Baby’s Smelly Diaper Gets Mom Kicked Off Bus?!


Dealing with stinky diapers is one of those rites of passage of motherhood, especially for new parents.  We’ve all been there…I know I have!  You’d think that the prospect of changing one of these beauties would be enough, but things got a lot worse for one Seattle mom when she actually got kicked off a public bus because of her 1-year-old’s smelly diaper.

Baby's Smelly Diaper Gets Mom Kicked Off Bus?!

Nichole Hakimian was on her way to the doctor with her sick child when the bus driver told her to get off.

Nichole HakimianPin for later!

“‘Your baby, he smells really bad, and it’s not fair that we all have to smell that,” Hakimian, who is four months pregnant, said she was told.

Thankfully, she found a place and ended up changing the diaper in public and waited for the next bus, and eventually made it to the clinic where she learned that her son had a stomach bug.  She also filed a report.  Good for you, mama Nichole!  Way to go!

Funny that a similar incident happened around a year ago in Portland, Ore. when a mom was asked to leave a bus because her baby would not stop crying.  In that case, other passengers got off with the mom and her baby to lend moral support.  The whole incident went viral.  Awesome!  It takes a village, right?

My heart goes out to this poor mom.  How humiliating (not to say inconvenient) for her: public buses are for everyone and as long as someone is not being inconsiderate, moms have a right to bring to taking a baby on public transport.

Don’t you agree with me that moms should be most welcome on public transport, even if their little ones in tow smell or cry or make noise?

I was interviewed for “Good Morning America” on this story — watch here:

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  • Hea

    As mothers, we have to put ourselves out sometimes because of our children. She needs get over it. Stop trying to get publicity out of your child and just take care of him.

    • The bus driver is not blaming the baby, he is merely expecting the mother to respect other passengers and get off and change the diaper. The fact that she got off the bus, changed the diaper and then made a call to the bus company to complain, before taking the baby to the doctor, speaks volumes about her priorities!

      • steve

        Very nicely said

  • Walt G

    Learn how to spell. It’s “rite of passage,” not “right of passage.” Du-uuhhh!!!!

  • PJ

    Oh, come on people…that bus and the driver couldn’t have tolerated this situation for two more stops? Is Seattle out of compassion? The Seattle Metro bus drivers have the WORST customer service ever! They have a public service job and a LOT of them treat the public like the enemy. I am 66 years young and ride these buses 5-days a week and am having my 3rd surgery this month from one of these thoughtless boobs slamming on the gas & brake suddenly while pulling into our stop, throwing me into a steel pole…then this Monday morning another thoughtless jerk closed the back door on me while I was exiting the bus, catching my broken right hand and right knee in the door, because he couldn’t bother to look he his mirrors before closing the door. HORRIBLE unnecessary crap goes on every day with King County Metro buses and the worst part is…THEY DO NOT CARE about any of us!!!

  • Henry

    Ok even ignoring the stinky diaper she shouldn’t have been on the bus with a sick
    child, what about all those passangers right to not be exposed to whatever the
    baby had. I’ve been sick numerous times because of some inconsiderate parent
    That thinks its ok to go wherever they want with a sick kid. I think the driver should
    get a raise for it. You have a right to take your kid on the bus sure, but what about
    my right to not have to sit beside a kid with a diaper full of poop. In a civilized society
    the needs of the many always outweigh the needs of the few or one.

    • Stephanie

      I agree. If I had to smell a stinky diaper in an enclosed bus, I’d end up throwing up! Then, there’d be the smell of poop AND vomit. I understand that babies will do what they do. The crying is one thing, but sick kids are another. The mother should have sucked it up, gotten off, changed the diaper, used a Wet Ones on hers and the child’s hands (as the stomach flu is passed thusly), and gotten another bus.