I have to admit that I really don’t even know where to begin with our family trip last week in Rome. I am the first person to say that travel with littles is NOT a fairytale by any stretch of the imagination- but with a little extra planning and just knowing your kids- anyone can do a trip like we did and not lose their mind. For us, the biggest win was with Travel Baby rentals in Rome, and they saved the trip.
All of this would not have even remotely been possible, however- without the sheer luck finding Travel Baby. Travel Baby is the husband and wife team of Marco and Daniela. Two of the friendliest people that I have some across and set the tone for our reception in Italy. Before we left a few people told me ‘Ah, you don’t need a stroller! You’ll be fine!‘ but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Sure, the twins are three- but spending 7-9 hours a day on foot discovering a huge city over three solid days proved that a stroller is an absolute necessity. Additionally, I’d like to loan my children out to those people and say ‘Here- YOU go to Rome without a stroller and let me know how that works out for you.’ I’ll just wait over here at a cafe.
Our double stroller from home exceeded the weight limit for our airline, and we were stuck. I was a little intimidated at the thought of herding the boys through the airport, but that was easy! With 5 carry on bags and one checked bag- there’s no way I would have wanted to throw a stroller into that mix. Renting one at our destination was the perfect way to go. After a little bit of searching, I found Travel Baby rentals and knew that we could do it.
Marco brought us a brand new Jane ‘Twin Two’ double stroller for use in the city. I’m not familiar with this brand, but it was great. A front-to-back double ride for the guys also had storage underneath, a rain cover should we need it- AND it was actually light enough for us to lug up and down all of the stairs to the Metro.
We were able to navigate the cobbled streets, narrow sidewalks, and even the twisty and curvy passageway inside the Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel. The boys were able to eat and sleep on the go (which we really really needed). There was no way we were going to lose half a day by going back to our apartment every day to give them a snooze. These boys are actually kind of famous for sleeping in front of world landmarks- so this stroller with its generous sunshades and reclining seats even allowed my almost 5-year-old to catch some zzz’s when he just couldn’t keep up any longer.
So what else does Travel Baby have to offer you while in Rome?
Most all of their items are priced in the affordable range of €30 and up- pick up and delivery in Rome- free inside the GRA area.
Car seats (infant, boosters, standard)
Travel Cots (bedding too)
Strollers (single, double, prams, add-on kick boards)
High Chairs (portable, free-standing, and booster seats)
Carriers (front and back)
and ta-Dah!: BABYSITTING TOO!
- They offer a 10% discount to all Roma Pass holders (which I will explain later is something you MUST GET).
- They will drop off and pick up your rentals from your hotel, B&B, etc! Can’t ask for more.
Disclosure: A sincere thank you to Travel Baby for allowing us to test out their new stroller for the purpose of this review. As always, all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.