Over the last few years, parents have been vocal about the lack of baby-changing tables in men’s public restrooms. This can be very inconvenient for fathers, as they have become much more involved in raising their children and take part in most, if not all parenting duties. To catch up and acknowledge these modern parenting practices, two states in the U.S. are trying to pass bills that will do exactly that.
Former President Barack Obama took a major step in solving this issue when he signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act in October 2016. This put changing tables in the men and women’s restrooms of all 14,000 federal buildings.
New State Additions
Now, Assemblyman Justin Watkins of Nevada and Senator Ian Calderon of California are both working on bills that would make “safe, sanitary” baby-changing tables available to both fathers and mothers in buildings that are open to the public, such as theaters, grocery stores, and restaurants. The California bill would require that local and state-owned agencies receive renovations to accommodate this, while the Nevada bill would necessitate accommodations be made in newly constructed or renovated buildings.
Being fathers, Watkins and Calderon were motivated to solve the predicament that so many others find themselves in when they venture out with their children.
How to Improve Your Business
Businesses should follow these initiatives and become more family-friendly. Here are a few reasons why:
- According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 9 out of 10 fathers who have children under 5 years old say they change their diapers, bathe, and dress them very often or daily.
- Studies found that men have tripled the time they spend with their kids compared to fathers in 1965.
- 66% children under 18 years old live in dual-income homes.
- As more women remain in the workforce after having children, some fathers even become stay-at-home dads. Presently, they make up 7% of the population, which is equivalent to about 2 million people.
The demand for changing tables has made itself loud and clear. Even so, the need has always existed, as there are approximately 24.2 million children under the age of 5 years in the United States. A survey of families found that 75% of them seek businesses that provide this amenity.
As society and customer needs change, businesses have to make updates to better accommodate their patrons. Providing a changing table is a straightforward and effective way to help create a welcoming environment for everyone.