Even though it’s 2020 already, very few men’s restrooms have a baby changing station, and that says a lot about the world we live in.
Many dads have to come up with their own methods of changing the diapers of their babies because of the lack of changing tables in public restrooms, and this often involves getting down in a squatting position, laying your baby down on your knees, and changing the diaper. This is, of course, not the best position to change a baby’s diaper, so many young dads have joined the #SquatForChange movement.
The movement was a huge success, and a new bill has been signed into law into the state of New York that requires changing tables in public restrooms for men. We hope that this idea will spread across the world, and it will become a common practice everywhere.
Even though the law was introduced almost two years ago, it came into effect on the 1st of January, 2020.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said back in 2018 that New York proudly leads the nation in fighting for the rights of working parents, so the state will help ensure all New Yorkers can give their children the care they need at this critical stage of their lives. So, the legislation supports their efforts to make New York the nation’s model for working parents and helps make it stronger and more equal state for all.
The new law orders that all new buildings must be built with changing tables in restrooms, both for men and women. To add to that, the old buildings must install changing rooms in all restrooms as well.
According to a report provided by Pew Research Center, dads are now more involved in child care than ever before, and the time fathers spend with their children has tripled since 1965. So, having changing rooms in men’s restrooms is more necessary than ever before.
We hope that the state of New York will be a leading example for all other states as well.