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Baby Changing Stations Take Center Stage


By Dan Hounsell Plumbing & Restrooms
Young woman changing a baby's diaper

Restrooms and plumbing system renovations in institutional and commercial facilities generally focus on traditional goals that include water conservation and hygiene. One project goal that generally falls further down the list is user comfort. But if one man has his way, facilities soon will start paying more attention to user comfort — specifically, changing stations.

The Florida man captured doing the tedious, and sometimes messy, task of changing a child’s diaper in a public restroom says it’s time fathers have changing tables, too, according The Atlanta Black Star. Donte Palmer, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, shared a photo of himself on Instagram struggling to change his infant son in a restaurant bathroom, squatting against the wall so his child never touches the floor.

“This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” Palmer captioned the Instagram photo. “Clearly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!!”

Mothers also felt Palmer’s frustration and pointed out that ladies restrooms aren’t always equipped with changing stations either.

“We stopped going to the restaurants with no changing tables in the men’s (and sometimes women) restrooms,” one woman wrote. “We kneel with you, as my husband was a stay at home dad and encountered this way to often.”

This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell — dan.hounsell@tradepressmedia.com — editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, and chief editor of Facilitiesnet.com.

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