Ashton Kutcher wants diaper changing stations in men’s public restrooms

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Here are some photos of Ashton Kutcher taking his five-month-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle for a hike in LA. Mila Kunis wasn’t there, but it looks like Ashton brought along a bro-friend. I realize that the paparazzi have gotten some shots here and there of Wyatt in the past few months, but these are the first pics I’ve seen where she wasn’t all covered up. Obviously, Ashton doesn’t want Wyatt to be photographed and he looked pretty pissed at the pap. But… yeah, I did coo a little bit at Wyatt’s chunky leg and her little elephant hat. Adorable.

Meanwhile, Ashton is fighting the good fight for gender equality in baby-rearing. He posted this on his Facebook this week:

There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! ‪#‎BeTheChange‬

[From Facebook]

I’ve never really thought about it because A) I don’t have kids and B) I can’t remember the last time I was in a men’s public bathroom, but yes, that’s something that should change. Men should be more involved with their kids and I believe that with each generation, men do get better at splitting child-rearing duties (it’s still far from equal, of course). There should be diaper changing stations in men’s restrooms. The end.

PS… I don’t get how Wyatt is attached to that baby carrier? Is he just wearing some kind of baby harness and then holding Wyatt in his arms?

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  1. krastins says:

    BABY CHUNKY CHUNK

    Now that that’s outta the way…good for him! He’s absolutely right, what are men supposed to do with their babies? Change them mid-air?

    • qwerty says:

      Yep. I hate the assumption that’s it’s the mother who is supposed to deal with shis sh*t.

      And what about gay fathers? 2 parents go out with their kid and neither of them has a place to change a diaper.

      • Zimmer says:

        I agree, what about gay fathers and what about widowers or men who’ve been given full custody of their babies?. These men have no option of giving them to their wives since there is no place for men to change them. What are they supposed to do, use the restaurant tables?

    • Mikeyangel says:

      Recently my husband took our 4 year old daughter to the movies and had no idea how to take her to the bathroom. What is he supposed to do? I couldn’t help either. She is too old to go into the men’s room, don’t want her to see other men’s privates at the urinals, and he obviously can’t go into the woman’s room. There needs to be more family bathrooms as well as changing stations in men’s rooms!

      • Betti says:

        I have seen some fathers take their daughters into the ladies room and change nappies with babies – i think you’ll find that if he’s with his child, they get a pass and maybe even some help. I once saw grandmother give advice to one poor bloke, he got himself in a bit of a pickle.

        Thou in the UK, the disabled toilet usually has a baby changing area and that’s gender neutral.

      • Trashaddict says:

        Lots of places have “family” bathrooms now for just this reason.

  2. lola says:

    Never thought the day would come that I agree with Ashton Kutcher. Will be on the lookout for other signs that the apocalypse is nigh.

  3. Lama Bean says:

    Wyatt and those little boots!!!!!

  4. aims says:

    I agree with him. Anytime my husband needed to change one of the kids, he always said there wasn’t an area to change them. I’m so glad we’re past that stage.

    • someone says:

      Yes! I’d get so pissed that I always had to change the babies because there was never any changing tables in the men’s room. Sometimes I’d want to eat my dinner while it was hot too, you know?

      • aims says:

        Exactly ! Also, we have a shared responsibility when it came to our kids . So of course he’s going to change a diaper like any parent would .

    • A says:

      In Sweden the gender neutral handicap toilet is always equipped with a changing table. I’ve never seen a changing table in the womens bathroom.

      • H Dogg says:

        In NZ (only in bigger towns) we have parents rooms, which are for either gender as long as you have a child with you.

  5. paola says:

    Those tiny legs are adorable.

  6. Miran says:

    Yeah she’s not actually in the carrier in those pictures.

    I never understood why men’s rooms don’t have changing tables either, my husband was a single father for the first year and a half of my stepsons life and he said he’s never been in a single one that had one so he always had to use family restrooms and even then he said people gave him weird looks going in like he shouldn’t be in there.

    • Nk868 says:

      Yeah I think he’s holding her in an attempt to shield from the paps getting a good straight on angle like they would have if she were in the carrier

    • Sara says:

      Yeah, it looks like an ergo baby carrier but he holding her, she’s not in the carrier.

      I absolutely think there should be changing tables in the mens room and I think Ashton should pay to have them installed, since he makes so much money.

      I get really annoyed when rich people complain about this kind of thing. Sure we’d love to spend tax dollars, private business dollars just so you have a changing table. I roll my eyes.

      • Linn says:

        Disagree!

        It is NOT Ashton’s responsability to provide changing tables in mens restrooms, it’s the governments. And I would happily see my tax dollars spent on stuff like that.

        And it’s not that the money would get spent so Ashton Kutcher get’s a changing table for his child, all fathers and their children would profit.

        I roll my eyes at you.

      • Pinky says:

        Linn I’ m rolling my eyes at her too. Yikes, people actually think this way.

      • snowflake says:

        what??! It wouldn’t be just for him. It would be useful for all men who would like to have a diaper changing table in the restrooms. much ashton hate here

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Government doesn’t pay for it unless it’s a government facility. Private businesses –malls, restaurants etc. – pay for it. They’d do better business with daddies of little ones by offering parity. Government’s role might be to require all washrooms to enable diaper duty. Speaking of which, maybe this is the next step for potty parity?

      • K says:

        …Ashton Kutcher should pay for every public lavatory to have somewhere men and women can change their babies? Why? Fathers spend money and pay taxes. They also reproduce. Just as women do. And last time I checked, nappy changing facilities are good business sense.

        Whole Foods in the UK have unisex, individual stalls with a couple containing nappy tables. They don’t have them so the sink is anywhere near the table, helpfully enough, but it’s a good start.

  7. Squeak says:

    Lovin’ Wyatt’s little boots!!! So cute.

  8. Sayrah says:

    You’d be surprised at how many women’s rooms don’t have them either. Good for him for saying something about it and really being hands on with his daughter. Adorable.

    I’d say he wanted to put her in the carrier but was so annoyed with the paparazzi that he just carried her to get away before putting her in it in private.

    • Senaber says:

      I was surprised. Especially restaurants. I’ve had to go out to my car to change a stinky baby on more than one occasion.

    • K says:

      Yeah, I’ve had to roll out the change mat and change them on the stall floor more than once.

  9. Delta Juliet says:

    It is definitely a good idea but if he REALLY wants to change diapers, many places will have a family restroom that he can change her in. Not ALL obviously, but many.

    • Ashley says:

      Well it’s not like he has a choice especially if Mila or another woman isn’t there.

      The only places I’ve noticed that have family restrooms consistently in the U.S. are malls. He is probably talking about everyday locations people will travel to. Wouldn’t it just be easier to put them in men’s restrooms? The family one still seems more directed at women who have other children with them so they won’t take up so much space in the regular ones.

      • Dani says:

        This. There are almost no family rooms in establishments outside of the malls in NY/CA.

      • Amberica says:

        Actually, in Dallas/Fort Worth most places have them. But, again, that’s a major metropolitan area.

    • FLORC says:

      By the majority i’ve seen many places less public than a mall (like a local baseball field) that had a building with men bathroom to left. Women’s to right. And a family bathroom/changing room in the center. Inside there’s atleast 1 changing area with diaper trash. and often they have privacy barriers.

      I can appreciate Ashton’s point, but it’s nothing new. He’s late to the game, but better late than never.
      Still, the snarker in me is thinking it’s only an issue now that it personally effects him. Dad’s and other ceebs have been talking about this for ages.

      • Isa says:

        We have one in our Walmart and mall. No where else. The older Walmart further away doesn’t have a family restroom. Those are the only two times I’ve seen them.

  10. Falula says:

    This drives my husband crazy, too. Our kids have both been changed on their mat on the floor in men’s restrooms for that reason. If he’s out alone with them he can’t come back out and hand them to me so floor it is.

  11. teehee says:

    WHY is he the first/only man to even notice and/or say a damn thing about something so obvious!!!

    • Maria says:

      yes i am sure he is the first men ever to notice it.

    • Luca76 says:

      Actually a friend of mine who is a single dad had a Facebook rant about this last week.

    • FLORC says:

      He’s not. He’s just the latest talking about it in the media and it’s getting legs because of his fame and use of social media.
      This is (sadly) one of those issues that comes up ever blue moon, a few more changing tables are installed, people are apeased, and we forget all about it.

  12. Tiffany says:

    I agree with statements from Asston and Madonna. The end is NIGH!!! NIGH!!!

  13. Catelina says:

    my dad complained about this all the time when my sister was wearing diapers. im surprised that bathrooms havent already updates this

  14. mememe says:

    I work at a restaurant, and immediately upon leasing the space, the restaurant owner installed a changing table in the men’s room. We get so many compliments on it, now I see why – didn’t know it was that rare!

    I was also at a bar last night that did away with all gender signs on the bayhrooms, which I’d never seen before. One said “SIT” and had a toilet, the other “SIT/STAND” and had a toilet and urinal.

  15. Joy says:

    I can’t believe I agree with him on something.

  16. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Mostly, I’ve found, that the changing table is in the toilet for people with special needs.

  17. Alexis says:

    He is 100% right. I don’t have kids but in my city I see dads out alone with their small kids all the time. What do they do when diapers need to be changed?

  18. niccnatt says:

    My husband took my daughter shopping when she was 2, she had to potty and without thinking about it he walked into the women’s restroom. When he came out security was waiting!

  19. Jen says:

    I would think that in family restrooms there would be changing tables, but I’ve never been in one so I can’t say for certain. But he has a very valid point.

  20. Christine says:

    Ok, so really? Ashton’s call is not groundbreaking. My oldest is 8 and my youngest is 4. My husband’s been changing them – and he has always found men’s bathrooms with changing tables. We live in Colorado – if there’s no men’s, then the gender neutral or family bathrooms always have them. I guess Colorado really is progressive!

    • Miran says:

      Must be. I lived in California and only found them in malls, now I live in Michigan and I’ve only found one grocery store that has a family room. One.

    • KB says:

      I don’t know how common they are, but we’ve got them where I work in Texas too. I’m in Houston though, so the progressive argument may still apply.

    • **sighs** says:

      It is. There are no changing tables in men’s bathrooms where I live. And the only family bathrooms are at malls and Target. My husband changed our kid on benches or in the car.

  21. Rhiley says:

    She looks like a snuggle muffin.

  22. Bridget says:

    There’s something about the way he pronounces stuff that makes it seem like he thinks he’s the VERY FIRST PERSON to have these problems. Dude, you didn’t exactly discover fatherhood.

  23. Zip says:

    There should be more diaper changing rooms that are not attached to any restroom (be it for males or females). I have seen quite a lot here in Germany.
    I have no kids myself but I have seen some desperate looking dads with kids that were searching for a place where they could change the kid’s diaper. It does not make sense to expect the fathers to be hands-on but to deny them the opportunity to do so.

    • Lostara says:

      Yep. Here in Germany the changing table is quite often in a seperate room and not attached to the toilets. And it seems to be common at IKEA – there I saw that separation for the first time.

      But honestly – the fathers just should use the changing table in the womens toilets. Where is the problem? There are no urinals there, every toilet is closed with a door. The ladies will survive it, if a man enters their toilets to change a diaper……

  24. Who changes Ashton’s diaper? Did anyone notice the baby’s body language? The arms straight out show insecurity-like she’s afraid of being dropped.

  25. Isa says:

    It bothers my family too. My husband is at home with the kids without me two to three days a week when I work. If he decides to take the kids somewhere then he’s screwed if there’s no table.

    It looks like Wyatt isn’t in the carrier yet or else she would be facing him and be covered.

    I’m impressed they were able to get those baby shoes on and keep them on. I hate baby shoes. By the time I get the other one on the first has been kicked off.

    • **sighs** says:

      I didn’t even bother with shoes until mine was old enough to walk.

      • Isa says:

        My baby has been walking for months and has only worn shoes a handful of times. With spring around the corner I need to get her some so we can play outside.

  26. Syko says:

    Having had my kids in the 60s and 70s, there were no changing stations anywhere. It just wasn’t a thing yet. But we all managed. You run out to the car, or you find a bench. With a small baby, you can do the whole thing on your lap. I’m not anti-changing station, I just think it’s a small thing to get so worked up over.

  27. Hannah says:

    YESS!! He’s so right. I used to work at a restaurant where they set up the bathrooms so that the men’s bathroom had a huge counter and a mirror and was bigger and they later set up a changing station in the smaller bathroom (women’s) because women complained they couldn’t change their babies and it blocked one of the stalls -_- I wanted to tell the women to get their husbands to change the babies because they have space in their bathroom lol anyway, this makes me like Ashton more, I always hope men with this attitude have boys so they can raise men with the same attitude. Also Mila + Ashton would make a beautiful man, just saying.

  28. Bea says:

    I think there should be adult and children’s bathrooms instead of a gender binary setup but that’s a long way ahead I guess..

  29. Stacy says:

    Ashton Kutcher is a douchebag, but +1,000,000 for diaper changing stations in men’s public restrooms. It’s LUDICROUS that there aren’t any. It institutionalizes the false idea that women are solely responsible for changing diapers/caring for children. I’m starting to consider the idea of changing my daughter openly, smack dab in the middle of any place that has a changing table in the women’s restroom but not the men’s. AIrport, restaurant, what have you.

  30. Solanaceae (Nighty) says:

    In my country, several places have a space/room near the toilets (apart from men’s and women’s) for anyone who wants to change their babies,which is actually cool…

  31. jenn12 says:

    He’s 100 percent right. How are fathers supposed to care for their children without facilities? And how are we so backward that there are changing tables only in female bathrooms in the year 2015?

  32. LaurieH says:

    When I first read this headline, I thought “gawd” – but then I thought about it. And when I thought about it, I thought that it really *IS* quite sexist that all the diaper changing stations are in the women’s restrooms because it assumes that it’s the woman who is taking care of the baby. That’s sexist. It doesn’t take into account all the fathers who take care of babies. What are they supposed to do? Prop the kid up in a urinal to slap on a Pampers?

  33. Kelly says:

    Yep. I like Ashton, hope he is in movies again soon.

  34. nag says:

    Why are babies changed in toilets? Thats a question to ask rather why not unisex changerooms.