Subway Tips For New York Moms

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Living in New York City, there is no escaping the subway and the kids love riding it. We use the subway to get around this awesome city, especially when we are heading into Manhattan where traffic and parking isn’t always friendly to drivers. I’ve been a New York mom for almost five years and I’ve mastered the art of riding the subway with little kids. I wanted to share some of my hometown tips for riding the subway with a toddler. I know, it can be scary but I do it all the time with my 18 month old son. As cute as toddlers are, they require some extra planning if you want to have good ride, especially if you’re going more than five stops (around the time they start to get restless). So here are 7 subway tips for New York Moms:

Wipes on-the-go

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Now, it’s no secret that I am a Mom In Heels. Hey, even on the subway, New York moms like to be stylish. That’s why I love the Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Clutch and Clean Carrying Case. These wipes caught my attention on a CVS run and I’ve been hooked since. The carrying case is so stylish, it keeps me looking like a cool mom while I’m riding around New York on the subway with my kids. When I am heading out with The Super Knight, I toss a diaper, Clutch and Clean Carrying Case and a snack in my bucket bag for him. If I have to clean up his face quickly before our stop I usually just carry the wipes like a wristlet which is convenient since I also have to carry my little guy. On days when he’s rolling in his stroller, I simply strap the Clutch and Clean Carrying Case to his stroller and roll away. What I absolutely love is that these wipes are fragrance free and hypoallergenic since my kids have very sensitive skin.#MomsTrustHuggies

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Sit in the middle of the train car

My little guy loves to kneel and look outside the window especially on the elevated train tracks. When we sit in the middle he’s sure to be close to a window. Allowing him to look outside the window keeps him entertained and he loves pointing everything out for mommy. It’s a great learning experience for him. Another reason, I love to sit in the middle of car is a safety precaution. I love train performers but most of the fancier moves ie. more likely to hurt someone occurs by the doorway and I’m a protective mama bear so we enjoy the show from a distance.

Check the train schedule

Before leaving the house, I check to see if there are any subway delays or detours that would affect our trip. I also check the the schedule so my little guy doesn’t get bored waiting too long for a train.

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Avoid Rush Hour

New York moms know that rush hour means super crowded trains. I know that it’s not always possible to completely avoid taking the train during rush hour but if you can it will save you some sanity and your child some anxiety. If I must use the subway during rush hour we try to leave home at least 15 minutes before peak time.

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Always walk with a snack

Long train rides bore kids and bored kids love to ask for snacks during their subway ride. A small snack that’s not too messy that can easily be cleaned up with your Huggies Clutch and Clean is great to keep handy. I usually walk with a small packet of crackers or cheerios.

Check status of elevators

This is very important if you are going to be using a stroller and you don’t want to lift it up on average two flights of stairs. I always check to see if there will be an elevator at my stop or a stop close by on subway maps. You can also check the status of elevators to find out if they are in service or down.

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Keep Your Metro Card Handy

Last but not least, keep your metrocard handy. Nothing makes your fellow commuters more impatient than you searching for your card. Plus, as a New York mom you don’t have the luxury of letting your kids wander off so this is very important.

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Are you a New York Mom? What are your subway tips?

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  • I’ve never been on a subway train, but we have trains here in the Midwest. A lot of these tips can apply on a bus as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh, you have to come visit Stacie. Yes, these tips are applicable to all public transport.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    When we lived in Atlanta, we had a subway system of sorts and it made getting around much easier. I would ride it to school and concerts and other events around town. Traveling with kids on the subway and the wipes is just plain smart.

    • RattlesandHeels

      It’s awesome to get around in it instead of being stuck in the car Kelly and yes to wipes. Moms always need extra πŸ™‚

  • I think I’d be scared to take the subway at first in New York! It just seems so intimidating, but you make it look so easy and so stylish! Hopefully I’ll make it to New York someday!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Chelsea, it is scary! I was scared at first too. That’s why I wanted to share these tips as I’ve gotten over those fears.

  • Michelle Hwee

    I definitely agree with you on this one! I’m from NYC as well and can say that wipes and sanitizer are a must have for me! They make me feel more clean and make the ride more enjoyable. For kids especially since they tend to touch everything in sight! Great tips!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Yes, kids love touching everything πŸ™‚

  • I recently just started shopping at CVS again. These are some really great tips! I don’t live in NYC but I do live in Philadelphia so I can use some of these! Thank you so very much for sharing! This is a great post!!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Oh yes, these are perfect for Philly as well πŸ™‚

  • MirrorWatching – Gina Brown

    I love NYC. Never thought to take my toddler on the subwa. Your tips will help greatly!

    • RattlesandHeels

      NYC is an awesome city for kids and adults. I’m glad to share πŸ™‚

  • Cassandra Vincent

    But can we talk about those boots and how adorable you little one is? Anywho, these were great tips. I don’t have a lil one yet, but can still use many of these

    • RattlesandHeels

      Thank you Cassandra. I’m glad you found them useful

  • Katrina M.

    I remember those days of subway travel with a toddler and a stroller. I don’t miss it not one bit. I love that you can do it in heels! BTW, I love the wipes tips. I wipe down everything.

    • RattlesandHeels

      LOL Katrina, I don’t think it’s that bad but I don’t do on a daily basis.

  • Cherri Littleton Megasko

    Well, I don’t have little kids anymore, but I love CVS and Iove New York City! My daughter has lived in NYC for a few years now (first Manhattan and now Brooklyn). I visit her two or three times a year and believe it or not – I love riding the subway (just like your little guy). We once got beautifully serenaded by a homeless man on the subway and it was one of my most memorable traveling experiences.

    • RattlesandHeels

      So many wonderful experiences on the subway. I’m happy to hear that you have such a wonderful time in New York when you visit your daughter.

  • Fiona Naughton

    Wow, I can’t imagine how hard it must be to live in a big city and try to get around, especially with a baby in a buggy. Luckily here in Ireland our cities aren’t that busy and I’m able to take my son everywhere in the car. I don’t know if I could do it all in a big city. I take my hat off to you NYC mamas!

    • RattlesandHeels

      Thanks Fiona, it’s really not that bad. I use all these tips and we don’t have to take it daily πŸ™‚

  • These are all great tips Adanna. You are one stylish Mom in Heels and the Super Knight is the cutest πŸ™‚

    • RattlesandHeels

      Thank you Vashti! I had to learn along the way.