Baby gear is expensive. When expectant parents set up their registry or shop for themselves, most are shocked at the prices of all the “necessary” gadgets. After spending a lot of money, there’s no guarantee that baby will actually like the purchase — Craigslist and social networking sites are littered with barely-used baby items of parents hoping to recover a fraction of the costs. “I wish I’d been able to try it out before I bought it,” one new mom posts ruefully.
Life isn’t much easier even if babies love all of their toys. Many new Long Island families must travel to see relatives, and baby gear can easily fill the trunk of the average car. Owning two or more copies of a favorite swing or beloved jumperoo to leave at grandma’s house is not an option for many families, but neither is the possibility of spending several days without it.
So what’s a parent to do?
Several sites on Long Island allow families to rent baby gear at a daily or weekly rate. If staying local for vacation, this is a great (and inexpensive) way to make sure babies have all their necessary gear. It’s also a great way to “test drive” a big ticket item before purchasing it. Everything is professionally cleaned and sanitized before delivery. Car seats, exersaucers, bouncers, jumperoos, swings, strollers, high chairs, cribs, pack and plays, and even toys are available. Fees vary depending on the length of time needed and the item(s) rented. Delivery charges may apply. We’ve found several businesses offering baby gear rentals on Long Island to make traveling with baby easier.
All Around Stroller Rentals
True to its name, this service only rents strollers. They operate mainly in Manhattan, but will rent strollers to those visiting Long Island.
Contact Info: 917-626-7788 or STROLLNYC@Gmail.com
Baby Chic NY
Renting everything from bottle warmers to double strollers, this service is offered to all of Long Island. The store itself is also a boutique.
Contact Info: 516-746-CHIC (2442) or BABYCHICNY@yahoo.com
Go Baby Go Hamptons
Run by parents of three children, this couple understands the need for the comforts of home while on vacation with a young child. This service is aimed predominantly for Suffolk County residents.
Contact Info: 631-909-3993 or email@example.com
Hamptons Baby Gear
Hamptons Baby Gear offers a full line of essentials to rent. Offerings include everything from full sized cribs to strollers. The service carries brand named items such as BOB, Bugaboo, Stokke, and more. For the summer, parents can rent items for outdoor fun such as jogging strollers, picnic tables, sand toys, and more. Hamptons Baby Gear will deliver, set up, and pack up gear. All items are sanitized thoroughly. The service is available to all of Long Island including Nassau County & Western Suffolk County in addition to the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork (Aquebogue, Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, New Suffolk, Cutchogue, Peconic, Southold, Greenport, East Marion and Orient).
Contact Info: 631-803-4322 or 800-461-7222
Traveling Baby is a chain with locations countrywide. All of Long Island has access to its rentals, and Long Island families can use them if they go out of state!
Contact Info: 1-800-304-4866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rachel Minkowsky