Are You Pregnant? Here’s How To Get A Baby on Board Badge
Are you pregnant and want to get hold of your own TFL ‘Baby on Board’ badge to use on London’s public transport?
If you’re pregnant, need your own baby on board badge, and are wondering where to get one from don’t assume you can just ask at a London tube or overground ticket office and they’d dish you one out right there on the spot. That’s not always the case.
Here’s more on why you would need a badge and where you can get one from.
Why Would You Need A Badge For Public Transport?
- The Baby On Board badges are usually worn by pregnant women to signify to other travellers on public transport that you need a seat – ideally! – or at the very least some space.
- Pregnancy can be exhausting, and leave you feeling weak and dizzy, which isn’t ideal when you’re on a packed tube with no air. And sometimes your feet and ankles really, really hurt. It’s a time when you might really need a seat.
- Public transport in London can be crowded, especially during rush hours, and it’s not always obvious to people that you are pregnant when everyone is crammed against each other.
- The badge can help indicate that you are pregnant to other people in seats. Who, let’s face it, are often busy on their phones or reading spare copies of The Metro.
- Lots of women don’t look visibly pregnant for a long time, either, especially during first pregnancies, and people are too polite to guess and risk offending you.
- And it’s often when you look the least pregnant – in the first trimester – when you are sick and dizzy and would really appreciate a seat (right?).
Pregnant? Here’s How To Get a Baby on Board badge:
How To Get Your Own TFL Pregnancy Badge:
There are a couple of different ways in which you can get hold of one.
How did I get my badge? I contacted TFL and they posted out a ‘Baby on Board’ badge to me, which you can see in my pregnancy announcement.
Here are the different ways you can get hold of your own badge:
- Go to the TFL website, fill out the form here
- Alternatively, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and address
- You can also call TFL on 0343 222 1234 to order your Baby on Board badge
- The Baby On Board badge should turn up a few days later (mine took about three, which is pretty speedy)
- You can also get a badge from some – but not all – tube stations – for example, at the King’s Cross Visitors Centre.
Would you wear a Baby on Board badge? Here’s what some London mums told me about their Baby on Board badge experiences .
Are you pregnant? Read these posts next:
- Here are my essential items for pregnancy
- A week-by-week guide to my first pregnancy and second pregnancy.
- Everything they don’t tell you in NCT classes
- Also, how not to talk to a pregnant woman (sound familiar?).
- You can also follow me on Instagram – I’m Gill_Crawshaw
And if you live in London here’s some tips on getting around public transport in London with a pram, for when your baby arrives.