Riding the subway with your little one(s) is no small feat and I’ll never forget the feeling after doing it the first time without my husband’s help: equal parts pride and exhaustion! For me, the toughest part is getting in and out of the station because unfortunately, the MTA is NOT stroller friendly. There are a handful of stations with elevators out here in Brooklyn. The number of stations with elevators or escalators in Manhattan is much higher, but still quite a shameful percentage.
Once on the subway, you have nothing but time on your hands to observe your surroundings and fellow passengers. Having done so for quite some time I’d like to introduce you to the Moms of the Subway, as I call them!
This no-nonsense mom doesn’t have time to spare, hoisting her stroller (baby included) onto her hip and carrying it quickly up and down the subway stairs. Passersby are impressed, but it ain’t no thang for this Iron Mom!
The Guilt Tripper:
She may not have the physical strength of The Hulk Mom, but she makes up for it with emotional strength, waiting at the edge of the stairs emitting vibes of desperation until a kind stranger offers to help her with her stroller. The Guilt Tripper can also be found babywearing and staring down seated passengers until one of them offers their seat (as they should!!).
Miss Bossy Pants:
This mom couldn’t be bothered with attempting to lug her stroller up and down the stairs herself, and she’s not afraid to ask, scratch that, demand for help from strangers. Once on the train, you can rest assured she will procure seats for her and her child(ren).
The subway is one giant germ-fest for this mom, like a ninja in her attempts to keep her baby from touching the grimy poles, subway maps, and possibly flu infected strangers. She may keep her baby in the stroller with canopy up and rain shield on, or in a blanket covered carrier. A mini hand sanitizer can be found dangling from her diaper bag.
She wouldn’t be caught dead on the subway or the bus, let alone subject her children to them! It’s all about the private car service for this matriarch.