Using public transportation can really be a trial, as neither buses nor trains are equipped or serviced for mothers and young children. Picture yourself with a stroller, a heavy and wriggling baby, the baby bag, your handbag, a coat, and possibly a toddler in tow – public transportation is the last thing you want to face.
Of course, you can make things easier by never traveling in the rush hour or, with a young baby, carrying him around in a sling. For an older baby, a backpack makes you much more independent, and you can manage everything more easily with your hands free. Always prepare yourself well ahead of time. I simply would not leave home with my children without some distracting toys, a favorite book, and a favorite snack. All your belongings, including the stroller, should be gathered together prior to leaving and in good enough time so you can check them over to make sure you have not forgotten anything. The same goes for when you are getting off a bus or train; be ready to get off in plenty of time for your stop. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from fellow passengers.