John Legend is looking to make a difference– one men’s public bathroom at a time. There are new reports that say the award-winning singer and songwriter has joined Pampers’ campaign to install more changing tables in men’s public bathrooms.
Legend, just like so many other hands-on fathers out there, sees the need for more public bathrooms and facilities to add baby changing tables in men’s bathrooms. That’s because of the increasing number of fathers who are pulling in all of the “dirty work”, so to speak, when it comes to changing their baby’s diapers whenever they're out and about. After all, it’s not a mother’s sole responsibility to make sure that her children’s diapers are dry whenever they're running errands, or on a shopping trip together. Dads take their kids on trips outside of the home too, so they need a place to change their baby’s diaper as well.
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Most dads have been there: you’re out with your kids & there's no place to change their diaper. In honor of Father’s Day, @PampersUS is providing 5,000 Koala Kare changing tables in public restrooms. Finally, no more diaper duty on your lap! #LoveTheChange #PampersPartner
That’s why Legend is teaming up with Pampers for their Love the Change campaign. The company is hoping to provide about 5000 Koala Kate changing tables for public restrooms in high need areas across the United States and Canada by 2021. Legend, who shares two children, Luna and Miles, with his model wife Chrissy Teigen, says that the idea first came up when he and Teigen decided to share the diaper-changing duties among them.
The singer told People Magazine, “We really started getting behind the idea of dads having diaper duty and that being a part of co-parenting. Then Pampers and Koala Kare came together to say, ‘You know what? We’re encouraging dads to change diapers and be active parts of the parenting duties, but a lot of times, the facilities aren’t built for that to happen.’”
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@PampersUS has committed to installing 5,000 Koala Kare changing stations in public restrooms, but we want more. For every person who posts a special moment with their kids using #LoveTheChange, Pampers will make a contribution towards the installation of additional changing tables. #PampersPartner
John Legend isn’t the only celebrity parent who realized that there is a need for more changing tables in men’s bathrooms. Back in 2015, actor Ashton Kutcher went one step further by fighting for dads’ rights to change diapers with an online petition. After his Facebook rant about the lack of diaper changing tables in men’s restrooms went viral, Kutcher teamed up with Change.org to ask companies like Target and Costco to "provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores."
It didn’t take Target very long to respond to Kutcher’s petition and promised to place changing tables in all of their women’s, men’s and family restrooms in their new department stores. Clearly, times have certainly changed.