I’m a dad…and I change diapers.

What’s this about? Well, I could go on about sexism and outdated dogmas being foisted on the modern man in today’s ever-changing society. But, that’s not exactly right.

This site was started as a meaningless threat that built a head of steam until I could take it no more.

Our son was just a couple months old, and my wife and I decided to finally brave going out one night. We ended up at a Ruby Tuesdays near the house. Things were going along really well, until…

<insert pooty-bomb here>

I decided to man up and get my hands dirty, so to speak. I grabbed the little one and the diaper bag and made a charge to the men’s room. Only to be forced into retreat by the lack of changing table. I couldn’t understand why there wasn’t one there. They had, and still do mind you, plenty of wall space for a station, yet a barren wall mocked me. MOCKED ME!

So, long story short, I told the manager that I was going to start a website listing all the cool places that cater to dads like me and that THEY weren’t going to get listed. (Yes, I even stuck my tongue out.) We had a good laugh, she said she’d check into the station. All good.

Several months later, I was exasperated that, here I was, manly man and dadly dad trying to help momma out with a diaper and I couldn’t. Sure in the major places it’s easier, but in restaurants, not so. Finally, after putting up with ,what I now see as, injustice, I created www.DadsWhoChangeDiapers.com to help a daddy out.

I have listed every spot that I know has a changing station. Granted, my personal scope of influence is small. BUT, I’m paying it forward, and I hope that you do to. Every dad, (the awesome ones at least) has had to deal with not having the appropriate facilities to take care of their child. Let’s stop the madness, and just frequent the places that cater to our ever growing needs.

C’mon dads. Help me pay it forward and together, build something pretty kick-ass in the process.

-Scotty

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6 Responses

  1. Laura@Catharsis

    GREAT idea! My husband absolutely detests taking our boys into public bathrooms for this very reason. Well, plus how filthy he finds the men’s rooms. And that just leaves me to do it, which is simply NOT FAIR. I stand behind you whole-heartedly. More changing tables for dads. Take them out of the women’s rooms if you have to!

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    • diaper_dad

      I’ve always thought mommas get a raw deal. But when I started flying solo with my first son and there was no way for me to change a diaper without leaving the building…I got mad. And yes, I think it’s incredibly sexist…BOTH WAYS!

      Remember, if you come across a place that does have a changing station in the men’s room…let me know! I’ll put the location on the map!

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  2. Mommy2¢

    Haha! I don’t know what I love more… the fact that you stuck your tongue out at the restaurant manager, or that you took a stand against the obvious sexism that (unbelievably) still exists today! Just like every appliance/household cleaner commercial out there that only have women in them!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Ghosts of Blogging Past! 🙂

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  3. @motherhoodtruth

    This is so great. I actually read this post awhile back when I decided to officially stalk you. I think as moms we get very tired of having to do it all on our own and don’t even realize it’s almost impossible to get help. Pretty crazy to be honest. I found a changing station in a men’s room. No I wasn’t in there, there was a sign posted. I really need to add it to your list.

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  4. Jenn@Fox in the City

    Cheers to you for being an awesome dad and jeers to the restaurant for being so horribly behind the times. This has happened to my husband on more than one occasion and it is so frustrating for both of us.

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  5. A Morning Grouch

    Wow, good for you! It’s refreshing to hear about someone making a change for the better in their area. Hope it has been going well! Stopping over from #bloggy past

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