Donate baby things

If you have nursery equipment, clothes or toys that you no longer use, we can get it to someone who really needs it. Please follow these steps: 

Step 1.

Please click here to see if we can rehome what you have to donate. If the items you have match what we can rehome, please check this page for our upcoming opening times.

Step 2.

If you have a cot, car restraint, pram or stroller, toys and some clothing, these items have mandatory safety standards. For the other items we follow best practice or voluntary standards. We can only rehome them if they comply with the following requirements. Please read on... 

Pram or Stroller

We can rehome a pram or stroller with a 5 point harness, faultless brakes, a fully reclining back to accomodate a newborn and a sun-hood. Prams should meet AS/NZS 2088:2000. If you bought your pram overseas (somewhere other than New Zealand) it might not meet Australian standards. If you are not sure of the make and model please just email us a photo. 

Cots

We can re-home a pre-loved cot if it complies with the Safety Standard for cots: AS/NZS 2172:2003. This is a list of common cot brands that we can rehome:

Babyhood
Bebe Care
Bertini
Boori
Childcare
Grotime
Ikea
King Parrot
Love N Care
Melbourne Baby Company
Mother's Choice
Sunbury

If your cot is not one of these brands then please email us photos, the date of manufacture which is stamped on the base of the cot, as well as the model number and the country of manufacture. We can then check that it has not been recalled.

Please use the assembly instructions to check that you have all the screws and parts. Once you are sure you have all the bits and that your cot meets the current safety standards, please disassemble your cot and cable tie it together.

Please secure the screws and assembly instructions in a zip lock bag and tape  with clear packing tape to the base of the cot.

We can also rehome the mattress that fits your cot, as long as it has no marks or stains, has the dimensions clearly marked on the label and is less than 10 years old. Please cover your mattress with a couple of old fitted cot sheets to keep it clean in transit. We would love all your cot linen too if you are ready to pass it on, and mattress protectors are also very valuable to us. 

Cot safety is very important and this is why.

Car Restraints

We can rehome a car restraint if it is less than 8 years old. The date of manufacture should be printed on a sticker somewhere on the side or base. There should also be a red safety standard sticker AS/NZS 1754. We cannot rehome a car restraint from hard rubbish as there is no way we can be sure that it has not been in an accident. We do not rehome booster seats without tether straps or foam booster seats.

Highchairs

We can rehome freestanding highchairs if they are less than 10 years old and have a tray, safety harness, are sturdy and secure, with brakes (if on casters) and are perfectly clean. If you can't find the date of manufacture please email us a photograph. Please see this article for some cleaning tips. We do not rehome booster seats that strap to chairs or hang from tables and this is why.

Change tables

We can rehome change tables with some form of roll-off protection such as a child safety harness, and raised sides and ends at least 100mm high. Social workers and maternal and child health nurses prefer folding change tables as the families they support often live in cramped conditions. It is difficult to rehome a solid wooden change table and this is why.

Bassinettes

We can rehome a bassinette if it has a wide stable base, or if it is on wheels at least 2 of the 4 must lock. Please remove all ribbons and ties to prevent strangulation. The sides should be at least 300mm high measured from the top of the mattress base and it should have a firm mattress that is a snug fit and is not thicker than 75mm.

Safety gates

If you have a safety gate to donate, please remember to include the adjuster screws and bolts, suction cups for mounting on the wall, any extension bolts etc with it, in a clear plastic zip lock bag, taped to the gate.

Baby Carriers

Please donate good condition Front Pack Carriers and Buckle Carriers. Carriers should have working buckles, no fraying on the straps or body and be clean. Instructions and original receipts should be included where possible. We re-home carriers that can be used on the front in an upright position. We do not rehome homemade carriers.

Clothing and Linen

All clothing and linen should be freshly laundered please and packed into bags with the size and gender clearly labelled on the outside to help us rotate stock as quickly as possible. We stock sizes from 0000 to Size 10 years. If clothing or linen has been in storage it’s important that it is washed again before donating to us. St Kilda Mums prides itself on passing on items in great condition. It makes all the difference to the mum on the receiving end. If you are not sure whether your clothing donation is suitable or not, a good barometer is would you give it to the children of a good friend? Our clothing bags are gifts and we want the mum who receives the bag to feel that she has a good friend or relative who cares.

Please note that we do not rehome soft bedding such as pillows, quilts, duvets and bumpers as these increase the risk of sudden unexpected infant death. They may cover the baby’s face and obstruct breathing or cause overheating. Older babies in a cot can be at an increased risk of a sleeping accident by using pillows and bumpers as a step to climb up and fall out of the cot. It is safer to wait until thechild starts to sleep in a bed before introducing a pillow or other soft bedding. For more info please refer to SIDS and Kids

Toys

We rehome good quality toys and puzzles if they are smaller than 45cm in size. We do not rehome large toys, ride on toys, Tonka toys, activity centres, rocking horses, trikes, bikes etc. We do not rehome soft toys, with the exception of very small baby soft toys and we ask that you please wash pre-loved soft toys before donating. Please remove all spent batteries before donating. We can only rehome battery operated toys if the batteries are secured in place with a screw. We do not rehome any toys with lithium batteries as these are extremely dangerous if swallowed. We do not rehome any toys filled with beans as they may present a choking hazard.

What we do not rehome

We also do not rehome any maternity or adult clothing, nor electrical items such as monitors. Please review this list of what we can and cannot home and if in doubt please email us.

FAQ

Please see our FAQs if you have a question that is not covered here. 

Next steps - getting your donations to St Kilda. Please go to this page to see our opening hours. Thank you!

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