October 13, 2016

New Federal Law Requires Baby Changing Stations in Men's Restrooms

Businesses across the country take note: now you’ll be able to perform changing duties for your little ones without using a dirty restroom floor or going back outside to your car. On October 7 of this year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act. The law stipulates that public federal buildings must offer baby changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) sponsored the legislation, which passed both the Senate and House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. Cicilline posted in a press release on his website, “Equal access to baby changing stations in federal buildings . . . is essential to protecting the health and safety of children.”

The law is the result of years of advocacy on the part of parents’ groups across the country. The movement gained notoriety when celebrity Ashton Kutcher began a Change.org campaign in 2015 devoted to the cause, with 104,384 people signing the online petition. Kutcher and other activists state that limiting baby changing stations to ladies’ rooms amounts to “gender stereotyping” in that it assumes men never take responsibility for performing changing duties.

Americans from all walks of life have noted that the dynamics of the modern family are rapidly changing. Millions of these folks believe that restroom policies should adapt to these developments. But, no matter what your personal feelings are on this issue, we here at Allied have long believed that baby changing stations in men’s restrooms just make good sense.

We think you’ll agree once you consider that providing a safe, sanitary place for moms and dads to take care of their babies’ diapering needs is good for both parents and your bottom line. There’s no better way to send a positive message about your establishment than by taking this simple, affordable step. So browse our site and order your new baby changing stations today. We offer volume discounts and easy ordering.

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