Babies are notorious for picking the best (worst) times to initiate a mass-ejection of poop. And because their preference is almost always public spaces, it’s fairly essential that available ablution areas cater to such crises; in other words, hook up those changing tables, sir– for both parents.
While plenty public loos do in fact have designated baby changing stations, the problem is they’re only in the women’s — what’s with that?
Dad blogger Scotty Schrier laments this glaringly gender-stereotyped gap in service provisions:
“Being the involved dad, I’m like, ‘Yeah honey, I got this,’ you know, so I grabbed the diaper bag, I grabbed the kid, and it never dawned on me that I might walk into the bathroom and there wouldn’t be a changing station.”
“It’s almost like this idea that it’s the woman’s job, and it’s like, no it’s everybody’s job, we’re parents,” he says.
Schrier challenges this skewed notion with his own website Dads Who Change Diapers. Along with providing a map (US-based) of establishments that have changing spots in men’s restrooms, he also encourages other dads to boycott businesses that don’t equip their men’s rooms with the appropriate facilities.
The campaigning dad is not alone in his quest to achieve ‘potty parity’; a US bill signed in October last year pledged to install changing stations in both men’s and women’s bathrooms in government-owned or government-financed buildings — so there’s evidently plenty folks on board calling for a change, so to speak.
Of course, the bill is about more than making things practical for parents; it’s helping to quash the outdated sentiment that the dirty work of parenthood is a woman’s job.
Now the UK just has to play catch-up, because newsflash: dads change nappies (too) — can we not just bring toilets into the 21st century already?