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To want to take a bottle of water on the nursery trip?

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Kyrptonite Mon 17-Jun-13 23:25:39

Bit of a random one! I'm 28 weeks pregnant, work in a nursery and we are going on a trip Wednesday on a coach. It's only an hour/hour and a half away but this pregnancy has been making me feel sick even on short car journeys so I am dreading the coach trip.

I asked today if I can take a bottle of water to drink on the coach if needed. Apparently I'm not because then the kids might want a drink too. I understand this but I'm hormonal, stroppy and really don't want to be sick on the bloody coach!

I also have SPD so the idea of wandering around a sodding aquarium all day with no chance to sit down may be adding to my stroppiness about this!

Am I being unreasonable and do I need to suck it up and accept its not a huge journey and if I'm sick I will just have to deal with it?

whois Tue 18-Jun-13 08:30:03

Agree OP you should just take a bottle with you, not something you need to ask about. If you think it will help you stop feeling sick its not really negotiable.

Pretty funny all the 'I always have water with me' posters though, you do realise that human beings are not balanced on a knife edge between hydration and dehydration? You should be perfectly able to go for period of time without sipping at your comfort bottle.

TheFallenNinja Tue 18-Jun-13 08:32:44

Why would you even ask? It would take some pretty hard, Bruce Lee type to tell me I couldn't take water.

This sounds like one if those petty coach company rules where the driver moans about doing the work that pays his wages.

Fuck em.

KentishWine Tue 18-Jun-13 08:34:26

whois why on earth should I not drink water if I want to? Water is not a treat or luxury. It's a basic necessity. You get thirsty, you drink. I hate being thirsty. Like really, really hate it.

samandi Tue 18-Jun-13 08:54:06

I'm also baffled as to why you would ask such a thing.

MiaowTheCat Tue 18-Jun-13 09:57:21

There's no way I'd have been begging for permission to take a bottle of water with me shoved in my bag (and I've done enough school trips in my life). There's also no way I'd have been asking for permission for the other components of the assorted multitude of crap I cart around in my handbag either.

As for kids and water - yes I understand the "I need a drink-itis" reason - but to be honest - once they're on the bus, belted in and on the go - they're going to be so bloody hyper looking out of the windows - they won't notice if you've stripped to your bra and knickers and sprouted four heads, never mind sipping on a bottle of water on and off.

Fakebook Tue 18-Jun-13 10:06:00

grin I can't believe you asked if you could take water, and I can't believe they said "no"! No one can stop a person from drinking water. It's a basic need.

Are they thinking of restricting water for the whole day so there's no loo trip or nappy changing?

Absolute bizarre!

exoticfruits Tue 18-Jun-13 10:23:09

Just be assertive- turn up with your water and say it is essential and you are taking it.

Can you imagine the headlines 'pregnant nursery worker disciplined for drinking water on a coach'?!

GiveMumABreak Tue 18-Jun-13 10:30:26

I think its really strange that you even asked permssion!

Take a handbag, put your water bottle in it and drink when you are thirsty.

You are an adult.

Surely you don't need MN to tell you that?

curlew Tue 18-Jun-13 10:31:44

I think you should be able to have water, obviously- you're pregnant and will feel sick without it.

But I am deeply baffled that people don't seem to be able to survive without constant water nowadays- the companies that produce mineral water have done such a number on us!

UC Tue 18-Jun-13 10:37:17

Good lord. Both you and all the children should be allowed to take a drink. How daft. In fact, I'd have thought that bottles of water on a coach in the summer would be a must. Not a ban. Stupid.

KentishWine Tue 18-Jun-13 10:50:40

Curlew I'm deeply baffled that some people think a hot coach journey should be a matter of survival. I mean I'm sure I could survive a 1.5 hour coach journey on the hottest day of the year without water, but I really wouldn't want to.

I bet if we were on the coach together you'd be asking for a sip of my water wink

And I have my own water carrier so I don't have to buy a plastic bottle everyday.

I would be livid if my 2yo couldn't have constant access to water on a long (for a 2yo) bus trip! You, at least have the option of just taking a bottle in your bag anyway.

I can't believe the reason they have given you is that the kids might want a drink! That is horrid, I hope all the parents are aware that this is the case.

spg1983 Tue 18-Jun-13 11:17:43

Firstly I would never have even thought of asking to be allowed a drink on a coach - you are an adult!

However, if they'd said no, my answer would have been "ok, in that case I'll drive myself and meet you there, no problem". The nursery would either have had to give in to you because they need you for the ratio of adults to children or they'd have let you drive and you don't have to deal with the "I need a drink/wee/are we there yet" all the way!

spg1983 Tue 18-Jun-13 11:25:32

One of my colleagues did this on a school trip. She was going through fertility treatment at the time and I can't remember exactly what it was she needed (it was something small, like a window being slightly open etc) and the trip leader said no, just as the coach was pulling out of the school gate. My colleague got the driver to stop, she got off, and walked back to her car. She followed us there but it was a dodgy situation as technically she should have been in the coach for the ratio to be correct. No-one ever messed her around on a trip again!

curlew Tue 18-Jun-13 11:27:53

Obviously nobody here has ever been on a coach trip for an hour with a group of nursery children will have "constant access to water". Particularly if there isn't "constant access to a loo" as well............

Altinkum Tue 18-Jun-13 11:28:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Floggingmolly Tue 18-Jun-13 11:31:23

The kids should be having a drink too hmm. What sort of nonsense is this?? Why did you even ask, though, I take a bottle of water everywhere and would never have imagined I needed permission from anyone?

MidniteScribbler Tue 18-Jun-13 11:33:28

There may not be a physical need to have water at all times, but why do civilised adults think that they should restrict another persons right to access water whenever they see fit?

Curlew No, but I have been with my nearly 2yo on a bus and a car for that time and there is no way I would have stopped him from having a drink and when hot he would have needed one.

It is sheer lazyness to restrict a childs access to water because they don't have constant access to a toilet, most coaches do have 1 toilet.

curlew Tue 18-Jun-13 11:42:09

A drink before they go- a drink when they get there. Are you really saying that it is essential to have access to water at all times?

For some, yes it is. At least offered a drink every 15-30 minutes.

curlew Tue 18-Jun-13 11:47:16

"My child fell down and hurt his knee because he had to go to the loo on the coach during a nursery trip. It was only an hour AIBU to think the nursery staff should have made sure he went before they set off? I really don't like the idea of him out of his seat belt on the motorway, even without the fall"
Chorus of "what were the staff thinking of- of course they should be strapped in at all times- if they pee before they set off and as soon as they get there most children can last an hour...:,

Nanny0gg Tue 18-Jun-13 11:48:30

I can't believe they're taking nursery children on a coach for over an hour anyway.

Trip from hell, imo.

curlew Tue 18-Jun-13 11:50:26

"For some, yes it is. At least offered a drink every 15-30 minutes."

Well, for those with medical needs like the OP, then obviously.

So you need to have a medical need to be thirsty and worthy of a drink? That's ridiculous.

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