We see it in most establishments, and most of the time, it’s delegated to the women’s toilets: baby changing tables, for those inevitable diaper mishaps while you’re out and about with the kids.
But what most establishments forget is that dads actually exist, and they can very well change a diaper too, you know, which is what Donte Palmer, from Jacksonville, Florida wants America to look into.
Palmer, 31, and a high school teacher, posted a photo of him to Instagram showing him nearly on the floor doing a squat just to change his son’s soiled diaper in what he says is the men’s room of a local restaurant.
“This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” he captioned the now-viral photo, which was shared on the popular news-sharing page The Shade Room.
“Clearly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!! Let’s fix this problem!”
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This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!! #FLM #fatherslivesmatter clearly we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!! Let’s fix this problem! I Kaepernick drop a knee to this issue! @theshaderoom let’s show the innovation of fathers!
Palmer also talked with Yahoo Lifestyle, and revealed that it was his eldest son Isaiah who snapped the photo.
“I usually lay Liam down on clothes I keep in the diaper bag or the bag itself, and Isaiah hands me wipes or throws out the dirty diaper,” explains Palmer.
Palmer added in the interview that the lack of diaper stations in men’s rooms speaks about how society still hasn’t moved on from the traditional roles of mothers and fathers.
“Many fathers are present caretakers but either we don’t get recognition or get too much credit for doing basic tasks,” he said.
“Why should I have to lay my son across my legs? That’s not cool.”