Hi, ive never used a London bus before with a baby. Their website mentions that buggies can be used but can prams fit? Specifically a bugaboo? With the pram / carry cot fitting as my baby is very young still. Or do i use the car seat instead on it perhaps? Anyone have experience of this please? I can't face the embarrassment of a bus full of people laughing at me if I get told I can't use one! Thank you everyone.
I;d imagine they will be like out local buses and it is a spot that should be for wheelchairs. If not in use you just wheel your pram straight on. If someone is already using the space and you want to get on you need to fold the pram donwn.
If there isn't a wheelchair or other prams in the space you can use it - if there's already 2 prams/pushchairs on the bus driver won't let you on and you'll have to wait for the next bus. If you're in the space and a wheelchair user gets on then you'll need to fold it down or get off.
It's also very difficult on some routes anyway as you have to go through the narrow part by the stairs of a double decker to get to the wheelchair/buggy space - nightmarish if it's busy for you and everyone else on the bus!. I'd use a sling if baby is tiny, or a folding pushchair if the baby's older - much less hassle.
A bugaboo can be hard to get down the aisle if you are using a front entry bus (remembers this well!) but on the whole london buses are easy to use, and most people will even offer you a hand to get on and off - it doesn't matter it you use the carry cot or not, its the wheels on the bugaboo that are wide! But not insurmountable (remembers again!) No one will laugh, don't you know most Londoners will be buried in a book or over a phone! There is usually space for about 2-3 prams on each bus, but you wont be allowed on if they are already taken up .... The buses like the 73 (bendy bus) are easy to use as big opening doors, and more place for prams ..... If possible use buses outside or commuting times as it makes it easier and you might even find a seat!