This Dad’s Facebook Post About a Changing Table Went Viral for a Sweet Reason

A Facebook post from popular dad blogger Clint Edwards has gone viral after he achieved what he refers to as a definite “win” at his local church recently.

Edwards is a dad and blogs about his adventures (and misadventures) in fatherhood on a blog, appropriately titled “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog.” He also regularly takes his two kids to a local church in rural Oregon, where he said he recently noticed a bench that was once mounted to the wall in the men’s restroom went missing. Why a bench in the restroom? Who knows, but Edwards said he found it useful for a very specific purpose — changing diapers.

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If you’re wondering why someone would choose a wall-mounted bench to change diapers, it’s because Edwards — and any other dad making use of that mens’ room — were left with no other options. This particular men’s room didn’t have a baby changing table in it. So when the bench was removed, Edwards and any other dads were left with no real surface to change diapers on in the restroom. As he explains in the now-viral Facebook post, Edwards voiced his concern to the church and was happy to see a change happen.

As he writes in the post:

The church I attend didn’t have a changing table in the men’s room. As a father with a young child I really hate when I can’t change my kid. This isn’t to say that I enjoy changing a squirmy poopy toddler. I don’t. No one does. But I dislike placing the full burden of changing every single diaper on my wife even more. This whole parenting gig is a partnership.

But honestly, this happens a lot. Mel and I go somewhere, and there is no changing table in the men’s room, so I am placed with the option of changing her on a nasty bathroom floor, or asking my wife to handle it time and time again. Or I’m out alone with my children, and I am left with no option to change my child outside of taking her to the parking lot. I have serious empathy for those single dads with young children who are doing this without backup.

This isn’t to say that every single ladies room in America has a changing table, because that wouldn’t be true. But in my experience, more often than not, the ladies room has one, and the men’s doesn’t.

And if you are a father reading this, and you refuse to change your child and don’t see this as a problem, cut the crap! You are making us all look bad. And if you are a company with a changing table in both restrooms, you rock!

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In a Facebook message, Edwards also added that he thinks it was “pretty cool how receptive [the church was] to my concern.” Because he said something, dads like him will now have a decent, sanitary location to change a diaper.

What’s also great about Edwards’s post, however, is that it draws attention to a larger issue of things that inadvertently place the entire responsibility of parenting on women and moms. Odds are, if you aren’t a dad or a parent, you don’t think twice about the existence or nonexistence of changing tables in any given restroom. But as Edwards points out, those little additions make a real difference. It’s not just moms who should be tasked with changing diapers. But when changing tables only exist in women’s restrooms, they’re not left with much of a choice.

Congrats on the win, Edwards. Here’s to more legitimate changing tables in restrooms, regardless of the gender marked on the door.

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