Fight for the right to potty: Dads battle to get diaper changing tables into the men's room

By Daily Mail Reporter

Across the nation, fathers are demanding equal access to changing tables - and lawmakers are responding by passing laws to help give parents 'potty parity'.

In California, two bills that would mandate equal access to changing stations in new public restrooms have been passed by the state Senate, and are awaiting hearings in the state Assembly.

Currently, there are no state or federal laws that protect a man's right to do diaper duty.

Diaper duty: Dads across America are fighting for access to changing tables

Diaper duty: Dads across America are fighting for access to changing tables

'That is basically straight up saying only women change diapers -- men don’t change diapers.That’s just not acceptable in 2014 and beyond,' Los Angeles father-of-two Doyen Richards told Today

About 90 percent of dads who live with their kids report that they bathe, diaper, or dress their children every day or several times a week, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But many businesses do voluntarily provide changing facilities.

Miami Dade County, for example, requires certain new and remodeled businesses – including movie theaters, sports arenas and large restaurants -- to have baby changing stations accessible to men and women.

Pittsburgh has a similar law, and in San Francisco it has actually become part of the civil code.

Greg Allen began compiling a list of men’s rooms with changing tables in New York City when his first child was born 10 years ago.

He told Today that it has definitely gotten easier for fathers over the years, and changing tables can be found in many public places now, instead of being limited to specialty toy stores.

In particular, Mr Allen cites the airport -- and IKEA - as the 'gold standard'.

He points out that he is not targeting establishments that do not cater to children; he simply has a problem with women having access to tables in places where men do not.

Though Mr Allen says that things have gotten better, he says that he continues to fight to make it easier for new dads in the future.

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Not a men's bathroom, but a family unisex one should be available.

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I never used a Restroom to change my children, I made sure they were clean going out and if I got caught out I would rather go back to my car than use a public toilet!

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Maybe men are claiming there are no changing tables in their restrooms so they they don't have to change the diapers! You possibly outsmarted us men.

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Go daddies!

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Mens rooms already have changing tables. When was this article written, 1974?

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Having a baby's nappy changed in a MENS' TOILET? No way. Family restrooms are the answer.

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Many businesses have family restrooms. This is very helpful.

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Funny I havent ever really thought about this before but It actually seems odd they don't offer a facility for men to take care of potty time. I think it fit to have it enclosed into a stall in men's rooms but they should definetly come up with something. I know one day my husband will need something like this so hopefully it goes nationwide!

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One of the local stores in my city has not only female and male restrooms but 1 marked "Family" for people of either sex who have children with them. IMO it's a good idea!

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Having separate gendered bathrooms is silly anyway. There are stalls with doors or partitions if it's not a single toilet bathroom, for privacy. It would seriously cut down on women's room lines at events to use the remaining men's room toilets. And everyone would have access to changing tables. (as for women declaring men's rooms dirty, I use both, (truck driver) and men's rooms are infinitely cleaner)

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From personal experience, growing up with three brothers and a dad, my mom and I were much cleaner. No gross drips from us. I would definitely rather have separate bathrooms, although I think a family bathroom is a good idea for parents who need to take kids into the bathroom.

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Oh God nooooooo

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