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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.

Prams and strollers

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

Please see this article for some cleaning tips. We always need pram accessories like foot muffs, snugglers, newborn headrests, sunshades and raincovers for prams and strollers (both single and double). 

Bassinets, cradles and moses baskets

We can rehome a bassinet if it has a wide stable base, or if it is on wheels, at least 2 of the 4 must lock. The sides should be firm and ideally 300mm high, measured from the top of the mattress base. Please include a firm snug fitting like-new mattress, which should be no more than 75mm high. Please remove all ribbons and ties to prevent strangulation. If there is a rocking mechanism, it must be able to be secured. Please include a stand with a bassinet or moses basket.

Cots

Cot safety is very important to us, which means we must check that cots comply with AS/NZS 2172:2003 Standard (revised in 2005). Please email us the make, model and date of manufacture so that we can be sure we can rehome it. Please include a photo of the base of the cot and let us know if you have all the nuts and bolts and the original manual. For more information about how to donate a cot please read this

Car seats

We can pass on capsules, reversibles, toddler seats and booster seats with tether strap only (no foam boosters). They all must meet standard AS/NZS 1754, not have been involved in an accident and be manufactured at most 8 years ago to allow a period of safe use for the family who will receive them. This is critical for safety because the plastic on carseats deteriorates with time, so they actually expire. Please note that often retailers sell carseats manufactured a couple years before, so you need to check the manufacture date and not the date you bought it. If your car seat is not suitable for rehoming, you can recycle it at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre

Highchairs

We can rehome freestanding highchairs if they are less than 10 years old and have a tray, a safety harness, brakes (if on casters), and are perfectly clean. Please see this article for some cleaning tips. You should be able to find the date of manufacture on the back or base. If you're not sure, please send us a photo. We do not rehome booster seats that strap to chairs or hang from tables.

Change tables

We can rehome change tables with roll-off protection such as a child safety harness and/or 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. Please check our article on change tables and if you're not sure if it's suitable, please email a photo to confirm. 

Clothing and Linen

We can rehome children's clothing from birth to size 12, and linen for cots such as flat and fitted sheets, mattress protectors and blankets, as well as baby towels. All clothing and linen should be freshly laundered (see why) and packed into bags with the size and gender clearly labelled, to help us rotate stock as quickly as possible. If clothing or linen has been in storage it’s important that it is washed again before donating to us. 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 who cares.

We accept pyjamas and sleepwear but not ones with hoods. We also accept gro-bags or infant sleeping bags, but only those with holes for arms, and no hoods. 

We can rehome children's shoes – from baby to about 10 years. Please clean soles and polish leather uppers. Must be in near new condition. 

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 to climb up and fall out of the cot. It is safer to wait until the child starts to sleep in a bed before introducing a pillow or other soft bedding. For more info please refer to Red Nose.

Hand Knits

If you like to knit or crochet we are always short of cot blankets (1.25m x 1.5m). These are an essential part of our cot linen bundles and we need donations of blankets more than any other knitted item. If you would like to donate crochet squares that we can sew together for a blanket, please make them 15cm. Thank you!

Toys

We rehome good quality toys, games 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 because the families we help don’t have a lot of room. 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. 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. Please remove all spent batteries before donating. We do not rehome any toys filled with beans as they may present a choking and inhalation hazard. Please clean all toys before donating. 

 

Items we can rehome

Activity mats or baby gyms (no foam floor mats please)

Art and craft materials – paper, scissors, pencils, crayons, felt tips 

Baby Carriers - carriers worn on the front of the body with baby in an upright position. Front pack carriers and buckle carriers should be in good condition with working buckles, no fraying on the straps or body, and be clean. Instructions should be included where possible. We do not rehome homemade carriers, slings or backpack carriers. 

Baby towels - in near new condition

Bassinets, cradles and moses baskets (see above)

Baths - no bath aids, bath seats or stands please

Bibs – stain-free plastic and fabric bibs with domes and no ties

Blankets – for bassinets or cots (1.25m x 1.5m)

Books - story, colouring, craft, childcare books

Bottles and other feeding equipment

Bouncers or rockers – must have a three point safety harness

Bunny rugs or baby wraps

Breast pumps (non-electric)

Breastfeeding pillows

Car seats - capsules, reversibles, toddler seats and booster seats with a tether strap - but not foam boosters (see above) 

Carry cots & pram bassinets – must have a hard base

CDs and DVDs for children

Chairs and tables for kids

Change tables (see above)

Clothing - children's sizes from birth to size 12 (see above)

Cots (see above)

Formula and baby food – unopened and within 3 months of expiry date. We can't rehome toddler milk (12m+), prescription or specialised formula (gluten free, etc). 

Gro-bags or infant sleeping bags - no hoods and only those with holes for arms

High chairs (see above)

Linen for cots and bassinets (see Clothing and Linen above)

Maternity pads – disposable (unopened)

Mattresses for cots and bassinets -  cot mattresses must have a label with the dimensions printed, a date of manufacture of less than 10 years and be completely free of stains

Nappies – disposable (can be from opened bags) and reusable cloth (must be in excellent condition with good elastics and stain free)

Nappy change bags

Nappy change mats (no rips or tears in plastic)

Newborn head supports

Nursing pads – disposable (unopened) and reusable

Playpens – wooden and metal

Prams (see above)

Pram accessories like foot muffs, snugglers, newborn headrests, sunshades and raincovers for prams and strollers, both single and double

Pyjamas and sleepwear – there must be no hoods on sleepwear

Safety gates - please include adjuster screws and bolts, suction cups for mounting on the wall, any extension bolts etc in a clear plastic zip lock bag, taped to the gate. We don't rehome safety gates that screw into walls.

Safety items – cupboard locks, etc

Shoes for children (see Clothing above)

Spare parts – including pram wheels, inner tubes, screws & safety gate spindles

Sterilisers – microwave not electric

Strollers (see above) 

Sunshades – for strollers, prams and car windows

Toiletries – creams, bath wash etc. new and unopened, for mother and baby

Toddler beds (see Cots above)

Toys, games and puzzles if they are smaller than 45cm in size (see above)

Wipes – unopened

 

Items we can't rehome

  • Adult clothing, including maternity clothes
  • Bath aids
  • Bath seats
  • Bath stands
  • Bean bags
  • Bed rails
  • Bikes
  • Booster car seats that are foam and don't have a tether strap
  • Bumbo seats
  • Change tables that sit on top of drawers
  • Chests of drawers
  • Christening gifts
  • Co-sleepers like My Little Baby
  • Cot bumpers
  • Cushions
  • Doonas
  • Electrical items including electrical sterilisers and breast pumps
  • Exersaucers
  • Foam floor mats
  • Furniture
  • Helmets
  • H-harness for car seats
  • Highchairs that strap to chairs or hang from a table
  • Jolly Jumpers
  • Maternity clothes
  • Mobiles
  • Nappy bins
  • Nappy wrappers
  • Photo frames
  • Pillows
  • Portable travel chairs
  • Portacots
  • Potties
  • Prints
  • Ride on toys
  • Safety gates that screw into walls
  • Scooters
  • Single beds
  • Slings
  • Swings
  • Toddler bike seats
  • Toilet steps
  • Toys – any toys larger than 45cm (see above), no large stuffed toys
  • Trikes
  • Umbrella strollers
  • Walkers

We do not rehome any item that does not meet the current safety standard.

We are passionate about repairing things, e.g. pram wheels, ripped material - but it is not always possible. Please email us a photo and a detailed description if there is a fault. Please don't donate anything that is broken, damaged, torn, ripped, stained or faulty. As a simple rule, if there's something wrong with it then we can't rehome it. 

How to donate

Please ensure that you deliver your donation to our warehouse in St Kilda during our opening hours.

Other options

If you can't make it to St Kilda during our opening hours, we have some other options listed here.

Post

If you only have a small amount to donate you might like to post a parcel to 2-4 Vale Street, St Kilda VIC 3182

 

Posters

Please print this poster of everything we can and can't rehome

A4 Poster - Clothing to age 12 years

A4 Poster - Little Bunny

A4 Poster - Coats for Kids

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