How You Can Rent Toys Online

You're considering buying a push-toy for your 11-month-old who is almost walking, but you know it will only be used for a couple of months and then tossed aside... and that $60 price tag is cringe-worthy. The solution? Rent it!

Why you should rent some toys, rather than buy them

We could probably go on for days about why you should give a toy rental service a try, but we don't want to keep you from getting started, so let's just hit the highlights, shall we?

Cost

There's no doubt that you're going to save money by renting toys instead of buying them... especially those toys that serve their purpose for a short time and then just take up room. Moms of babies will especially see a savings when they rent those big-ticket baby toys, rather than purchasing them.

Go green

You hear it everywhere now — go green! When it comes to renting toys, the less you purchase new, the less of an impact you have on the environment. Yay for you, yay for Mother Earth and yay for the lesson it teachers your kids.

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Entertainment

Every mom knows that a new toy can easily provide hours of fun for their kids, so imagine if you subscribed to a service where a new toy or two arrived at your house once a month? You may actually get to sit down and finish that book you started six months ago!

How it works...

Each toy rental service offers a slightly different program, but in general, you visit their website, choose the toys you'd like to rent and either pay-as-you-go for individual toys, or sign up for an automatic monthly rental service. Each service allows you to customize the way you rent toys based on what you're looking for — as a way to add a new toy to the mix every now and again or for families who need a constant rotation of new things to play with.

Germ-a-phobe moms, never fear. Toy rental companies are hyper-aware of the fact that toys are being passed from family to family and they all have strict sanitation standards. Most toy rental companies even list the cleaning products they use on their toys on their websites so you can check out their process.

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Online toy rental companies you should try

Good to know: When it's time to send the toys back, the membership program can include pick-up service via UPS — no hauling a huge box to the post office!

BabyPlays

Ages available: Newborn to over four years old

Cost: Choose from a pay-as-you-go program where toys range from $3 to $11 per month, plus a $10 shipping fee. Or, pick the monthly subscription service — the Basic Membership is $25 per month to borrow four toys for 60 days.

Good to know: Did your kiddo fall in love with the toy you rented? You can keep it by paying for the additional cost of the toy, beyond what you've already paid for renting it.

Toyconomy

Ages available: Newborn to over eight years old

Cost: There are two options available. Rent-as-you-go allows you to pick and choose the individual toys you'd like to rent and keep them for 30 days before you leave them on your front porch for FedEx to pick up. There is a $9 shipping fee. Or, upgrade to the TOYmembership, which is $1 for your first month and $10 for additional months and gives you 50 percent off all toy rental prices, free shipping and no rental return dates.


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Have you ever tried a toy rental service? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Comments on "Don't buy that new toy... Rent it!"

Dinonurs1 October 13, 2013 | 9:36 AM

Toyconomy's web site will not open; are they out of business, nothing on Internet alludes to this?

Still Renting? June 29, 2013 | 8:53 PM

Are their other companies that rent and deliver by mail? The ones listed do not seem to provide this service any longer.

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