Sometime over the course of her pregnancy, Stephanie Kaspiris started thinking about all the stuff. You know – the BABY STUFF: the bassinet, the crib, the stroller, the breast pump, the bouncy chair, and on and on. And, there were questions, such as which products should she actually spend her money on, and did she really need all the things?
The idea of how much space and storage was required felt a little overwhelming. “I’m a huge minimalist and I have a small Toronto house. I don’t have a lot of storage space,” she says.
She also hated the idea of spending piles of money on things she might only use now and again, just for a short while, or maybe not at all. “There were some things I didn’t want to buy without trying out first, and I didn’t know what I’d actually need.“
So, when Stephanie first heard about StorkSupply, a baby product rental company based in Toronto, she couldn’t wait to check it out. Founded by parents, the company’s goal is to help other parents by getting them the quality gear they want – from breast pumps to strollers – for as long as they need it, while saving money.
Stephanie loved the idea of being able to try out a product before making a big purchase. “They cost a lot to buy, but what if I don’t end up using it?,” she worries.
The simple, online rental process is meant to make parents’ lives easier. Stephanie was impressed by the selection of high-end items and excited to find items that she actually wanted to have in her home. “They have really nice stuff,” she says. “Very contemporary and modern looking.”
After clicking the items she wanted, the clean-lined Rockwell bassinet and the modern Leaf Twilight baby seat, and how long she wanted them for (weekly and monthly options), Stephanie picked a delivery time from the flexible schedule. A few weeks before her baby was due, and they brought it right to her door.
“Everything was like new, in perfect condition, and the items came with a package of instructions,” she says. “They even set everything up for me and even took all the boxes away. It was so easy.”
Stephanie and her partner put the bassinet on their main floor. However, at three months old, baby Sienna already has other ideas. “She hates being put down in the bassinet,” Stephanie laughs. “She wants to be held all the time. It’s another reason why I’m so glad I rented it instead of buying one.”
When Stephanie realized Sienna wasn’t having anything to do with the bassinet, she simply called StorkSupply and they came quickly to pick it up. “I love that I didn’t have to store it in case we decide to have another baby.”
Sienna does enjoy a swing in the baby seat, however, and it gives Stephanie just enough time hands-off to get a couple of things done. And, now that she knows the chair is a hit, Stephanie is considering continuing the lease or even buying one.
Stephanie is eager to use the service in the future for things like toys and walkers that Sienna will only use for a short time, and for a playpen as a travel crib.
“It’s such a great solution for the storage issue, and also because you don’t know what your baby likes.”
Her only lament? That she hadn’t heard of StorkSupply sooner so she could have tested out baby carriers before buying one.
“I have lots of friends who have babies and I‘ve been recommended this service to everyone,” she laughs. “I’m so glad this company exists!”