Outdoor Adventure Tips for Spring Vacations

Glimmering lakes, lush forests, cool blue beaches, and snow tipped mountains are just a few unbeatable outdoor offerings to experience in vacation destinations all over North America.

As proponents of exercise and enjoying free, fresh air, we want to make your outdoor adventures as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are some hiking hacks to help you best enjoy nature this Spring. 

Keep it Moving – A frame backpack carrier like the Kelty Kid Carrier (there are other brands too) allows kids to run around and enjoy the world so that once they are tired, mommy and daddy can carry them comfortably.

Hold Off the Hunger – You won’t get far without some water and snacks! Hunger sets in quickly on an outdoor adventure, so have plenty of liquids, fruit, and non-sugary snacks.

Beat the Elements – Be it sunny or rainy, don’t get caught without protection – sunscreen, hats, and umbrellas!

Take a Pic – Beautiful scenes and fun times are abound in the outdoors – bring a camera so you can hang on to those moments!

Sturdy Sneaks – If your kiddo likes to run around, make sure they have strong shoes like Stride Right or Teva, or water shoes that are easy to wash and dry overnight. 

Play Safe – At the beach, forest, or elsewhere, grab a queen or king sized fitted sheet and place anchors like backpacks or coolers at the corners to create a safe play area.

Sweeten the Pot – Planning a hike with a fun activity at the end such as a waterfall, a beach, a view, or a play area will keep the whining and calls of “are we there yet??” at bay. 

Wishing you unforgettable, magical, stress-free Spring adventures – Bon Voyage!

Babierge Hitches a Ride with the Fourie Family

Start with one baby. Add a two-year old and a pre-teen boy. Two teenage girls. Last, mom and dad. Bake that for 7 months, 7 states, 3 countries, and 2,500 miles worth of travel distance and you get the Fourie Family.

Anyone can relate to the amount of preparation and effort the Fourie Fam puts into their trips, journey after journey. It’s all worth it though as mom and dad, Louise and Claude Fourie, have always believed in the benefits of exploration. “There is no better education than sharing this vast and beautiful world and all it has to offer with our children,” says Louise.

When Babierge caught wind of the Fourie Family’s epic travels we had to connect and see if we could come along for the ride. Just our luck, the family obliged and we hooked them up on their recent 4 month journey from Orlando to Arizona with strollers, car seats, toys, and much more.  

“Last year we spent 5 months in the States traveling from Florida to Colorado. For that journey we needed a huge car to take all our stuff and our youngest baby wasn’t even born yet. When I think of how easy this journey has been and how we simply could not have managed without Babierge it makes me feel quite silly that we didn’t think of Babierge much sooner in our travel adventures! Plus, it was so fun getting to meet Babierge Trusted Partners who were very friendly and quite helpful with tips and travel hints for each area. ”

Showing the Fourie Fam how Babierge takes the stress out of family vacations was a pleasure, as partners in Orlando and San Antonio met the Family at the airport and other accommodations with car seats, strollers, toys, and other vital gear. We were happy to catch Louise on her return home in late January to hear about the latest trip, and collect some special family travel tips from these veteran travelers.

 

  1. Has the Fam really been on the road for 7 months?

We travelled for 5 months in 2016 and then embarked on our Going West Road Trip in December 2017 starting off in Orlando, Florida, driving across the southern States of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally ending up in Las Vegas, Nevada. All in all we travelled over 2500 miles. We’re a travelling family so we spend a fair amount of time in the air or on the road.

  1. What was your favorite stop?

It’s been hard for us all to agree on a favorite destination. We’ve been travelling with the kids’ grandparents (Claude’s parents) and Claude’s dad is obsessed with cowboys and so naturally he loved the cowboy town of Tombstone, Arizona. My bucket-list destination was my favorite – the Grand Canyon. Claude loved a personalized wine tour in Sedona. Most of our kids love Orlando and all the kiddie entertainment and parks there.

  1. Funniest experience?

Late one night we decided to go take a dip in the hot tub at our resort in Orlando. When we got there we were disappointed to see two ladies already in the tub. But a few seconds later we saw a furry creature emerge from the bushes behind the tub and walk right up to the women. When the two ladies turned and saw it they shrieked, shot up, and bolted out of the tub screaming! After thanking the raccoon for his services we enjoyed the hot tub all to ourselves.

  1. Coolest experience?

Probably one of the coolest experiences we enjoyed this trip was racing sports cars in Las Vegas. We got to Drift Race in uber fast cars with a company called Dream Racing on a proper Racetrack – it has got to be one of the coolest experiences I ever had!

  1. What do the kids miss most about home?

Our kids are quite used to being away from home as we travel a lot, but if there’s one thing they miss the most about home it’s probably their own toys and games. It’s hard traveling with Xboxes, bicycles and skateboards but luckily they haven’t missed their toys too much as Babierge has supplied us with fun toys and games along our journey.

  1. Where is the Fourie Fam heading next?

After the States we head back to Italy for a spell and then hit the road again in a few months! We have a few European destinations and then we’ll be back in the USA to explore more of your beautiful country.

  1. Any thoughts about what else a family like theirs might need to rent (beyond baby gear, or gear we aren’t renting)? What do you wish you also had on your journey?

Babierge really did supply everything we needed to make this journey stress free and easy! I know our teenage kids would have loved some Video Games. We like the kids to fully experience the destinations we visit but quite often there’s nothing to do on a rainy day and some video games would go down really well with them – like an Xbox or Playstation.

  1. What types of things are their kids learning on these trips?

Our kids are well travelled. In fact our oldest daughter learnt to walk at an airport in Namibia. JP our 2 year old learnt to walk before flying out of Las Vegas. Besides learning to walk, our kids have discovered amazing things and learnt life skills that they would not have picked up in school or from the tv. Travelling is very much experiential learning which tends to cement certain facts and information a lot more permanently in the mind than some books do.

We believe strongly in learning from other cultures, we try to immerse ourselves as much as possible in every experience. On a recent trip to South Africa our children got to spend a day with traditional Zulu people. We ate Mopani worms and ground Maze into flour. Pierre learned to stick fight and Bali carried pots on her head. We learnt how we live is not how everyone else lives. It opens your eyes to how beautiful, different and sometimes difficult other people’s lives are.

  1. Are your children homeschooled?

When we’re on the road our kids participate in an American Home Schooling program that keeps them up to date with international studies. They also continue with their Italian schooling online with the help of their teachers back home who understand our lifestyle. Our children are bilingual and we hope to further increase their language skills.

  1. What was their favorite Babierge item during the trip?

Although the strollers were probably used the most I’ve got to say the kids probably enjoyed the toy packs the most as these kept them entertained the entire time. A new toy pack in every new destination? Just like Christmas!

Keep up with the Fourie Family and their wild adventures on Facebook and their YouTube channel!

Spring Break Hotspots – Local Tips from the Babierge Trusted Partners

Spring break with your little ones can’t be beat – whether you’re hitting the beach as the weather turns up, catching the last snows of the year, or hoping to watch the foliage return at your favorite national park, there’s family fun to be had! Not sure where to go? The Babierge Trusted Partners have got you covered with some great local activities, eats, and accommodations in their cities.

Don’t forget to rent your Spring Break baby gear early to receive a 10% discount.

 

Penelope Hayes – Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston has been a perfect spring season family vacation destination for centuries because of the variety of activities it offers.

See: Now is the perfect time to hit the beach and avoid the crowds. There are so many other family fun things to do – boat rides to Fort Sumter, horse-carriage rides downtown, an excursion to the South Carolina Aquarium, a day at the Children’ Museum, and much more.

Eat: There are several great restaurants on Shem Creek that will be a hit with adults while keeping children entertained too. Enjoy fresh seafood in a casual setting while the kiddos are watching the return of shrimp boats and dolphins playing among the paddle boarders.

Sleep: The perfect places for families to stay are along the great wide beaches on the Isle Of Palms. There are many homes and condos available for rent, and it’s located only 12 miles from downtown Charleston.

Recommended Baby Gear: Carrying all of your beach gear is a breeze with an all-terrain folding cart.

 

Michelle Ross and Chrissy Gutierrez – Orlando & Daytona Beach, Florida

Orlando is the classic family destination, get it while it’s (not) hot!

See: Orlando offers all of the theme parks: Disney World, Universal Orlando, and it’s not 100 degrees outside yet in Spring, so it’s much more enjoyable. Epcot Center also has a International Garden Festival every Spring from February 28 through May 28!

Eat: Yellow Dog Eats is your one stop shop for family eats with American staples like BBQ, hamburgers, salads, tacos, and an affordable kids menu! Skip the food lines at Disney World and fill up at this restaurant, about a 20 minute drive from Disney world.

Stay: Any of the Disney hotels are pricey but REALLY awesome! For example the Jamba Lodge at Animal Kingdom actually has safari animals outside the resort so you can see them right from your room if you’re facing the right side – so cool! The Art of Animation is another great place for families with an epic pool for the kids.

Insider Tip: Bring a backpack full of your favorite snacks so you can keep bellies happy between meals. Food and snacks don’t have to be a big expense on a trip to Orlando.

Also: Buy tickets to the Typhoon Lagoon water park after 2pm, they’re discounted and it’s not as hot or crowded.

Recommended Baby Gear: A fun day at the beach requires a lot of bulky beach gear like pails, balls, shovels, and more. Rent a Beach Package instead of lugging all that gear! It includes an umbrella, beach towels, four personal fans, four beach chairs, a tote, and sunscreen for the family and baby as well.

 

Carolyn Pugh – Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola offers a perfect mix of relaxing beach life and engaging cultural history.

See: Visit the Naval Aviation Museum to see over 150 beautifully restored aircraft, one-of-a-kind flying machines, flight simulators, and a giant movie theatre to catch some footage of America’s fastest machines at work.

Eat: Peg Leg Pete’s is a must visit! Fresh seafood straight from the Atlantic as well as basic items like chicken tenders, steak, and pasta parmesan for those who prefer the cuisine of landlubbers.

Stay: Holiday Inn has a pirate ship & lazy river and Kids ages 19 and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room. Up to four kids ages 12 and under eat free any time of the day in any Holiday Inn on-site restaurant.

Insider Tip: If you visit the National Aviation Museum on a Tuesday, you’ll see the Blue Angels practicing!

Recommended Baby Gear: A full-size crib! So many families thought they would be fine with a pack ‘n play, only to find out the hard way during their first night that babies sleep better in cribs, just like at home. A sturdy stroller is also a must-have for taking relaxing strolls along the island.

 

Stephanie Walsh – Sonoma County, California

Sun, wine, open spaces, and great food are all in store during a family trip to Sonoma and Napa counties.

Eat: Luma is the go-to spot for any occasion, special or not! A small restaurant tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Petaluma, their staff is always friendly, the ambiance is comfortable, and the food is superb!

See: Did you know that Santa Rosa was the home of Charles M. Schulz? His legacy and cherished Peanuts Gang continue to be loved by new generations at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Next to the museum is the Snoopy Ice Rink and Warm Puppy Cafe where you can cool off and grab some lunch. On the other side is the Children’s Museum of Sonoma which is a wonderful indoor and outdoor space for the kids to play.

Stay: El Dorado Hotel and Kitchen is right on the Sonoma Square and is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area. Bonus you don’t even have to leave the property to enjoy a great meal; their Kitchen is a great spot for brunch.

Insider Tip: Wine country has become more family friendly and there are many wineries that have made a point to keep your entire family comfortable while mom and dad sit back and do a little tasting. My family’s favorite is Larson Family Vineyard because my daughters LOVE the goats out front and the pups that roam the property.

Recommended Baby Gear: If you are visiting the area in the Spring or Summer I suggest a jogging stroller and an outdoor blanket or pop-up shade structure to enjoy the many wineries and parks this area has to offer.

 

Mary Martin – Carlsbad, California

A relaxing beach town, Carlsbad is a perfect middle ground for families wanting to enjoy expeditions to both Los Angeles and San Diego.

Eat: Take a nice walk down the Oceanside pier to Ruby’s Diner. Enjoy a burger and milkshake and ocean views all around you. You might even spot some dolphins!

Stay: Consider staying at an Airbnb or VRBO in Carlsbad or Encinitas. Many rentals include bicycles or kayaks for your family to use and are located in prime locations near the beach.

See: If you’re wanting an all day adventure, Legoland Theme Park California has lots of fun to offer for families. There’s even a water park open in the summer months. If you’re looking for a more casual day, Moonlight State Beach offers picnic tables, a playground, volleyball courts, and beautiful scenery.

Insider Tip: Consider finding a place to stay within walking distance to the beach. It will be worth the couple extra dollars to not have to worry about parking and really maximize your stay.

Recommended Baby Gear: You’ll definitely want a Beach Package to keep your family safe and comfortable all day at the beach.

 

Judi Greenhill – Savannah, Georgia

Avoid the typical hot spots and check out Tybee Island, known as “Savannah’s Beach.”

Eat: The Crab Shack is not awesome because of their seafood feasts and great non-seafood options, but they also have exotic birds and an alligator pond to wow your kiddos.

Stay: Beachside Colony is Tybee Island’s only oceanfront resort, this all inclusive experience has different accommodations for your family’s needs.

See: The Tybee Lighthouse has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah river for over 270 years! Plus children five and under get in for free.

Insider Tip: Best beach for beachcombing is Mid-Island Beach. This is your best bet for finding seashells!

Recommended Baby Gear: Single or double BOB stroller works great on the beach!

 

Clara Trujillo – Aspen, Colorado

Come to Aspen in the early Spring to enjoy North America’s premier skiing spot, or watch the snow melt as Spring sets in.

Eat: Jimmy’s Aspen, never disappoints. Offering innovative, American cuisine and the best tequila selections.

Stay: Stay at the luxurious, world renowned, Little Nell, right at the base of Aspen Mountain.

See: Skiing and snowboarding, of course! The little ones always love dog sled tours at Krabloonik, Snowmass.

Insider Tip: Hit up Snowmass Mountain, Naked Lady run for the noon groom. Beautiful sunny, blue skies and undulating slopes make for a perfect ski day. If you’re looking for something more extreme, hike up to the top of the Highlands Bowl for the most epic ski/snowboard ride down you’ve ever had. (Experienced riders, only!)

Recommended Baby Gear: Snowy streets means that having a stroller that can cruise through the snow, ice, and slush is essential. Rent a BOB, Joovy or City Mini GT Stroller so you can enjoy your stroll through town.

 

Megan Clark – Charlotte, North Carolina

Eat: A unique, local favorite restaurant, enjoy locally sourced pizza at Pure Pizza, located in an old townhouse uptown – you will never tire of this pizza spot, voted Top Best Pizza in 50 States!

Stay: You got to stay at the Ritz Carlton Charlotte! In the heart of a beautiful, walkable, art-filled downtown.

See: US National Whitewater Center is known for whitewater rafting, canoeing & kayaking but they have so much more things to do to name a few: rappelling, rock climbing, hiking & biking trails, live entertainment, craft beers & delicious eats. A fantastic spot to hang out with the family in a relaxed atmosphere that is fun for all ages. Bring a blanket to relax on the lawn enjoying the sights and sounds of the water.

Recommended Baby Gear: The Kelty Backpack Kid Carrier makes moving around the city, parks, hiking trails more mobile & enjoyable.

Insider tip: Charlotte has an amazing “secret garden” that exists here called Wing Haven. It’s one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets & is an escape from urban life. Filled with winding brick trails, water features, sculptures, birds & flowers.

The Best Winter Getaways for You and Your Baby

February in North America is a prime moment to enjoy the snow – just in time to say goodbye to rough temperatures, while still being able to enjoy fresh powder soon to be rain. We checked in with Babierge Trusted Partners across the country to see what fun times are happening in their areas, and get some ideas for local kid-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and attractions for your family to enjoy the end of Winter.

Jessica Beemsterboer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is the perfect winter mix of small town fun and mountain town sporting opportunities.

See: For playing in the snow, some beautiful walks, and sledding, try out Nichols Arboretum. The Hands On Museum is downtown and tons of fun, perfect for indoor play. It even has a great room just for 5 year olds and below, and a baby area too.

Eat: Zingerman’s Deli is a must-try! Afternoon Delight and Seva are a few of our other favorites and kid-friendly.

Stay: If you want to be downtown within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town, a few stellar hotels are the Bell Tower and The Graduate.

Insider Tip: A bit further from downtown is the new 242 Community Center with a huge indoor park-like play area, and its free!

Recommended Baby Gear: Add on our stroller or infant carrier covers to keep the little ones warm while you’re out and about.

 

Patricia Stacer – Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Michigan always has so much to see and do, even in the winter!

See: Bring the kids to see dragons, unicorns, and mermaids! Get some hands on learning and take a ride on a 1928 Spillman Carousel that overlooks the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Eat: My family’s favorite restaurant happens to be in my hometown, Vault Cafe and Bakery located on Main Street in Caledonia. It’s worth the drive for some fresh baked breakfast treats or some homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch. A great place for kids and parents.

Stay: AirBnb and similar sites offer tons of affordable, fun accomodations for families visiting Grand Rapids.

Insider Tip: Vacationing on a budget? Grab the kids and head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for Family night every Thursday. Admission is only $1.75 per person from 5pm – 8pm.

 

Caitlin Hankins – Denver, Colorado

Colorado and the Rocky Mountains provide some of the most beautiful winter views, with a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

See: Copper Mountain Resort – Located just over an hour from Denver, Copper Mountain provides everything you’d expect from a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, plus so much more! Snow tubing, ice skating, a snow-coaster, and a special kids-only zone on the mountain are sure to entertain the entire family!

Eat: Before a day on the slopes or even just a stay in town, locals love to start their day at the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe. Then for lunch, soak in some Rocky Mountain sunshine at one of Copper Mountain’s many restaurants right at the base of the slopes. We recommend Mahi’s Street Tacos for a quick and delicious meal to refuel the family for some afternoon adventures.

Stay: Frisco offers tons of cabin and home rentals for your stay. Use 5 Diamond Lodging, a local property management company, to find your dream mountain chalet for your stay. Only 7 minutes to Copper Mountain, they offer a free shuttle to the resort and around Frisco as well.

Insider Tip: Even though it won’t be hot during your stay, sunscreen and SPF chapstick are a must when on the mountain! The sun is much stronger at 10,000 feet, even when it is cloudy. Also remember to drink plenty of water so altitude sickness doesn’t ruin your visit!

Recommended Baby Gear: Around town or on a snowshoeing adventure, you and your child will find comfort with this backpack kid carrier, made for longer treks in the great outdoors.

 

Mircedez Falcone – Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham is a typical Pacific Northwest wonderland with great food and even better outdoor opportunities.

See: Go skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing at Mount Baker. Lift tickets are free for kids 6 and under! The third biggest mountain in Washington, Baker always has unforgettable views for its visitors.

Eat: Washington is known for its breweries. At North Fork Brewery parents can enjoy a brew while the kids enjoy the pizza.

Stay: Mt. Baker Vacation Rentals have several cabins perfect for the whole family, all close to the ski area, hiking, and the small town of Glacier, WA.

Recommended Baby Gear: To enjoy some hiking with your little ones be sure to rent the backpack carrier. It’ll keep them nice and warm while you trek through the snow.  

 

Silent Nights – Help Your Baby Rest Well During Holiday Travel

Does the idea of your baby sleeping smoothly in an unfamiliar place seem like a Christmas miracle? Babierge has some insider tips that will have your baby sound asleep while you relax and enjoy the festivities wherever you travel this holiday.

1) Rent a crib just like at home – Crib rentals are available in travel destinations across the country and make your baby feel safe and secure like at home.

2) Try to keep the same routine as home – If you usually do bath and a story before bedtime, stick to that schedule.

3) Prepare similar meals and avoid new foods after dinner – Last thing you need is an upset tummy. Feed your baby meals like the ones at home and avoid new foods, or holiday sweets, before bedtime.

4) Bring unwashed sheets and some favorite dolls or stuffed animals from home – For toddlers, a favorite stuffed animal or doll feels safe and comfortable. In an unfamiliar environment, sleep comes easier on a sheet that feels and smells like home. 

5) Pack a crib mobile – If your baby is usually lulled into sleep with a mobile, try to bring it along, or rent a similar one at your destination.

6) Adjust for timezone changes – Two schools of thought: One says gradually nudge your baby’s nap and bedtime closer to your destination time zone, starting the week before you travel. Another supports sticking with your home time zone for short trips.

7) Renting? Ask if they have a dark room, or room with shades for naps and earlier bedtimes – You can also bring or rent blackout shades that stick to windows.

8) Sound machine – If you don’t use already use one, start the week before you leave, especially if you’re traveling to a noisy place.

9) Never hurts to pack Tylenol or Motrin, just in case! – Disinfect your way through airports and long flights and wash hands – a lot! Bring your standard meds along too, as kids are exposed to lots of new germs when traveling. Sick littles ones can have long, difficult nights.

10) Rent a cool mist humidifier – The air in arid or elevated destinations can be dry. A cool mist humidifier (never use a warm mist humidifier around little ones) can help babies sleep more comfortably.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a baby was stirring…

All of us at Babierge wish you silent nights and warm, cozy, fun-filled days full of rest and relaxation during your holiday travel.

 

How to Travel Easy with Babies This Holiday

Nearly half of the families in Babierge’s November 2017 family travel survey feel the most stressful aspect of family travel is the very first leg – simply getting themselves, their babies, and their stuff through busy airports and then enduring a long, crowded flight with (sometimes cranky) little ones. Thirty-three percent feel most anxious about having the right gear for their children while another ten percent are concerned with baby safety at their accommodations.

Needless to say, vacations are where family memories are made. Here are some tips to reduce stress and travel anxiety so you can start making memories as soon as you leave home.

Schlep Less

Pack Light – Have baby equipment, toys, games, diapers, baby food and a lot more delivered to your hotel or vacation rental.

Ship Gifts – Don’t travel with your Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. Instead have them shipped, already wrapped, to your destination.  Then mail them to yourself before returning home.

Make Security a Sinch

Explain in Advance – Helping kids understand the security process and keeping it all postive reduces stress (for everyone). “They keep us safe. First we put our belonging through an x-ray machine and they take a picture of them. Then we walk through a little door.”

Cut in Line – Most checkpoints have family lines, which often means his often moves you to the front of the line.

Encourage toddlers to walk through on their own – If you are holding a toddler when you go through screening and the alarm beeps, you are both subject to additional search.

Optimize Your Flight

Timing is Everything – When is your baby the happiest? Book a flight with this sweet spot in mind.

Book up Front – It’s a lot easier to board and exit, especially with babes in arms, and the front tends to be quieter.

Window! – No one wants baby’s head bonked by someone barreling down the aisle.  Window seats provide privacy, some support for your own head and arm, and even a little entertainment for babies and toddlers.

Pay for Peace – While it’s true you can hold your lap baby until age 2 on most airlines, booking an extra seat and placing your baby in an FAA-approved car seat, can make for a much more relaxing flight for everyone.  

Dress for Success – Comfortable clothing keeps your kids happy. Adorable outfits can go a long way towards helping your fellow passengers overlook noisy kids on long flights.

Happy travels!

“Safe and Spotless” Babierge Customers Report in New Customer Survey; Kudos to our Trusted Partners!

Like any marketplace, Babierge customers leave reviews of the Trusted Partners, the independent contractors who provide and deliver the baby gear to traveling families. Overall these reviews are really terrific, often commenting how we “saved their vacation” or “came to the rescue.” Recently we decided to go a bit deeper and ask parents and grandparents more specifics about their experience with Babierge. Let me quickly summarize our Customer Survey findings – our Trusted Partners totally rock! Here are some of the highlights:

100% of customers consider the equipment to be Safe, an absolute standard that we cover in our Trusted Partner training program and reinforce in our community. This result shows that our Trusted Partners take Safety very seriously!

100% say the equipment is safe!

77% reported the equipment to be Spotless (a very high standard!) and the other 23% said the equipment was Very Clean.  And not a one rated it any lower than that! Enough said!

77% say “Spotless”

87% found the experience with Trusted Partners to be Excellent with the rest indicating Very Good.

87% say Excellent

Babierge’s company values together with  our community embrace the importance of hospitality and service. In our private community, our Trusted Partners are constantly trading tips on how to best handle customer requests, exchanging new ideas to better serve families (such as adding Holiday decorating items), and applauding one another’s “wins” where they went beyond expectations to help a family in need.

Finally, over 90% of participants in our customer survey indicated they were Very Satisfied with Babierge (and no one was unsatisfied) and 94% indicated that they are Very Likely to recommend Babierge to other families.

Wowza! These results tangibly show that Babierge Trusted Partners are truly delivering exceptional service and products to traveling families. This takes hard work and dedication and I am supremely grateful that they have chosen to embrace our values and work on our marketplace!

Other things we learned, most of them not surprising to us:

  • The “most important item” families rent from Babierge is the Crib (46%), followed by Car Seat (20%), cribs are flying again this Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Prior to using Babierge, 26% borrowed gear from friends or family and 19% bought gear at their destination. I’m sure they’re happy that they don’t have to do that anymore!
  • And the biggest pain points are Getting through the Airport and Flight (44%) and Not Having the Gear they need at Their Destination (33%). So glad we can help!

So in advance of the crazy busy Thanksgiving Holiday – the biggest family travel holiday – Thank You Babierge Trusted Partners!

(Please share your holiday family travel horror story in the comments!)

Interested in joining our loving team? Learn about the Trusted Partner opportunity here.

Babierge and Kid & Coe Partner to Offer an Even Easier Way to Travel With Little Ones

November 14, 2017 – From today, luxury family travel firm Kid & Coe has partnered with leading baby equipment rental platform, Babierge (baby + concierge), to help families travel light. Say goodbye to trudging through busy airports with bulky baby gear, and exorbitant excess baggage fees, and hello to a new and easier way of traveling as a family.

“While in Los Angeles last year with my young baby, being able to order a crib, linens and toys for my baby from Babierge to suit the child-friendly property I had rented made my stay a whole lot easier. Kid & Coe is in the business of making family travel simpler, and this partnership for us is a no-brainer,” said Kid & Coe founder, Zoie Kingsbery Coe.

“Now in 100 travel destinations in the US and Canada, Babierge partners with leading travel brands that understand the unique needs of traveling families,” said Fran Maier, Co-founder and CEO of Babierge. “Kid & Coe is an ideal partner, as our goals are closely aligned — to help traveling families get the most enjoyment from their vacation.”

For many parents, travel with a baby can be daunting. Babierge takes some of that stress away by delivering and setting up a large selection of clean quality gear, and returning to pick it up on departure day. While many of Kid & Coe’s properties are already set up for young children, this service supplements the items provided, meaning that all the gear, games and toys a traveling family needs can be easily procured in the locations served by Babierge.

The launch of this partnership on Kid & Coe coincides with a move towards offering an enhanced range of services for families, including a concierge partnership with Key Concierge (www.key.co) and itineraries to inspire family travel from Babyccino (www.babyccinokids.com).

To view all destinations served by Babierge please visit: www.babierge.com

For more information on Kid & Coe, please visit: www.kidandcoe.com

Tips for a Fabulous Holiday Hosting Your Grandbabies

Are your grand-babies visiting for the holidays? Want to show them the time of their young lives? Here are some quick pointers to make sure your grandchildren – and children! – have a wonderful time with you this holiday. When you get it right, they’ll be excited to come around again next year.

Family Fun – Holiday visits offer a moment to slow down, enjoy time with family, and get minds away from work. Here are a few ideas for at-home fun reconnecting with your visiting grandchildren

Board games: Twister and Candyland for everyone. Monopoly, Pictionary, and more complex card games for the older kids.

Ugly Christmas sweater and pajama contests

Decorate christmas tree and hang stockings

Baking: Bake cookies

Home movie night: Pajamas and popcorn family movie night – Classic animated programs like Frosty the Snowman can be understood by your very young grandchildren, but enjoyed by all. For grandchildren over age five, try Home Alone or Elf

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent Entertainment – Of course many of the holiday’s most exciting events are just outside the front door! Here are some great ideas to show your grandkids a special night on the town.

Holiday movies in the theatre

Tree lighting ceremonies and community gatherings

Christmas caroling

Bundle up and visit the local zoo or museums

Host a real life Polar Express ride: Complete with a book reading, tickets to ride, popcorn, hot chocolate and treats, cruise around neighborhoods with amazing Christmas decorations to show your grandchildren an epic light tour!

Happy Bellies – The key to any heart is through the belly, so feed your grandkids some of the dishes they eat at home, but also introduce them to family holiday food traditions, straight from the source!

Ask ahead of time for their favorite meals or allergies

Make cookies and pie

Make sure you have a food blender for smoothies and fruit

Make, decorate, and eat gingerbread houses made out of graham crackers

Outdoor Enjoyment – Here are some ideas for taking the kiddos out for a romp and making sure they are tired when bedtime comes around.

Kelty backpack for hiking

Sleds, toboggans, and sleighs for snowy hills

Snowball fights and snow angel making

Paint the snow – grab some inexpensive spray bottles and fill with them with water and food coloring

Sound Sleep – Making sure sleep comes easy for your grandbabies is less important for their happiness and more important for your own kids’ sanity. These gear tips and ideas will make sure not a creature is stirring, not even a baby!

Full-size crib and baby monitor

Sound machine/humidifier

A quiet sleeping area away from the hustle and bustle of the home. Dark curtains will also keep the room ready for naps during the day.

Ensure your babies a home-like experience during your upcoming family vacation. Babierge is in over 100 locations and delivers sterilized cribs, car seats, strollers, books, toys, and more to any accommodation. 

Destination Hotels Offers Festive Winter Holiday Events for Parents and Children

The classic winter holiday family vacation challenge: finding a location where parents can relax and recharge while also making special holiday memories with their children. Babierge partner Destination Hotels has a solution. Want to dress like an elk and run a 1k with your kids this year? Or gather round a cozy fire while elves read Christmas stories to your family?

This holiday Destination Hotels is offering families the best of both worlds. From skiing at beautiful Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont, to enjoying the cool pacific breeze at Terranea Resort on the outskirts of LA, to Elf tuck-ins and a breakfast with Santa. Here’s a list of fun family-friendly activities happening at Destination Hotel locations this season.

Suncadia Resort (Cle Elum, Washington)

Running of the Elk – Start your holiday season with a 5k & Kids 1k Fun Run. Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to start the race. Throughout the run they will have the opportunity to complete their Holiday Elk attire with red nose and bell.

Dates: Nov. 24, 10:00am

Tree Lighting Celebration – Enjoy live holiday music, Christmas carols, holiday cookies and a visit from Santa at Suncadia’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration.

Dates: Nov. 24, 6:00pm

Candy Land – Your child’s dreams of skating on the frozen ice cream river, swimming in the chocolate lake and visiting the Candy Queen and Candy Cane Castle will all come true.

Dates: Dec. 2, 9, 16-30, 5:00-10:00pm

Bear Factory – Come anytime to stuff your own signature Bear Factory stuffed animal. Choose from a variety of animals, outfits and accessories to create one that is uniquely yours. Includes birth certificate and carrying box.

Dates: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 24

Rope Tow Inner Tubing – Experience the thrill of the hill on an inner tube with a rope tow return. Fun for children and adults, enjoy the fast-paced ride and beautiful view as you speed down the hill!

Dates: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 & Dec.16 – Jan. 2

Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes, California)

S’mores by The Fire – Snuggle up and sink your teeth into sweet and sticky treats at S’mores by the Fire, a perfect family activity to kick off holiday weekends!

Dates: Friday nights in December | 6pm-7pm | Resort family pool fire pit Exclusive to resort guests | Includes 1 s’mores kit per person

Kids Club Holiday Gift Workshop – Unleash your inner elf this season at the Tide Pool Kids Club! Spend a festive afternoon making a gingerbread house, a cuddly creation, holiday crafts and decorations to give as gifts to your family and friends.

Dates: Daily in December | 2pm-4pm | Tide Pool Kids Club Child $80 (ages 4 – 12) | Advance reservations required

Stories by the Fire – Santa’s elves will warm your heart, sharing classic holiday tales each night in December. Join us and relax by the fire in Terranea’s cozy Lobby Living Room for children’s story time.

Dates: Nightly in December | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – ‘Not a creature will be stirring’ as guests gather by the fire to listen to a special rendition of ’Twas the Night before Christmas in Terranea’s Lobby Living Room for all of those young at heart! Join the fun on Christmas Eve to set the scene for the perfect holiday experience.

Dates: Sunday, December 24, 2017 | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests

Postcards to the North Pole – Time to make a list, check it twice and send it off to Santa. Guests of all ages are invited to fill out personalized postcards shipped directly to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole. There’s a good chance your letters will get a response of warm tidings from St. Nick himself.

Dates: December 1 – 24, 2017 | Open During Hours of Operation | Tide Pool Kids Club

Elf Tuck-Ins – Send your little ones to bed with visions of sugar plums after sweet treats and bedtime stories with Santa’s special helper – Terranea’s resident elves! A special stocking to hang by the chimney with care is also included in the elves’ visit.

Dates: Nightly in December | 6pm-10pm | $35 per child | Advance reservations required

Kids New Year’s Eve Party – Kiss 2017 goodbye and the kids good night as they head off to their own kids party hosted by Tide Pool Kids Club. They will have the night of their lives packed with games, crafts, scavenger hunts and even a special countdown to 2018 while you are free to party the night away at your chosen venue.

Dates: Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 6pm-1am | Child $100 4-14 years old | Advance reservations required

Stowe Mountain Lodge (Stowe, Vermont)

Laser tag and pizza party – Friday, November 24 | 6 pm – 9 pm|

Kids Movie Night – Friday, November 24,  | 4 pm – 7 pm|  (2 showings)

Skamania Lodge (Stevenson, Washington)

Breakfast with Santa Children can join Santa for a very special breakfast featuring wonderful holiday music from local community choirs. Share wish lists and capture the moment with a photograph.

Dates: November 25, 2017 | 9am-12 noon 

Christmas in the Gorge – The Gorge celebrates the Holidays with a festive parade and arts & crafts bazaar. Join us in the town of Stevenson for all of the holiday fun.

Dates: December 1 – 3

Elf Story Time – Cozy up by the Gorge Room fire with a cup of hot cocoa and cookies to listen to stories filled with the magic of the season.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays | 8 pm – 9 pm 

Starlight Parade – Take part in a treasured holiday tradition by watching the Starlight Parade on Highway 14 in downtown Stevenson, Washington.

Dates: December 1, 7 pm

Hotel Derek (Houston, Texas)

Breakfast with Santa – Take photographs and visit with Santa from 9am to 11am and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with gingerbread waffles and a custom hot cocoa bar. Stick around for a viewing of christmas movies including Polar Express and Christmas cookie decorating.

Dates: Saturday, December 9th

Resort at Squaw Creek (Lake Tahoe, CA)

Family Ice Rink Games – Play family-friendly games in a winter wonderland setting on our ice rink with family and friends.

Dates: November 23, 12pm – 2pm

Turkey Hunt – Join us for a turkey hunt on our golf course. Whomever finds the special toy turkey wins a prize! Ages 4 – 12, meet at the ice rink.

Dates: Friday, November 24, 12pm – 2pm

The Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

The Twelve Days of Christmas – A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, and events to keep you and your little ones entertained.

Dates: December 1 – January 2

Holiday Express – Join our holiday elves for a special reading of The Polar Express. There will be cookie decorating, ornament making, an afternoon snack, and of course a train ride around the Inn.

Dates: December 17

Breakfast with Santa – Each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone.

Dates: December 10, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy – The Triangle Youth Ballet presents an Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairies. Ballerinas will dance as you sample treats from the land of sweets. Enjoy Nutcracker story time. See a magic show and get your picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy! It’s the perfect holiday gathering.

Dates: December 10

Make Your Own Gingerbread House – A cozy afternoon that begins with a story of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able to assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef’s hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. At the end of class, each child will take home a completed Gingerbread House and accessories.

Dates: December 22

Babierge rents exceptionally clean, quality baby gear to Destination Hotels guests.  

Gear includes full-size wooden cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats, infant swings, bathtubs, as well as books, games, toys and a lot more. If you’ll be staying at a Destination partnership hotel, you can reserve your baby gear here and receive a 10% rental discount.