Getting around with kids is always more difficult than simply throwing on a jacket and leaving the house yourself. It’s a bit of a pain no matter where you live, but nowhere else in the world is getting around with kids more of a challenge than in New York.
There is really only so much you can do. Even if you bought your own car, wrestling your child into their car seat and battling traffic are annoying too!
You don’t have to buy a car if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to feel like you’re losing your mind every time you and your child have to travel across town. Here are a few tips that will make traveling with your children throughout New York a little less frustrating.
Call an Uber
Taking a taxi may sound convenient. That is, until you realize that taxis don’t have car seats. You can bring your own, but there are few things more annoying than lugging a car seat around when you’re out and about for the day!
Think you might skip the car seat? New York Law states that regardless of age, everyone must wear a seatbelt, be restrained in a car seat, or sit in a booster seat when riding in the backseat of a vehicle. Not to mention, it puts you and your child in serious danger of getting injured if you’re in an accident if they aren’t restrained.
Instead, consider calling an Uber. They provide a specialty service called Uber Car Seat that enables you to schedule a pickup and drop-off location with a vehicle that is already equipped with one car seat for a child who is at least two years old.
Take the Subway During Off-Peak Hours
Taking the subway can be stressful for a child because:
- It’s normal to be rushed down stairs, onto the subway, and into their seat
- In some cases, you and your child may not get to sit down at all
- Weird noises and abrupt movements are the norm
You can reduce some of these issues by taking the subway during off-peak hours. Whenever possible, avoid the subway between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM, as well as between 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM and you’re more likely to enjoy a quiet ride. Just make sure you check the subway schedule before you go, as fewer trains run during off-peak hours.
Strap Them On
If you are running around town with a baby or a young toddler, skip the stroller and strap them on with a baby carrier. There are many different kinds to choose from that will ensure you buy one that’s comfortable for you.
The nice thing about using a carrier is the fact that you can squeeze in and out of the subway easily, as well as small stores, all without having to carry a heavy baby or wrangling a new walker who has a mind of their own.
Bring a Foldable Stroller
It’s true that a baby carrier is more convenient than a stroller, but if you have an older toddler or a preschooler, a carrier probably isn’t going to cut it. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll just hold their hand while you’re out and about. Not only is wrangling a young child extremely difficult, even older children can go on and on about how tired they are.
Do yourself a favor and bring a stroller, even if you think you won’t need it. Just make it easier on yourself by choosing a travel stroller that can be folded, collapsed, or carried. That way, when your child isn’t using it, you can carry it easily.
Leave Extra Early
It’s normal for toddlers and preschoolers to move slow. Some move painfully slow. Whether it’s putting on their shoes or a dandelion they found growing out of the crack in the sidewalk, you’ll do yourself a huge favor if you leave early.
Don’t just leave regular early, though. Leave really early if you know your kid is a bit of a slow poke. That way you can stop to smell the roses with your toddler and still make it to your destination on time.
Don’t stay home with your child just because you dread traveling around New York with your little one! Although it’s always going to be a little work, it’s a lot less of a hassle when you follow these tips.