TRY, DON’T BUY Where to rent everything from sterilisers to toys.
Ready to save some money? JASSMIN PETER-BERNTZEN rounds up the top baby equipment rental places to hit for everything, from breast pumps to carriers, toys and even winter wear.
The minute you realise you’re preggers, you’ll quickly figure out that everything from growing your baby, to giving birth and sustaining them comes at cost – and a steep one at that.
Many parents say it’s impossible to even think about saving once you start a family in Singapore. But it’s all about being smart – why not rent baby equipment instead of buying everything brand new?
“Most baby and kids related items are usually used for a few months and then kept in storage for a long time,” points out Herry Pudjianto, co-founder of Rent Tycoons, a peer-to-peer rental platform.
“You still can sell it for half price later, but if you rent, it only costs you a fraction of the original price and you don’t have to keep it.”
Indeed, it makes sense to rent items such as baby carriers, toys and cots since babies outgrow them so fast. Add strollers and car seats to the list because not only are they expensive, they come with zero guarantee that your little one will take to them.
Don’t forget to throw in breast pumps – you might have to try several before finding one that works for you, plus you only use them for a short time.
Bypass clothes and shoes, for obvious hygiene reasons, and because it’ll be hard to return them in the original condition.
If you’re worried about hygiene, the rental companies Young Parents interviewed say they have the best practices in place to ensure that all their items are thoroughly washed and sterilised before and after every use.
Before you make your decision, read some reviews and compare prices with a few rental companies. If you’re planning on a long-term rental, it’s also worth comparing the full rental amount to the retail cost – sometimes the rental can add up.
One way to avoid that is to see if the rental company extends discounts if you rent multiple products or for a longer period. Do also factor in pick-up and drop-off costs, cancellation fees, plus security deposits, and if they are refundable or not.
Read on for our round-up on where to hire breast pumps, strollers, play mats, carriers, travel cots and more in Singapore.
Toy Rental Club
Talk about a treasure trove of super-fun playthings. At the Toy Rental Club, you’ll find a plethora of toys to keep kids of various ages and stages busy.
There are rattles, teethers and other first toys to hone your baby’s hand-eye coordination; touch-and-learn interactive toys and dress-up costumes for toddlers, plus puzzles and board games for older kids.
Got a nice, big backyard? It has a great selection of outdoor pools and even an all-in-one playground. Items can be rented on a monthly or weekly basis and it does deliveries and pick-ups ($25 each way).
Soft playmats start at $17.50 per day or $38.50 per month, musical toys start at $12 per month and role-play toys, such as a fully-equipped Little Tikes kitchen, start at $60 per month.
Strollers can be costly, and there’s no guarantee that your baby will enjoy sitting in it. To skirt around this very common problem, new parents Kenneth Tan and Shixian Tay started Pramshare.
This platform offers hassle-free rental of strollers and car seats and the entire process is easy. First, choose your preferred baby equipment from the site. To help you make a more informed decision, each item comes with information on its dimensions, weight capacity, and a short video of how it works.
Place a booking and you’ll be given a locker number and a corresponding personal identification number. Use that to self-collect and drop-off at your convenience at no charge.
Popular strollers, like the Baby Jogger City Mini start at $69 per month. If you opt for delivery and collection, it will set you back $36 (two-way). Charges double if you require same-day delivery.
Pramshare also rents out the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib and Chicco Nex2Me Bedside Crib. Both items start at $29 per day with a refundable deposit of $100. It also offers pram and car seat washing services through its sister company Pramwash. Prices start at $59.90 for a single pram wash and $49.90 for car seat cleaning.