Calling All Clients!

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Calling all Mainely Babies clients!  We want to see your pictures! We’re on the lookout for photos of your adorable little ones enjoying Maine in our gear.  Everyone who sends us their photo(s) will get 15% off their next Mainely Babies rental order, and will automatically be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Mainely Babies credit.

Please email your picture(s) to info@mainelybabies.com or post them to our Facebook wall by February 15th (our promotion & contest deadline).

Please note that by sending these photos, your are authorizing us (Mainely Babies) to use them on social media and in our print marketing campaigns.  We will not “tag” you or use any names unless you ask us to. We appreciate your help with this and our excited to kick our marketing up a notch with happy customers!

As always, please feel free to send us any comments, feedback, suggestions and of course testimonials! We are continuing to grow and improve and look forward to making your stay in Maine with your little ones as hassle free as possible.

Thank you for your business and support!

Rebecca & Cari

Fall Fun!

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While there’s no denying the amazingness of summer in Maine,  fall can be equally as picturesque and fun!  It is in fact our favorite season :-) With amazing foliage and quant apple orchards, hometown fairs, and foodie festivals galore, there is SO much to see and do.  Some of our favorites include picking at Apple Acres Farm and their Bluegrass Festival, a visit to Pumpkinland, Wolfes Neck Farm Fall Festival, and Harvest on the Harbor!

Here are a few great sites, schedules, & directories to help you navigate your fall fun!!

Corn Maze Directory

Maine Fair Schedule

Directory of Maine Apple Orchards

Great list of Events!

 

Have fun exploring the season in our great state!  If you are traveling from out of town with little ones, remember that we can help make your stay as hassle free as possible!!

 

Happy Fall!!

 

Rebecca & Cari

 

Traveling with the family this summer?

Are you headed out on a family trip this summer?  While it’s always worth it once you get there (especially if you are headed to Maine) traveling to and from your destination with little ones in tow isn’t always easy.

Here are our best tips:

  • Don’t stress, try to stay relaxed and go into it with a positive attitude
  • Unless you are going to a deserted island, don’t over pack.. chances are you can rent it or buy it once you get to your destination
  • Stock up on favorite snacks and new toys/books/games and bring them out slowly
  • If you’re driving in a car with a toddler, invest in a lap table
  • If you’re flying, you know your child best, but often kids do well flying in the morning when they are normally awake
  • Bringing a stroller can be a huge asset in the airport, it’s a great place for extra stuff and for your kiddo to take a rest or just be strapped in and safe.
  • The Mommy Hook is a great accessory for your stroller during your travels.
  • If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler,  bring a carrier and keep it handy.  Wearing your child onto the plane is usually the easiest way to board
  • Always have a change of clothes handy

Our friends at Britax are sharing some great family travel info that we love!!

Remember that we have some great products available whether you are traveling to or from Maine!  Let us know if you have any questions; we are here to help!

 

Safe Travels!!

 

 

Did you know we have a Concierge Store?

If you’re like me, you likely always forget something when packing for a trip and/or you need all the space you can get in your suitcase.  Good news is that at Mainely Babies we offer a concierge store full of products you’ll need when you’re away from home.  We carry great products including natural diapers and wipes from the Honest Company, Dr. Brown’s Bottles, sippy cups, all natural shampoo and body wash, swim floaties and toys, and SO much more. And, if there is something you need and don’t see, let us know and we may be able to accommodate.  Our goal at Mainely Babies is to make traveling to Maine with little ones in tow as hassle free as possible.  When you place your rental, plan ahead and order the essentials from our store and we’ll deliver all of it right to your destination.  If you’ve already placed an order with us and want to add products from our concierge store to your order, just give us a call at 207-200-4613, or send us an email at info@mainleybabies.com.

Here’s to traveling with less hassle!!  Hope to see you in Maine soon!

 

 

Strawberry Season is Here

I was so excited last week to walk into the Pineland Farms market and smell the sweet native strawberries. I couldn’t resist buying some until we get a chance to go picking ourselves.

Every year my husband raves about the sweetness of the native strawberries like he has never had them before. He could sit and eat an entire quart without thinking twice. Besides eating them fresh from the container, here are a few of my favorite ways to eat strawberries….

 

Strawberry Pancakes - take your favorite pancake mix and add sliced strawberries, don’t forget some Maine maple syrup to make them extra special.

 

Strawberry Salad -

  • Baby Spinach
  • Goat cheese
  • Strawberries
  • Almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Mix together first 4 items and then top with balsamic dressing.

*You can add chicken or shrimp and make it a meal.

 

Strawberry shortcake – The “Maine” Way

I realized a few summers ago that not everyone eats strawberry shortcake with biscuits, like we often do here in Maine, when my cousins from Virginia were visiting. They fell in love with this preparation.

  • Make (or buy) your favorite biscuits. Here is a SUPER easy recipe that I like.
  • Take three cups of strawberries, slice and sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar and the juice of one lemon. Let this sit for a few hours if possible to get lots of yummy strawberry-ness
  • Top biscuit and strawberries with fresh whipped cream – Yum!

 

Strawberry Lemonade

  • Blend one cup of strawberries with 1 cup of water and tw0 tablespoons of sugar until pureed
  • Combine strawberry juice with two cups of fresh lemon juice, six cups of water, one cup of sugar
  • Chill mixture

If you want to jazz this up a little more you can …

  • add sparkling water ( do this when you serve so you don’t lose the bubbles)
  • add some fresh mint
  • add your favorite liquor – vodka, tequila, rum, gin… go nuts & thank me later :)

 

If this has you salivating for strawberries, here is a link of farms where you can pick your own in the area!

http://www.pickyourown.org/MES2Z.htm

 

Enjoy!  What’ s your favorite strawberry dish?

 

Cari

 

 

Maine adventures with the family!

We may be a little biased, but we think Maine is a pretty amazing place to be, especially in the summer.  So much to explore, and so much fun to be had throughout the state!  It truly is a magical place and so special to enjoy with kids! Whether you are local or visiting this great state for the first time with your family, be sure to check out Jennifer Hazard’s insider tips on the Visit Maine page.   She’s talks about her family’s top 5 Maine Adventure, and offers other great tips and ideas for exploring Maine with your family.

We hope you enjoy your time in Maine as much as we do!  And remember, we have all the baby gear you need to explore Maine with little ones!

Happy Summer!

 

Rebecca & Cari

 

 

Getting ready for grandchildren!

Summer is here, and in Maine that means lots of visitors. Yesterday we made a delivery to an awesome grandmother preparing for her grandson’s visit to Maine!  We are having so much fun meeting new people, and are very excited to be helping make visiting Maine with little ones or hosting little guests as hassle free as possible.  If you have grandbabies coming to town this summer, let us know what you need and how we can help!  No need to go out and buy anything, and no need for your loved ones to lug all their gear with them.  We have top notch baby gear including cribs, pack n plays, high chairs, strollers, car seats, baby swings and more!  Reach out to us anytime; we’d love to help you prepare for your special visitors.

 

Happy Summer!

 

Rebecca & Cari

How about a Maine lobster roll crawl?

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There are so many reasons to visit our great state of Maine, and there is no denying that delicious food, especially our fresh seafood is at the top of the list :-)  If you’re planning a visit to Maine this year, or even if you’re local, we highly recommend a lobster roll crawl!  Get out and explore the state, and try the awesome lobster shacks and seafood spots throughout the state.  These lists from Yankee Magazine  and  Maine Today  are good ones to read and help you plan your crawl! Be sure to come back and tell us your favorite lobster roll and spot!

And of course remember if you’re traveling with little ones, we can help make your stay as easy as possible.  No need to lug your gear from home, our top notch baby gear rentals will give you the comforts of home without the hassle.  You’ll love using our awesome strollers and carriers as your explore Maine.

Thanks so much for checking us out, and as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Rebecca & Cari

A closer look at our favorite gear!

At Mainely Babies, we have an awesome line-up of baby gear available for rent, and are continuously adding to our inventory.  When you visit Maine, you can be assured that our gear will give you all the comforts of home!  We can say this, because we have carefully chosen our products based on our own experience.  We are two moms with four kids between us; we love baby gear and researching new products, and have tried many brands throughout our parenting journeys.  Here are a few of our favorites in action and a little bit on why we love them:

 

 

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Calvin (and mom) loved the Beco Gemini! We are excited to have Beco Gemini carriers available for rent; here’s a few reasons why we all love it:

  • It’s a 4 in 1 carrier, offering 4 possible carrying positions, back, front, side, and front- forward facing.
  • We love that you can cross the straps in the back, an especially important feature for petite parents
  • It’s one of the few carriers that can be used comfortably and correctly for wee ones without and infant insert
  • You can get a snug and secure fit easily
  • It offers extra head support for little ones, but it can easily be snapped down if you don’t need it.

 

 

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Jack and Calvin have a lot of fun riding in the Baby Jogger City Mini GT- We think this is one of the best all-around double strollers and can’t wait for you to try it out; here’s some of our favorite features:

  • Baby Jogger offers one of the easiest folds out there, just one simple step
  • The forever air tires can tackle all sorts of Maine terrain without worrying about punctured tires or needing air
  • The seats are a cinch to recline and can virtually lay flat, which makes it great for little and tired travelers
  • At 32.5lbs, the City Mini GT is a fairly light and easy to maneuver for a double stroller
  • The adjustable handle bar is a great feature especially for parents of different heights sharing pushing duties

 

 

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 Blake loves the MamaRoo – the gentle motion of this swing is a huge hit with this little guy! Here are a few reasons to love the MamaRoo:

  • There are five motions that mimic the way parents naturally soothe their children. Blake especially loved the car ride option. I think we all know there is nothing like a car ride to get your little one to nap! Save on gas and use the MamaRoo!
  • As Blake got older, he loved looking at the balls above him and trying to grab and throw them.
  • Just like with adults, music is soothing to children (well certain music) you can plug your mp3 player into the swing and play soothing sounds or songs for your baby.

 

 

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I always say the Rock n’ Play is my number one recommendation for new moms to put on their baby registry. This was the best baby item we had for Alex when he was a baby, here are some reasons why:

  • The slight incline of the seat is great for babies with reflux to sleep comfortably, and as they get older it’s a great place to put them while you eat dinner to make them feel included.
  • The contour on the sides of the seat gives the baby a snug feeling like being in your arms.
  • We used this in place of a co-sleeper right next to our bed and it worked perfectly.
  • The Rock n’ Play is lightweight so you can carry it from room to room easily.

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions on our products.  We love to talk about our gear and are always happy to chat with you!  Additionally, if you don’t see something you’re looking for, please let us know and we will always do our best to accommodate.  We want your stay in Maine to be as stress free as possible!

Thanks for stopping  by and checking us out!  Let us know how we can help!

Best,

Rebecca & Cari

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day in Maine

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We may be a little biased, but we think holidays in Maine are the BEST.  On Memorial Day, as we remember those who sacrificed so much to serve our country, we kick-off the start of a magical summer in Maine.  We kick off a season of boating, beaching, hiking, swimming, biking and so much more.  Here are some of our favorite things to do in Maine on Memorial Day Weekend:

Don’t forget to check out our Local Links page for more info on restuarants, beaches, and other family friendly fun!

Remember, if your traveling to Maine or have friends visiting with little ones this Memorial Day (or any day), we can help!  Our top notch baby gear rentals can make your life so much easier, giving you the comforts/quality products of home while on vacation, and alleviating the stress of trying to schlep your gear along.

Happy Friday!!