Big struggle to haul kids and pram up crowded bus

Big struggle to haul kids and pram up crowded bus

SINGAPORE - How hard can it be for a parent with a baby in arms to travel on public transport?

A local mother who has lived in Sweden for four years volunteered to take her two young daughters and this reporter around Singapore to show how hard it can be.

Madam Summer Goh, who runs Ahappymum.com, accompanied her husband to Sweden when he had his military training.

Her eldest daughter, Angel, now four, was born there.

The stay-at-home mum, 30, says: "After three years of taking public transport where space was allocated for prams and nearly everywhere was baby-friendly, Singapore was a big change."

For this test, Madam Goh had her six-month-old daughter, Ariel, in a pram, while she held onto her older daughter. A baby carrier was strapped to her chest, while a bulky baby bag hung from the stroller's handles.

"You just have to get used to it, I actually have a bigger pram which we used in Sweden, but it's just not possible to bring it out in Singapore," she says.

"It's too big to go on a bus. In Sweden, there's also space for two or three prams on each bus. But here, you have to fold it up."

She says there have been many times when she has had to wait for the next bus because it was just impossible for her to board with two children, a pram and bag.

"And when people see you have a pram, they normally try to squeeze onto the bus before you, so you don't have it as easy."

At the bus stop, she wasted no time in getting ready. She unbuckled her younger daughter and put her into a baby carrier, all the while keeping an eye on the bus and her eldest daughter.

Shifting the baby bag from the pram to her shoulder, she held Angel with one hand and bent forward to fold up the pram.

Thankfully, the bus arrived shortly after the pram was folded.

Still holding onto Angel, she struggled to lift the folded-up pram into the bus.

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