New York City families with babies or toddlers usually have a crib, a changing table and a stroller or two crammed into their apartments. However, if you're visiting NYC with an infant in tow, there's no way you're going to be able to pack all of that stuff in your luggage. Sure, you can try to skip the usual amenities and just co-sleep, change the baby on the bed and wear a sling when running around town. But it would certainly be a lot easier on your body if you could just rent a crib, changing table and stroller—after all, vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right?
After receiving several emails from our NYC Kids Visitors Guide readers asking where they could rent baby gear, we decided to look into it. Turns out there are a number of companies that rent strollers, cribs and other baby equipment in New York City. They even deliver everything to you. So natives, the next time your sister-in-law swings into town asking to borrow your baby wheels, you know where to send her.
This company rents anything you could possibly need when traveling with a baby, including strollers, cribs, changing tables, high chairs, car seats and even rocking chairs for nursing moms. Granny's also offers rental gear for adult overnight guests and kids' parties, and delivers to NYC, the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore and Connecticut.
With more than 70 locations throughout the US, this baby gear rental company has a New York City outpost that services Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and much of Long Island. Baby's Away offers daily and weekly rentals of cribs; Pack 'n Play®; high chairs; car seats and boosters; single, double and jogging strollers, and even baby toys and security gates. Plus you can book online.
Baby Chic NY
Another rental company catering to every baby need, with daily, weekly and monthly rates for strollers, changing tables, cribs, toddler beds, baby monitors, bottle warmers, baby carriers, a wide variety of toys and more. Delivery is available to Manhattan, Queens and Nassau County on Long Island, where the company is based.
Bebe Gear Rentals
The NYC outpost of this company offers it all: strollers, cribs, high chairs, cat seats, boosters, toys, you name it.
Rent the Baby Gear
Strollers, cribs, high chairs, car seats and more are available from this service. Items are delivered via UPS and a prepaid return shipping label is included.
Talk about limited selection: You can only rent cribs from this company in NYC. But if that's what you're in the market for it's worth a look.
Kid Car New York
And another rental service that specializes in one thing: car seats. There's a two-day minimum, delivery is available and seats must be returned in pristine condition to avoid cleaning fees. Just concerned about having a car seat for your trips to and from the airport? Check out our post about NYC car services that offer car seats.
Read our other posts about NYC baby products and services, including local stroller repair places and our favorite double strollers for city babes.
This post was originally published on September 5, 2012.