Join my “Baby on Board” experiment
I’m doing a little social experiment. I’ve always heard pregnant women complain that people can be less than accommodating when it comes to giving up their seat on public transport. So I thought I’d catalogue my experiences with it and report back at the end of my pregnancy.
A lot of people don’t know this, but, at most tube stations, you can get a little button to wear on your coat that reads “Baby on Board”. It’s London Transport’s well-meaning, but little publicised campaign for helping preggos get seats. I picked one up with glee one day early on in my pregnancy and pinned it proudly to my lapel. Let the experiment begin.
The only problem is that I work 10 minutes’ walk from my house and I’m rarely on the tube or bus at the right times. In the past few months, I’ve only been able to make six entries into my logbook. So, I’m looking for other mums-to-be to get in on the action.
These are the rules of engagement:
- You must wear the badge clearly on your coat and stand where many can see it.
- You cannot ask for a seat. Although a stranger is allowed to ask for you, but only of their own volition.
- You may stand there with your hand on your bump and do your best “no room at the inn” face.
- After each journey, record in a logbook: a) the time and the tube line/bus route, b) whether anyone gave you a seat and c) if you were given a seat, record the sex and approximate age of the giver, as well as any other notes you feel are pertinent and d) how many weeks you are at the time.
If you’d like to join me in my Baby on Board experiment, please email me. I’d love to get as many women involved as possible.
[Photo credit: Roger Derbyshire, a.k.a. my father-in-law]