Whether you work, stay at home with the kids, have one kid or 20, one thing remains certain when you’re a parent: You can use all the help you can get. Bulky kid gear delivered to your vacay spot? Yes, please. Wine on demand? Do you even have to ask? Check out seven super cool delivery services you never knew you needed below and remember—doing everything yourself is so 2016.
1. Make Traveling a Cinch
Traveling with kids is never as easy (or as stylish) as it looks on Instagram. What with fidgety toddlers on planes, cranky babies who refuse to go to sleep at night, and being relegated to a tiny hotel balcony after the kids (finally) go to sleep, the word “vacation” can take on a whole new meaning when you’ve got kiddos in tow. While there isn’t a delivery service that can magically make overtired, grumpy kids well-rested and cheerful (yet), Babierge can make your family vacations much easier by supplying any gear you may need for your trip, but don’t want to (or can’t) lug on the plane or car. Parents can rent anything from cribs to car seats to toys to double strollers while they’re away and Babierge will have it delivered (and returned) on the desired date at a seriously reasonable price.
Why You’ll Love It: Not only will you save money in extra airline fees, you—and your arms—can rest easy knowing everything is clean, reliable, and fully insured. Also, Babierge covers a huge worldwide market, and they’re constantly adding new locations and gear.
Insider tip: Babierge also offers a 10% discount for families staying at Destination Hotels, which have locations throughout the U.S.
Cost: $8/day for a package of toys; $25/day a full crib with an organic mattress pad and crib sheets.
Available from Babierge
2. Don’t Lift a Finger—For Anything
How many times a day do you think about tasks you’d love to check off your to-do list, but don’t have the time (or don’t want to drag the kids with you)? Enter TaskRabbit, a service that will run almost any errand for you. Got an empty fridge? TaskRabbit will do your grocery shopping for you. Need something carted from one end of town to the other? TaskRabbit will deliver anything from furniture to documents. Don’t have time to run random errands? TaskRabbit is on it. They’ll even wait in line for you at the DMV and sit on your doorstep to sign for a package! They’re truly like your personal assistant.
Why You’ll Love It: Again, TaskRabbit runs the gamut in terms of the services they provide, and they’re available in most areas. Basically, if you think of something you need to be done, they’ll do it for you. If that doesn’t make a mom’s life easier, what does?
Cost: $39/hour for same day grocery shopping.
Available from TaskRabbit
What’s worse than reaching for a cold beer or glass of wine at the end of a trying day only to find a woefully understocked fridge? Depending on the day, not much. For those days when a cocktail is in high order (but making a trip to the liquor store is not), Saucey has your back. Saucey will deliver beer, wine, or spirits to your door within 30 minutes. And the best part? There’s no minimum so you can order exactly what you need—er, want.
Why You’ll Love It: Whether you’re hosting a blow-out bash or just want a nice red to go with dinner, Saucey will cater to your needs. Also, there’s a wide variety of alcohol to choose from, and they even carry mixers!
Cost: $15.60 for a bottle of pinot noir.
Available from Saucey
photo: courtesy Brandless
4. Keep It Natural … and Cheap
Every parent wants to provide the healthiest food and safest products for their children, but the price tag on natural products can be downright depressing at times. This is where Brandless comes in—quality products, all for $3. Yes, really. Brandless carries food, household supplies, personal care items, and beauty products, and they’re all $3. All of the food on Brandless is non-GMO (there are tons of organic and gluten-free options); the household products are non-toxic; and their beauty items are all formulated without harmful ingredients like parabens, polypropylene, phthalates, and sulfates. Again, all for three bucks!
Why You’ll Love It: Moms will feel good providing their families with high-quality products that don’t break the bank. Also, you can feel virtuous about the fact that Brandless never tests on animals and uses packaging that limits waste.
Cost: $3 plus shipping.
Available from Brandless
photo: courtesy Sweet Street
5. Sweets on Demand
If there’s one thing the world needs, it’s a cupcake delivery service, so thank goodness for Sweet Street. Sweet Street will deliver a few cupcakes or a 100 to your door at the push of a button. And if cupcakes aren’t your thing, they also stock brownies, cookies, cakes, pies, and cheesecakes (and some kosher and gluten-free desserts). Also, since Sweet Street isn’t a same-day service, they make great birthday gifts to send to loved ones. Yum.
Why You’ll Love It: With flavors like chocolate peanut butter cup, red velvet, and salted caramel, what’s not to love?
Cost: Starting at $39.95 for eight cupcakes.
Available at Sweet Street
6. Brown Bag It
Despite the fact that every mom wants their child to eat a delicious and nutritious meal when they’re at school, let’s be honest here: Packing school lunches every morning isn’t exactly a fan favorite. Thankfully, there are numerous school lunch delivery services around the country that moms can sign up for in order to have a super healthy—super yummy—meal delivered to their child’s school each day. Most programs allow parents to place orders online and the meals are delivered straight to school in time for lunch.
Why You’ll Love It: With meals like chicken tikka masala and Mediterranean wraps, these lunches are guaranteed to be more exciting to kiddos than your turkey sandwiches.
Cost: Prices vary. We’ve rounded up the country’s best school lunch services. Find one in your area here.
7. DIY … Chickens
These days, everyone’s DIYing, but how many people do you know are DIYing their own chickens? Yes, chickens. Murray McMurray Hatchery will send you eggs to incubate that will then hatch into baby chicks (What the what!). The hatchery offers several kinds of collections, including the Rarest of the Rare Assortment, which includes a “deluxe egg collection of the rarest, most beautiful and exotic chickens,” as well as the Feather Footed Fancy Assorted Collection, which features “fascinating large breeds which have feathered shanks and toes and very fluffy plumage giving a massive appearance.” No matter what you’re going to do with your chickens, this is one delivery service that will keep the kids—and everyone else—interested.
Why You’ll Love It: If you’ve long dreamed of leaving it all behind for a bucolic life, this is sure to bring the country a little closer to you. Also, the kids will think it’s seriously cool.
Cost: 10 Rarest of the Rare eggs, $49.60 for 10; small incubator, $139.
Available at McMurray Hatchery