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.

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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.

VISIT www.toyrental­club.com

Pramshare

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.

VISIT www.pramshare.com

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