Author: Jennifer Guterman
Tags : Canada, Europe, North America, USA
By serving tiny travelers and their parents from coast to coast, baby gear rental companies know what babies and toddlers need to travel in comfort and style, so take advantage of them and save on checked baggage fees.
Why Renting Baby Gear Saves Stress & Money
Ensuring that baby's needs are met for a trip, it's easy to reach your limit – before you know it, the trunk is full or you're exceeding airline baggage regulations. There may not be room for a stroller, crib, or playpen, let alone the swing, gate, potty seat, or extra toys. Besides baby's comfort, her safety is another travel consideration.
When they first began site inspections, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, in conjunction with the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, found unsafe cribs and play yards in 80% of hotels and motels visited. Even though many hotel chains have updated their baby equipment, the CPSC reports that, more than 11 million cribs and numerous bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007. The CPSC is giving the hospitality industry until December 28, 2012 to replace their existing infant bedding with equipment that complies with the latest standards. Why wait for that when you have safe great right now, for reasonable rates?
Nationwide Baby Equipment Rental Agencies
Fortunately, many vacation destinations now offer rental services for up-to-date, safety-checked baby supplies upon arrival. These great services offer a jumpstart on arrangements to make trip-planning less stressful.
Perhaps the largest, Baby's Away (800/571-0077) is a baby supply rental franchise operating in 30 states with over 70 locations nationwide. Locations deliver equipment straight to customers' accommodations, in house or at a hotel. The franchise's web site provides contact information with links to local travel information.
Traveling with your baby to a major city or resort area? The Traveling Baby Co(800/304-4866) delivers high quality equipment that meets all current safety standards straight to your hotel, relative's home -- or even the airport if you're going to someplace really remote. After meeting great success with their large selection of new and stylish gear in Los Angeles, California, they have expanded to more than 30 destinations around the US ranging from Colorado to Washington DC.
JetSetBabies (866/990-1811) is a baby product delivery service which ships baby food, diapers and toiletries to a destination in advance of your arrival. Products in a wide variety of brands can be ordered through their website. JetSetBabies works with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts as well as Joie de Vivre Hotels to supply the needs of younger traveling guests.
Another company is Babies Travel Lite (888/450-LITE), which delivers your choice of baby supplies, toys and gear, for a fee, to any destination in the US or internationally. They are the official baby products delivery service for Hyatt Hotels and Disney Cruise Lines, so you know they are reliable. Check out the simple to use website which offers pre-packed bundles as well as individual items.
Regional Baby Gear Rental Agencies Cater Popular Resorts
There are many (literally) mom n'pop businesses that can serve your needs equally well as the big agencies, often at lesser cost. Check out your destination's Chamber of Commerce if we haven't listed one to meet your needs, or add your favorite local baby gear supplier in our Comments field below.
For visitors to Washington DC and the Northern Virginia suburbs, Lake George and New York's Adirondacks Mountains, or the Wilmington, North Carolina resort area, Breezy Baby Travel Company (877/273-3994) features a wide variety of baby equipment and accessories. Breezy Baby delivers to and picks up from hotels, resorts, residences, and major airports.
Travelers to the Jersey Shore can contact Coastal Baby Rentals (732/272-6804) started by a mom who wished a service like hers existed when she began to travel with her infant daughter. Having grown in recent years, they cover a lot of this fun for families coastline with great products.
Serving the Miami Beach, Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale areas of Florida is Baby Borrow Rentals (954/489-0083) which stocks a variety of useful furniture and gear. We love their motto: "We deliver everything but the baby."
Visitors to Cape Cod, Massachusetts can check out Auntie Vi's Children's Rental Center (508/548-4075), a long-time supplier of essentials such as bedding, in addition to infant gear, jogging strollers, humidifiers and other kids' essentials.
Bring The Baby! (866-355-4457 or 469-569-2707) is a Dallas-area rental service started by a former travel agent. They now serve Fort Worth and Austin in Texas and the Charlotte, North Carolina area as well. They offer full-size cribs, port-a-cribs, strollers, high chairs, car seats, swings, safety and baby-proofing items, name brand bouncy seats and more, all sanitized and ready to go. You can request a parcel delivered to your destination, or have this company of moms set up everything before arrival.
In the Phoenix and Scottsdale region of Arizona where golfers love to take their babies, contact Anything For Baby Inc (480/515-9783 or 877/515-9783). They will package all the essentials -- the top name brand crib, car seat, high chair, stroller, as well as two accessory items of your choice -- for a competitive weekly rate. Best yet, they rent electric breast pumps.
Vacationers to the Florida Panhandle will welcome the services of Babies-n-Town (850/267-2346 or 800/294-6388) whose rental items are certified safe by trade associations. Top of the line items range from high chairs to cribs and strollers (including jogging strollers), and other basic baby gear. Rental bicycles are available for both kids and adults (including those toting toddlers), all of which come with free helmets. Rentals are structured on a weekly basis and items are delivered to your accommodations before you arrive, so all you have to do is relax.
Canada Baby Gear Rental Agencies
Planning a trip to Whistler, Vancouver or other British Columbia vacation destinations? Tiny Tourist (250/868-2042) welcomes visitors from around Canada, the US and other international locations by offering free pick up, set up and delivery of everything from baby backpacks to cribs, to strollers and toys for infants and toddlers. Their premium items are cleaned, sanitized, and inspected for defects after every rental, and Tiny Tourist will try to accommodate any special requests for items not on their list..
Baby on the Move (403/685-2212 or 877/572-2229) helps make a trip to the Canadian Rockies a breeze. Choose to pick-up/drop-off your gear at the Calgary International Airport or the company's offices, or opt for delivery to your hotel or host's home. These choices make it convenient to get all your equipment for sleeping, plus feeding, carrying, bathing, strolling, safe-keeping and entertaining your tiny travelers. All items are newly purchased, manufactured in the past year, cleaned and sanitized. The owner's credo is that they rent it only "if I would let my kid use that." Visit their site for more information and a helpful guide to kid's activities in Calgary and the Rocky Mountains.
International Baby Equipment Rental Agencies
Heading to the Caribbean Islands? Visitors to Barbados can rent all their baby equipment from Baby Gear Hire Barbados (+1 246/826-GEAR). In addition to cribs, high chairs and other necessities, this company also provides services such as babysitting and shopping for baby’s necessities (diapers, formula, food, toiletries, etc.) to make your vacation even easier.
If you're going further afield to the UK or Europe, you can arrange to have all your baby's supplies delivered by Baby Holidays ( 0161 766 6472 or 07793 726 731). This full service company can provide a variety of rental equipment as well as stock the fridge with food and snacks, shop for baby medicine and over the counter drugs, deliver breast pads and bibs, and more. Using UPS or DHL they will deliver almost anywhere in Europe with 14 days' notice.
If you're traveling the British Midlands in and around Birmingham, the family-run Renting 4 Rascals (+44 07872 921 415) can supply anything you need in the standard high chair, booster seat, crib line as well as thoughtful items like bed rail guards and fireplace guards.
Families heading to the south of Europe will certainly appreciate the full service offerings from Bebebel(+44 0034 661 575 532) a company based in Spain and England that sells a large range of UK and internationally branded baby products, including allergy-free and organic food items, nappies, swim diapers and more, that can be delivered to any European destination. In addition, basic baby paraphernalia for sleeping, feeding and playing can be rented through Bebel for certain locations. Visit their site to learn about their offerings, plus shipping costs and note that they have partnered with Babies Travel Lite for delivery to the US.
Finally, for babies traveling both domestically and abroad, visit The New Parents Guide for links to baby supply renters in several states and countries. Check individual sites for specific product availability, since renters provide an amazing diversity of items!
Don't forget, if none of these fine services work for you, ask your hosts (relatives, friends, or hotel concierge) to give you phone numbers for a local party supply company. Often, you can rent baby gear and car seats that meet current safety standards from them.