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  • How to get a Baby on Board badge

    How do you get hold of your own TFL ‘Baby on Board’ badge to use on London’s public transport? I always assumed you just needed to ask at a London tube or overground ticket office and they’d dish you one out…but it turns out that’s not always the case…

    How to get a 'baby on board badge' - here's how to get your own Baby on Board badge from TFL Transport for London to use on London's public transport

    You actually need to contact TFL and they will post out a ‘Baby on Board’ badge to you. This is why the badge in my pregnancy announcement actually belongs to my friend Emily, as my own only arrived a few days later. 

    So here’s how you get hold of one:

    • Go here and fill out your details
    • Alternatively, send an email to babyonboard@tfl.gov.uk and include your name and address
    • And ta-da! It should turn up a few days later (mine took about three, which is pretty speedy)
    • Warning: the badge will turn up in a BRANDED ENVELOPE, so make sure it’s going to a safe address if it’s still early days and no-one knows your news yet

    They will also give them out in certain tube stations – for example, at the King’s Cross Visitors Centre.

    Despite having my own now, I still don’t think I’d wear it – would you? Here’s what some London mums told me about their Baby on Board badge experiences last year.

    Are you pregnant? Here are my essential items for pregnancy, and a week-by-week guide to my first pregnancy and second pregnancy. Also, how not to talk to a pregnant woman (sound familiar?)



    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.



    10 Comments

    1. April 12, 2014 / 3:04 pm

      When I was pregnant I just asked at my local tube ticket office and they gave me a handful of the badges. I found it useful to wear one because I was pregnant during winter both times and it can be hard to spot a bump under a bulky winter coat. I didn’t do it to make people to give up their seats on public transport (that should be good manners really), but to make sure people didn’t barge into me.

    2. Sarah Bagnall
      May 6, 2014 / 7:24 pm

      I am currently only 11 weeks pregnant and hadn’t planned on wearing my badge until I had a bump as I had the belief that people would think I was being rude expecting a seat without carrying the extra weight, however I have now been wearing it for a week, turns out one of my symptoms of pregnancy is I faint every time I stand for too long. I have so far fainted (badge free) standing on the overground, and fainted (with badge) in a queue. Not fun. I do feel like I’m being judged by people who look for a bump and then glare at me but this is when I really need that seat.
      I’m generally very slim and fit and don’t mind standing so it’s all a bit alien to me.

      • Archna Patel
        August 20, 2014 / 3:12 pm

        I’m in a similar situation, whereby I don’t feel as though I need the seat and as I’m not showing at the moment, I don’t want to be judged if I wear the badge but don’t have a bump.
        Stale alcohol and cigarette breath is enough to set me off and I have to get off the tube before I faint or throw up.
        I’m only 8 weeks at the moment and didn’t think I’d need the badge until a few months in, but I’ve seen women who are much small than me also not showing, wearing the badge and I think it does works. If only to make everyone aware that its not ok to push and shove. Thank you TfL for getting something right.

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