Smart Thinking: Bassinet Rentals

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Bassinets are one of those controversial nursery products because they have such a short lifespan, about six months at the maximum. A waste!, say many parents. But having used one, with two babies, I kinda love them. They're easy to move around the house and are often placed right next to the parental bed for convenient nursing and middle-of-the-night soothings. I just happened to be looking at the bassinet above and noticed they are for sale - or rent!

Before you get too excited, this is a UK-based company (Bednest) and the rental option is only available on the UK mainland (they ship worldwide if you'd like to buy one). But, what a great idea, right? The cost to rent is £99 (about $150 US) which is still not cheap, but is a third of the purchase cost. Part of the rental cost is for a new mattress and fabric side panels which are yours to keep. When you pro-rate the cost over the span of let's say four months, that's about $1.25/day. 

If you'd really like a bassinet for those early months, it may still be cheaper to buy one secondhand (and you can pass it on or sell it again), but I'm in favor of the idea of renting out nursery pieces with short lifespans. It's an especially nice option if you only have a 1-bedroom when your baby is born and you need something small to tide you over before moving.

What do you think? Would you consider renting nursery furniture?

(Image: Bednest)

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