Having to change diapers when you’re out in public is a fact of life for parents of babies and toddlers. Fortunately, many public bathrooms have changing stations to make it a little more convenient. However, one dad took to Facebook to note something that has posed a problem for him.
New Hampshire dad Chris Mau says he was out with his 8-month-old daughter Kali when he realized she needed a diaper change. He ducked into a family-friendly restaurant with a play area, thinking there would definitely be a changing station in the men’s bathroom. Unfortunately, he was wrong. In his Facebook post that has since gone viral, Mau lamented the lack of changing tables in men’s public bathrooms, despite the fact that moms aren’t the only ones on diaper duty while out and about:
(Warning: there is profanity in his post.)
“I’m getting pretty sick of having to change my daughter on disgusting floor because the only changing table in the place is located in the women’s bathroom,” he wrote. “It’s crazy to imagine I know but there are guys who take care of their kids too you a**hats. If it’s a public place with public restrooms in the generation of equality among genders and races then how about making sure us fathers can change our children’s diapers on a godd*** changing table like the mothers can. Am I asking too much?”
Mau’s plea hit a nerve, and his post has since been shared more than 144,000 times. People sounded off in the comments to commiserate and voice their support for his stance.
Last year, a bill was passed by the City Council requiring all newly-built public bathrooms in New York City to have diaper-changing stations, regardless of whether the bathrooms are intended for men or women. Additionally, in 2016, President Obama signed a bill into law, Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act, requiring men’s and women’s bathrooms in publicly accessible federal buildings to be equipped with baby changing tables.
What do you think? Is this an issue where you live?