All new and renovated New York buildings with public restrooms must provide a changing table in the men’s room. This is according to a law that went into effect Jan. 1 this year.
All businesses and public facilities must abide by the law and buildings with multiple floors must have at least one changing table per floor.
The law is a long time coming, too. For years, fathers have been speaking out about the minimal or lack-of changing options in public men’s rooms.
I’m tired of going into public restrooms and not seeing a changing table in the men’s room. Does society think daddy’s don’t change babies🤔🤔— TJ Carrie (@tj_carrie) July 10, 2018
A Philadelphia native and dad of 3 is going viral for this picture of him trying to change his baby's diaper in a men's room - with no changing tablehttps://t.co/VLhLWAeVzf— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) October 2, 2018
No changing table in the men's room = 🖕🖕— Neven Mrgan (@mrgan) August 16, 2016
Five years ago, a man’s letter prompted Macy’s to install a changing table in its men’s room.
For non-men, it’s surprising to think so many parents do not have access to basic (and we mean basic) childcare services like a changing table. But, changing diapers is still considered women’s work, and it’s hurting parents everywhere.
This past summer, diaper brand Pampers pledged to install changing tables in 5,000 men’s rooms across America and Canada.
In 2016, President Barack Obama signed Bathrooms Accessible In Every Situation (BABIES) Act into law. The act requires changing tables in all restrooms within publicly accessible federal buildings. The New York law takes things a step further and requires changing tables in all public facilities.
I’m pretty sure dads would appreciate “friendly” diapers too. Childcare is definitely not a moms only activity. @Honest perhaps “parent-friendly” is a better choice. Inclusive AND free of archaic gender role stereotypes!#DadsChangeDiapersToo @CCriadoPerez this one made me 🤦🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/wJIE3zWv35— Rida Malik (@rmalik91) September 28, 2019