TOP 10 Baby Rental Items for the Season

Babies are those soft cuddly creatures that bring a ton of love and joy into our lives. As they experience new things they bring a sense of wonder to our everyday. And with all the joy that they bundle, they also demand a glut of accessories. Toys, a crib, baby monitors, car seat, strollers. The list goes on and on. It’s almost like you have to be independently wealthy to be able to have kids.

Some expenses are necessary and others justifiable, but things that so quickly become obsolete are hard to partake in. Kids sprout up like beans stocks and outgrow perfectly good clothes so fast it’s hard to keep up. They have expensive learning toys that invest in them, but as soon as they surpass the information it sits idle in their closet taking up precious space. All these things are worthy investments. You want your progeny clothed and challenged but why not share the wealth??? Keep the blessing going and don’t let it end with you! Rent cool things out to nearby people you trust. Let the books that helped your child learn her vowels help another kid get ahead.

And if you are the family just starting out why not save your funds for baby’s college. Rent some of those items that have a small window of use. Why purchase these things that take monstrous amounts of space. Keep your life as easy and minimal as possible. Rent the big ticket items and see if they are even a good fit for your little one. In the end, your child will decide if the bouncer is something they love or loathe. Don’t blow bills on it if your child favors tummy time to the up and down momentum.

We have compiled a list of the ideal baby things to rent:

1. Baby monitors:

The traditional one allows you to hear the audio in your child’s room from their screaming to softly snoring, but now they have models with a camera and night vision so you can discreetly spy on your cutie without having to charge into their room.

2. Baby clothes:

You should buy 20 percent new like the basics such as leggings and onesies and choose to rent the other 80 percent. You will receive a bulk of clothes, hopefully, during your baby shower and then you can stock up on the necessities like jammies. That designer dress and party shoes for a big birthday party you know she will never wear again….why not rent that!

3. Try Before Buy Items

There are some things you really have to try before you buy such as a white noise machine, a swing seat, bounce baby entertainer, superstar step ’n play piano. These might be wonderful toys that keep him endlessly entertained or total duds so don’t break the bank before you know for sure what makes your babies heart sing.

4. Strollers:

Some things you have to consider before renting is were they made after 2007? Safety standards since then address stability, impact, and shoulder-strap safety. Avoid any broken, loose, or missing parts when looking at a used stroller. Take it for a spin to make sure it has a smooth ride and is sturdy. You should also make sure it has its instruction manual or find one online to research the ins and outs of the product.

5. Playful Packages

Pack N Play / Playpen / Playard: This is such an expense that your babe will grow out of so quickly. However it’s portability and multi-purpose makes it a desirable item. Things you have to consider is that it is not to be used as a crib and to make sure it was made after 2000, as the last safety updates were issued in 1999. If its original mattress is snug and there are no dangling cords, it should be safe. Also, make sure the mesh has no tears and that holes are smaller than 1/4 inch.

6. Baby Bedding:

You know the cute (and pricey) bedding sets they sell in stores? Here’s a secret: you don’t need most of the stuff included. The quilts and comforters aren’t safe to put in the crib (they present a SIDS risk); same is true of the bumper pads. The crib skirt is nice, but non-essential. All you really need are a few good-quality crib sheets.

7. High-chairs:

Voluntary safety standards require a high chair to have a five-point harness to prevent a child from climbing out and a fixed crotch post so he can’t slide out. If these two elements are in place, a hand-me-down high chair is fine. Avoid high chairs with removable trays or arms that lift the tray over the baby’s head.

8. Baby toys :

Before passing it along to your child, check the old toys for chipped paint or loose pieces. This is especially important on toys that might contain lead paint. If it’s chipped or broken, don’t use it! Also, watch for items with small parts that could be choking hazards

Check here before you list or rent it to make sure the model is safe http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

Dont Rent These Following Items

DON’T: Old Crib:

The rules for how cribs must be made took effect on June 28, 2011 and essentially made most cribs sold before that date are obsolete and, technically, unsafe.

DON’T Old Baby Car Seat:

Only rent or borrow if this is a completely reliable source. The standards and codes for a car seat are very important and it’s just not worth risking using faulty equipment.

DON’T: Breast pump, Pacifiers, Bathtub toys, and Diapers (even washable types):

These are obviously unsanitary to share due to the intimate nature of their use. These are items you are going to want to invest in and not mess around with other peoples germs. Keep it safe and sanitary and you will be much happier.

Renting swoops in and rescues the traveling parent who couldn’t possibly pack all of the necessities their little ones crave. Vacations have become a full on ordeal with children. Not only packing all your stuff, your child’s favorite things, but also your child can be quite the feat! To be able to have access to a bouncer when you get to your destination, that you didn’t have to pack or purchase, will make your vacation that much more relaxing. How blissful not lugging all those extras, but still getting to reap their sweet benefits! Enjoy a better life with less stuff and less stress. Let the sharing economy help you collect experiences over things!