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  • Dad Shares Why He Won't Take Daughters Inside Men's Bathrooms: It's 'Disgusting'

    "Walking in with your daughter makes you look at it completely different."
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Dad Shares Why He Won't Take Daughters Inside Men's Bathrooms: It's 'Disgusting'
PHOTO BY Muhammed Nitoto
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    Moms appreciate when dad shares the load and takes care of the kids, but what to do when mommy is not around and there are little girls who need to go to the bathroom? For content creator and #girldad Muhammed Nitoto, the answer is simple: just take them to the women's comfort room — and his fellow dads couldn't agree more!

    Muhammed, a writer and content creator from Los Angeles California, is dad to two girls Zendaya and Zuri Lily, and husband to Hejira Thompson. In a post on his Instagram account, this dad advocate said that the family usually goes to places with a family bathroom.

    Unfortunately, most places do not have family rooms, giving every dad this dilemma: where do they take their daughters? The men's bathroom or the women's?

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    At first, Muhammed brought his daughter to the men’s bathroom. He explains that taking his daughter there just didn't feel right.

    “I've been to a men's bathroom millions of times but walking in with your daughter makes you look at it completely different. Men's bathrooms are DISGUSTING.”

    Why dads should avoid taking daughters to men's bathrooms

    Muhammed continues to list down two major reasons why men’s comfort rooms are not places for girls:

    1. The design is not for girls

    “They smell like pee and is not set up for a woman or a person with a child.” Muhammed continues to describe how the location is not designed for girls of any age. “The changing table was right next to the urinal which means my child literally would be next to where men pee,” he says.

    2. The space offers no privacy 

    “Men are going in and out while you're in there,” he writes. He said that he tried it once but decided not to do it again.

    Like Muhammed, many dads, especially single dads, are forced to take their little daughters to the comfort room when they’re in a mall, restaurant, or theme park. If the mom or any trusted woman friend is unavailable to help, dads are left with no choice but to do the task especially if the child is too young to go on her own.

    Proper daddy etiquette inside the women’s bathroom

    In going inside women’s bathroom, Muhammed points out that he follows a certain protocol to make sure that he does not make any woman inside the bathroom feel uncomfortable with his presence.

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    “I try to be as respectful to women as I can while doing so, which consists of knocking on the door before entering and announcing myself.”

    He said that he makes sure that if someone is inside, they know that a dad with girls is coming in. “I am a Dad coming in with his daughter and making sure they are comfortable with that,” he says.

    Once inside the cubicle or stall, he remains aware of the door. “Whenever I hear it open and someone new is coming in, I announce myself again and make sure they know I'm inside with my child so that they aren't surprised,” he adds.

    All about daughter’s safety

    For Muhammed, it’s all about making sure his daughters are safe. “Women's bathrooms are so much cleaner and setup (perfectly). As a girl dad, I can't help but want to protect my daughter's from all things that aren't for them and the men's bathroom is 100% one of those things. Am I the only one? Ladies how does this make you feel?”

    Do you agree with Nisoto? Dads, where do you take your daughters if they need to take a leak?

    Moms, how do you feel about seeing dads with their daughters in the women’s bathroom? Write your thoughts in the comments section.

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