Men will soon get changing tables in restrooms
Pampers have announced its working towards providing 5,000 diaper changing tables in the US and Canadian men’s rest rooms
The short but impactful Tweet estimates that 9 of out 10 dads go into public rest rooms to find no changing table, forcing them to change their child’s diaper in awkward places
The landscape for fatherhood is changing, and it seems finally that the rest of the world is catching up to the new duties for a dad
Fatherhood is not what it used to be, it is no longer the simple dynamic of the home maker mother and the breadwinning father, these days, the duty of a father can encompass a whole host of things. So as the roles of parents has transcended gender roles, surely it is time that public restrooms did the same?
Pampers has announced that it is working to put 5,000 diaper changing stations in men’s public rest rooms across the USA and Canada. If you’re not a dad, this might not sound like huge news but it really is. Earlier in the year, here at Esquire we asked the very question, “where are all the baby changing rooms for Dubai dads?”. In the piece we talked about how the roles of the dad are not what they used to be, nor are the roles of mums. It’s no longer an embarrassment in any sense of the word to be a stay at home dad to look after the young kids, rightly then should it be assumed that all dads have the right to properly change diapers in public places as mums do.
9 out of 10 dads have gone into a public restroom only to find there is NO changing table. That’s why we’re providing 5,000 @KoalaKare changing tables for public restrooms across the US & Canada by 2021, so dads & their babies can #LoveTheChange together @johnlegend @3boys_1goal pic.twitter.com/YIuZjTKM5K— Pampers (@Pampers) 10 June 2019
You hear about countless horror stories of dads trying to do the best they can with the limited resources given to them. Having to change diapers in car boots, on their laps in toilets, using up the toilet designed for people with disabilities, or even just on the floor.
With these 5,000 Koala Kare stations being placed in public restrooms by Pampers though, it seems like good news. The 5,000 total is currently said to be hit by 2021, so in just a few years.
Installation will start in "high-need locations" first, providing tables in cities including Cincinnati, Dallas and Detroit, specifically in public spots like parks and libraries. Some 500 locations are set to receive their new tables within the next few weeks, the company said.
As we said in our previous piece, we’re hopeful that this sort of idea could make its way to Dubai and the UAE, given how rapidly progressive the Emirates currently is.