When you are a parent, you need to consider a lot of things when you go out. You need to pack enough snacks, you need to worry about diapers, and you need to make sure the places you are going are kid friendly.
For one dad, he realized that not only is it difficult, but the places that he was visiting were making it even harder for him to be the good dad he wants to be.
Chris Mau was out on a walk with his family when his 8-month-old daughter started to get fussy. She needed a diaper change so the family headed into the fast-food restaurant they were in front of. He brought her to the washroom while his fiancee stayed with their older kids at the playground in the restaurant.
He assumed they'd have a changing table in the washroom, given the fact that the playground built in meant that it was a kid-friendly environment.
“If the kids are in distress, it pulls at every fiber of my being to do whatever I can to remedy it as quick as possible,” Mau said.
He went into the washroom, assuming he'd be able to change his daughter without issue, but instead he found that there was nothing in the men's washroom for people with kids.
He was lucky to have his emergency towel with him, because his only option to change his daughter, who was obviously very uncomfortable, was to lay it out on the dirty bathroom floor.
"I was immediately frustrated with the ignorance of the facility," Mau said in an essay he wrote on Love What Matters. "With Kali crying I had to make the hard choice between either making her wait until we found a facility that had a changing station, or ease her discomfort and change her in the bathroom anyway."
He wasn't happy about it, saying that the "bathroom was less than sanitary," but her crying was too much to try and find another spot.
"So I grabbed the towel, laid it out and changed her in the stall, all while my mind raced at how unnecessary and preventable this entire situation is.
"I felt like they honestly don’t think a father is responsible for diaper changing or whatnot, and I recalled times in the past where we had traveled and run into similar situations where the public restrooms did not have changing stations resulting in the hassle of trying to change a diaper in the car, on a floor or looking for another place to try, hoping they had one."
He told his fiancee about the lack of changing table in the men's room and she was just as livid as he was.
When they got home, Mau shared his experience on Facebook, with a statement that should be heard by many. "I'm getting pretty sick of having to change my daughter on a disgusting floor because the only changing table in the place is located in the women's bathroom."
He said that it's a public place and if they put the changing tables in the women's washroom, they should also have them in the men's room. "It's crazy to imagine, I know, but there are guys who take care of their kids too."
It's unreasonable to assume that men wouldn't be willing to change a child. Even if their wife is there with them, they still have the same responsibilities to take care of their child. It shouldn't always be left up to the mom to change all the diapers, and it seems like companies are not even giving men the option to help out.
Have you ever noticed this before? Don't you agree that there should be a changing table in all of the washrooms?
Even if there is a changing table in a public washroom, there are some tips and tricks you should know before using them if you want to make sure you keep your little one safe as can be.