I will risk my green cred by admitting that I never got the hang of riding the bus with my daughter. Before I had a baby of my own, I’d see parents wearing their babies in slings or pouches, hopping on and off the bus with ease. During the ride, the babies would sleep or calmly stare out at the view. Maybe it wasn’t as easy for these parents as it looked–I know it wasn’t that easy for me! I tend to choose walking over bus-riding most days, so I hardly qualify as a baby-bus-riding expert, but here are some pros and cons involved in the different ways of traveling with your tot.
Wearing Your Baby. The most common baby-toting method for bus-riding in my town is a sling or baby carrier.
Taking the Stroller. In Portland, we have to fold up strollers before getting on buses, but we can wheel strollers directly on trains or streetcars. If you are planning on buying a stroller to use on public transportation, figure out how it works in your city. If you have to fold the stroller up and carry it on, you’ll want something that folds compactly. Look for a model that’s light-weight and has a carrying strap. I chose the Maclaren Triumph because it weighs just eleven pounds–about the lightest I could find at the time.
Using the Stroller + Sling Combo. I’ve tried wearing my baby in the sling and taking the stroller along as a backup.
Simply Carrying the Baby. Last term I needed to take my toddler to work with me on Fridays. This involved two one-hour bus trips, complete with stints of walking and transferring lines. Because she was old enough to set down every once in a while, I decided to just carry her to the bus stop (or let her walk alongside me in her nonlinear fashion).
Walking everywhere with my baby or taking her on public transportation works for me. For more helpful Works for Me Wednesday links, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer. How are you managing taking your little ones on public transportation? Please leave a comment with your traveling tales, stroller or sling recommendations, or questions for other bus-riding parents.