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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Beach Baby Rentals Responds to Graco Car Seat Recall

    Statement from Beach Baby Rentals regarding the Graco Car Seat Recall

    Press Release – February 13, 2014

    Beach Baby Rentals, LLC, a Fort Myers Beach business that rents baby gear and other beach equipment to local vacationers, is making a major inventory change in response to the recall of certain car seats manufactured by Graco.  Effective immediately, Beach Baby Rentals will no longer be offering the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Convertible Toddler car seat or the Graco SnugRide 30 Infant car seat as part of its baby and toddler offerings.  Instead, the Britax line of car seats will be offered exclusively to customers of Beach Baby Rentals.

    Britax Marathon Britax Marathon Convertible Toddler Seat

    Graco announced the recall on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  In response, that same night Beach Baby Rentals contacted all current customers who were using our Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Toddler seat and offered to deliver a Britax seat as a replacement.  While these car seat swaps were an expensive undertaking for the business, Beach Baby Rentals felt it important that no customer have a possibly defective car seat in use.  We have procured additional Britax seats in order to ensure that no upcoming customers who had previously reserved a Graco car seat are adversely impacted by this massive recall of Graco seats.  As such, all future reservations of Graco seats will be fulfilled with the Britax models, which are highly rated for comfort and safety.

    Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat

    While we consider this recall unfortunate and an unexpected business expense, Graco has committed to replacing the faulty buckles with newly designed buckles.  If Beach Baby Rentals decides to begin renting the Graco seats in the future after this buckle, we will leave it up to our customers to choose which brand of car seat to rent.

    Beach Baby Rentals provides rental with delivery and pickup of a wide range of top-notch baby gear and related equipment to Ft. Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, and Captiva.  If any current or upcoming rental customers have any questions, they should contact Beth Freeman or Kathryn Friedman at 239-765-0032.

  • Beaches, Babies, and Birds

    We love chatting with our customers when we deliver our great baby gear.  Customers tell us their stories of how they choose Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel or the other beautiful communities of Lee County to live, snowbird, or vacation.  Grandparents share their excitement of the grandbaby/kids visit.  When we pick up the gear we hear the stories of how the baby enjoyed the high chair, how great the wagon is to get the “stuff” you need for a great day at the water to the beach; and of course how much the beach baby enjoyed the sand, water, and birds down on the shore.  When in the Ft. Myers-Sanibel area, it's all about the beaches, babies, and birds!

    beach baby dog The official Beach Baby Rentals mascot enjoying a stick in the surf of Ft. Myers Beach!

    We love the beach.  We grab every minute we can, between working on Beach Baby Rentals, to walk  the dogs on the beach or grab a little sun and Beth loves to squeeze in a little surf fishing!  The beach babies  want to climb out of their strollers and kids, the grown-ups too, come to look at the bait she has caught in the cast net or to watch the birds that hang around waiting for the chance to snatch a fish.

    I love watching , the people walking by, couples of all ages holding hands, brothers and sisters playing happily together very busy with their beach toys.  Little beach babies, so cute toddling around with sunglasses, parents walking behind give a helping hand or catch them before they run too far in the water.

    pelican ft. myers beach A pelican enjoying the view and fresh air at our beach

    I could spend hours watching the squadrons of Pelicans glide above the surf along coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.

    Let us know what is your favorite thing to do on the beach.  Visit our facebook page or google+ page and see the pictures of the Pelican and drop a post telling us about what you love about the beaches of Lee County.

  • Beach Baby Sun Safety - Keeping Baby Safe!

    The Sun has returned to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

    After a very rainy and cool January the sun is back, there are big white clouds and the water is a beautiful blue-green.  When we are driving over the bridges of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel to make deliveries and pick-ups, Beth always says she is surprised there aren't accidents because it so hard not to look at the beauty of the view - an accident waiting to happen. Well with the sunny weather comes the danger of sunburn and we sure don’t want our beach babies to get burned.  Beach baby sun safety is a critical consideration when vacationing with young children!

    Beach Baby Sun Safety Our own Beach Baby Tiguen sporting some cool shades to protect his eyes.

    When is it OK for a baby to use sunscreen?

    If your baby is younger than 6 months don’t use sunscreen. A babies' skin is much thinner than that of adults, and it absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen more easily, explain experts. Infants have a high surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults. Both these factors mean that an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is much greater, increasing the risk of allergic reaction or inflammation.

    The best protection is to keep your baby out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. If there's no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella, shade tent or the canopy of the stroller or wagon.

    For babies 6 months and older

    Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society suggest when choosing baby sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if your baby is spending time in the water or perspiring.

    To avoid irritating your baby's skin and eyes, consider using a sunscreen that contains only inorganic filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET, since sunscreen must be regularly reapplied and insect repellent typically doesn't need to be reapplied.

    Remember, just a few serious sunburns can increase your baby's risk of skin cancer later in life. Taking simple steps now can go a long way toward protecting your baby from the risks of sun exposure.

    Sun Safety Tips for Infants

    Here are some things to keep in mind when vacationing at the Beaches of Lee County with infants

    • - Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible. If you do use a small amount of sunscreen on your baby, don't assume the child is well protected.
    • - Make sure your child wears clothing that covers and protects sensitive skin. Use common sense; if you hold the fabric against your hand and it's so sheer that you can see through it, it probably doesn't offer enough protection.
    • - Make sure your baby wears a hat that provides sufficient shade at all times.
    • - Watch your baby carefully to make sure he or she doesn't show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness and excessive crying.
    • - Hydrate! Give your baby formula, breast milk, or a small amount of water between feedings if you're out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don't forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.
    • - Take note of how much your baby is urinating. If it's less than usual, it may be a sign of dehydration and more fluids are needed until the flow is back to normal.
    • - Avoid sunscreens containing the insect repellent DEET on infants, particularly on their hands. Young children may lick their hands or put them in their mouths. According to AAP, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old.

     

    Beach Baby Rentals has all the gear you need to keep your baby sun protected on your visit: tents, strollers and wagons with canopies, coolers and we can procure the baby sunscreen you need for your 6 months plus babies.  Oh!  If you forgot to bring Little Swimmers, just let us know!

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