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Daddy Diaper Doody – Time to “Squat for Change”

Daddy Changing Diaper

Let’s face it, no one ever really wants to change a big ole stinky diaper. And traditionally, it was the mom who took the lead in taking care of baby. It just wasn’t “cool” for a dad to rock, swaddle, feed, bathe or {gasp} change a poopy diaper…until now.

Modern day dads change diapers just like mom. But because society hasn’t quite caught up with modern parenting, that means a lot of men are forced to put their babies on the floors, sinks or countertops in public bathrooms because the men’s room doesn’t have a changing station.

In fact, American fathers today spend nearly triple the amount of time with their kids than previous generations, but too often they find themselves navigating public spaces that don’t see them as parents.

Making Diaper Doody Accessible for Everyone

But, that’s changing. Squat for Change is leading the charge to ensure all members of the family have access to safe, clean changing tables in public restrooms around the world.

Donte Palmer had done it many times – squatted down on the floor in a public restroom, stretched a squirmy child across his lap and changed a dirty diaper. It wasn’t until recently when his 12-year-old son, Isaiah, captured Palmer’s technique in a photo that Palmer said he started to seriously think about it.

Squat for Change

Palmer posted the picture on Instagram and Facebook last month to raise awareness about the issue, and since then thousands of fathers have reached out to show their support – and their own squats. Palmer said that he was shocked by the response, admitting, “I just thought it was a Donte issue.”

It’s not. As The Washington Post reported in 2015, Ashton Kutcher, who was a relatively new father at the time, ranted about the problem on Facebook, saying, “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in men’s public restrooms.”

A Catalyst for Change

Palmer said he wants more businesses to install diaper-changing stations in men’s restrooms. He said men and women should “share an equal playing field” when it comes to parenting.

Squat for Change is a grassroots organization pushing for social and legislative change that ensures no matter which restroom you use, you never have to put your back against a wall to change a baby. Basically, if there’s a public bathroom in a building, there’s at least one changing table that dads can find and use.

Palmer does not want to diminish what mothers do because “they’re the superheroes,” but said he wants fathers – and their role – to be recognized as well.