Some time ago, Natalie and I took our first flight with Jack using carry-on luggage only. Before the little man was born, we flew 98% of the time without checking bags—even on around-the-world trips. But traveling with a baby changes everything, and it seemed like our carry-on-only days were behind us. It turns out they’re not…and it’s all thanks to (formerly Babierge).
Baby Quip is a brilliant service and one I never would have thought was needed until I became a (proud) dad myself. It uses the sharing economy to provide baby gear, toys, books and games, etc. to traveling families that want to pack light but still enjoy the comforts of home and the baby gear they need while on vacation. It’s awesome! Currently, the service is available in dozens of U.S. markets and two international ones (Toronto and Vancouver) but it’s expanding rapidly.
In our early days with Jack, we didn’t have his high chair when we traveled, which made it incredibly difficult to him since he was too small for a restaurant high chair. Baby Quip came to the rescue. It saved us again in Hawaii last week, as a Baby Quip rental ensured we didn’t need to check a stroller. Everything from full-size wooden cribs and infant swings to car seats, strollers and infant bathtubs to books, games and toys can be delivered and ready for you upon your arrival.
Back when Baby Quip (then called Babierge) gave us a free trial, Natalie went on on the website and started ordering both new goods (which are also available) and rentals, everything from his size and brand of diapers to his high chair. She also ordered a few new gadgets and toys for him to try so that we could see whether he liked them and whether we should buy them for our home. For example, Baby Quip provided us with an , which we liked so much that we ordered it for ourselves when we got home.
As a parent, it’s such a relief to arrive at a hotel and have the concierge ask if we would like them to bring up the baby gear that was dropped off that morning. The first time we used Baby Quip, the hotel staff was blown away by the service, too, and someone quipped that they were going to need to use it on their next trip. It’s really inexpensive, too. Our high chair rental was just $6/day and the car seat rentals are about $10/day. At those affordable prices, it’s easier to travel light and know that everything your little one needs will be waiting for you upon arrival.
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