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.
The internet may have gone crazy for the campaign, but it now seems that its impact has reached the celebrity sphere as one singer, in particular, has been speaking up about the issue and his say has well and truly had an effect.
Dad-of-three, Donde Palmer, began campaigning for more baby-changing facilities in male restrooms after his picture went viral.'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.
Following his viral post, Palmer set up the #squatforchange campaign.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.
Mom job vs dad job.
When you take your boys out for some chicken nuggets in 2018 and @McDonalds still doesn’t think it’s necessary for… https://t.co/bE5iETCQtH— chase montney (@chase montney)1545432406.0
Fathers have been reacting to the campaign...
Can’t agree with this any more... we are modern dads, we change nappys and take our children out without their mums… https://t.co/TcXtzyAT0s— Charlie Gough ☁️ (@Charlie Gough ☁️)1554537481.0
Even moms have been speaking out about the issue...
As a new parent, I am noticing the significance of #squatforchange . Believe it or not, not even all women’s restr… https://t.co/nmLRZcVGlu— • E M R A • (@• E M R A •)1552226333.0
One mom uploaded an image of her changing her son on the sink.
We need #changingtables in all restrooms. I can’t forget about the #moms! #squatforchange #changeishappening https://t.co/Nm5FmHnHFx— Donte Palmer (@Donte Palmer)1553611107.0
Last year, Palmer set up a GoFundMe page for the Squat for Change organization.
The father is now calling on people to donate to the cause.
As well as donating through the page, those wanting to support the cause can now buy #squatforchange merch...organization's website.
Despite some progress being made, Palmer says that it's still not enough.
H.R. 5147 (2016) requires baby changing facilities in restrooms in federal buildings. The law only applies to feder… https://t.co/XSj2XMnJKb— Antonio Con Mascarilla /Quédate en 🏡 💦👋🏼 🐝 🌅 (@Antonio Con Mascarilla /Quédate en 🏡 💦👋🏼 🐝 🌅)1541786190.0
This isn't the first time that the issue was raised, in fact, actor, Ashton Kutcher, spoke out about the issue in 2015...Kutcher posted the comment to Facebook shortly after the birth of his first child, Wyatt, with partner, Mila Kunis.
However, dads in New York state won't have to worry about where to change their baby for much longer...
Following New York's new legislation, it seems that more places are following suit.
Awesome news!! ❤️🙌🏽🙌🏽 #HowardCounty passed a bill to expand access to diaper changing stations! #SquatForChange •… https://t.co/puIpwTFbQc— Donte Palmer (@Donte Palmer)1557247307.0
There's good news in Tampa City too...
Today Tampa City Council passed my ordinance to require changing stations in all new men’s restrooms for the… https://t.co/bEz7kHTtmO— Luis Viera (@Luis Viera)1554410568.0
Dove Men also showed their support for #squatforchange...
With changing tables in all public restrooms, both moms and dads can be caregivers. We support #SquatForChange beca… https://t.co/47htV70zhT— Dove Men+Care (@Dove Men+Care)1547482181.0
And it seems like one very famous face has now got on board.
The star is the perfect spokesman for the issue.
via: GettyThe singer is a father to his two children, Luna and Miles, who he shares with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. In an interview with People magazine, Legend spoke of how he and Teigen felt that a huge part of co-parenting came from sharing diaper duty. Legend said: “It all started from an organic situation which was that Chrissy and I both shared diaper-changing duties with Luna." And why shouldn't he be able to change his kids' diapers?
It's all part of a campaign with Pampers.“Love the Change" campaign. But wait, it gets even better...
The campaign is hoping to bring huge
Despite awareness around the issue being made, Legend says that he's "surprised" that dads are still left out of diaper duty.
We're delighted with the news that Pampers will be working to make a difference.
Pampers will be partnering with changing table company "Koala Kare."
via: Getty ImagesThe high-need locations for these changing tables will be identified quickly and they will be provided as soon as possible.
It's not just exclusive to restaurants, however...
via: Getty ImagesPampers are hoping to target community centers, recreational centers, parks, and libraries in cities such as Cincinnati, Dallas, and Philadelphia as well as many others across the US and Canada.
Andre Schulten, the Vice President of Baby Care North America, had his say...
via: Getty Images"We know that dads want to be able to bond with their children by taking them out and about, and that means the inevitable diaper-duty no matter where they are," he said. "In many instances today, instead of it being an easy, straightforward task it’s a moment that causes angst because the facilities needed are not always available."