I used to spent hours poring over vacation rental listings on sites like Airbnb and VRBO looking for places that were comfortable and kid-friendly for my family of four. It's completely possible, as long as you know what to look for, but it's also time-consuming.
Then I discovered Kid & Coe, a website dedicated to family-friendly vacation rentals around the world.
Founded in 2013 by two moms, Kid & Coe is like a gallery of the most swoon-worthy, kid-friendly homes you've ever seen. Imagine gorgeous homes with indoor play spaces (a swing in the living room!) and all the furniture you need (cribs! High chairs!). If you need decorating advice, it's also a great resource.
Before you get too excited, however, there are a few things you should know.
First, because Kid & Coe is highly curated, the rental costs are almost always higher than Airbnb, although that's not to say that you can't find good deals. At last glance, the special offers section lists a two-bedroom cottage in the South of France for €140 per night. (Just, say, for example.)
The site also offers a home exchange, where you can swap homes with other travelers (with the assumption that your home is also kid-friendly). If you live in a major city or vacation destination, this could be a great (and affordable) option.
The other thing to know is that Kid & Coe's reach isn't as extensive as an Airbnb or VRBO. Kid & Coe's goal is to find high-quality family-friendly vacation listings, which is relatively easy for larger cities and hot-spot destinations, but less so for smaller towns. For example, a recent search for Boise, Idaho, came up empty, but greater Seattle area offers over a dozen options. Kid & Coe is always my first stop when searching for vacation rentals for my family, but not always my last stop.
Have you used Kid & Coe before? Do you love it as much as I do?