Kate Middleton has proven time and again that she can make pretty much anything look good. Today, she even managed to make a "Baby on Board" badge, which was gifted to her by London subway workers, look great.
It was a sweet gesture really, which they made during her visit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube. According to the Associated Press, they gave it to her in case she ever has trouble finding a seat on the subway. Which is hilarious, because a) Can you imagine The Duchess just hopping on the subway these days; and b) If she did, I'm guessing she'd have no problem finding a seat because everyone would be passed out cold around her.
At any rate, I think the fact that they have these buttons is ... interesting.
They're reportedly designed so that pregnant women won't feel awkward when they ask others to give up their seat for them. It's a nice idea in theory, but it would be nicer if people spotted a pregnant woman and just hopped up. Maybe it helps a few from having to second guess if a woman is really pregnant, but I think most people don't move because they're rude, not because they don't know someone could use a seat.
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Effectiveness aside, how awkward would it be to wear one of these things? Once upon a time, I almost bought a "Baby on Board" sign for my car. I was newly pregnant, and thought it was probably a good idea. Then my friends told me I'd pretty much be laughed out of any playgroup if I showed up with one of those things. Apparently there's some stigma around this saying, whether on your car when you have children, or on a t-shirt while you're gestating one. I don't get it really, but apparently it's a thing, at least in the United Sates.
But hey, if Kate starts sporting it, then she'll probably incite a frenzy of followers who want one too, just like every other item she wears. Before you know it, everyone will want to wear the "Baby on Board" saying, pregnant or not.
Would you ever wear a 'Baby on Board' badge so you could get a seat on the bus or subway?
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