Babierge Above and Beyond Trusted Partner Award March, 2018 – Bethany Baker

Isn’t it great when good things happen to even better people? Well that’s what happened this month for our March Above and Beyond award winner Bethany Baker! This Atlanta Trusted Partner and mom of two adorable littles is being recognized for her steadfast honesty, authentic attitude, and constant positive contributions to Babierge’s Trusted Partner community. She also just happened to luck out and win our Trusted Partner referral raffle prize of $500!

So wonderful to see the stars align for Bethany, a major collaborator and source of support for the other Babierge Trusted Partners. She attends virtually every TP bi-monthly meeting, and according to another Trusted Partner “always shares helpful things, she’s honest and down to earth, and she’s successful.” Bethany truly cares about the Babierge community and helping all the Babierge TP’s succeed. If a partner has an issue, Bethany always chimes in with an uplifting, positive outlook, as she approaches all obstacles with a tough mama, can-do attitude. We appreciate all she does to provide love, support, and understanding to our community.

Clearly Bethany’s customers, like Monisha from Newhall, CA, appreciate her for these same qualities:

“I called Babierge today to reserve a car seat for my almost three-year old. A cheery voice greeted me on the phone. It was Bethany. Though she typically doesn’t deliver to the Buford area, she was willing to make the long drive to “make it happen”! She was polite and reassuring and so very patient as I filled out the reservation information. Though we had to change our plans, I was left with such a lovely experience. I wish this type of customer service was the rule. Sadly, it’s the exception. Bethany is the exception. You can bet that the next time we travel to ATL, and if we need to rent baby gear, she will be the first phone call I make. Thank you, Bethany, for being an exception to the rule!”

Find out why friends, colleagues, and customers are raving about Bethany and let her supply your family with premium car seats, strollers, cribs, and more when you visit Atlanta, Georgia.  

Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! Kaylee Tucker – Wenatchee, Washington

Kaylee Tucker is a super mommy and gig economy mompreneur who lives with her baby boy AJ and husband, Alex, in East Wenatchee, a beautiful town in North Central Washington. She loves helping families travel and experience all the Valley has to offer. Kaylee is passionate about providing safe and top quality baby equipment so families can relax on their trips and create lasting memories. She has previously worked in education, sales and recruiting, and Human Resources. When she’s not helping families travel lighter, or chasing after AJ, she loves writing for the Wenatchee Mom Blog and exploring WA. Kaylee is thrilled to be a Babierge Trusted Partner and looks forward to helping families enjoy their next adventure!

Day Job – Full time stay at home mommy to AJ. No sick time. No overtime pay. No holiday bonuses. But lots of fun, and endless cuddles.

Most Unusual Gear Request – For some reason I get a lot of calls for construction equipment! It really confuses folks when I tell them I can’t rent them a “scissor lift”!

Most Heartwarming Order – I’ve been helping a great grandma plan her granddaughter and great-granddaughter’s first visit to Wenatchee. She hasn’t met her great-granddaughter who is just 4 months old and I can hear the joy, anticipation, and excitement in her voice. She can’t wait!

Funniest Delivery Experience – My mother-in-law was traveling a few months ago and she couldn’t keep an eye on AJ, so I brought him with me on a few deliveries/pickups. I had him strapped to my back in the Ergo carrier while I lugged around the cribs, strollers, toys, etc. It was quite a sight to see! AJ wasn’t the most helpful assistant that day but he did provide quite a few laughs.

Most Fulfilling Rental – A few weeks ago, I delivered to a family staying in Cle Elum. Nothing about the order was particularly unique or difficult – standard baby gear and drop off for the most part. I was able to deliver and set up before the guests arrived. Within 5 minutes of the family arriving to their vacation rental, I received the kindest, most heartwarming text thanking me for the service. And 5 minutes after that, the guest wrote a wonderful review on my website. I sometimes forget just how impactful our service is, and while I may think it’s just a simple order and delivery, to the guest, it’s much, much more.

Feeling Empowered – Being a TP and a part of the gig economy has given me the opportunity to contribute financially to my household while still being able to be with my son 90% of the time. I feel empowered being a business owner and having the freedom to build Babierge here in the North Central Washington region.

This experience has taught me just how powerful a platform community/marketplace can be! It’s great to see the Babierge community come together to help customers, refer customers, recommend equipment, share marketing ideas and more. We are all over the country and most of us have never met, but I truly feel like we are a team. I am so honored to be part of the Babierge community and work with the corporate team.

Click here to check out Kaylee’s gear selection and all there is to do in beautiful North Central Washington.

Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! Amber Brown – Salt Lake City

Welcome back to Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! series where we introduce you to the lovely Babierge Trusted Partners, the baby gear entrepreneurs who deliver  strollers, car seats, and cribs straight to vacationing families wherever they may be staying.

Trusted Partner Profile – Amber Brown is a multi-talented mama with roots all over the US. After some time in the DC area, Amber and her family transplanted to Salt Lake City where she currently lives happily cooking, hiking, traveling, and renting out a great selection of baby gear to families visiting Utah’s shining city.

Day job – In addition to a fun side-gig renting baby gear, Amber works at home as a freelance social security disability attorney.

Most Heartwarming Order – One of Amber’s repeat customers is a single mom who comes to Utah from Idaho for medical appointments. After Amber provided this mom with a crib twice and even accommodated her hectic travel schedule after a rough night with her baby, she was super grateful and even wrote Amber a very heartfelt review about how this service made her life easier. It makes Amber’s heart happy to make life easier for other moms.

Most Unusual Gear Request – A customer ask Amber for four bottles of Fiji (HAD to be Fiji) water. Amber was happy to grant this request and pick some Fiji water up on the way to drop off the gear. Turns out this was a new momma breastfeeding her infant who was SO grateful she did not have a car to get to a store and was arriving in the evening.

Funniest Delivery Experience – Once when Amber delivered to a hotel, she had to bring her two younger kids (3 and 6) to “help.” While the hotel staff was showing her where to store the gear prior to the guests arrival, the 3 year old ran off. They searched for him all over the quiet hotel, and (unintentionally) interrupted an employee meeting. Turned out the stinker had run up the staircase and Amber’s daughter finally heard her little brother laughing from the second floor. Quite a stressful five minutes!

Biggest Surprise – Amber was surprised at first when orders started coming in as soon as she was live on the platform. She has since then ramped up her marketing efforts to keep them coming!

Most Fulfilling Rental – Amber’s very first order was a crib to a grandma whose daughter was coming to town. After pickup Grandma needed help removing their own car seat from her car. It was a type of seat Amber had not seen before but she was able to pull up the instruction manual on her phone and get it out. Grandma was incredibly grateful and gave Amber a tip to “get a coke,” which she promptly did 😉 It’s the little moments of gratitude that make being a Babierge partner so fun.

Trusted Partner’s Story in Her Own Words – I’m a hard worker, go-getter type who has struggled to find a balance between work and being at home with my young kids. I like taking on multiple projects and find gratification from all the work I do, even if sometimes it’s too much. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I love renting baby gear to people traveling to Utah and hearing about how happy the toys, thank you gifts, water table (or just water) made them. Buying, prepping, and delivering gear is a LOT of fun. Babierge is not a known entity in my area and I’m excited to help get the word out and see the orders roll in. It’s an idea with staying power that will benefit traveling families far into the future.

It’s been thrilling to learn how a startup like Babierge can grow and expand so quickly and witness the effort of every Trusted Partner and corporate employee in making this success. It’s so fun to watch and be a part of. Babierge really makes a difference for parents in so many different ways. Personally I have no more guilt about all the toys my kiddos never played with – now they’re hot commodities on the rental market! I also love that my kids can come along on drop offs and pickups. They’ve enjoyed helping me with the business doing things like picking out customer thank you gifts and moving around gear. I am proud that they see their mom running a small business, and to show them (as I learn too) what that entails.

Babierge has given me something that is part of me outside of being a lawyer (which kind of becomes your identity). People see that it’s a unique and useful idea that not a lot of people get a chance to be involved in. I feel lucky that I signed up when I did. I’ve gotten to interact with a supportive group of other moms and small business owners and learn from their experience. Salt Lake City’s area other Babierge partner went online a couple of months before I did and has been a generous resource and example to me throughout the process. So much love!

Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! Blair

Meet Blair, a Babierge Trusted Partner

Welcome to the second installment of Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My!  – Meet the Babierge Trusted Partners. Here you’ll get to know Babierge’s Trusted Partners, the intrepid entrepreneurs who deliver strollers, car seats, and cribs straight to vacationing families.

Blair Gross, a driven mama of two youngsters who rents all kinds of baby gear to families traveling in Orange County, Southern California.

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Blair and Her Beautiful Family Live in Orange County, California

Day job: Blair fills her weekdays hanging at home with her two children and teaching yoga.

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Blair Strolls Up and Down Mission Viejo’s Streets With Her Two Kiddos Sitting Comfortably in the BOB Duallie

Most Heartwarming Order: One time a family coming to the OC all the way from Norway to have their twins (boy and girl) via surrogate right here in Mission Viejo contacted Blair. She was so thrilled they chose her to be a part of their journey into parenthood that she brought them flowers when she delivered and set up their items  as they anxiously awaited the arrival of their babies.

Funniest Delivery Experience: One time Blair’s husband went to pick up one of her orders and a female renter answered the door in a towel!

Biggest Surprise: Blair’s biggest spontaneous on-the-job surprise happened last September. She had to go fix a flat tire on a client’s BOB Stroller and ended up going into labor and having her son that night! In her general Trusted Partner experience, Blair has been most surprised by just how excited people are to find out they can actually rent stuff and not have to buy it or pack it. She gets to meet all kinds of really nice folks and finds it so fun to help make their stay in Orange County easier.

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Only a Car With a HUGE Trunk Will Suffice for Blair’s Biggest Orders

As a Babierge Trusted Partner in Orange County, CA, Blair services Disneyland visitors as well as parents and families staying in the OC and its many beautiful beach towns – Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Newport Beach, and San Juan Capistrano to name a few. She loves helping out grandparents who are hosting grandchildren and need baby gear, but don’t want to be stuck with bulky items collecting dust when the kiddos leave. Blair takes great satisfaction in cruising around Orange County helping families and grandparents out.  She drops off baby equipment at all sorts of places like airports, hotels, private homes, restaurants, beaches and more! Families can also arrange to pick up gear on their own. Whatever the situation, Blair can fit it into her busy schedule.

Blair’s story in her own words:

After having my daughter I decided to leave a stressful full-time job as Project Manager of a Global Events team. I was able focus on my family and my passion for teaching prenatal yoga while also working on remodeling our home. Once the house project was wrapped up I realized I still had a huge desire to exercise my business mind – I was looking for a position that was just the right fit and would allow me to spend as much time with my daughter as possible.

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As a Young Mom Blair Knows Exactly What Children Need to Feel at Home While on Vacation

Around that time I reconnected with an old friend in Chicago who had recently joined Babierge and told me how much fun she was having helping out traveling families. I myself could relate to the herculean task of traveling with children – I knew just how much of a grind it was, how by the time you were at your destination you were completely exhausted just from lugging your gear through the airport, not to mention the times we wound up with a vanished car seat, broken strollers, or that soaking wet car seat… You don’t want to know.

Thus began my mission to help families visiting Orange County have easier, more enjoyable experiences. I especially love helping first time baby travelers and local families prepare for little ones to visit. It’s so fun getting to deliver BOB Strollers and beach toy packages because I know a family will now enjoy the best aspects of OC living as they take long walks around our neighborhoods, and play in the luxurious sand on our beautiful beaches.

Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! Lindsey

Meet Lindsey, a Babierge Trusted Partner

Welcome to the first installment of the Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! series where you will meet Babierge’s Trusted Partners, the baby gear entrepreneurs who deliver strollers, car seats, and cribs straight to vacationing families.

Lindsey Meyer is a hard-working mama who rents baby gear out to visiting families and local grandparents in Chicago’s western suburbs. Visiting Chicago? Check out the gear she rents.

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Day job: Works for family-owned business RatePlug. RatePlug provides realtors and mortgage lenders with marketing and technology solutions to help educate potential home buyers.

Most Unusual Gear Request: 10 cribs to be delivered within hours!

Most Fulfilling Rental: A double stroller, last-minute rental to help out a mom with disabled twins.

At Babierge Lindsey sets her own prices and delivery charges. She commonly sets gear up for families at their destination and then takes it down on departure days, although she will also meet them at the airport with gear, drop it off on doorsteps or at commercial businesses, (most recently at a dance studio) or arrange to have them pick it up at her place—she’s flexible.

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Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs – Lindsey Really Does Deliver it All!

Lindsey’s story in her own words:

“A family friend who is also an independent Trusted Partner for Chicago on Babierge reached out to me. She wanted someone to cover the Chicago suburban area, as it was too far away from her location. I’ve wanted to explore entrepreneurship for some time. I especially wanted to do work that made a difference in people’s lives. I have a two-year-old daughter (and baby gear!), and really enjoy being around families. This seemed like a good fit. We see ourselves as a team, not as competitors, and together we can cover baby gear needs in a large area. I like being an entrepreneur, but also part of a team. And then once a week we all get to video conference with Trusted Partners from around the country and the leadership team. We share best practices, wins and general advice. We are helping each other succeed.

I started less than a month ago and I’ve already surpassed $500 in income. I’m renting more gear to grandparents than to traveling families, probably because I’m out in the suburbs, although I do get some traveling parents with young children too. I rent quality gear and clean it carefully after each use.

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Lindsey’s Deliveries Help Kiddos Feel At Home While on Vacation

You asked what I learned. I feel empowered by doing this. That I could have a full-time job, be a busy mom and also start my own business in a matter of days was a bit of a surprise. I learned I really can manage my schedule and do both of these jobs, partially because both business have deep roots in family and understand the importance of flexibility and what this economy is all about-forward thinking business models offering services that make a difference in people’s lives.

I’m surprised by how much I love this! I see myself as a road warrior out there delivering baby and toddler gear that makes a huge difference in the quality of a family’s vacation or visit with the grandparents.

It may seem simple, but showing up with just the right baby gear, or educating a grandparent about choices in car seats for the most important little people in their lives, feels important to me.”

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