Can you spare a seat? {infographic}

I love this infographic as I remember being obsessed with these same stats when I was pregnant with monkey #2. I spent the last 2 months of my pregnancy in Manhattan and I remember talking to my husband about the most unsuspecting people offering their seat on the subway or bus. I also remembering mentioning that the people who averted their eyes the most were men, unwilling to offer me a seat. But those men who did offer me a seat were always on young the younger side (they obviously have good mothers!). I must say I was actually really surprised that more men did not offer me a seat.

I am equally fascinated by who offers me a seat now that I am babywearing. I also now live in Brooklyn and most of my subway and bus taking happens in that borough. I actually rarely want a seat if it is a short journey, but I get offered a seat ALOT. It is almost comedic how people start to argue with me to sit. I prefer to stand and jiggle little monkey back to sleep if necessary.

The first hand data collected for this infographic relates to a commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

How do people treat you when pregnant and or babywearing?

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8 Responses to Can you spare a seat? {infographic}
  1. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
    Twitter: sunandsipcups
    February 16, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    You’re right – It’s so funny how tons of people just ignore you, but the people who offer you a seat will absolutely INSIST that you sit down, lol. I too preferred to stand when I had baby in a carrier.

    We don’t have subways here in Washington where I live – and I haven’t ridden the bus in years. But when I’d be in a waiting room or something like that, people always insisted that I have a seat. I sit all day at the computer at home – Sometimes I actually wanted to stand, you know? :) People are funny!
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  2. Janet K
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    February 16, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    I think most of the time people would offer me a seat, but I also don’t live in a busy city or use public transportation. Interesting infographic!!
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  3. Greta
    February 16, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I do know that sometimes when we take the train we tend to become engrossed in our own conversations – or at least pretend to be!
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  4. Dede
    February 16, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    I don’t use public transportation, but was always so surprised when trying to walk from a busy parking lot to a store and no one would let me go.
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  5. Pat
    February 16, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    Hi Ghada!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Yes, Pratt Institute was really an interesting place to visit. I know I’m going back to see more of it in the Spring.
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  6. Lea
    Twitter: viralmarketmom
    February 18, 2012 | 11:36 am

    WOW, that really is somethings else because I remember thinking how rude people were in the 1990s … that they would not offer their seat to my toddler son and me; we had to sit on the floor at the back steps in order to make it on the bus ride sometimes. Maybe there is something to me said for “days and times” now … and in New York!
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  7. Julie B.
    February 24, 2012 | 7:31 am

    It’s really quite surprising how people will ignore the pregnant and the elderly – I ALWAYS offer up my seat, even if someone just looks exhausted – treat others as you would wish to be treated!

  8. Diane @ Philzendia
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    March 9, 2012 | 9:26 pm

    Ugh, when I was pregnant with my son, I was commuting to NYC everyday for work. My commute was about an hour and a half each way. Luckily, I boarded my bus in NJ very close to the first stop so I always got a seat, but once I reached Manhattan I had to transfer to the subway and almost never got offered a seat. Luckily my subway ride was only 3 stops.
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