on the floor. After seeing his frustration, last September, his twelve-year-old son snapped a photo of him squatting on the floor, struggling to change his son’s diaper – a pose later donned as the “man squat”. The picture quickly went viral, with fellow dads expressing their frustration at the lack of baby-changing facilities.  

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After seeing the response to his post, the thirty-two-year-old created the #squatforchange hashtag to encourage other hands-on dads to speak up about the lack of baby-changing facilities in male restrooms. Palmer’s Squat for Change organization is pushing for social and legislative change – aiming to ensure that, for dads, changing babies’ diapers on the floor is a thing of the past.    

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Soon after #squatforchange launched, dads across the globe began posting similar photos – taking to social media to call out how the lack of baby-changing stations in male restrooms is sexist. One Twitter-user wrote: “When you take your boys out for some chicken nuggets in 2018 and McDonalds still doesn’t think it’s necessary for there to be a changing table in the men’s restroom. Photo credit to my 4 year old”, while another said: “When I was on shared parental leave, I encountered this problem many times. We need better baby changing facilities for fathers. Thanks for raising the issue.”  

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One dad expressed his frustration, saying how “modern dads” take their children out without their mothers and need access to more of these facilities.

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One Twitter-user took to the site to complain about how some women’s restrooms don’t even have baby-changing stations.

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The parent urged people to not forget about moms needing more baby-changing facilities, too, as she shared an image of her struggling to change her son’s diaper. Palmer re-shared the image on his own Twitter page.

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On the page, which was created in November 2018, Palmer writes that his organization is “leading the charge to ensure all members of the family have access to safe, clean changing tables in public restrooms around the world”.

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Since launching the Gofundme page, Palmer has managed to raise $1,459 of his $50,000 target. The money raised is being used to fund the direct expenses and management of the campaign, with any leftover funds being donated to the National Diaper Bank Network. “Between travel costs to conferences and speaking engagements, marketing efforts (including branding, business cards, website creation and maintenance, and other marketing collateral) and day-to-day business expenses, the Squat for Change team need your support to make this campaign successful”, writes the dad.

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Ranging from t-shirts and sweatshirts to mugs and stickers, all sporting the #squatforchange logo, supporters of the cause can buy merchandise through the organization’s website.  

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In 2016, then President Barack Obama, signed a bill ensuring that baby-changing facilities were installed in men’s and women’s restrooms. However, this bill only applies to federal buildings, meaning that other male public restrooms are still lacking these facilities three years on.

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Kutcher posted the comment to Facebook shortly after the birth of his first child, Wyatt, with partner, Mila Kunis.

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According to new building codes, all new or renovated buildings in the state will be required to install baby-changing facilities accessible for both men and women.

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Earlier this month, Howard County, Maryland, passed a bill that sets out to expand baby-changing facilities for parents.

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In April, Tampa City Council passed an order requiring all new male public restrooms to have baby-changing facilities.

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The skincare-giant spoke out in response to the recent legislation in New York, meaning more men will have access to baby-changing stations.

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