Changing Stations

Aimee - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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So what is it about the lack of changing stations in rest areas, gas stations, and family restaurants? We went on vacation last week and about half of the time we had to change my daughter in the back seat of the car because there was no changing station available. We went to one McDonald's that apparently had 2 sets of ladies restrooms- one had a changing station and the other did not but there was no sign directing mothers to the one that did. Am I the only mom who finds the lack of changing stations annoying?

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Sharon - posted on 07/27/2013

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It's about as sickening as it gets for some extremely inconsiderate mother/father to change a diaper at the table, or in an eating area, period!

For crying out loud people, as inconvenient as it may be if there is no changing station use your car! And for goodness sake, don't throw a stinking diaper anywhere near where people may be eating, or under your car, etc. Find a trash can for it!

Angela - posted on 08/11/2009

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I've gotten really creative in sitting on the toliet and changing my boys on my lap. Never failed when I needed a changing station the most there was never one available. When I least needed one they seemed to be everywhere. My youngest is now 3 and still in diapers. We are really pushing potty training because he knows the sensations of needing to go but he flat refuses to go potty just yet. Hopefully soon.

Aimee - posted on 08/11/2009

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So far we've found that when places do have them, they usually have them in both the men's and ladies rooms. While I do agree placing them in the handicapped stall is kinda annoying, I'm at least thankful they have one. Wal-Mart and McDonald's have both been fairly consistent in having them. As for the cleanliness, I would much rather use the changing table in a restroom than the floor.

Cindy - posted on 08/11/2009

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I here you. It's rare to get one, and if you do up here, the darn thing is broken. I have changed my baby on the floor of a rest room. I was not happy

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It's very annoying!!!! I have often had to change my son in the car as well. That really stinks when it is super cold outside! I always try to comment to the manager that they need a changing table if they want to be more family friendly (especially if it is a place I plan to go back to).

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I wouldn't lay my baby on ANY surface in a public restroom, so-called "changing station" or not! Take them out to the little patch of grass outside, lay them on a blanket. It's safer and cleaner!! I don't trust anyplace to be clean these days! Get real, gals!

Kendra - posted on 08/11/2009

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I have changed my kids diaper right at the table/booth we were sitting at for lack of changing stations in the restroom. And another thing that annoys me, my husband is very willing to help in the diaper changing process, I absolutely hate that they will put changing stations in the womens restroom but not the mens! It drives my husband nutz too because he's had to go to a restaurant a few times without me, went out with a few guy friends... and had to take our son, he was so annoyed when he couldn't change our son because there was no changing station in the mens restroom. He said fine, and did it at the table. LOL I know its gross, but he did get comment from the waitress asking him not to do that. And he said, well, then get changing stations in the mens restrooms too!

Stina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Sometimes I wonder if we should just change our kids diapers at the booth we are eating at... disgusting yes- wich is why I've never done it- but it would make a pretty loud statememt to the manager that they need to make diaper changing in the bathroom a realistic option.

Stina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Oh sooo annoying. Especially at restaurants that have childrens menus. you'd think at least those ones would consistently have changing tables. And often there isn't even enough of a countertop to make due... When my son was still in the infant carrier car seat, I'd actually change him in that sometimes... Now, child three is 3 months and I generally have a large enough blanket to make due wherever we are- but yes. This is very annoying. Ditto for lack of tables in mens rooms. Some places have them but it's more iffy than the stations in ladies rooms wich leaves mom with all the changes on the road.

Ciera - posted on 08/11/2009

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it is pretty annoying but people who do not have children do not even think about it. big companies are thinkin of making money not if we have to chang our children. most restaaurants i go to never have change tables and yeah its kinda grose when you have to put them on the counter or wait till you get home

Kristina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Hi Aimee,



My family went to see the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in CT just last week. Before leaving, I made sure to contact a sales representative to question whether or not I could bring my daughter's stroller through the exhibit, needless to say, I was told yes. My family arrived at the exhibit, only to be told that we could not enter the exhibit with her stroller b/c the exhibit was crowded, etc. After waitihng 2 hours to speak with a manager, we were finally allowed in the exhibit, but b/c of waiting so long my daughter became very fussy! I went into a bathroom and needless to say, there was no changing station!!! I felt very discriminated against for having a child!!! I had to change my daughter on the bathroom floor!!! I plan on writing a formal complaint to the CEO of the resort....this is ridiculous!!!

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009

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Maybe it's a Canadian thing! I'm in Ontario as well and I hardly ever have a problem!! Actually I can't think of a single place that I've been that hasn't had one. But I can say that I would be irritated if I was in your situation!

Jocelyn - posted on 08/11/2009

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i've only ever found one place that didn't have a changing station (aside from tiny little local stores, i'm talking about restaurants, malls, chain stores etc). i went to a corn maze once, and all the bathrooms were outhouses, but they still had a changing table! Our malls also have very nice family rooms, big plush nusing chairs, seperate area for toilets, microwaves, a bunch of changing tables, play area, etc. Maybe it's just my area tho (Calgary area, Alberta) i feel lucky! lol

Krista - posted on 08/11/2009

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I don't have to deal with this because while I travel a lot, all rest stops have changing stations. I'm not sure if this is true for all routes, but going east on Highway 401 it's great for changing stations.

Karen - posted on 08/11/2009

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i just love the fact that your local "avenue" wants you to shop in the crummy stores but heavens forbid that you need to change your baby!!! OMG!!! you are told that restrooms are for customers only!!! there are so many closed up stores on that avenue and i keep telling the politicians to open a "baby station"!!! my son had diarrhea and when they told me that i changed him right on one of the tables! disgusting, i know but it sure beat my son "burning" longer in his diaper!! he was 8 months old at the time... the other one is when you do get a place that has one... they are in the "handicap" stalls and FILTHY!! what about when they are broke? no straps?

Kim - posted on 08/11/2009

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It makes me soo mad when I go into a restaurant and they do not have a changing station. I will change my daughter in her stroller because it lays completely back. I really have changed my kids any where if they needed changed and there isn't adequate facilities. I also make a note of who doesn't have changing stations and I won't go back there with my children.

Aimee - posted on 08/11/2009

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I always carry a changing pad in our diaper bag just in case the place we stop doesn't have one. I've changed my daughter on many a bathroom floor. She was so wiggly when she was younger that I was afraid she would fall if I tried to change her on a narrow sink. She is still a wiggly child but she does much better now when we change her diaper. I've started filling out the little comment cards in places that have changing station praising them for having them. I might have to start filling them out in places that don't too and complaining about the lack of a changing station.

Katarina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Also, the c.s. that are availble are a pathetic excuse for one. This one restaurant had a hole in the counter that as Kim said wouldn't hold much more then a newborn and what baby wants to be in a granet hole.

Katarina - posted on 08/11/2009

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I've noticed the same thing. We went to a shopping mall this past weekend and their famliy room was terrible! It had spilt drinks, toilet paper all over the floor, and the garbage was over flowing. I did complain to customer service and they didn't have much to say other then they'd get on it. I changed his diaper in their office on the couch. The lady asked what I was doing and I siad I needed a clean place to change his diaper. She was appalled but I think she got the message. A lot of places don't have change tables, which really is unfortunate, especially the family oriented buildings. I've sort of developed a tougher skin since my son has been born.

Yolanda - posted on 08/11/2009

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We ran into the same situation. I think all restaurants should have 1 changing station. We stopped at an In-n-Out w/ a c.s. on our way up north and stopped a another In-n-Out on our home only to find it didn't have a c.s. Frustrating! Now when we travel I don't expect c.s. that way if they have one great and if not I'm prepared.

Kim - posted on 08/11/2009

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Yes! I completely understand. I get so annoyed at the "Family" restaurants that don't have changing stations. Or the places that just have a slightly bigger sink counter and that's their excuse of a changing station. Of course its the size of a new born and there is no way my 2 and a half year old will fit!

Toni - posted on 08/11/2009

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i never noticed those changing stations till i had my first baby and then i totally realized the same thing you did!! it so frustrating! i remember times where i had to change my son on the counter ( which is hard because they put like 6 sinks so close together and there isnt much counter space ) or once i had to sit on the toilet seat and do it on my lap. .you kinda have to get creative but it doesnt make it any easier. I was a young timid mom with my son but now looking back i wish i would have complained to a manager or suggested they do something. its not fun or fair.

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