OK, don’t get too excited. It’s only in the state of New York, USA right now. But listen up Australia – men can and do change nappies and they deserve proper facilities. And this movement is growing.
From 1 January 2020, all new public men’s bathrooms in New York must have change tables for babies. Restaurants and shopping centres must retrofit change tables into existing bathrooms too.
What’s even more exciting for New York mums is THE BLOKES pushed for this change.
Dad’s change nappies too
It started with a hashtag on social media #squatforchange. Frustrated dads posted pictures of their struggle to change kids without change tables. Many found they were squatting down on the floor and lying their child across their knees. Others tried to put a blanket on the floor. Either method is gross and totally unfair.
Donte Palmer, is the New York Dad who started the #squatforchange movement. It was photos like this one, posted to Instagram that inspired other dads to share their frustration.
He was quickly joined by other dads.
— Jamie McGonnigal (@McBenefit) 9 August 2019
The dads started fundraising to install change tables and to for policy change. The did viral squatting challenges and media interviews.
Companies and lawmakers take notice
Soon nappy companies and changetable manufacturers got on board. In 2019, lawmakers finally acted. Now at least one public bathroom in every building must have a change table that is easily accessible regardless of gender.
“There must be at least one changing table accessible to both genders per publicly-accessible floor. Building owners or managers must post clear signs directing the public to the location of the nearest available changing table,” the Mayor’s office stated.
— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) 5 October 2019
What about Australia?
In Australia many shopping centres often have family change rooms – but not always. And restaurants, if they do have a change table, will likely put it in the women’s bathroom.
Perhaps it’s time our blokes squatted for change?
Ps. Donte, we salute you.
New issue Alert! My family and I made the oct/nov issue of @staugsocial ❤️❤️🙌🏽 #StAugustine I done made the cover 😂😂🙌🏽❤️! I truly have a beautiful family! The #SquatForChange Family pic.twitter.com/etsOtilpme
— Donte Palmer (@SquatForChange) 1 October 2019
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