i found this story a couple of months ago about newborns being made to pay for a ticket into the olympics.
KitAndKat writes: “That’s ridiculous to charge 95 quid ($140) for an infant in a sling that isn’t even going to occupy a seat. If they charged you a nominal amount to take the baby that might be fair enough.
and while the olympics are well and done and the paralympics are just getting started, this article, and these irate mothers, raise some interesting points.
i’ve rarely seen a new mother with baby who doesn’t take up 3x the space of an average, non-baby-carrying person. this kitandkat is trying to let on that she’ll waltz into the venue, footloose and fancy-free with only a sweater and her baby slung around her torso.
new mothers always have to bring everything they might possibly need in the span of a day – 5 changes of clothing, 10 extra diapers, baby wipes, powder and lotion, medication, sunscreen, hats, blankets, clean blankets in case the other blankets get dirty, soothers, toys, books, a cell phone for emergency calls to the paediatrician… i could go on but quite frankly, i have no idea what they stuff those enormous, tacky baby bags full of. and then there’s the baby carrier: it’s so convenient – it just pops in and out of the car! car seat… baby holder… and don’t forget about the luxury strollers. what happened to having an economical umbrella stroller for crowded places? i’m feeling dangerously near to getting into a stroller rant, so i’ll have to save that for another post.
the point is this: parents should have to budget in an extra seat – if not for the baby itself, or for all of the many accessories that go with it, then for the poor people who are stuck sitting next to this rigmarole even though they paid just as much as the people 5 rows removed from the baby.
on the airplane. at a ball game. in the movies. and yes, even at the olympics.