Announcing the Winners from the Melbourne Baby & Toddler Show
o Lara from Box Hill for winning $100 Hire Gift Card
o Jason from Sunshine for 10 restraint fittings
o And everyone else will receive a free installation of their child restraint
The Expo is always a great way to meet and greet new customers and catch up with existing customers. Must have seen about 10 customers who where using their travel systems at the show – personally get a little buzz from seeing our stickers on equipment around the place
So some of my takeaways’ from the expo
New parents – the look of OMG – what do we need to buy for our precious baby – what is essential and what is no so essential. Sometimes I feel sorry for them; so much choice is got to be as bad as no choice – which is worst!
My advice – stick to the essentials pre birth – pram, cot/bassinet, child restraint these are super critical – the rest can really wait until the baby is born and you have some more clarity about what you need and don’t need – also you might receive stuff as gifts so it takes away the angst of telling people that you already have it…. I know it hard but sometimes is just better to wait
At our stand at Hire for Baby and also the Volvo Stand presentations provided by Carmine Russo our Franchisor about child restraints the most common comments/ questions were… With some of our responses
- Capsule vs. rear facing restraint?
o Create for those initial months – as you don have to take the child out from the capsule – particularly great if the baby is asleep
o In cooler months – you can fit the child in the capsule indoors and carry the car – saves on unwrapping a warm baby
o Keeps a sleeping baby sleeping – don’t have to lift to take out of the child restraint – but not for long periods of time
o Avoids too much over handling of a baby from car to pram
o Can be incorporated into so many prams to make a travel system
o Not worth buying – because of their short life span – 6-7 months then you still need to buy another
- When to move to rear facing
o Minimum legal age is 6months but the longer you can keep rear facing the better
o Rear facing is safer
- Can I fit 3 restraints in our car or do we need to buy a new car!
o Its about finding the right combination of car seats for the ages required
o In most circumstances by simply swapping over restraints you can actually get this is work – cheaper option than buying a car
- Which capsule goes with each pram
o The market has transformed so much in the past 4 years – the most adaptable capsule/infant carrier appears to maxi cosi and unity – but you will need adaptors – our branch owners are pretty good at finding out which capsule goes with each pram
- Are the capsules clean?
o Each time the capsule is returned its stripped and inspected and washed – we sanitise all our products and they must meet our stringent conditions before they can be rehired
- Do you know if they have been in an accident?
o We inspect our restraints on return and as its illegal to use an restraint that has been in accident customers must also advise us – its a condition of hire
- How long can they stay in the capsule?
o As long as they fit in the capsule – depending on which capsule they have it might be by age or by weight – then they can move to rear facing car seat if under 6 months or forward facing if older than 6months
Our recommendation to customers regarding capsules/infant carriers vs child is start with a capsule and then move to other restraints once the child outgrows the capsule – remember keep your baby rear facing as long as possible after the 6 months