Renting is the New Black!

Renting is the New Black!

Renting is growing in popularity. While we could always rent houses, hire cars, rent plant machinery, now we can even rent furniture and clothing! It is the ultimate green choice, a circular economy with mega environmental credentials. And now we have baby equipment rental! When we first started Stork, the idea of renting baby equipment for more than just a holiday instead of buying it hadn't taken on. There are some items that are not suitable to rental, but many things are. When you look at the average family, living in an average sized house and consider the amount of space baby gear takes up, how nice would it be to just hand everything back as soon as you're done with it?
So what items are suitable?
Anything that is used for a year or less is how I would answer that, which means almost all things baby!
  • Co-sleepers
  • Highchairs
  • Changing tables
  • Infant prams / carrycot attachments
  • Infant baby seats
  • Isofix bases
  • Trikes and Walkers / Bouncers
Also items that are only used sporadically, such as
  • Hiking carriers
  • Holiday strollers
  • Travel cots
I'd include double buggies here too, if you have children of different sizes, because the older child will grow out of the buggy and want to walk, before the little one, leaving you with one child sitting in a double buggy! The holiday stroller is a particular eco culprit. They are cheap to buy, not very well made and very irritating to use. We see tonnes of them abandoned at the airport at the end of a holiday, and airlines and airport managers are left to try and dispose of them. Unfortunately many of the end up in skips. So before you buy, consider if it's something that is suitable for rental, and if you're not sure, just ask us!