Last week a woman gained national attention for changing her 16-month-old’s diaper on a dining table at a Chipotle restaurant. She would have used a changing table, you guys, but they didn’t have any and her burrito was getting cold.
While most of us would have made the dreaded trek back to the car to perform the always-awkward baby-in-the-open-trunk diaper change, this mother exercised what she considered to be her right to have her child quite literally sh*t where she and the general public eats.
This isn’t the first time a public diaper disaster made national news. Last August, a Texas woman was booted from a pizzeria for changing her baby’s diaper on a chair in the middle of the restaurant because — you guessed it — no changing table. I’m not saying it’s right, but I am saying at least she used a chair.
If you’re wondering why we haven’t heard stories of dads defusing diaper bombs on bleachers or restaurant tabletops, rest assured, it’s only a matter of time.
California Governor Jerry Brown recently rejected two “potty parity” bills that would have made changing tables as accessible to men as they are to women, according to Reuters. Both bills, which received overwhelming support by the state senate and assembly, would have required public venues to provide equal access to baby changing stations. Makes sense. If it takes two to make a baby, it stands to reason that two should be able to change a baby. But dads don’t change diapers, do they, Gov. Brown? [read more…]