"Here’s the situation: MDW and DDW1 spent some “girl time” together Saturday afternoon, so I took the baby out on the town. During our excursion, she pooped (5 month old babies tend to do that every now and then).A changing table only in the women’s room? Not cool.I took her to the men’s restroom of this unnamed establishment and there was no changing table. I looked for a Family restroom, but there wasn’t one. Then I noticed that the women’s restroom door was propped open due to it being cleaned and there was a changing table in plain sight (pictured here).So what did I do?This time I left and changed her in the back of my SUV without raising a fuss. As I typed a lengthy email to the corporate offices, I realized that this is a huge problem. Companies like this are basically saying, “Only women can change diapers here.” It’s damn near 2014, not 1914. This is not OK with me."
I've just recently discovered this blogger and this piece in particular spoke to me as I often heard men saying they're uncomfortable or have had a bad experience using parents/family rooms.
So what do you think of this movement? Do you think steps like this would encourage men to be more hand ons in public or even at home?
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11-01-2014 14:48 #1
Change rooms in male/family restrooms?
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11-01-2014 16:00 #2
These days any new establishment is meant to provide wheelchair access amenities. I have found in most establishments that these multi sex toilets generally include a change table.
They can be a royal pain in the proverbial as you are in some instances forced to straddle the porcelain throne in any endeavour to change a baby.
Better facilities is always a plus
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11-01-2014 20:57 #3
We recently went to a local pub for dinner with family and DD needing changing so DF took her. He enquired where the change table was and was told in the female toilets. That didn't faze DF and he turned to go there when the staff stopped him and told him they would have to go in with him and supervise.
Now that he had a problem with. He was going to change his child, what did they think he was going to do.
I had to go and change DD because some random wasn't going to be supervising a nappy change.
11-01-2014 20:59 #4
11-01-2014 21:14 #5Senior Member
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We had a similar problem out for dinner at a local bistro. DH was going to change DD and when he enquired as to where the changing facilities were they were in the women's toilets. So I went to change DD instead
11-01-2014 21:25 #6
Yeh it's a tough one. I feel for dads in these situations but at the end of the day if that's where the change table is, then the establishment will need to accept that men will be visiting the women's toilets to change their baby. It's never happened to us, I find it's always in the disabled access toilet.
Perhaps if all dads change bub's nappy on the table in the restaurant, the owners will quickly make alternative arrangements!
11-01-2014 21:30 #7
11-01-2014 21:45 #8Senior Member
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I don't see anyone getting all upset about men going into parents rooms, where women also use the toilets and breastfeed their babies, why think that a man is going to do something if he changes his baby in the women's bathroom?
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11-01-2014 22:00 #10
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