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Using a baby capsule for your baby can be such a help to new parents and if you’re environmentally conscious, not sure if you want another baby or just want the convenience of having it delivered at your home, installed and picked up at the end, then hiring rather than buying a baby capsule or newborn carseat is the perfect solution.
Baby capsules are not only very safe and comfortable for new babies, but they can also make your life as a new parent much easier too. A short survey of our hire customers tells us that some 30% of our hire customers already have carseat but have realised that having a capsule would make their lives much easier.
Baby capsules are suitable for newborn babies until until they are approximately 6 months old. They’re rear-facing which is the safest way for babies to travel in the car and there are a wide range of brands and models to choose from.
Most baby capsules are compatible with a variety of prams, meaning you can attach the capsule to the pram frame creating a travel system that makes being out and about with your baby even easier.
If you choose to hire a capsule instead of buying one outright you’ll reap all the benefits but have the advantage of giving it back when your baby no longer fits in it.
There are quite a few benefits to using a baby capsule over a carseat and we’ll go over a number of those for you now.
Baby capsules are designed to cocoon your baby in the car with high side walls, rear facing installation, a 5 point inbuilt safety harness, head supports and a top tether strap to limit any forward propulsion in an accident.
Whether you are bringing your baby home for the first time or doing the daily school run for siblings, you’ll feel much more confident knowing that your baby is safe.
You won’t need to wake your sleeping baby
Believe us when we tell you this – nobody wants to wake a sleeping baby!
Car trips are renowned for putting babies to sleep (seen that McDonald’s ad???). When you reach your destination and your baby is snoozing happily in their baby capsule, you can simply unclip the capsule from the base and carry them or pop it on your pram, all without waking them!
Capsules have a curved base so parents have their baby fall asleep in the capsule before going out by rocking them gently and then simply popping the capsule into the car once they have nodded off.
Many capsules also have the benefit of rain covers to keep your little one protected from the sun and rain.
An added benefit of a capsule is how easy it is to use in multiple cars. If you own more than one vehicle, you can hire an additional base and just use the one capsule to move between the two cars.
You can use it in multiple cars!
If you own more than one vehicle, or you would like a grandparent or carer to also be able to transport your baby you can simply hire an additional base and just use the one capsule to move between the two cars.
We are COVID-Safe
We have completed the NSW Department of Health Infection Control Training – COVID-19 and we have increased our hygiene practices in accordance with government health recommendations.
All our staff have medical grade masks which we can wear on request and all staff use hand sanitiser before and after contact with any customer or product.
Hire items are quarantined for 7 days between hires before being thoroughly cleaned and safety checked.
During COVID we can offer contactless delivery and pick up keeping you and your family safe.
If you’re away from home and hiring a car in Sydney or Wollongong, we can deliver your hire baby capsule (and pram, cot and steriliser!) to the hire car before you arrive and pick up from the hire car once you have departed.
Hiring a baby capsule is handy, cost-effective and means you get the great benefits of using a capsule without laying out the full cost for one and with free professional installation included you’re saving even more!
It is important to ensure you are monitoring the ongoing use of your baby capsule or carseat. As your child grows in weight and height it is important to check your baby’s shoulder height in relation to the harness straps of their restraint and, where necessary, make the necessary adjustment to the height of the harness to keep your baby safe. It is really important to ensure that the harness straps are always at or above the shoulder in rearward facing mode as there is potential for significant crash loading to be put on the child’s spine as they ramp ‘up’ the seat in the initial crash phase.
Capsules and carseats have multiple shoulder strap slots so you can move the harness up as your baby grows.
In rearward facing restraints, you should use the slot that is level or slightly above your child’s shoulders. Do not use a slot if it is below your child’s shoulders.
In forward facing restraints, you should use the closest slot to your child’s shoulders, but not more than 25mm below your child’s shoulders.
It is really important to ensure that the harness straps are always at or above the shoulder in rearward facing mode as there is potential for significant crash loading and to be put on the child’s spine as they ramp ‘up’ the seat in the initial crash phase resulting in serious spinal and other injuries.
To adjust the height of your harness, you will need to loosen the harness as much as possible and lay your restraint face down, so that the spreader / G plate becomes visible on the back of the seat. Simply unhook the ends of the harnesses from the spreader / G plate, and re-thread the straps through the appropriate slot for your child’s shoulder height. When you are finished, ensure that you’ve correctly re-attached the straps to the spreader / G plates.
A link to our instructional video demonstrating how to adjust your capsule harness is here and this makes it easy to do:
Some carseats and capsules have a feature that is built into the restraint which adjusts both the headrest and the harness simultaneously. With this feature, there is no need for rethreading or undoing the harness from the spreader / G plate at the back of the seat.
Still need some help with your carseat or capsule harness? Just give us a call on 1300 859 775 option 2 to speak to one of our accredited restraint fitters.
Considering the wide range of baby capsules and carseats available for sale or hire can make it difficult to choose – do you go for a baby capsule or is a carseat a better option?
Although convertible carseats are just as safe as a baby capsule and you get more use out of them we’d suggest that a baby capsule has many benefits over a carseat that are worth considering before you make your final decision. Many parents find baby capsules a practical and easy alternative for the safe transport of their baby for the first 6 months or so.
We see many parents who come in and have a baby seat already installed in their car but have found that taking their baby in and out of the seat when they arrive at their destination often disturbs the baby’s sleep and unsettles them. Having a baby capsule means you can take your sleeping baby straight from the car without having to wake them to move them to the pram.
Of course, the most important reason to choose a baby capsule is to ensure the safety of your baby when travelling in the car. Baby capsules are suitable from newborn until six or twelve months depending on the product and the capsule you choose. They are engineered to cocoon your baby with their high side walls, ensuring your child is secured safely within the capsule using a five point harness that is easy to adjust.
All our capsules for hire carry the Australia and New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 1754 sticker so you can feel confident the capsule meets Australia and New Zealand standards. Likewise, it is also important to make sure your capsule is properly fitted to your vehicle to maximise the safety benefits and minimise the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. That’s why we offer free professional installation with all of our hire baby capsules.
Another major benefit of hiring your baby capsule is the ability to move the capsule in and out of the car while the baby is safely tucked inside. A base is installed into your car that the capsule clicks into, so you can quickly and easily move a sleeping child in and out of the car without disturbing the baby or playing around with straps. Baby capsules are generally quite light and fitted with a handle for easy manoeuvring. You can also hire pram adaptors so that you can drop your hire baby capsule straight onto your pram with just one click giving you a great deal of flexibility and freedom.
This freedom to effortlessly move a sleeping baby is particularly precious in these first months together with your baby. So, here at Rock-A-Bye Baby Hire we have a range of compatible prams and adaptors for hire that our capsules for hire can click into, allowing you to move your sleeping baby from car to pram and back again without disturbing their sleep.
Click here for our baby capsules for hire in Sydney range.
Click here to view our prams for hire in Sydney.
Our travel system (capsule and pram hire) range is here.
I know I know, the “hire” doesn’t slot in so well phonetically but it makes sense to be a part of that mantra don’t you think?
In the consumer driven world in which we live there is a perception that the number of material things we own, and how much we paid for them, helps us rank highly in the eyes of our peers. And if I’m truthful, maybe it does makes us feel better about ourselves. I know I’m just as guilty as the next person of coveting luxury items (most of which are out of my budget anyway!).
But this idea of needing to possess only the best of everything is what determines our economic and environmental status. The more we consume and spend the greater effect it has on our economy and environment. Whilst spending up big sounds like a good idea for our economy, in actual fact this tends to drive prices higher. This only makes it harder for the average family to buy important items such as furniture and whitegoods.
Imagine a new family, expecting a baby for the first time, wanting the joy of setting up that baby nursery. When furniture and baby essentials, such as car seats, prams and rockers are so highly priced it makes it virtually impossible to afford everything they need all at once. If they are trying to maintain their image by choosing designer labels, it’s just not going to happen.
The solution… Hire it! Hiring equipment means you don’t need to outlay a lot of money to have use of the products you need. There are a massive variety of things that you can hire, or rent, for long or short periods of time. Toy libraries are accessible in most council districts and here are Rock-a-bye-Baby, we offer rental on all essential baby needs.
Babies and children will outgrow stuff pretty quickly and lose interest with play equipment. When they reach this point you simply return the items and hire a different product that’s more suitable to your growing babies needs. So hiring your baby equipment saves you money, time and storage space, especially when you only need to use it for a short time.
It’s kind of like sharing, similar to borrowing a book from the library. When you return your item, it allows others the opportunity to borrow it after you. It’s much better for the environment too. Hiring is a form of recycling. Rather than producing more and more new things to satisfy consumer needs, reusing helps reduce our landfill.
So don’t buy if you don’t have to, hire it… It’s a Win/Win for everyone; a sensible and safe way to help make sure we have a healthy happy planet to pass onto our children and our children’s children.