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New law brings more diaper changing stations to men's restrooms

Shane Delligatti holds his 11-month-old daughter Arianna. (Source: WOIO) Shane Delligatti holds his 11-month-old daughter Arianna. (Source: WOIO)
The new law will put more diaper-changing stations in men's restrooms. (Source: WOIO) The new law will put more diaper-changing stations in men's restrooms. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Dads, diaper duty on the go just got a lot easier.

Oftentimes it’s hard for fathers to find a diaper-changing station in public men’s restrooms, so that job falls to moms. But President Barack Obama just signed the Babies Act into law, which means men will soon see more changing stations in restrooms. The new law requires diaper-changing stations in male and female restrooms in federal buildings like court houses, social security offices, and post offices.

Experts say when parents have to resort to restroom floors or counters, they could be putting their child's health at risk. This change has dads we talked to relieved.

“All places should have a changing area. It's not a big area to put them in and it's a big convenience with them being there,” said Shane Delligatti of Cleveland.

Shane and his wife Amanda have two young children -- Arianna, 11 months old, and Vito, two years old. When they go out, Shane says his wife changes diapers out of necessity. If Shane's on his own with the kids, he's always thinking ahead to diaper duty.

“There's people around so I'm always trying to find a place where there's not a lot of people, you have to deal with people looking and getting dirty looks,” he said.

When he can't find a diaper-changing station, he's forced to improvise.

“I'm utilizing benches, the car, car seats, anywhere you can lay down a baby,” Delligatti said.

“It's not a big problem to put these in restrooms. When they are there it's a great convenience, male or female. It just makes everyone's life a little easier,” he said.

The law does not cover restrooms in buildings like restaurants and retail stores. Cleveland 19 found that Walmart and Target have changing tables in both men and women's restrooms.

We called around and checked on a few local malls. Here’s what we found:

Mentor Mall

  • Changing tables in men's and women's restrooms and family restrooms
  • There is also one in the children's play center

Great Northern Mall

  • Family lounge with baby-changing stations. 

SouthPark Mall

  • Family lounge with baby-changing stations. 

Midway Mall

  • Family lounge with changing tables and a family restroom.

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