Every mom knows the dilemma we face when we have a baby with a full diaper and no changing tables in sight. Mom Miranda Sowers faced this problem while out to eat at a pizza restaurant with her three children. She went to the bathroom and after realizing that the only surface to change her infant on would be the floor, she made the decision to make a quick change at her table with a changing pad down on the seat.
A CBS local Houston affiliate reports about how the local mom’s decision to change the 4-month-old baby in the restaurant caused her to be kicked out. Sowers explains that she didn’t want to take all of her children back to the mini-van to change the diaper (her two other children are age 8 and 4). She felt she had no other option but to change the baby on the seat. Sowers explains, “I thought you know what I’ve got my own changing pad, she’s tiny, she fits right here on the chair. So I laid her down quickly and quietly changed her diaper.”
Owners of the restaurant didn’t agree with Sowers’ idea of what was acceptable behavior. Bessa Lala, whose family owns the restaurant, explains that she saw the public diaper change and acted out of respect for the other customers. Lala says, How would you feel? You’re sitting there eating. I don’t want to lose all these other customers because they see a dirty diaper.”
After Sowers finished changing her baby’s diaper she was given all of her food in to-go containers and asked to leave the restaurant. Sowers feels the restaurants actions were unwarranted and that she made the diaper change discreetly enough so that no one saw her. She has also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
What do you think of the restaurant’s response to this mother’s public diaper change?
Do you think restaurants should be required to have changing tables in their bathrooms or is it up to the parents to secure a more private location to change diapers?