(Closed) Question for City Mommas

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t have kids yet, but I know when I rode the buses and subways in Philly, there were always women who brought on strollers. Some of the bus drivers would ask them to fold it up and put it in a space near the front so it wouldn’t block the aisle, and then the mother would just hold the baby. Some of the bus drivers didn’t seem to care either way. On the subway they would just wheel the stroller on and not worry about it. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

What about baby wearing? San Fran is a very walkable/trolley-taking city. So maybe you could wear the baby in a wrap? Or use a stroller? I think the car seat might be tough– like you said, where do you put it when you are walking around the seaquarium, etc.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

The Mommies in NYC usually have their babies in a stroller in the subway. Although there are signs saying that you have to pick your baby up and fold the stroller, I’ve never seen anyone do that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Yeah, I’ve never seen a baby car seat used when traveling either.  I have a few trips after the kiddo is born (about 3 months old) and I am not bring the infant seat. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i always see the mommies here with strollers or carrying their babies. strollers can be a problem at rush hour, just because trains are so crowded. some bus lines require you to fold up the stroller, and some only make you fold it if the bus is crowded.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

I know in NYC that taxis are exempt from the carseat laws but it still makes me super nervous!! We’re able to have my Mother-In-Law drive us (in our car with carseat) to the airport next week but when we come back our in laws are going to be on vacation so we’re going to have to take a taxi and it’s freaking me out!!! I think I’m going to wear my son in his Ergo and just strap the seatbelt around both of us across his back? On the subway etc people just leave their babies in strollers or hold them. I haven’t taken my son on one yet but you see people all the time. On the SF streetcars I think I’d be most comfortable wearing a baby because you have to hold on to keep your own balance so it would be hard to have a secure enough grip, and I don’t recall there being enough space anywhere for you to put a stroller.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I know that in Chicago, there is at least one cab company that has cabs with car seats. You just have to call the cab dispatch and request a car seat cab. Maybe SF has the same service? As for public transit, everyonbe here just wears the baby on the busses and trains.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

The only thing is that you should be careful “wearing” a baby in a carier AND strapping her into the seatbelt with you. I know it sounds AWFUL, but if there was an accident, the force and weight of your body could push into hers, and her body could push into the seat belt, causing injury. I don’t have ANY scientific research, so just make sure you look this up and do what is best for you.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I jsut got back from San Fran on Saturday and saw a ton of moms around there.  A few things.  Like one pp said, San Fran is very walkable.  You could be ok with just baby wearing while touring around.  I saw a ton of moms and dads wearing their babies on the trolleys and buses.  I saw very few strollers.  I did see some parents getting into cabs without car seats, so I highly doubt theyll hold you to that.  I understand how it can be nerve racking, especially if you arent from a city, but I live in NYC and its the norm here. 

Good luck, youre gonna LOVE SF!  Where is your hotel?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

so fun!  Yeah, we stayed with my brother in Benicia, so we had to drive in and park…and pay the absurd amount to park for the day.  It was comparable to NYC, I mean really.  But it was worth it, we got to walk all over town, then at the end of the day drove by the house from Full House and over the Golden Gate.  I want to move out there SO badly after visitng!  Id stick to the suburbs, but I think Im a Cali girl at heart and never knew it =o)

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