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Ciao's Mama Joins Olde Port Properties in Downtown Portsmouth's Historic Market Square!

Ciao Baby Equipment Rentals is excited to announce that Ciao co-owner, Abbie Hackett, is now a licensed real estate sales and rental agent with Olde Port Properties located in downtown Portsmouth's historic Market Square! She looks forward to using her extensive knowledge of the NH and southern Maine seacoast and professional expertise to help all [...]

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Renting Toys While On Vacation

The following question was posted on a baby travel forum by a mom headed on a west coast beach vacation with her kids: We are going to Laguna Beach on vacation later this month.With a 2 yr old and a 5 month old we have to bring ALOT of stuff!I remember reading once about a place [...]

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Introducing the Ciao Cousins! (i.e. Why You Can Trust That We REALLY Know Our Baby Equipment!)

I just wanted to quickly introduce the Ciao Cousins! They all live within a snowball's throw to downtown Portsmouth, and can frequently be spotted all snuggled up on a picnic blanket watching pretty much ANY show at the Prescott Park Arts Festival, catching crabs and searching for sea glass at Fort Foster, boogie boarding in [...]

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Special Delivery: Shipping Rental Car Seats to Customers Is A Ciao Baby "First!"

Yesterday's blog subject was about not checking more luggage than absolutely necessary when flying for holiday travel--especially when flying with kids! Today's blog is a perfect example of the hassle-free, "Don't pack it, RENT it" family travel philosophy. In this photo, Ciao Baby owner, Abbie, is shipping a huge box with two of our rental Britax [...]

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Twin 4-Year Old Boys Conclude Ciao Baby's Rental Carseats Are SUPER Comfy!

I just met the nicest Ciao Baby customers today! I was picking up two of our convertible rental car seats in Hampton, NH, and chatted for a bit with the grandmother who had rented the carseats (and her kind husband).  Her daughter flew to the east coast from Hawaii with her twin four-year old boys [...]

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A Top Family Travel Trend For 2013 Stars (Shocker!) Your Facebook Page

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your family vacations, but you can't pick your friends' family vacations.  However, you can now pick your friends based on their family vacations, and pick your family vacations based on your friends'. Well, using apps that plug into social media, such as Facebook, anyway. The vacation [...]

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Full-Size Crib Rental Packages: New and Improved For Summer 2013!

Check out our new Rental Packages, offering special discounts on weekly rental orders that are multi-item and include a full-size rental crib! Also, several customers requested a Twins Crib Rental Package, and so 2013 will be featuring one of those, too! The packages are made up of our most popular rental equipment and are geared [...]

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Kicking Off A Wintry Weekend

I'm a fair-weather winter enthusiast.  I love skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and skating, but I loathe temperatures that sink below 30 degrees and cringe at the words "wind chill."  I seriously enjoy playing in big, fluffy snowflakes as much as the next mom, but I can't stand cold toes, numb fingers or the inevitable tackle and [...]

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Who Are The Cuties On Your Home Page?

Every so often I get asked some variation of this question by customers who found us online. They are referring to one of our home page photos (posted below). It's a picture taken last spring on the old Memorial Bridge in downtown Portsmouth, NH, before the bridge was dismantled and shipped away.  (The bridge is [...]

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On Why Not To Check More Luggage Than Completely Necessary When Flying To Maine

I love travel. I get excited about going just about ANYWHERE, and have been blessed to be able to cover great distances in some pretty wild trips involving trains, kayaks, bush taxis, steamships, buses, jeeps and barely air-worthy planes. I've scrawled through dozens of travel-related journals, and I am a huge sucker for the romance [...]

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