Finding a clean place to change your wee one’s diaper can be challenging, and the task can be particularly difficult for dads. Why? Well, believe it or not, many men’s rooms still don’t have changing tables. But John Legend is hoping to change all that: Legend wants changing tables in all bathrooms, and he is working with Pampers to make it happen.
Of course, the issue shouldn’t really be an issue. It’s 2019: Men can — and do — change diapers. Yet, according to Today, new research by Pampers revealed 9 out of 10 dads have used a public restroom lacking a baby changing table. Gross. This means their precious peanut’s backside has likely been precariously balanced on their thighs while they sit on the toilet or, worse, placed on a germ-covered public bathroom floor.
“Daddy diaper duty is a real thing,” Legend said. “Daddies should be involved, and overall, we should be involved in the parenting responsibilities as much as we can. It’s time for society to say it’s time to change this kind of thing,” which is precisely what Pampers Love the Change campaign is doing. The diaper company will donate 5,000 Koala Kare changing tables to public restrooms in high-need locations across the United States and Canada.
This isn’t the first time changing tables have been a hot topic among celeb dads. In 2015, Ashton Kutcher petitioned for their addition to men’s rooms across the country. “Having changing tables in men’s rooms is just a tiny step in the process of rectifying legacy gender discrimination,” Kutcher wrote. In 2016, President Obama signed the BABIES Act, a piece of legislation that required federal buildings to have diapering stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms — and just last year, a post by Donte Palmer went viral because Palmer was forced to change his child on his lap.
And yet, in spite of numerous calls to action, not much has changed. Men (and women) are still begging for this seemingly basic need. And it is bullshit. So let’s add changing tables to men’s rooms, women’s rooms, all-gender restrooms, and more. Our babies deserve better, and parents across America deserve ease, comfort and peace of mind.