How to Enjoy the Fall Foliage with Your Family

Right now, states and cities across our country are beginning to shine with shades of orange, red, yellow, and everything in between as they pass that sweet spot from hot weather to cold, what we call fall foliage. If your family is looking for a great location to witness a multitude of beautiful colors and shades while enjoying the year’s most comfortable weather, check out our Babierge Trusted Partners’ great ideas and tips on where to stay, what to eat, what to see, smart baby gear recommendations, and local insider tips for the best fall family vacations in beautiful places near you.

If you’ll need baby gear for your fall foliage or Thanksgiving getaway, order early to receive a 10% discount.

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Kristie David – Long Island, New York

Although Long Island is known for beautiful beaches and summer getaways, the fall is a wonderful time to visit and experience the changing of the seasons.

See: Sunken Meadow State Park, Route 25A & Sunken Meadow Pkwy, Kings Park, NY. Driving along the Sunken Meadow Parkway, you will experience breathtaking foliage views leading up to the park, which offers one of the most captivating views of the Long Island Sound.

Eat: Get an early start and visit Maureen’s Kitchen, Long Island’s #1 restaurant for breakfast lovers. Their comfort food and the pancakes are delicious! My favorite are the oreo pancakes, but they have any combination you can think of!

Sleep: Hotel Indigo. This boutique hotel is in the middle of it all. Minutes away from shopping at Tanger Outlets Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium and just a short drive to many of the farms that locals here enjoy, this hotel is conveniently located and perfect for families.

Insider Tip: September and October months on Long Island offer everything from apple picking and fall festivals to pumpkin picking. Some hot spots locals love that both adults and little ones can enjoy include Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Harbes Family Farms and The Riverhead Cider House.

Recommended Baby Gear: For families on the go, our All In One package includes everything you need with portability in mind. A convertible car seat, single stroller, space saver high chair, and pack n’ play.

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Sandra Gordon – Weston, Fairfield and Westport, Connecticut

If you’re traveling to New York City, but staying in Connecticut to save on lodging (good move!), why not take a family hike and get your fill of fall foliage too?

See: Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve in Weston, CT. This is where the locals go for some of the best hiking and leaf peeping on the East Coast. “Trout Brook” features 14 miles of scenic hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult.

Eat: After hiking up an appetite, be sure to stop by the LunchBox in Weston, CT. It’s kid-friendly and delicious. You can’t go wrong with the Lunch Box salad. It’s a local fave.

Sleep: For family-friendly accommodations, check out the Best Western in Fairfield, CT.

Insider Tip: If you’ve got kids between 3-7, what I call the “playground stage,” be sure to visit the Natural Playground at Leonard Schine Arboretum in nearby Westport, CT. It was named one of the 50 Best Playgrounds in America!

Recommended Baby Gear: With the smallest hikers in a backpack carrier, hiking is something everyone of all ages can do. Pack snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, diapers, wipes and extra clothes. Wear sturdy shoes (ditch the flip flops!) and set out. It’s family bonding time.

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Carrie Tjernagel – Door County, Wisconsin

Door County is one of the very best places in Wisconsin to visit in fall and see the beautiful colors.

See: Drive up one side of the peninsula and down the other side, stopping to explore the quaint towns along the way. You will see views of Green Bay and Lake Michigan all while being surrounded by beautiful woods full of blazing orange and red leaves.

Eat: Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay has delicious pizza and pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients, and a gluten free crust option is available. The kids menu also has great variety and selections.

Sleep: Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay is a great place to stay. Bridgeport is located in the heart of Sturgeon Bay with the best kids pool in the area. It’s also walking distance to Sonny’s Pizzeria and the shops of 3rd Avenue.

Insider Tip: Venture just a bit south of Sturgeon Bay and visit Potowatomi State Park. This often overlooked state park is full of varied landscapes and is beautiful in the fall! Feeling adventurous? Climb to the top of the lookout tower for a sweeping view of the bay.

Recommended Baby Gear: Your baby needs a good night’s sleep so everyone is well rested and can enjoy exploring the fall beauty of Door County!

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Katie Willoth – Rochester, New York

Fall in Rochester, NY offers the most unforgettable leaf peeping views.

See: Referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, a family hike at Letchworth State Park will not disappoint. Enjoy bright fall colors and breathtaking views of the park’s 3 major waterfalls.

Eat: Rated the Best Diner in Western NY by NYup.com, and a total local favorite, is Jim’s on Main in Rochester, NY. This kid friendly and family operated diner is the perfect spot to grab breakfast before your visit to Letchworth. Take note, it’s cash only.

Sleep: For nature enthusiasts, sleep under the stars and enjoy a campfire at the Letchworth State Park campgrounds, cabin rentals available as well.

Insider Tip: Locals say it’s not unheard of to get snow by Halloween! So, remember to reserve your leaf-peeping activities to the first two weeks in October.

Recommended Baby Gear: Ever wonder what a family trip looks like through the eyes of your child? This kid friendly digital camera is bound to provide hours of entertainment for everyone!

 
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Krista Spada – Bloomfield and Simsbury, Connecticut

The Nutmeg State allows for some of the best viewing of fall foliage, especially throughout October.

See: Simsbury – Heublein Tower and Talcott Mountain State Park, located at 560 Simsbury Rd Bloomfield, CT 06002. Free Parking is along the road near the trailhead. The 1.25-mile hike is family friendly but pretty steep, but don’t give up! The 360-degree panorama view of the Farmington River Valley will pay off.

Eat: Stop along Simsbury’s main drag (Hopmeadow Street) for a to-go Breakfast or lunch at Brookside Bagels 563 Hopmeadow St Simsbury, CT 06070. Pack a to-go bag picnic to eat at the top of the mountain then burn off the carbs from these homemade bagels on the way down!

Sleep: Simsbury’s 1820 House is a picturesque New England Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Simsbury that also has award winning brunch buffets.

Insider Tip: It’s a great move for leaf peepers to explore on foot or pedal via Simsbury’s vast network of free bike rentals! This means more accessibility and less traffic!

Recommended Baby Gear: Trek in comfort with this backpack kid carrier which supports kiddos up to 50 lbs without straining your back.

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Lisa Brown – Kansas City, Missouri

Come enjoy some family fun in America’s Heartland this fall!

See: Experience the best of the Midwest’s fall colors by taking a stroll (and a picnic!) in scenic Loose Park. If you’re up for more activity and fall fun, Historic Louisburg Cider Mill and Pumpkin Patch is just a short trip down Highway 69. They have a 10-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals, kids activities, live music, and bonfires on select evenings.

Eat: While in Brookside, be sure to walk over to McLain’s Bakery for made-from-scratch pastries. For lunch or dinner enjoy authentic Italian fare at Bella Napoli.

Sleep: Consider staying at an AirBnB or VRBO in the quaint Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, MO.

Insider Tip: Locals know that mid-October offers peak colors and mild temperatures, making it the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor family activities.

Recommended Baby Gear: This Comforts of Home package will take care of all your little one’s needs for your tip. Use the car seat to get safely around town, the stroller for your long walks, and the full-size crib for when the day is done.

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Sandy and Craig Carpenter – Rockie Mountains, Colorado

At this time of year, the local aspen trees in the Rocky Mountains change color to a brilliant yellow (and some red). With the mountain back drop, it makes for striking scenery!

See: Fall Aspen Trees are unforgettable. One of our communities, Estes Park, is a great place to see the colors and since it’s next to Rocky Mountain National Park, your family will likely hear some elk bugling too!

Eat: Twin Owls Steakhouse has great, high-quality food for the entire family with an extensive kid’s menu and fine cuts of steak and seafood for parents.

Sleep: Stay at Aspen Winds on Fall River nestled in the Rockie Mountains for some beautiful scenery and wildlife enjoyable for all ages.  

Insider Tip: Bring a jacket and hiking shoes as it gets cool in the evenings!

Recommended Baby Gear: Ensure your little ones stay happy during their entire trip with this Keep it Exciting package.

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Mircedez Falcone – Bellingham, Washington

Even Washington, the “Evergreen State,” has some beautiful red and yellow colors to show off in the fall.

See: To see the best Washington has to offer, enjoy Chuckanut Drive. From Bellingham, it only takes about an hour and you’ll see beautiful forests, stunning ocean, San Juan Island views, and spectacular views of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades.

Eat: When you get back into Bellingham stop off at Mallard’s Ice Cream. They have homemade ice cream ranging from more traditional flavors to the bizarre.

Sleep: Stay the night at the historic Fairhaven Village Inn. There are beautiful Bellingham Bay views, a library full of games and other entertainment, and it’s walking distance from all that historic Fairhaven has to offer, including parks, toy stores, restaurants, and more.

Insider Tip: Don’t let the rain get you down! Wet weather is all part of the Northwest experience this time of year. Make sure to bring some rain boots for the kiddos and just enjoy the puddle splashing. We call it free entertainment!

Recommended Baby Gear: Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep during your trip with this full size crib.

 
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Morgan Simon – Austin, Texas

While Austin, TX isn’t exactly known for fall foliage, we do have plenty of autumn destinations that are bursting with seasonal charm.

See: Sweet Berry Farms is a local favorite farm that boasts an impressive pumpkin patch, flower garden, hay rides, live music and, of course, a corn maze!

Eat: You’ll have a drive out to the farm, so before you leave Austin be sure to grab some Torchy’s breakfast tacos and a latte from Houndstooth Coffee for the road.

Sleep: Near Sweet Berry Farms is the hard-to-beat Lakeway Resort and Spa. While the kids take advantage of the water slide and infinitely entertaining splash pad, you can treat yourself to a massage at the award-winning spa.

Insider Tip:  If you’d like to stay and explore Marble Falls, there are family-friendly wineries and breweries a short drive from Sweet Berry Farm. We recommend heading to Save The World Brewing Co and trying the pumpkin ale!  

Recommended Baby Gear: Whatever you do, don’t forget your baby wearing device! Because it is a farm, there is mixed terrain and baby wearing works much better than a stroller. The Solly Baby Wrap works great for the first several months of baby’s life – it is lightweight and breathable so you will both stay cool as you walk from the pumpkin patch to the flower field.

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Erica Slayton – Detroit, Michigan

When visiting the Detroit area in the fall, be sure to take advantage of the many sights and activities available.

See: Visit one of metro Detroit’s 35+ orchards for apple picking, cider, donuts, hayrides, corn mazes and more. One of the best for kids of all ages is Long’s Orchard in Commerce Twp. Long’s offers a corn maze and play area (open weekends only). For one flat fee, kids can play on the giant pumpkin bounce, spider web, pedal cart track, play structures, and slides.

Eat: Enjoy “Detroit’s Original Sicilian Style Square Pizza” at Buddy’s Pizza. With 11 locations in the metro-Detroit area, there are many convenient locations to choose from.

Sleep: Centrally located, the Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi offers access to shopping, restaurants and major freeways.  

Insider Tip: Fall colors are expected early in Michigan this year, so the best time to view the beautiful foliage will be early-mid October.

Recommended Baby Gear: This double stroller folds down for naps during busy fall days.

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Fall is the ideal time to introduce your little ones to the beauty of the changing seasons while enjoying the transition from warm summer nights to crisper fall days. Take advantage of the Babierge Trusted Partners’ local love and insider knowledge – they love to answer your travel related questions. Ask about baby gear that will make your trip happy and stress-free too. And don’t forget to order your fall and winter season baby gear early to get a special 10% discount.

Recipe for a Great Canadian Thanksgiving

The leaves are starting to change colour and the weather is growing crisper. You know what that means – families will soon begin their journeys to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with their loved ones.

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On the second Monday of October, Canadians across the globe return home to their families to celebrate and express thanks for what they have. With all the family together it’s helpful to plan engaging activities to keep everyone, young and old, entertained. Here are some fun activities that will ensure a great time for your family in Toronto.

Visit a local farm and enjoy the harvest – Many farms across the greater Toronto area have charming family attractions like petting zoos, arts and crafts, corn mazes, tractor rides, pumpkin patches, and more. Many farms also have pumpkins available for purchase so this is a great time to pick the best pumpkin you can for your Halloween carvings.

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Apple picking – Thanksgiving is a great weekend for apple picking. Nothing says Canadian Thanksgiving like picking apples and eating them right from the trees. This is also a great opportunity to try warm apple pies available for sale. Don’t forget that pumpkin pie either! Both are staples for a classic Thanksgiving dinner

Take in the Fall colours – Visit any Ontario Park to take a hike and see all the beautiful colours and foliage the area has to offer. And don’t forget how fun it is to jump in the leaves… for you and the children!

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Visit attractions in Downtown Toronto – Toronto has many family attractions to offer families around Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Toronto Zoo, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Casa Loma, Distillery District, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, and many more.

Gear Up for Grandbabies – If you’re a grandparent expecting young visitors this Thanksgiving, make sure your little guests and their parents have everything they need for an easy going holiday. It’s wise to gather games and toys you can enjoy with the little ones. Consider a high-end hiking backpack so you can work off those calories from the big feast while enjoying the gorgeous Canadian outdoors!

Thanksgiving is all about being with family, creating memories with your loved ones, and carrying on traditions. However your Canadian Thanksgiving may look, don’t forget to take a moment to truly appreciate everything you have and be thankful for the wonderful country we live in!

Need a full-size wooden crib to host your grandbaby this Thanksgiving? You can rent that, as well as an assortment of baby and kid gear, books, games and toys at Babierge Toronto. Click here to rent your baby gear early and and receive a 10% holiday discount!


Sara Pereira is a Babierge Trusted Partner in Toronto. She rents all kinds of baby equipment like strollers, carseats, cribs, and toys to families traveling to Canada and to local grandparents and relatives hosting grandchildren for Thanksgiving!

Babierge Best for Baby Gear Reviews: Keenz Stroller Wagon

Item – Keenz Stroller Wagon

Category – On the Go

Baby Gear Expert – Lisa Peek

Babierge Trusted Partner, San Antonio

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More than enough versatility for the family on-the-go!

Chances are, at some time or another most parents have found themselves pushing air down the street while their wild child romps around their stroller… At this point your stroller is really an ineffective pushcart. The Keenz Stroller Wagon is a great alternative to strollers with the same comfort and safety, but with added functionality. Going to the grocery store with your kiddos? Bring the Keenz Wagon, so when they decide it’s time to roam you can keep packing the wagon full of groceries.

The Keenz Wagon is a testament to high-quality functionality. It can be used at the beach or park as easily as it can be used at home, out shopping, or while running errands. The wagons collapse feature makes it surprisingly compact and easy to travel with. Keenz also ensures rider safety by including a 5-point harness to keep kids inside and secure. It also has a canopy to keep kids in the shade. And don’t forget, the Keenz Stroller Waggon comes with useful accessories like consoles, cup holders and coolers. You can upgrade your children’s wagon time by purchasing additional accessories, including beach wheels, bug/wind/rain covers, and more. The possibilities are endless!

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When it comes down to it, the Keenz Stroller Wagon is great for traveling families because of its versatility. I love that I can use it with my kids for a day at Seaworld right after I use it to bring my bags up to my hotel room from the car. Plus, this wagon is trendy and cool looking compared to regular strollers. If you compare it to many double strollers, it’s very affordable considering it can hold two kids and still has added room. If your kiddos are anything like my boys, they’ll love the “fun” factor of riding around in a super cool wagon!

Learn more about the Keenz Stroller Wagon at https://www.keenz.us/.



Lisa Peek is a Babierge Trusted Partner in San Antonio. She rents baby equipment (and books, toys, and even ride-on toys!) to families traveling to Alamo City, and to local grandparents and relatives hosting visiting grandchildren.

What Not to Pack for a Grandparents Day Visit

Jimmy Carter signed Grandparents Day into existence in 1978, but none of us need a proclamation to recognize the value our parents play in our children’s lives. Grandparents are everyday heroes, especially to our little ones. What better way to honor those heroes than with a visit?

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Make your visit an easy, hassle-free travel experience by packing light, bringing carry-on luggage only, and renting all the baby equipment you’ll need at your destination.

To help maximize this precious family time together, you’ll want to focus on two critical factors – great sleep and engaging daytime activities. Quality naps and restful all-night sleeping are must-haves for the whole family. One way to help your babies sleep through the night in unfamiliar places is to provide a full-size wooden crib with a comfortable mattress, just like the one at home. You’ll want to rent a crib and have it delivered and set-up in advance of your arrival.

Insider tip: be sure to pack the sheet your baby slept on the night before. This way the crib feels and smells just like the one at home.

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Keep your little ones comfortable and entertained all day with an assortment of age-appropriate baby gear: infant swings, bathtubs, high chairs, and strollers for leisurely walks through the park are some of the bigger items to rent. Toys, games, and books are also available to rent and will provide for hours of happiness for babies and their grandparents.

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The right baby gear magically transforms a long weekend with grandparents to the best fun ever–for you, your babies and their grandparents. Avoid a grumpy, sleepless trip to your parents’ house with the right gear. 

Make loving memories and avoid lugging your bulky baby gear this Grandparent’s Day. Babierge Baby Gear Rentals is in over 80 markets around North America. Where would you like to make memories this Grandparent’s Day? https://www.babierge.com/locations

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Announcing New Babierge & Destination Hotels Partnership

Distinctive Family-Friendly Resorts Offer Baby Gear Rental Discount

Destination Hotels is a family-friendly brand that operates more than 40 independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and Caribbean. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Destination Hotels continuously growing portfolio boasts luxury and upscale properties located in premier destinations from coast to coast with amenities and offerings suitable for every type of family, from the relaxation-seeking to the activity-driven. Here is a sampling of the brand’s family-friendly destinations, all offering a 10% Babierge rental discount.

Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel (Cle Elum, WA)

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Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, the AAA Four Diamond Suncadia Resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering families a unique combination of year-round outdoor activities and amenities. Whether exploring the more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging in a game of foot-golf, or shredding the slopes on skis and in tubes, Suncadia makes for a perfect Pacific Northwest Escape that the entire family can enjoy. The property offers an array of kid-friendly dining options, family summer concert series, and kids camp activities that range from arts and crafts to outdoor adventures, as well as the Kidcadia Adventure Collection, which encourages young guests to complete team building challenges to win badges and prizes.

Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

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Minutes from metropolitan Los Angeles, Terranea Resort stretches 102-acres across a private peninsula, surrounded by the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. A carefully tended southern California family resort, this stunning property offers an array of opportunities for vacationers to indulge in family fun with activities such as nature walks, golfing, ocean adventures, and Friday Family Fun Nights, featuring s’mores by the fire. On-property camp activities are offered for children such as Putt and Plunge and Tide Pool Adventure, as well as monthly kid-themed events including a Summer Sundaes Party and End of Summer Bash. In addition, Terranea Resort boasts healthy, kid-friendly menu items at Catalina Kitchen, Bashi and Nelson’s, amongst other thoughtfully curated on-property food and beverage options.

La Cantera Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel (San Antonio, TX)

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Sitting atop the rolling hills of San Antonio, the manicured grounds of the AAA Four Diamond La Cantera Resort & Spa is inspired by the architecture of one of the largest and most famous ranches in the world. The main resort pool is the perfect spot for the entire family to enjoy, complete with cabanas and delicious, kid-friendly poolside snacks from Vista Grille. The Hill Country family resort also features a separate kids pool, which includes a splash area for toddlers, two waterslides, and poolside games each week such as Sharks and Minnows, Diving for Gold, and Piranha Ball. Younger guests can also enjoy Kids Club Camps, which offer a range of both indoor and outdoor activities, as well as access to the arcade room. In addition to the resort’s tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, and family-friendly pool cabanas, La Cantera boasts nine restaurants and bars of varying cuisine and style, as well as the fully equipped Loma de Vida spa.

To receive an exclusive baby gear rental discount at these properties and many other Destination Hotels resorts, use this special offer.

Traveling With Your Little Ones for Labor Day?

Traveling With Your Little Ones for Labor Day? 

Here’s What You Don’t Need To Pack

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Whether you’re flying or road tripping with your children over the Labor Day weekend, chances are you’re making your mental packing list right about now. Or maybe you’ve already started packing. Stop! Step away from that extra-large duffle bag. By the time you finally cram in all the baby equipment you want at your vacation destination, it will tip the baggage scale at well over fifty pounds. You’ll be exhausted before you even get started.

Thanks to baby gear rental platform Babierge, this Labor Day, families will be able to slip away on vacation with only carry-on luggage, and car trunks that actually close. Why not pack light and avoid airport hassles and stress? Almost everything you’ll need to keep your baby and toddlers sleeping through warm vacation nights and happy during those precious family days together, can be rented in more than 75 family vacation destinations.

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Grandbabies are happier when grandma has gear!

You Absolutely Don’t Have to Pack

  • Full-size crib
  • Pack ‘n Play
  • High chair
  • Infant tub
  • Infant swing
  • Exersaucer or Jumparoo
  • Baby gates
  • Bed rail
  • Bouncer seat
  • Potty chair
  • Bin of toys & books
  • Box of diapers

For many families, renting equipment like this is a vacation game changer. Comfortable, well-rested babies make for relaxing and truly enjoyable family getaways. Everyone gets to rest, recharge, and focus on making vacation memories. You can rent all these bulky items and have them delivered and set up at your hotel or vacation rental before you even arrive.

Why not enjoy a little luxury this Labor Day?

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When babies sleep well, everyone gets to rest, relax and recharge on vacation.

Labor Day Family Fun Essentials You Can Also Rent

  • Beach gear, including wagons, towels and umbrellas
  • Beach toys, because sand castles make family memories
  • Baby backpack for family hikes
  • Jogging strollers so parents won’t miss their daily run
  • Water play tables to cool of little ones on hot days

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Pack light this Labor Day weekend. Travel far. Be happy and make lasting family memories. If you need baby gear, take advantage of this special Babierge Labor Day discount.

Tips for a Family-Friendly Small Town 4th of July Vacation

How is it that school is out and the 4th of July is already right around the corner, again? If you’re like many parents, it’s been a busy year and you haven’t had a minute to finalize your Independence Day travel plans. Here’s a little help. If you’re traveling with little ones, why not think small this 4th of July? Small town Independence Day activities tend to be very kid friendly.

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1) Pack light. Avoid the hassle of lugging your babies, luggage and bulky baby gear through crowded airports, while still enjoying all the baby-friendly comforts of home while on vacation this July 4th. Babierge will deliver and set up a wide array of baby and child equipment and toys at your hotel or vacation rental, and then return to pick it all up on departure day. Consider renting a comfy, quality crib so your baby sleeps well – this way everyone gets to relax and recharge.

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2) Attend a small-town parade. Small scale parades offer an ideal opportunity to experience all the Independence Day spirit with your little ones, with little hassle. Parking is easy, there are no huge crowds to navigate through, and you’ll find short lines for snacks and drinks—and bathrooms! Best of all you can park the kids in the front row where they can interact with parade participants. Be prepared to be squirted with water pistols in warmer climates, and bring little bags to collect candy and other treats tossed from floats.

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3) Prepare for the heat. Make sure to pack sunscreen, hats and a lot of water for everyone, especially if you expect to be out all day. If you’re renting a baby backpack, get one with a sun shade, like this Kelty Pathfinder backpack, a favorite of many parents, which sports plenty of extra room for drinks and snacks (and it comes with a changing pad!). To cool down your baby after the parade, rent a water table so the entire family can splash around in a yard or park.

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4) Learn Independence Day history.  If you happen to be in Boston, take your little ones on a journey back to the 18th century.  They can play colonial games, meet 4th of July Hero Paul Revere and even throw tea in the Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Independence Day offers ample opportunity for your children to experience a little history in cities and small towns around the country. Visit a local history museum at your vacation destination. Small town museums are often an ideal experience for younger children who can be overwhelmed by larger, busy museums.

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5) Make Fireworks Kid Safe and Friendly. Noise-cancelling headphones are a Fourth of July must-have for babies age 3 months and over.  This is especially true for young children who love the fireworks but can’t tolerate the noise. Distance, as in keeping your distance from the smoke and the loudest noise, is the way to go. Many small towns across the US host fireworks that are kid friendly and still quite spectacular.

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Enjoy the Firecrackers, Roman Candles and Skyrockets this Independence Day! And most of all, enjoy your time with your children.

Visit the Babierge 4th of July Pinterest Board for more kid-friendly ideas.

Top 5 Summer Jobs for Teachers

Teachers are embracing the gig economy as a way to earn a little extra money during summer vacation. But which side hustles are best for teachers, given their well-earned need for some down time over the summer months?

We took a look at ideal summer sharing-economy jobs for teachers. To make the cut these gigs had to pay reasonably well, or allow for a lot of schedule flexibility, and be fun–or at least occasionally fun. Even teachers get to let their hair down for some summertime fun.

Here are our five favorite summertime side gigs for teachers:

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Babierge (baby + concierge) connects traveling families with “Trusted Partners” at their vacation destination who rent, deliver and set up baby equipment that helps families enjoy all the comforts of home while on vacation. Think Airbnb, but for baby gear.

As a Trusted Partner you’ll load gear like portable cribs, strollers, car seats and bins full of toys into the back of your car and then deliver it to families at local hotels, vacation rentals and private homes. You select the gear you want to rent and set your own rental prices and delivery fees. Babierge builds your Web site, drives business to it and handles your rental transactions and payments. Trusted Partners earn, on average, about $1,000/month.

Babierge10This is fun and rewarding work. Customers love you. Expect an occasional hug too. Best of all is to see the smiling faces on babies who are super excited to see you show up with toys. Oh happy day!

If you apply to Babierge in early June, you can have your first baby gear orders by the last day of school. Your baby gear career doesn’t need to end in September either. Teachers can rent gear year round by setting delivery hours for before or after the school day.

 

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Rover is another fun, flexible sharing economy platform, connecting dog families with dog lovers who can make a side income as dog sitters. Think about it, boarding dogs overnight, pet sitting during the day or taking groups of playful dogs out for walks around the neighborhood–if you love dogs, it doesn’t get much better than this! You actually can get paid to play with adorable dogs.

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Dog sitting can be a great side gig for teachers. While earning a little extra cash hosting dogs in your home you can still catch up on summer reading, or accomplish all the other tasks on your to-do list that were simply impossible to get to during the hectic school year. Dogs can have a calming effect on you too. We all want our teachers cool, calm and collected when that first school bell rings in September. Signing up for Rover is easy peasy. You can earn more than $1,000/month.

 

downloadSome teachers might want their summer plans to keep them far from the classroom, but if you’re the kind of teacher who can’t get enough instructional time with students, online tutoring is a good work-from-home option. Teachers are great tutors, which is sort of stating the obvious.

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It’s easy to get started at Tutor.com. Fill out the application and take a test to demonstrate your mastery of any of the wide-ranging subjects offered, including Physics, Calculus, Foreign Languages, Statistics, Sociology, Essay Writing and ESL. The money isn’t great, but there’s a lot of flexibility. According to Glassdoor Tutors are making somewhere between $11 and $14/hr. More challenging subjects tend to pay a little more.

 

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Got a car sitting idle in your driveway? Flying away on a well-earned vacation? Turn your auto into extra cash by renting it out through Getaround, or any of several personal car rental services. Getaround currently offers rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, Boston, D.C.,Chicago and Portland, with more locations likely to go live soon. Expect more locations soon.

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Getaround uses safe and smart technology to unlock your car for the customer through a smartphone. Drivers are screened for safe driving records and have access to 24/7 roadside assistance. Renters can earn up to $10,000 year and are insured for up to $1 million. Get started by listing your car.

 

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Teachers are skilled at more than just, well, teaching. TaskRabbit connects helpers with customers who need assistance with varying tasks like restyling a home, moving furniture, running errands or delivering items.

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As part of the signup process, Taskers must undergo a background and identity check. As long as you weren’t robbing banks last year as your summer side gig, this can’t be any harder than the background checks required to be a teacher.

 

Meet Two Gig Economy Teachers

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Joe and Debra Moreno are retired teachers earning a side income renting out baby gear on the Babierge platform in Phoenix. Like so many teachers, Debra and Joe are bright, highly motivated and incredibly empathetic to families dealing with the stress of travel. They’re naturals for a side career in the hospitality industry. They once brought a hungry family a pizza along with their baby gear! Check out their Babierge website to learn more about Joe and Debra.

Whether renting baby gear or running errands, the gig economy offers great options for teachers (and really just about anyone) to change it up, earn a summer side income, and sometimes even have a little fun.

Babierge Best for Baby Gear Reviews: Baby Banz earBanZ Kids Hearing Protection

Item – Baby Banz earBanZ Kids Hearing Protection

Category – Hearing Protection

Baby Gear Expert – Kerri Couillard

Babierge Trusted Partner, Albuquerque

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Ear Protection For Airplanes, Car Rides, Sports Games, Crowded Events and More!

Isn’t it true that often when babies get upset and start crying they are irritated by something unpleasant happening around them? Take a flight for example – before liftoff everything is placid, and the baby is occupied with a toy or nap… But as soon as the plane gets moving they become very much awake, unhappy, and loud! And once the plane is in the air and you’ve finally calmed your kiddo down, something will happen to start the cycle all over again – someone has a coughing fit, the airplane makes some harsh noises, another child starts crying. Baby Banz earBanz Hearing Protection is my perfect solution for these problems.

Baby Banz earBanZ come in a gamut of variations so you’re sure to find one just right for you child, for example, they offer one size for children 0-2 years old which was perfect for my kiddo, and a slightly bigger size for those age 2-12 years old. And ranging from $23 to $30 they are definitely worth the price to bring your child along in good spirits to loud, crowded events while keeping their ears safe. Plus, because these earmuffs can fold to fit inside most parents’ palms, they won’t take up much space in a diaper bag or backpack.

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My earBanz are so effective that customers often tell me kiddos who wear them at noisy events actually end up snoozing halfway through! Fireworks, music concerts, and movies are all manageable with a little one who’s wearing a pair of Baby Banz earBanZ. “They can’t possibly be that comfy – my baby never sleeps, even in silence,” customers often say. But take it from me – the problem isn’t getting your baby to sleep, it’s getting them to relinquish the earmuffs! My kids liked enjoyed earmuffs so much they wouldn’t even take them off!

Learn more about the Baby Banz earBanZ Kids Hearing Protection at: http://www.banzworld.com/earmuffs



Kerri Couillard is the CTO and Founder of Babierge Baby Gear Marketplace and is a Trusted Partner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She rents baby equipment (and books, baby monitors, and even ride-on toys!) to families traveling in Albuquerque, and to local grandparents hosting their families.

Babierge Best for Baby Gear Reviews: Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing

Item – Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing

Category – Baby Swing

Baby Gear Expert – Trish McDermott

Babierge Trusted Partner, Oakland

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Grandmothers’ Top Choice in Infant Swings!

If you’re looking for a way to lull your grandbaby into a peaceful nap, or keep your precious little one happily occupied while you grab a few minutes of nearby mommy time, you’ll want to check out Ingenuity’s Inlighten Cradling Swing. In the San Francisco East Bay we’ve had a rental rush on these swings, selling out entirely over busy family travel holidays. We rent most of these Ingenuity swings to grandmothers who want only the best for visits from their grandbabies.  There’s so much for grandma (and baby) to love about this swing.

The Inlighten Cradling Swing is like a luxurious, puffy cloud hovering in your living room for your baby to lounge in. Plush and comfy, it features an assortment of soothing, welcoming color schemes. Even you’ll get sleepy just looking at one!

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One great feature is its mobility. The swing rotates a full 180 degrees, so you can always keep an eye on your baby as you move about a room. It folds for less bulky storage, or for navigating through tight doorways as you move it from room to room–and you will, because it’s that great!  It comes with an AC power option and a handy battery compartment for use away from the power outlet. Another parent-prefered feature is the jack that allows you to play your favorite playlists for baby. With a soothing lullaby, along with the duo of entertaining lights and mobile features, your baby will happily drift off at nap time.

Learn more about the Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing  at: http://www.kidsii.com/brands/ingenuity/60386-ingenuity-inlighten-cradling-swing-piper  



Trish McDermott is a Babierge Trusted Partner in Oakland. She rents baby equipment (and books, toys, and even ride-on toys!) to families traveling to Oakland and the East Bay Area, and to local grandparents hosting visiting grandchildren.