Back when I was pregnant I saw a news story about a company that made it possible to rent children's toys. Thinking it sounded like a great idea I vowed to try it once our little girl arrived. And then once Alice was born, and the newborn fog set in, I forgot all about that smart little company. Until last week!
I was just about to buy Alice some sort of new toy when I remembered that story I'd heard. A quick google search found the toy rental company and, after reading about them and the way they clean and sanitize their toys, I was sold. Plus, their company motto was right up my own less stuff alley. Committed to fun! Not clutter.
Alice's first box of toys arrived yesterday and, so far, I'm impressed! All the toys look brand new and came tightly shrink-wrapped. And now, I just hold onto the box they came in and then, in a month's time, I'll put them back in, tape it up, affix the included return shipping sticker and drop it off at UPS. And, next time we travel, I might try their idea of shipping toys to our destination rather than taking up space in a suitcase with a bunch of toys. So smart. So simple.
Alice is loving her new toys. And I am loving that I'm not adding to the baby clutter in our apartment.
Would you ever rent toys for your child? There are some toys that I would love to own (and will most likely buy) like this puzzle board or these wooden blocks. But I am perfectly happy just renting those plastic baby toys as owning them for a lifetime (or sending them to a landfill) just isn't for me. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!