Proposed legislation would add more diaper changing tables to public buildings

Councilman to propose diaper legislation
Posted at 8:13 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 18:26:25-04

Monday night, diaper changing tables were on the Baltimore City Council's agenda in an effort to put more in public buildings.

Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer says as a dad, he knows all about diaper duty, and parents need to have places to change their baby's diapers no matter where they are. Which is why he is proposing legislation that would require diaper changing amenities in more public buildings, including changing tables in both men's and women's restrooms.

"Not having diaper-changing amenities available in buildings like City Hall causes both a public health and safety issue," explained Schleifer. "Baltimore is a family-friendly city with world-class attractions. We need to not lose sight of the often overlooked details that make big differences to our residents and visitors. 'Diaper Duty' is something I and all parents of small children need to do often and we should be able to do so in a safe and sanitary location."

And Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen agrees.

"I provide my support for Councilman Schleifer's bill as a doctor, public health leader, and mother," said Dr. Wen. "Having access to diaper changing tables is a matter of health, sanitation, and safety. It is also the right thing to do for our children and our families."

Schleifer officially introduced this proposal to the city council at their meeting on Monday night.