Changing your child’s diaper when out on the town is never fun, but Pampers and Koala Kare have made things a little bit easier for dads to handle.
City Dads Group has signed on to help Pampers, the maker of the world’s No. 1 selling diaper, in its recent commitment to install 5,000 changing tables in men’s restrooms throughout the United States and Canada by 2021.
City Dads Group members and followers are being asked to nominate local businesses and public spaces in their communities that are in need of changing tables. With your help identifying these locations, Pampers will continue to provide Koala Kare changing tables in public restrooms. The first round of nominations will target seven cities – San Francisco, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York City – but nominations in all areas are encouraged and will be considered.
Pampers announced its commitment to improve the “potty parity” situation this past June as part of its #LoveTheChange campaign to help recognize the increased responsibility and role of modern fathers in day-to-day child care. On Father’s Day 2019, the diaper and wipes brand began this initiative by providing hundreds of changing tables to businesses, parks, and recreation centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The partnership with Pampers and Koala Kare was a natural one for City Dads Group because our mission includes demonstrating that being a modern father means being a caring and capable parent actively involved in all aspects of raising a child … no matter how messy or smelly.
“I need the tools to get my job done as a hands-on parenting partner with my wife. I’ve been as frustrated as anyone with restaurants, museums, parks and businesses that didn’t have a diaper changing station in the men’s restroom when I needed to change my children,” said City Dads Group co-founder Lance Somerfeld, who has been an at-home father since 2008. “We extremely proud this new City Dads Group partnership with Pampers and Koala Care because it gives a chance to make a positive impact on our communities and help other fathers who are committed to sharing the work as much as the fun of being an active, involved parent.”
According to a recent survey Pampers commissioned, nine out of 10 fathers have gone into a public restroom with a child to discover that it did not have a baby changing table.
Pampers commitment to changing table equality launched with their #LoveTheChange campaign. It was done in partnership with singer John Legend, and Florida father of three, Donte Palmer, whose social media photo of him trying to change his son’s diaper while squatting on a restroom floor, with his child over his lap, went viral. Palmer later started the #SquatForChange organization to campaign for more baby changing tables in men’s restrooms. Palmer is working with Pampers to champion thousands of dads who have used social media to voice their desire to see changing table equality.
Equal access to public restroom changing tables has been ongoing issue in recent years with various celebrities championing the cause and new laws being introduced at state and federal levels. For example, New York State mandated them for new or newly renovated bathrooms as of Jan. 1 of this year while, in 2016, President Barack Obama signed legislation requiring federally owned buildings to install changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms.