Dads Campaign For Baby Changing Facilities In Male Toilets Using Viral Hashtag #SquatForChange
In a bid to banish archaic parenting standards, one dad has embarked on a mission to get baby changing facilities installed in all male public toilets worldwide - rather than in just women's loos.
Changing facilities are almost always in the female section of public toilets in restaurants, shopping centres and cinemas, with the symbol showing a woman tending to the baby - rather than its dad.
Dad Donte Palmer kick-started the campaign earlier this year, and it has resulted in hundreds of fathers getting involved.
Donte, who runs Instagram page Three Boys One Goal, first shared an image of himself squatting on the floor with his son spread across his lap as he attempted to change the tot's nappy.
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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
Not only is it uncomfortable and runs the risk of getting very messy, it reinforces the point that dads are responsible for their kids too and society should be meeting that.
Hashtagging his post #SquatForChange, Donte wrote on Instagram: "This is a serious post!!! What's the deal with not having changing tables in men's bathroom as if we don't exist!!
"Clearly we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It's routine to him!!!! Let's fix this problem!"
The post, which was shared at the end of September, prompted an influx of images of dads having to create makeshift changing tables from their laps, all adding the same hashtag to call for change.
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I met this father while eating today and he is truly a GREAT father. The way he looks at his daughter is priceless!!! Did this establishment have a changing table? You guessed right! No they did not. So I taught this father the squat technique. #squatforchange #changewillhappen #equality #fatherslivesmatter look how he is smiling at his daughter :heart::heart::raised_hands::raised_hands: @lonerlyfe_sideshow_rabbit I salute you!
And it seems like the squat campaign has got people listening as a quick Twitter search of the hashtag shows a number of venues showing off their new changing tables installed in male bathrooms - all thanks to Donte and everyone else getting involved.
"I believe that fathers should be facilitated equally to mothers. Ultimately fathers need changing tables so babies can be changed in sanitary conditions," Donte told Metro.
"With the movement being in full force I do believe change will happen not only in the country but around the world."
Here's hoping the UK will catch on soon. You can follow the full campaign here.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Donte Palmer