Public Changing Tables? Please, No Thank YouCody
Have you ever noticed one of those signs outside the men’s restroom that says that changing tables are available in both bathrooms? I’m pretty sure dads like me are the reason those signs were first created.
I don’t remember ever seeing one of those signs when Addie was still in diapers. That meant I could tell Casey that there wasn’t a changing table in the men’s restroom and I wouldn’t have to change Addie’s diapers.
It wasn’t that I was unwilling to change Addie’s diaper, it was that I didn’t want to change Addie’s diaper on a changing table in a bathroom when I had no idea how long it had been since the table had been cleaned. For you ladies who haven’t used a public men’s restroom, the men’s restroom is usually pretty nasty. I’m convinced that’s the reason men were blessed with the ability to pee while standing. Otherwise, men would have to touch more surfaces in public restrooms—believe me, nobody wants that.
Thanks to those signs, there are now no excuses. If Vivi needs changing and it is my turn, there’s no getting out of the job. I dreaded the day I would have to use a changing table in a public men’s restroom. Thankfully, Casey discovered a solution that has turned out to be a personal life saver for me.
After my old car died with 300,000 miles on it, I took Casey’s old Chrysler 300 and we bought her a much more substantial vehicle, which has kept me from having to use those gross changing tables in public restrooms. We bought a Chevy Traverse, which is a crossover with a rather large cargo area located in the rear of the vehicle.
There are a lot of things that I love about that Traverse, but one of the things I love the most is that it can double as a clean, safe, and spacious changing table. The back trunk area of that car is perfect for changing diapers. It is several feet wide and several feet deep. That gives me plenty of room to spread out the diaper changing cloth. I also have plenty of room to put the wipes on one side of Vivi and a trash bag for the dirty diaper and wipes on her other side. And all of these items are out of the reach of Vivi’s wandering hands. The car is also the perfect height for changing diapers.
The trunk area of that car is so perfect for changing diapers, that I may start using it at home and not just when I am out and about with Vivi.