Children’s Toys: Top Toy Rental & Subscription Services

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Renting clothes is the new big thing as we try and become more eco-conscious than ever – but have you heard of renting toys?! The newest sustainable concept allows parents to update their baby’s and children’s toy boxes through a circular model that delivers exciting new toys each month – while staying planet-friendly.

We all know the feeling – our child or baby gets a new toy, and within days they’re no longer interested in it?!

Toys contribute towards landfill waste and so, by renting, parents can reduce this waste and extend the product life cycle to be much more planet-friendly. So, we’ve picked out five of the best toy rental and subscription services for your baby or toddler below.

Top Toy Rental & Subscription Services


Whirli is the UK’s newest groundbreaking toy rental subscription service for children’s toys.

Whirli provides an eco-friendly and exciting way to play throughout weekends, school holidays and beyond, offering everything from strider bikes to books and doll houses.

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They offer fully customisable boxes with unlimited swaps, with the chance to borrow up to £240 worth of toys in each swap, delivered to your door in plastic-free, recyclable and reusable packaging.

Plus, if your child has totally fallen in love with a toy, you can buy it from Whirli for a less-than-retail price.

Toy Box Tots

Toy Box Tots delivers high quality boxes of toys to rent, themed around our favourite children’s books, for children aged 1-5. Their boxes are carefully curated for five age groups and include an activity sheet offering new ideas for playing with your Tot for between 12 months and 5 years.

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Each toy box is based around a child’s book, creating a passion for reading from a young ages – the toys are returned to us but the book is yours to keep.

Boxes start at £19 for a three-day rental, up to £30 for a one-month rental plus delivery and collection costs, with different bespoke subscriptions if you would like the boxes more regularly than monthly.

Toy Box Club

Each month, Toy Box Club delivers a new box of age-appropriate, gender-neutral, fun and educational toys to pre-school children and takes away the old one in a smooth, hassle-free service.

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We love the Grow With Me Monthly Subscription Box for £29.99 a month – a beautiful play box that caters for babies 0-18 months.

Boxes are curated based on the latest research in baby development (informational card included) and age appropriate with a specific box for each month of your baby’s growth.


For children aged 3 and above, inspired by Montessori learning and championing STEAM, toucanBoxes are built by educational experts to help develop key skills.

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We love that it fits through your letterbox with all the materials you need to make two crafts and is personally addressed to your child. The finished crafts turn into interactive games, dress-up, role-play, toys and much more.

The Little Sensory Box

More of a subscription service but still more sustainable than buying new, The Little Sensory Box is a curated collection of sensory toys to support the early-years development of babies.

Created to help parents overcome the overwhelming amount of toys available with a carefully curated, easy-to-navigate collection of sensory toys and activities.

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Their award-winning Baby’s First Year subscription boxes are designed to give you all the sensory toys and resources you need for your baby’s first twelve months.

You can join when your baby is newborn to receive all four boxes and a full year of play possibilities, or sign up to receive the sensory boxes from when your baby is aged 3-6 or 6-9 months. Delivered straight to your door exactly when you need it, each box is tailored to your baby’s next milestones.

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