If you’ve ever been in a gender-neutral or family public restroom, you may have noticed a giant fold-down plastic baby changer (sometimes with a koala on it). They’re a common sight in women’s restrooms as well, but not so much for men’s rooms. This lack of changing stations for men compared to women reflects out-dated gender norms and expectations in the United States, but Pampers, John Legend, and an ordinary dad are teaming up to correct the imbalance.
Donte Palmer is an ordinary father of three sons.
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This Father's day is a special one for me! This week I teamed up with @pampersus & Koala Kare to help announce their commitment to provide 5,000 changing tables for installation in public restrooms across the US & Canada by 2021. I'm so excited to help all dads and their kids to #LoveTheChange together when out-and-about, and to show my sons that you can always make a difference. Happy Father's Day! @SquatForChange #PampersPartner
One day, Palmer became so frustrated by the lack of changing stations for fathers he posted a photo to Instagram showing the lengths he had to go through to change his son’s diaper in a public bathroom.
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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! #squatforchange
His photo went viral and other men followed suit, soon the hashtag #SquatForAChange was born.
“I’m excited, I’m honored, I’m using the moment to teach my boys that if you have a dream, if you have an issue with something, open your mouth, chase it, go attack that thing you want and it’ll come,” Palmer told Metro UK in an interview.
The diaper company Pampers noticed and this Father’s Day they decided to chip-in and donate funds so that 5,000 changing stations could be built in men’s rooms across the company. To help spread the message they enlisted the help of celebrity dad John Legend.
The video features dads describing the moves they use to change their kids without proper facilities. “I call this the piano solo,” Legend says while changing his infant Miles on his piano.
“I am so excited to play a role in Pampers’ Love the Change campaign. I love being a hands-on dad, and it is so important that we acknowledge the active role dads are playing in their babies’ lives,” John Legend said in a press release. “Spending time out and about with my kids is one of the greatest joys in my life, but it’s frustrating when I am out with [my son] and the men’s restroom doesn’t have a baby changing table.”
Way to go guys! One step closer to a world where dads aren’t forced to squat on grimy floors to change their kids’ dirty diapers.
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