To loathe Baby on Board

(111 Posts)
BellaMagnificat Wed 02-Mar-11 19:45:13

Even though, yeh,yeh, I understand it's all apparently about, if you're in an horrific accident, the rescue team can search for the baby ( if the sticker was still visible and the car seat was not...)

Actually it's a bit of smugness like 'we are pregnant' that makes me froth at the mouth and want to vom.

I have dogs in transit.

So there.

camerondiazepam Wed 02-Mar-11 20:54:57

AMumInScotland - I also think "sleep-deprived driver" or possibly "my 2 dcs are screaming at each other, my driving is likely to be severely impaired as blood seeps from my ears".

Hate them. Makes me want to rear end the car, gently of course grin

Although there is an argument to say that there is a market for announcing who is in the car:

'Selfish lane hogging cunt on board'
'Elderly Sunday driver on board'
'Irritating indecisive faffer on board'
'Braying, short person who can barely see over the steering wheel but is nevertheless chatting on mobile phone on board'
'Texting teenager on board'

ad nauseum

MaxiCosy Wed 02-Mar-11 20:56:12

In the years I was trying to get pregnant seeing one of those (particularly the 'bump on board' type) used to, at different times of the month, bring me to a boiling anger, a pathetic jealousy or sobbing puddle.

I hate them. Someone bought me one when I had DD1 and has commented that I don't use it but I manage to keep my mouth shut and just say nothing. I know the hatred is irrational but I really hate them.

ShinyMoonInAPurpleSky Wed 02-Mar-11 20:58:47

We didn't have one for months after ds was born but after getting seriously pissed off with people driving up our arses we decided to buy one simply in the hope that it would make some drivers think twice about tailgaiting us.

Dylthan Wed 02-Mar-11 21:02:54

Yanbu they are a way of decorating your car like fluffy dice or those nodding dogs.

If decorating your car is what floats your boat then go for it grin but don't think your alerting the emergency services or that wanky drivers will suddenly re think their wanky driving ways when around your car.

Dh was a fireman and I asked about these things and he told me that they wouldn't waste time looking for a baby on board sign what they would do instead is physically look to see if their was a baby.

sofaqueenie Wed 02-Mar-11 21:10:11

I have one.

You're just all jealous because your meager benefit money just won't stretch that far.

snala Wed 02-Mar-11 21:13:18

<yawn> this old chestnut.

YABU - and need to get a grip! Who gives a shit?

'bragging over your own fertility' hmm
You can buy them for pets, are they bragging that they can have a dog?

Maybe people just like having them? Most parents wouldn't ever think of it as bragging, its just a purchase they made in a shop.

Like it or not they do seem to do the trick with impatient drivers cutting people up etc
Wheres the harm?

(by the way people that are happy about being pregnant are possibly just happy,not smug.They maybe saw the sign and thought it was cute - Just a thought)

Annabel7 Wed 02-Mar-11 21:22:46

They make people behind you slow down/give you a wider berth. Reason enough, I reckon. Not necessarily to brag about your fertility or be smug about having children. Don't know what you're all getting your knickers in a twist about...

mindtheagegap Wed 02-Mar-11 21:28:25

They make me want to ram the car, not slow down. Why is having a'baby on board' more precious than having any other human being on board? Waste of space tat.

cheekeymonkey Wed 02-Mar-11 21:30:52

What about 'iron on board'? Surely that's even worse?

Annabel7 Wed 02-Mar-11 21:31:58

'makes me want to ram the car' - the car being likely to have a baby inside it. Nice.

PeeringIntoTheWintryVoid Wed 02-Mar-11 21:36:39

I'm shock at how many other people also loathe these signs - I thought I was alone in this. grin

I don't know where you all are, either, because I can't remember ever seeing a car with a small child in it that doesn't have one of these - I thought it'd become mandatory to declare to the world that you've managed to have a baby, and that all other motorists must therefore excuse your crap and inattentive driving. smile

My carseat came with a free sticker which read

"rear-facing kid on board".

I have opted for a rear facing stage 1 seat but seriously I would have to be Mrs Smugton the Mayoress of Smug town to use this sticker. [vom]

mindtheagegap Wed 02-Mar-11 21:39:35

Makes me want to Annabel - not makes me actually ram it, cos whilst I hate those signs I'm not actually a psycho (and its clearly not the baby's fault that the parents have no taste smile).

sunnydelight Wed 02-Mar-11 21:40:32

YANBU. Do people think there is something "cute" about them? Barf!

parakeet Wed 02-Mar-11 21:47:47

I know a mum who has "Twins on board"

Taking boasting about fertility to new heights, surely.

And CheekyMonkey - if it was pathetic puns I wanted, I'd be talking to my husband instead of coming on MumsNet

Sparkles23 Wed 02-Mar-11 21:50:54

I used to think they were ridiculous before I realised what they were actually meant for, I thought shouldn't matter if baby on board or not, should drive properly regardless but then someone pointed out they were for the emergency services in case of an accident. I know it may sound ridiculous that they could miss a car seat/baby but it's just not worth the risk tbh if God forbid an accident happened. I always stick ours on when driving as ds is only 6 months old and take it off if driving without him in the car.

Digressing slightly but I hate with a passion the baby on board badges on tube! I confess i did get one when preggers as had no bump 'til 7 months and just wanted to not get shoved/elbowed/run into! (never felt I needed a seat tbh) but couldn't bring myself to wear it as would have felt like a twat!!

snala Wed 02-Mar-11 21:53:40

I personally don't have an opinion.I don't see how they could be cute or 'barf' sunnydelight. They are little pieces of card in a car window?confused
I just think its rather facinating and amusing that people are bothered about other people have them.

I don't have one, I just have more important things to think about wink

toeragsnotriches Wed 02-Mar-11 21:59:00

grin sparkles . Ime, in all my pregnancies I felt my worst when not looking preggers at all. Did take a school trip once on the DLR with my devilish darling Y11 students. One of them announced loudly to the carriage "Ain't anyone giving up their seat for Miss when she's so f***ing pregnant?" shock

Dylthan Wed 02-Mar-11 22:00:27

But the emergency services don't use them sparkles if they did then they would be far less likely to find a little piece of card then a baby confused

EmptyCrispPackets Wed 02-Mar-11 22:01:54

YANBU

Worse of all:

Little Princess on board

Little Monkey on board

Or the ones with a childs name on them.

spidookly Wed 02-Mar-11 22:06:23

LOL @ posting on this thread just to point out that you have more important things to think about. Um, yeah course you do.

The reason people hate these things is because they imply that babies are more important than other humans, and that is just bollocks.

Until it becomes commonplace for cars without human occupants to be on the road, badges that tell you about the preciousness of the occupants are redundant and distasteful.

i think they are naff. My biggest issues with them is that the people that have them are ususally the ones who also drive at totally innappropriate (too fast) speeds around supermarket car parks etc.....

ShinyMoonInAPurpleSky Wed 02-Mar-11 22:09:09

My baby is more precious to me than any other human that could also be inside my car. Therefore, as I said before, if having one of those signs stops someone driving too close to the back of my car then it has done it's job.

Joolyjoolyjoo Wed 02-Mar-11 22:14:42

I also hate them. As if that arsehole on your tail is suddenly going to turn into a decent driver just because you may or may not have a baby/ child/ granny on board! That idiot doesn't consider his driving to be dangerous, so he isn't going to change it just because of a plastic sign, and the rest of us who drive sensibly won't drive any differently either!

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