It’s inevitable, our children grow-up…usually faster than we’d care to admit. Eventually, the day will come when the Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World no longer hold their attention the way they once did. My little dude is only three, and already we are moving away from Peter Pan and towards the Pirates of the Caribbean.
If you, like me, vacation at the Walt Disney World® Resort to capture precious moments of their youth in magical memories, you may have taken (or plan to take) your children when they are babies or toddlers. We are fortunate enough that, at only three years of age, my son will visit Walt Disney World® for his fifth and sixth time in 2014.
For the first three years we made use of several local delivery services during our vacations. The Garden Grocer and Turner Drugs both delivered to us on more than one occasion. But, there is a less well-known rental/delivery service, of which resort (and area) guests can take advantage.
While it is, mostly, common knowledge that you can rent strollers (outside of the parks) for delivery to your resort…many do not know that other baby/toddler essentials are available for rent.
In searching, I found several baby equipment providers online. However, after a good deal of research, we trusted our needs to A Baby’s Best Friend. We’ve continued to use their services for the last three years.
They advise they are the only rental provider to steam clean and sanitize all equipment between uses. We’ve always been pleased with the quality and cleanliness of products delivered.
We’ve rented cribs, a toddler bed, highchair, Boppy pillow, bath accessories, and (best of all) toys from A Baby’s Best Friend. Among their many items, strollers are offered for rent. But we always bring our own beloved (and pimped out) City Mini.
Anyway, toys…I try to fly with as few bags as possible (although my husband would tell you differently,) and packing space for toys was never part of the plan. I added them to our first order as an afterthought. Boy, am I glad we did! They came in a large plastic bin, and consisted of nine brand-name and age appropriate interactive toys. These kept our son occupied & entertained while I packed/unpacked and every morning while I was getting ready.
Subsequent orders always included toys, available to cater to different ages (6 months to 2 years.) My son was never disappointed with the selection.
The whole process is simple and friendly. Place your order online. When the order is delivered to the resort they send notification via text or voice-mail. Bell Services then delivers the equipment to your room.
Everything comes wrapped and in bags (which you will have to save for return – the only con in my opinion) and assembly is super simple and requires no tools. I did bring my own bedding because I’m a bit obsessive about things like that, but I’m willing to bet (from the look of everything else in the orders) their bedding would have been just fine.
When you checkout, put everything back into the bags and ask Bell Services to pick it up from your room and hold for A Baby’s Best Friend to pick up later in the day.
Our first year, Bell Services missed some of the items and only delivered half the order to our room. Irate, I called A Baby’s Best Friend at 9:30 at night (and got a human being) thinking they had messed up our order. They were exceedingly patient with me, and contacted Bell Services directly to remind them on which shelves the items were stored. They promptly called me back, apologized, (despite it not being their fault) and promised that Bell Services would have the rest of the order to me right away.
The next year, when I was unsure if we needed a crib or a toddler bed, they advised me to reserve the toddler bed (they book faster than cribs) and if, when the time came, we felt a crib would be a better fit they would be happy to change the order for me.
Sadly, in what seems like a blink of my eyes, my little man has outgrown many of their offerings and I don’t anticipate needing their service this year. I do hope, however, that this review of my experience may help others find and make a new friend with A Baby’s Best Friend rental and delivery service.
*Please note, each use of the Baby’s Best Friend service was at regular cost, and no special treatment or service was given to the reviewer.