Babies are pretty cute (if a little smelly), but they are also expensive. As soon as that pregnancy test confirms the happy news, it’s impossible to resist the urge to ‘casually’ start looking at what kind of stroller you want to glide to the baby friendly cafes with, finding out where you can buy maternity wear that won’t make you look like you swallowed a bus, and secretly buying a stockpile of baby name books to come up with the perfect Clementine Ariadne Skyblossom / Ptolemy Montague Phoenix combo. But before you get carried away and whack a baby-sized hole in your bank balance, we’ve come up with an easy way to save money: rent baby equipment right here in Singapore! The little ones grow out of stuff so fast it really does make financial sense. As an added bonus, it’s also better for the environment. Win-win!
The Baby Specialist
The Baby Specialist has been renting out hospital-grade baby care equipment since 2004, and is the place to go if you’re looking to hire breast pumps, sleep monitors, breast milk freezers and even phototherapy beds for when bubba is a little jaundiced. Toys, highchairs, baby carriers and strollers are also on the rental menu, and prices get lower the longer you rent.
81 Toh Guan Road East, #03-01 Secom Centre, Singapore 608606, p. 6562 6015; www.bsrental.wpengine.com
Double strollers, prams, play yards, cribs, highchairs: You name it and City Baby rents it! All equipment go through a sanitisation process before being sent out. They also deliver and pick up from your home. Perfect for when you have a Jumperoo emergency. True story!
Online only, p. 9634 0111; www.citybaby.sg/rental.html
Waste is a big issue all over the world, but Zero Waste SG has been making a difference here in Singapore since 2008. Its operates on a ‘3Rs’ ethos: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and that also goes for baby equipment. Head over to its website to find rentals and giveaways for all things stroller, toys, cribs and more.
Online only; www.zerowastesg.com
Rent Tycoons SG
Here is another great platform that’s helping Singapore curb waste. At Rent Tycoons SG, we found everything from car seats to strollers and play mats to baby carriers available for rental at affordable prices. Pop in your postcode or nearest MRT station for a list of things that are available for rent close to where you live.
Online only; www.renttycoons.com
Singapore Stroller Rental
As the name suggests, Singapore Stroller Rental hires out strollers – and they come in all shapes and sizes for either long- or short-term rentals. You’ll also find car seats and travel cots, perfect if you need a quick option for an overseas jolly jaunt.
Blk 115 Whampoa Road, #07-117, Singapore 320115, p. 6639 8485; www.jsrental.weebly.com
Pram Share prides itself on supplying the right-sized pram for your child during the different stages of babyhood through to toddler days. It has every type stroller you can think of: Lightweight, sports, car seat compatible, plus it also stocks well-loved brands, including Stokke and Britax. Buggy boards, travel cots and car seats are also available for hire.
24/7 drop-off/pick-up at 1 Sunview Road, #08-47 (take lift to level 9), Singapore 627615, p. 9731 3793 ; www.pramshare.com
The Toy Rental Club
It’s not just top-notch toys that are available for hire at The Toy Rental Club, but also toddler bike seats, car seats, strollers, travel systems and travel cots. We wish we had known about this one back in the day – the range of exersaucers, play gyms and walkers is huge! We wasted SO much money on this stuff when we could have bought more shoes. You can even get free delivery and pick up services for one month rental orders over $70, just enough time for the tot to get bored with the toys.
9002 Tampines Street 93, #03-42, Tampines Industrial Park A, Singapore 528836, p. 6276 7602; www.toyrentalclub.com
Rent That Toy
From playsets to baby chairs, you can rent toys for infants all the way to two years and beyond at Rent That Toy. Not only does it take care of sterilising, delivering and pick up of toys for you for FREE, they also help you out if you’re totally at a loss as to what toy to rent. Just email that experts at firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations. There’s even a rewards program for long-time customers to collect points and redeem discounts. Payment is by cash on delivery so make sure you’re prepared!
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