Services To Simplify Family Travel

by Ms. S on June 30, 2010

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I’ve recently been hearing more and more about local services that offer baby rental options (such as cribs, high chairs, and strollers) as well as local childcare services. There are a number that cater to the unique customs of our home- “town,” NYC. I don’t know if these services have been around for a while or if I haven’t heard about them because they’re relatively new, but below are a few of the ones that have been recommended by some NYC moms.

Hamptons

Go Baby Go Hamptons. From its website: Go Baby Go Hamptons provides everything a traveling family needs while visiting the East End of Long Island. In business since April 2008, we’ve been providing baby equipment rental of cribs, car seats, strollers and more by delivering the baby gear to destinations such as hotels, summer homes and grandma’s house. As parents of 3 small children, we understand the need and importance of having the comforts of home, when on vacation.

Hampton’s Baby Gear. From its website: Hamptons Baby Gear is a premier full service baby equipment rental company. Our job is making your stay hassle free – and that starts by keeping your luggage load light. You can give your little ones the comforts of home, just rent a full sized crib, Bugaboo Stroller, BOB or Phil & Ted’s Baby Jogger and a High Chair. Best of all… We deliver, set up and pick up your gear. If you don’t see what you need on our website just call us and we will do our very best to make sure you get what you need – when you need it!

Lucky L’il Darlings LLD. Lucky L’il Darlings LLD, a popular Manhattan babysitting service covering more than 150 families, has just launched a weekend service in the Hamptons. Their college-educated sitters are fun, trustworthy and energetic. Book at least one week in advance for a full weekend sitter. LLD also offers single-evening coverage, based on availability. $100 annual membership fee, then $17 per hour for one child; $250 for 1-2 children overnight (24-hours).

Sensible Sitters. From its website: Sensible Sitters is a private babysitting and nanny placement agency servicing families in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and The Hamptons. We understand the desire and demand to find reliable, responsible, trustworthy, and qualified babysitters; therefore, we personally interview and screen candidates in order to provide your family with a network of skilled babysitters.

Hampton Sitters. From its website: Hampton Sitters provides fun, reliable, and respectable young sitters to give your children the care and attention they deserve. All of our sitters were born and raised in the Hamptons area. We pride ourselves on knowing all the in’s and out’s of the Hamptons. From the best hidden beach to a day at the park, or aquarium, your children will be able to soak in all the secrets the Hampton’s have to offer with our reliable team of sitters.

New York City

Metropolitan Sitters. From its website: Metropolitan Sitters is a boutique babysitting service for families in the New York City area offering experienced, friendly and college-educated nannies and babysitters for their children. Metropolitan Sitters can assure you that all of our sitters have either graduated from or are currently attending college, have significant childcare experience, and a love for working with children. We pride ourselves on our commitment to families and guarantee prompt responses to emails and calls.

Artist Babysitting. From its website: NYC Artistic Babysitting Agency is a unique babysitting agency that is inspiring creative artistic exploration for kids of all ages.

Nantucket

Nannytucket. From its website: In 2005, I found myself frustrated by the fact that I could not secure a GREAT babysitter without all the time consuming phone calls.

At the time, I was working as a live-in Nanny for the family of US Senator John and Elizabeth Edwards. In order to keep up with the family’s busy schedule, I arranged for babysitters at home and on the campaign trail, even using several babysitting services.

Frequent travel and busy schedules made free time hard to find. I could not avoid the endless time on the phone communicating to the agency and then to babysitters oftentimes exchanging voicemails only to find out that a babysitter was not available.

I thought: in the internet era people ought to be booking babysitters online. The rest is history. I founded NannyTucket: an online resource of readily available, pre-screened, qualified babysitters waiting for you to book and get back to enjoying your day on the island!

Other

If your trips are not to any of the areas above, then try a Google search to see if similar-type services are available to help ease your family travel!

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