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Rockabye provides clean, safe baby gear (cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, toys, etc.) for children while traveling away from home. We have been offering baby equipment rentals since 2006, with multiple locations in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Colorado.
Due to liability, Rockabye Baby Rentals personnel cannot install car seats into customer vehicles. To find a car seat inspection station please click here http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm
Car Services / Limousine Services
Rockabye works with many car services and limousine services to provide car seats for clients traveling with small children. Not all car services are willing to work with 3rd party vendors. While required to be in approved child restraint seats, limo and car services do not offer car seats for children directly. Rockabye is happy to work with car/limo services. However, travelers should be aware of your car service's rules and restrictions.
Rockabye is limited by security restrictions in place by the FAA and Department of Homeland Security from making deliveries to Airline Terminals. We can make deliveries and pickup's only to Car Rental Agencies at Airports. We cannot deliver to Baggage Claim areas, parking facilities or ticket counters. We abide by all Airport regulations.
Car Rental Agencies will only accept items for customers that have a valid car rental reservation. If you have family picking you up and returning you to the airport, we can deliver to your family member's home or office prior to your arrival, then return to pick up after your departure.
Car Rental Agency
Rockabye can deliver items to a Car Rental Counter for you during our normal business hours to have them hold for your arrival. We encourage customers to notify the car rental agency in advance that Rockabye will be providing car seats for your use. Upon return of the rental car, customers must remove car seats and accessories from the rental vehicle and take them to the counter to hold for pickup by Rockabye. Items left inside rental cars are never recovered. Lost or stolen items will be charged to the customer for replacement cost in addition to rent, taxes and delivery fees.
Infant CarSeat Rental
These seats are designed for infants under one-year-old. Their neck muscles are not strong enough to resist much force. These are rear-facing seats, typically 2 parts - an infant carrier seat with a 5-point harness and a base secured by the car's seat belts as well as a metal latch that is secured to the car. The seat is designed to protect an infant from birth to about 22 pounds (9kg) or about 1 year old. Most infant car seats are for a minimum of 5-lbs. There are a few brands that are appropriate for newborns as small as 4-lbs. Premies under 4-lbs require a specialty car bed which allow the infant to be buckled in laying flat.
Convertible CarSeats for Rent
Convertible seats can face either rear or forward. They have five-point harness system. A child must be Rear Facing until the child can hold his or her head up and the neck and spine are strong (usually at around 12 months). Convertible car seats can be installed both rear or forward facing. Children under 1 year old and under 22-lbs should always ride rear facing. While parents can turn a child forward facing legally at 1-year, it is our recommendation that children remain rear facing until 2 or longer. Pediatricians recommend that children remain rear facing as long as possible or up to 35-lbs. In the Forward Facing position the child should be a minimum of 22 pounds. This style of seat can be used until the child has reached the weight limit of the seat as designated by the manufacturer.
Children riding rear facing are 5 times safer than those riding forward facing. The safest position for a rear facing car seat is the center of the back seat. If you have more than one child using a car seat, the forward facing seat should be positioned in the center. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children remain rear facing in a convertible car seat as long as possible, to the maximum height or weight limit of the seat, or until a minimum of 2-years-old. American vehicles are not manufactured with tether tie downs for rear facing car seats. Most American car seats are not approved for rear facing tethering. Tethers are included for forward facing installation and should always be used for forward facing installation.
Renting Toddler Car Seats
Many parents would moved their children straight into a seatbelt after they outgrew their convertible car seat. Vehicles are designed for adults. With children, the lap belt tends to ride up on the abdomen and the shoulder belt often cuts across the face or neck. Children can be injured by seat belts that do not fit them correctly as well as by belts that are not worn correctly.
A child car seat is designed to protect someone who weighs up to 80 pounds or more, depending on the seat. Seat belts are designed for a 165 pound (75kg) man in mind. Toddler Car Seats provide the best protection for children by placing them at the correct height. Toddler Car Seats still make use of a 5-point harness built into the car seat.
Toddler Booster seats were designed to correct this problem for most children between the ages of four and eight weighing over 40-lbs and up to 120-lbs. They raise children to a height at which lap and shoulder belts can be worn correctly. The belt positioning booster seat is held in place by the seatbelt.
Backless Belt Positioning Booster Seats
Older children that are still under 4' 9" and 8-years of age will many times protest using a full car seat. The backless belt positioning booster is intended to work with the vehicle's seat belt. They raise children to a height at which lap and shoulder belts can be worn correctly. The backless booster seat is not tethered to the car like a carseat.Backless booster seats should never be used for children under 4-years of age. Children using seat belts without booster seats are 3.5 times more likely to suffer significant injury, and four times more likely to suffer head injury.Type your paragraph here.
Texas Car Seat Law - requires all children under 8-years of age and under 4' 9" to be secured in an approved car seat. All other children must be seat belted in the Back Seat until the age of 12. No child should be un-belted or riding in the front seat of a vehicle. Fines for violations are up to $200.
Alabama Car Seat Law - requires that children under the age of 6 be restrained in an appropriate, federally approved car seat or booster seat. Rear-facing car seats are recommended until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds. Convertible or forward-facing car seats should be used until the child is at least 5 years old or weighs 40 pounds. Alabama law further requires that children ride in booster seats until at least age 6.
Louisiana Car Seat Law - Louisiana state law requires babies under one year of age and under 20 pounds to ride in a rear-facing car seat. Babies at least one year and 20 pounds up to at least 40 pounds must ride in a forward-facing car seat. Children ages four to six who weigh at least 40 pounds up to at least 60 pounds must ride in a belt-positioning booster car seat. Children over age 6 and 60 pounds, if they are not riding in a car seat, must use a lap/shoulder seat belt. Louisiana state law recommends that children who fall into more than one category by age and weight should be placed in the car seat that gives the most protection in a crash.
Florida Car Seat Law - Children 7 years old or younger must be secured in a federally approved child restraint system. Children 3 years old and younger must use a separate car-seat or the vehicle's built-in child seat. Children 4 to 7 years old and less than 4 ft 9 inches tall, must sit in either a separate car seat or a built in child seat.
Colorado Car Seat Law - Children ages 4-8 (through their 8th birthday) must use either a car seat or a booster seat. Children under 8 years old must be properly restrained in a child restraint system. Infants up to age one, infants must ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 1 year old AND weigh at least 20 lbs in the rear seat of the vehicle.