I too found this trying to get on a bus with a baby in one arm pram in the other and the older twins in toe and not one person help us to get on they bascily stood there with a look on their faces thinking hurry up and get of the way.
No-one cares no more. Its not like when I was younger we had to give up seat for mums and older people, but I still would now od it if the need arises.
The bus driver was rude - he didn't offer to help. I had to put my daughter on a seat and hope she didn't fall off and then quickly get off the bus fold up the stroller and carry it on the bus - the bus driver just sat there looking at his watch with a 'you're making me late' look on his face. The bus drivers only comment was "other people will be getting on the bus, make sure your pushchair isn't in the way". And of course at the train station, he didn't offer to help me get off. But a lovely lady offered to carry my daughter off the bus as I stuggled with the stroller and nappy bag.
The train was easier, and there was always a passenger to help me with the stroller and because I was one of the first to get on the train, I got a seat.
By the time I got to Wellington, I was too scared to catch anymore buses, so I walked everywhere.
When I got back off the train that night, I didn't want to catch a bus back to dad's. I was lucky that my uncle who is a taxi driver was at the station and offered to take us back to my dad's.
Rere, NZ, mum of three
Jaida (6), Ameli (2) & Lacey (2mths) - SA
But since I had James (now 17 months old), I haven't had to use it much (thankfully). First time though I had a guy come down the carraige and help me get on (I had bubs in one arm and pram in the other....). Apart from that, the only bad trip I had was catchign a train home with hubby one day and happened to catch a peak hour train. Very very crowded and air-con in the train was dodgy but thankfully James was very little at the time and slept most of the way home.
NTH, QLD, Cooper,25/11/04
1 daughter and 2 sons
I also caught the bus into the city here in Darwin once, and yeah awkward, carrying stroller on & a toddler plus bag and whatever else, but I found people up here did offer help. I guess NT is a bit different to the big cities in that way, people have opened doors and offered help to me plenty of times I guess now more so cos they see me with a little bub and a tot. So I will endeavour to return the favour to others!
Kristina, Mum of James 3yrs & Matilda 14 months