Items to donate

What items can I donate?


Would I be delighted to receive this for my child?” This is the question to ask when looking to rehome your kids’ preloved goodies.


Items that are worn-out, broken, stained or damaged may be discarded.


We value every donation but sometimes we cannot re-home some items for a variety of reasons.  When we cannot re-home an item we may on-donate to another children’s charity or selected Op Shops who support similar work. Sometimes we may sell items that we cannot use at fairs or market days in which case all funds raised are used for local families in need.


Please let us know if you do not wish items that you donate to be on-donated or used for We Care fundraising when they cannot be re-homed by us.


Baby baths – no stands or bath aids

Baby wearable carriers – Baby Bjorn or similar front carriers, but we do not re-home other types of slings or backpack carriers

Baby wipes – unopened packets

Backpacks – all ages from pre-school to high school

Bassinets – modern bassinets with breathable mesh sides

Bibs – fabric bibs, no ties

Blankets – all types and sizes; doonas unstained and washed

Bottles and other feeding equipment

Bottle sterilizers

Bouncers – must have a 3 or 5 point harness in working order

Breast pumps – manual only, sterilized and in good condition; and disposable breast pads

Car Restraints – capsules, reversible car seats, older children car seats with tether strap (no foam boosters). Must meet standard AS/NZS 1754. Must be no older than 7 years from the date of manufacture (2015 onwards) and has never been in an accident

Change tables – must be able to come apart or fold down

Children’s Books – new or in excellent condition

Children’s Clothing – 00000 – children’s size16: freshly laundered and sorted into gender/size please

Children’s underwear – new only

Cots & mattresses – it is essential they meet Standard AS/NZS 2172:2003 revised in 2005. Cots manufactured after January 2010. Please donate with the original manual if possible and please ensure all the parts, screws, bolts etc are secured in a zip lock bag and taped to the base of the cot.

Dummies – new and unopened

Gro-bags or infant sleeping bags – no hood

Handbags – medium to large size in excellent condition suitable for young mums

Highchairs – with a safety harness and must meet Standard AS4684-2009. Please clean thoroughly before donating especially the straps.

Linen – freshly laundered bassinet, cot, single, double, queen and king bed size sheets, blankets, doona covers, mattress protectors and wraps. Towels and face washers.

Nappies – disposable, all sizes. Opened packs are OK. No swim nappies please

Nappy bags & changing mats – opened packs are OK.

Personal care items for adults – unopened body wash, lotions, hair & beauty products, soap etc

Prams/strollers – Standard AS/NZS 2088: 2000. Must be able to recline as most requests are for newborns. Must have 5 point harness, faultless brakes, sun hood and carry basket Please vacuum and clean before donating, and please include the original manuals if you have them

Pyjamas and sleepwear – there must be no hoods on sleepwear

Safety gates – please include all the spindles in a bag taped to the gate

Shoes  – new or in excellent condition. 

Sterilisers – microwave or electric

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

Toys – ONLY SMALLER toys that can fit into a backpack. New for birthday presents and excellent condition used toys


Items we can’t re-home


Due to safety regulations and storage issues, we cannot accept and re-home the following items:

Items that do not meet current Australian standards

Soiled, broken or incomplete items

Adult clothes

Baby swings

Baby walkers

Bath seats

Bath stands

Bean bags

Beds and bed mattresses

Bikes / Scooters / ride-ons

Bumbo seats

Car seats over 7 years old

Cot bumpers



Foam floor mats


High chairs without straps

Jolly jumpers

Nappy wrapper bins

Nursery décor

Opened hygiene products

Porta cots, travel cots

Potties and toilet steps

Pillows, unless NEW

Single beds

Suitcases and luggage

Swim aids, plastic pools

Tents and cubbies

Toys used unless in excellent condition. No large toys, dolls houses, garages and similar.

Umbrella strollers light weight. We accept robust strollers. 

We greatly appreciate St Kilda Mums for their assistance,  input and at times wording in preparing many of the details in this listing. So many thanks.