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.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1.

Check what items can be rehomed.

Step 2.

If the items you’d like to donate match what we can rehome, please email us with a list of what you have to offer and we can advise upcoming drop off times in Geelong. If you are from Torquay, Barwon Heads or Ocean Grove we have Staging Posts in these areas you can drop directly to. Please email us for the details.

Step 3

If you have a cot, car seat, pram or stroller, highchair, or change table, these items have mandatory safety standards. We can only rehome them if they pass our safety checklist and meet the standards. 

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 carseat if it is less than 8 years old. The date of manufacture should be on a grey or white sticker somewhere on the side or base. There should also be a safety standard sticker AS/NZS 1754 on the base.

Highchairs

We can rehome a highchair if it is less than 10 years old and if it has a tray, safety harness, is sturdy and secure, with brakes (if on casters) and perfectly clean. Please see this article for some cleaning tips.

Pram or Stroller

We can rehome a pram or stroller with a 5 point harness, faultless brakes, a reclining back and a sun-hood. Prams must also meet AS/NZS 2088:2000. If you are not sure of the make and model please just email us a photo. Please see this article for some cleaning tips.

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. We prefer folding change tables. It is difficult to rehome a solid wooden change tables and this is why.

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 divided by size and gender. We stock all sizes of clothing from 0000 to Size 12. If clothing or linen has been in storage it’s important that it is washed again before donating to us. Geelong 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 indication is would you give it to the children of a good friend? If the answer is yes, we are happy to receive it.

Please note that due to the large amount of toys we have in stock, we are not collecting any toys until further notice.
 

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.

FAQs

Please see our FAQs if you have a question that is not covered here. Please do not pass on the confidential personal details of our volunteers (names, addresses or phone numbers) or any donation drop off addresses to your friends, but ask them to contact us directly.

How you've helped

“ Through our association with Geelong Mums, case workers can refer to them for the equipment and goods required for effective parenting and focus their time on supporting families to address other issues that are impacting on their lives. A phone call or email is all that is required to request assistance on behalf of a client and Geelong Mums respond quickly to the need with a friendly and caring attitude. This helps relieve the distress and anxiety women feel when having to juggle their family’s needs and the feeling of shame and embarrassment at not being able to provide for them.” SalvoConnect, April 2014