There are more than a few things that, I think, most parents would agree are less than fun. Sleepless nights, having a sick kid, and pretty much anything that has to do with diaper changes. However, I'll take it one step further and suggest that most parents definitely don’t like public changing tables, though we’re rarely talking about it I also suspect that there may be some common things that go through every mom’s mind when using a public changing table because, seriously, I have to do some mental gymnastics just to get up the courage and commitment to go for the diaper-changing gold.
Now, I’m not trying to hate on the person who engineered them because yes, I get that they are a necessary evil in modern society. But seriously, they are also the worst. Sadly, since so many public places don't have changing tables in the men's restroom (thank you, sexism and gender stereotypes), moms are usually the ones that have to use these contraptions. Sure, I guess they're better than a bathroom floor, but they're not easy to use and if you're a first-time mom, they can even be a little scary.
If I’m being completely honest, I much prefer to use the back of the car, and I suspect that my toddler does too because, hello, he can climb over the seats and jump up and down. However, circumstances don’t always allow for a car retreat, so on plenty of occasions, we’ve had to make it work in a public restroom. Thankfully, we’ve lived to tell about it. That doesn’t mean that the thought of public changing tables doesn’t make me sweat a little bit, though. So, with that in mind, here’s what it’s like to be in the thick of it: