Before our trip, we communicated with the extremely professional Babierge provider on the ground in Maui—Stephanie Vojdani—about the types of gear that we would need during our stay. Her list of gear rentals is extensive. She can provide everything from cribs to rockers to bouncy chairs, baby monitors, toys and even diapers and wipes. And if there is something that you don't see on the list, she's more than happy to go get it for you. Best of all, you can see her items online and add them to your cart. No Word Docs or PDF brochures and lots of emails back and forth. Just browse, click and add.
In the end, we kept our rentals to a "minimum." We ordered a pack n' play with a diaper changing station, a bouncy chair, a rocker/bassinet, and an activity mat. We did bring our own stroller and car seat, but Stephanie could have provided those as well. Items are charged by they day and are very reasonable. There is a one-time delivery, set-up and pick-up fee charged and that price varies depending on location.
When we arrived at the Wailea Beach Villas, a Destination Hotel, after a long day of travel, all of the triple-cleaned and spotless items were already set-up in our villa. Stephanie also provided some beach toys for our older girls, swim diapers, and brochures and coupons for family-friendly things to do in Maui. I was especially grateful for the extra packet of wipes that she provided. You always need more of those than you think!
On our day to leave, we were scrambling like no other (rounding up three kids and packing their suitcases is a Herculean effort.) I didn't even have a chance to email Stephanie about what to do. But it turned out ok because she emailed me and said that there was nothing I needed to do except leave the items in the room. Babierge has a partnership with Destination Hotels so providers like Stephanie can communicate with the hotel/villa staff about guest items. It's pretty awesome.
Babierge has truly streamlined the gear rental process for families traveling with babies. In the past, you would have had to find a provider on the ground (usually through word of mouth or concierge recommendations), email back and forth with them about what gear they have and how to get it, and hope it turns out ok. But Babierge simplifies all of that while delivering quality service. (At least that's what we found with Stephanie.)
Of course, you can still do it the old-school way which is how I did it with my girls when they were babies—haul pack n' plays through the airport and stuff activity mats and bouncy chairs into suitcases. (Yes, I stuffed a bouncy chair into a suitcase once.) But it's a pain, especially when you have multiple children.
My new motto: Why bring it when you can just Babierge it?
Babierge is currently running a special for Thanksgiving which gives travelers 10 percent off rental fees. Check it out here.
Disclosure: We stayed at the Wailea Beach Villas on our own dime but the baby gear was provided by Babierge. There was no promise of a review in order to accept these items. And as with all things we feature on Trips + Giggles, we'd never endorse anything we didn't actually love ourselves.
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