There’s no way to get around needing to change a baby in public. But sometimes, there’s no baby changing stations in public restrooms or they’re too dirty to put your baby on. What’s a parent to do?
No Changing Tables
Before I had a baby, I never noticed how many public restrooms don’t have baby changing stations. What do these businesses expect parents to do?
A few years back, there was a story about a mom changing her baby on a restaurant table. The employees and patrons of the restaurant got upset because that’s something that should be done in the bathroom. The mom fired back that there was no changing table. How could she change her baby in the bathroom?
When I went to look up this story for a link, I discovered there’s a lot of stories. Many moms have faced this situation. Some choose to change their babies on their tables in protest, others find a different means.
Personally, I was very angry when I started to realize the lack of baby changing tables. They are necessary for parents. How else are we supposed to change our babies when out in public?
Then I learned some horrifying news about baby changing tables.
People Use Baby Changing Tables for Other T
Namely, to do drugs. You read that right. People do drugs on the stations we change our babies on.
When I first read about this, I didn’t believe it. My first instinct was to say it was fake news. There’s no way people would do that.
So I had to look it up. Unfortunately, I discovered the story was true.
One new mom, who was a former drug user, realized parents don’t know this is happening and blew the whistle on it. She came under fire for doing so. Many people didn’t believe her story. But people checked it out. Several individuals did their own testings of baby changing stations and found her story to be true.
The black scuff marks sometimes found on changing tables is due to people heating up their spoons in order to shoot up.
My next reaction to the whole baby changing debacle was that they should all be removed. It was a rather extreme reaction. But the idea of babies being exposed to drugs was horrifying.
But that still leaves the problem of where are parents going to change their babies?
We’ve started doing three things. We still use baby changing stations so long as they don’t have those black scuff marks and look clean. The station always gets wiped down before we use it.
When there is no baby changing station, we use our stroller. Sara quite enjoys it. We have not come across the situation yet of her having a major blow out that would get the stroller messy.
But in that scenario, we can use our
We’ve also changed Sara in the car on multiple occasions. We have had to use a flat under her to prevent poop from getting in the car. It works.
I have been in places that lack a bathroom big enough to bring a stroller in and did not have my car nearby before my baby came. I have not faced this since my baby’s been born.
If I were to face this now, I would work with the employees. Explain to them their bathroom is too small to change my baby in and see if they have a room in the back somewhere for me to change her in on the stroller.
Have you faced being unable to use a changing station? If so, what have you done? What do you see yourself doing if you haven’t faced this scenario yet?