Innovative family-friendly companies have sprung up all over the world, allowing you to log in from home, select the equipment you’ll need for your baby, and have it shipped to your vacation destination. It’ll be waiting for you when you arrive!
Once it’s time to leave, you can simply leave the equipment at your accommodations and have your hands free for the journey home. Now that’s a smart travel solution!
Here are the best baby gear rental options for families.
1. Baby Quip
Simply input your location and Baby Quip will provide you with a list of available items to rent out for the duration of your trip. This company matches real moms and dads in the city you’re visiting, making it an eco-conscious choice as it cuts down on delivery and shipping. You’re also helping other families by providing a little extra money for borrowing their equipment.
The gear available on Baby Quip includes car seats, toys, books, highchairs, carriers, bouncy seats, pack ‘n plays, noise machines, baby baths, monitors, jumpers and more. Everything is delivered to you clean and ready to go, including any setup required in your hotel room or vacation rental.
The service is available throughout 500 cities in the U.S. and Canada and as far afield as Sweden and Barbados!
2. Traveling Baby
Traveling Baby will deliver baby gear to private residences, vacation rentals, and hotels. So even if you’re just traveling to stay with the grandparents or extended family, you can still feel like you’re right at home with all the baby equipment you need at your fingertips.
Their inventory, available in states across the U.S., includes toys, strollers, carriers, cribs, highchairs, monitors, safety equipment and more.
You can also choose to have items dropped off at the airport, which is handy if you have multiple kids and getting them around the terminal or onto public transit without a stroller would be difficult.
Book through the Babies Travel Lite site and you’ll get a 5 percent discount on your rental of baby equipment.
The company has been in business for 14 years and offers booster seats, highchairs, strollers, car seats, pack n’ plays, cribs and toys. You can also rent safety gear including baby gates, bed rails, and monitors.
It’s worth keeping in mind that with reasonable rental prices, you could actually save money by not being saddled with high airline baggage fees for bringing your own equipment from home.
4. Travel Baby
Ciao, bambino! Families heading to Italy will be happy to know that Travel Baby has everything they need to feel right at home in Rome—including all those big items that would be impossible or at least difficult to bring on a transatlantic flight. Strollers, cribs, kids’ trikes and bicycles, car seats and toys are all available.
Deliveries are free and all products are from well-known quality brands.
5. Anything for Baby
Traveling to Phoenix, Arizona? Check out Anything For Baby, which will allow you to travel light and still have all the baby gear and equipment you need to keep your little one safe, comfortable and entertained.
6. Baja Baby Gear
7. Amazon Prime
You can buy bulky consumable items that your baby will use while you’re away, like diapers, formula and baby food, and have them shipped to your location via Amazon Prime. This cuts back drastically on the space you’ll need in your luggage and may even be cheaper, especially if you’re buying in bulk. If you’re staying with friends or family, you could choose to leave unused products behind to use another time.
8. Mami Poppins
Offered across Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Mami Poppins has strollers, car seats, and other baby equipment for rent.
The rental periods range from a few days to several weeks. They also offer items for sale so it’s possible to try out an item and then if you like it, you can buy it and take it home with you.
9. Santorini Travel Tots
Europe bound parents, and especially those on their way to Greece, can order baby gear to use during their vacation from Santorini Travel Tots.
Santorini Travel Tots also allows traveling families to purchase services like transfers from the airport in vehicles with car seats, and diapers, baby food, and children’s clothes as optional add-ons.
10. Tico Friends
Enjoy your vacation in Costa Rica confident in the knowledge that you have everything you need for your baby waiting for you. Tico Friends has everything you would expect from a baby gear rental company with the addition of all sorts of useful beach-themed items.
11. Island Baby
Island Baby offers parents everything they need to make a home away from home in St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rent cribs, foldaway beds for older kids, highchairs, car seats, and baby swings. They also have items to help you get outside in the sunshine and be active with your kids, like a hiking baby backpack carrier.
One of the items Island Baby offers, which really helps to cut back on heavy bags, is a selection of baby board books.
12. Posh Baby Equipment
Traveling families on their way to Southwest Florida should rent all their equipment from Posh Baby Equipment. The company covers an area from Boca Grande to Marco Island and includes Gasparilla Island, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Babcock Ranch, Alva, LaBelle, Pine Island, Sanibel, Captiva, Estero, Bonita Springs, and Naples.
If you forget to organize your gear ahead of time, the company takes last-minute requests. All baby items will be assembled onsite so that you can start using them straight away, rather than having to put things together when you’re already tired from traveling.
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