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There’s no doubt about it: the smaller the child, the bigger the pile of gear they need for travel.

BabyQuip – sort of an Airbnb of baby gear – is making that aspect of family travel easy for parents.

Tracy Williams is the mother of two daughters, ages 3 years and 6 months. She started her BabyQuip business earlier this year.

“I just had my second child,” she said. “A couple of months ago, I had all these strollers, all this equipment, and I wondered if I could rent them.”

With the Upstate’s growth as a vacation destination, it was a natural fit. Williams is also finding that grandparents are utilizing her services when family comes to visit.

“We’re a travel destination and a huge retirement community,” Williams said. “They don’t have the baby equipment to serve their visiting family.”

BabyQuip service providers are rated, much like their Airbnb counterparts, so families can learn how other customers feel about their service.

“We have cleanliness standards, including cleaning the gear between rentals, using safe products,” Williams said. “There’s an emphasis there.”

Williams said products are also registered and she receives recall alerts.

“The gear I’ve chosen is from companies I believe in and have chosen for my children,” she said.

The type of gear available for rent through BabyQuip includes just about anything a visiting family would need, including cribs, monitors, strollers, high chairs, car seats, baby bathtubs and more.

Availability varies by provider, but Williams has individual items as well as packages available that include multiple items, such as all-inclusive baby needs, feeding essentials (high chair, bibs, plates, cups and more), age-appropriate toys and even books.

Williams said she has handled everything from airport drop-offs of car seats to getting grandparents ready for their precious visitors.

“Sometimes it has been a vacation rental in Greenville and I’ve been able to get in and set up the crib,” Williams said. “It’s been fun.”

Currently, Williams is exploring ways she can give back by serving foster parents, especially those who serve on short notice.

“The company was founded as a concierge-type service, so it’s very service minded,” she said. “That’s the heart of my family – to care about people and serve people.”

For more information, visit www.babyquip.com.

Currently, the Upstate has several BabyQuip providers. Tracy Williams serves the Upstate and surrounding areas.

Visit her site at www.babyquip.com/tracy644. Briana Double serves the Upstate, primarily Clemson, Pendleton, Central, Anderson, Seneca and surrounding areas. Visit her site at www.babyquip.com/briana670.

Heather Leo serves the Upstate, primarily Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson. Visit her site at www.babyquip.com/heather681.

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