I HAVE to get out the house this Sat. DH will be away so I'm on my own.
Did anyone venture out with a NB on a bus? I'm worried it could be too much? It's my only option really though.
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29-03-2012 17:46 #1
Need advice on busing it with a month old
29-03-2012 19:44 #2
Firstly where are you? your options will depend on your choice of bus/train/ferry
I took my NB at 10 days old for a trip into the city by bus and back by train in a pram. In hindsight a carrier would have been better (did it the next time) as I spent the whole trip holding her or feeding her with the pram just being a nuisance.
easy peasy with a carrier. Have a backpack with all your essentials. Bub in front, bag at the back and your hands are free to hold on for support if its peak hour and you cant/wont get a seat.
If you must take a pram - then a train is better as not all buses are wheelchair/pram accessible and you dont want to fold it and carry it with a NB on board.
Board the train at the handicap access place so that the rail staff can help you with the pram.
In your backpack take a blanket so you can sit in a grassy area of the city or where ever you are going - place bubs on it whilst you have a coffee/lunch etc.
also carriers help keep bub close to you (they cry less) and saves them from exposure to colds/flu around you.
Keep a copy of the timetable on you so you can easily check to see when the next train/bus is coming. Give yourself an extra 5-10min to transfer with a pram. Not all stations/stops are wheelchair/pram accessible so you might need to check your transport website for information.
29-03-2012 20:24 #3
Hi I got a bus with my 7 week old today for the first time today. I had to take the pram. I checked the transport info line to make sure it was a wheelchair accessible bus and I also picked a time when I knew it would be a bit quieter. The bus driver was lovely and told me I had to put the pram in the wheelchair section at the front with the pram up against the seat nearest the front of the bus with the breaks on. I was a bit freaked out about how I would manage but turns out it was fine. Good luck.
29-03-2012 20:25 #4Senior Member
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I think you'll be fine. i would really recommend using a carrier or sling, though, so your bub feels safe and snug against your heart and you have more mobility/ less to worry about
29-03-2012 20:31 #5
I had to bus it with a newborn. It was horrible tbh. I had to catch buses in peak hour when they were packed. No one would give up their seats so i had to balance with DS in my arms. He was too small to fit in his carrier at that stage and taken the pram would have been too awkward to take.
Even when the bus wasn't packed the driver wouldn't even wait for me to sit down before taking off.
I had DS in my teens though so i guess that kind of treatment comes with the territory.
At least you are going on the weekend so the bus should be quieter which should make things easier.
29-03-2012 20:39 #6
I live in Adelaide and it's not all that busy on weekends. Never thought about just taking my carrier! Also bringing a blanket for grass time is a GREAT idea. Knew I posted here for a reason. Thanks, gives me a little more confidence. Getting pretty down just staying at home ALL the time.
29-03-2012 20:42 #7Senior Member
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The first outing is always pretty daunting, but with a carrier, nappy bag/essentials you'll be fine. Have a lovely outing!
29-03-2012 20:43 #8
OP. Fresh air and getting out and about makes me feel a lot better about things, and helped me feel human again after those crazy newborn weeks.
I pop DD in the Ergo as well and just take her nappy bag with a blanket and all other things in it. Stupid old buses in Canberra means I can't really take a pram unless I happen to time it right to get a newer bus.
29-03-2012 21:51 #9
Take a light muslin to drape over the carrier if bub is sleeping or you want them to go to sleep. DD worked out quickly that carrier plus cover meant sleep time and no cover was awake time.
Have a great day. I take public transport all the time with my now 19mth old.
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