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Travelling on public transport

Advice on keeping travel on public transport with your baby stress free whether on the tube, a train or a bus.
While in the past public transport hasn't had a reputation of being baby friendly (to say the least), in an attempt to encourage people out of their cars and back onto trains and buses transport providers have started to make improvements. Many have begun to make alterations to their fleet of vehicles and services to make them more accessible to people with young children.

Although travelling on public transport with young children does have a reputation for being incredibly stressful, there is no denying that there are certain advantages. The major one being that you have the opportunity to give your children your undivided attention for the duration of the journey, something that would not be possible if you were driving. Aside from this, public transport can provide a relatively inexpensive and convenient way to travel. This is especially true if you consider that most offer free or discounted seats for infants and take you to the heart of almost any town or city in less time than it would take to drive.

Here are some tips to keep your journeys on public transport as free from stress as possible;

  • Children under the age of 5 travel free on the majority of train services
  • Always reserve your tickets in advance; ask to be seated in a family carriage if one is available or near disabled toilets as these often contain baby changing facilities
  • Stay in the waiting room until your train arrives as this will help keep your baby warm
  • When on the train put any bags on the luggage rack above you or at the bottom of your baby's seat, if your bags are too large then store them in the main luggage rack usually situated next to the doors between carriages but always remember to take valuables out first
  • Some family carriages have space for you to leave an unfolded buggy - ask if this facility will be available when you book your tickets
  • Many babies find the motion of a train soothing, however it is always best to take a favourite toy, a blanket and a story book to help keep your baby entertained
  • Many bus companies are introducing 'easy access' buses with low entrance platforms that meet the floor, wider doors and specially designed buggyzones so that buggys can be rolled directly onto buses with minimal effort.
  • Easy access buses are not available on all routes so it is best to contact your local bus company for details
  • If you regularly need to travel on buses at peak times, investing in a collapsable buggy, sling or baby carrier may provide a less stressful alternative to trying to fit a big buggy on a busy bus

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As long a baby is wrapped up according to the weather,sunshade if its sunny etc i think the benefits from fresh air outweighs any risks. Obviously you dont want people coughing over your child but new borns have the benefits of immunity from their mother for the first couple of weeks.
by suzi2 12th Aug 2010, 10:18am
Help! I live in the canary islands and i am expecting my first baby in november. I want to fly home (england) in the first months to visit my family. Do newborns need passports now? thanx vikki g
by lanzavik 13th Aug 2008, 8:50am
Make baby comfortable by wearing hair bands from the forced wind in the bus where the hair fall on thier eyes and faces which may cause allergy.

Dont allow to sit near window side the heavy wind is not good for their health
by Hemalak9 8th Jul 2008, 8:54am
Hi there

I have a 1 week old baby. We're both doing really well from the birth and yesterday I took her on a public bus in her pram. I'm planning on taking her on walks around London to show my mum some sights tomorrow.

However my father in law seems outraged by this because of the germs we will expose her too.

She seems to be managing really well. What's your view on this issue?
by babaloola 11th Feb 2008, 9:27am
hi all i'm just wondering am planning a journey to scotland in the next few months and was wondering if it was safe to take my two month old baby with me this will be the first time she has been on a train ?
yours vikki x
by vikki2007 11th May 2007, 8:28am