Why are there still no baby-changing tables in men's toilets? This dad is not letting it slide
Father and teacher Donte Palmer went viral when he posted an image of the rather creative squatting position he has to resort to every time his son's nappy needs changing in public toilets, and he's making it his personal mission to change this.
Donte Palmer changing his 1-year-old son Liam's nappy in a public toilet. 3boys_1goal (Instagram)

A teacher and father of three has raised an important and mostly invisible parenting issue for dads: the lack of baby-changing tables in male public toilets. 

Donte Palmer's older son, Isaiah (11), is often needed to assist him with awkward public toilet nappy changes, and the boy managed to take a photo of the unique squatting position his father has to assume whenever his 1-year-old brother, Liam, needs changing. 

After seeing the image, and hearing his wife's opinion, Donte realised how absurd it is that men don't have the convenience of a changing table in order for them to perform one of the most basic parenting tasks. 

"Initially, I didn't think much of the picture until my wife's comment registered," he told Parent24. 

"[LaKeisha] said, 'It's sad how us mothers don't have to create or come up with innovative ways to change our babies and you men do.' That is what lead me to post the picture weeks later and it grabbed the attention of people across the world. It is an issue that clearly men across the globe has encountered..." 

The issue has definitely resonated with men around the world, with quite a few posting what they do whenever they're in public and a nappy needs changing, many of them using Donte's hashtag, #SquatForChange. 

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The post has now turned into a full-on campaign, and for Donte, it's about time things changed. 

"We are stuck in the 1970's," he told us. "Don't know what the hold-up is when it comes to equitable rights for parents. I am just tired of being looked at as this big almighty macho man having to be solely the breadwinner for my household and my wife looked at as the cook. It's straight nonsense, I love picking my son up from daycare and my wife loves being in charge at work being a leader for a national non-profit!" 

The dad is a firm believer in sharing household and parenting responsibilities equally, something he not only picked up from his own father but also from his own personal experience of being a husband and father.

"My parenting style came from everything my father showed me growing up. Don't get me wrong, it was visible in my house as a kid but it's different when you are living it.

"It was about learning about my wife, her likes/dislikes. How can I out serve her today? That's the question I ask myself every day. But also allowing her to serve me and that is where balance comes into motion. Doing things equally in our relationship works for us and we encourage everyone to tap into that way of living." 

When asked what he thinks about the response his post has received, Donte says he feels "overwhelmed with joy!" 

"I am still speechless about the massive response we have been receiving. #SquatForChange will keep pushing forward and we will need all the help we can get!" 

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