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21 Things Every London Parent Will Understand

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1. The awkwardness of wearing a 'baby on board' badge on the tube whilst everyone looks down at their papers.

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2. In fact, you really start to notice misuse of priority seating on public transport.

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3. When travelling with a buggy, you plan your step-free route with military precision before you leave.

4. But somehow, you still always end up coming across stairs or escalators.

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Broken lift. Yay. Unexpected stairs, great.

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5. You remember the first time you went on a tube escalator with your pushchair.

6. And the agonising decision between going forwards or backwards.

7. You have a well-practised apologetic look for being the family travelling during commuter rush hour.

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8. That sinking feeling when your baby starts to cry and you still have 20 minutes of your train journey left to go.

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9. Playing buggy roulette on the bus.

Will there be enough room to get on this time? Nobody knows.
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Will there be enough room to get on this time? Nobody knows.

10. And becoming exceptionally stealthy to get a space.

Like walking to an earlier bus stop because you've spotted that there's already two people with buggies waiting to get on at that stop.
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Like walking to an earlier bus stop because you've spotted that there's already two people with buggies waiting to get on at that stop.

11. When people hurry past you to get on the bus before the buggy, and then stand in the buggy bay.

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Leaving you standing awkwardly in the aisle, annoying everyone trying to get on behind you.

12. With a baby class or NCT group round every corner, there is plenty of opportunity for making friends.

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13. And there are plenty child-friendly cafes to hang out in with your new pals.

14. But then half of your new pals move out of London within your baby's first year.

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15. You need to put your child's name down on the waiting list for nursery before they have even been conceived.

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16. You have at least eight primary schools on your Open Day hitlist.

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17. And you are begrudgingly aware that you pay a childcare premium because of your postcode.

18. But you have to live approximately 0.2 miles away to stand a realistic chance of getting in.

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19. But hey, there's always plenty to do.

20. Youhave access to some of the best museums, parks, and playgrounds around.

21. And most of them are completely free.

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