We make and deliver gifts to help with the first year of the baby’s life. If you are trying to decide what to donate, ask yourself, ‘will a baby need this in their first year’? Here are some ideas for the most needed items we accept:
- Once Loved or New Baby Clothing in sizes preemie to 18 months (0 – 18 months)
e.g.: tops, bottoms, special outfits, onesies, sleepers (high need for sleepers/pajamas), outerwear, footwear, seasonal items (bathing suits, snowsuits, mitts, toques, hats) etc. To protect our gift recipients and volunteers, we respectfully encourage people who have, or recently had, bed bugs or who smoke in their home, to disclose this at the time of donation.
- Breastfeeding Items
e.g.: nursing pads, bras, breast pumps, nursing pillows etc.
- Diapering Items
e.g.:disposable diapers (open packs are ok if they are clean and in a ziploc bag), cloth diapers, wipes, change pads, diaper bags, cloth diaper accessories, etc.
- Bath/Hygiene Items
e.g.: natural unscented baby soaps, diaper creams, bath tubs, bath toys, wash cloths, menstrual pads for postpartum period etc.
- Sleep Items
e.g.: receiving blankets, crib mattresses and bedding, baby monitors, co-sleepers etc.
- Feeding Items
e.g.: bibs, bottles, highchairs, cutlery, plates/bowls, sippy cups, food processors, baby food etc.
- Baby Carriers
e.g: slings, wraps, soft structured, mei tai, etc.
- Baby Gear
e.g.: bouncy chairs, exersaucers, swings, activity play mats, baby toys and books etc. Please note, we only accept brand new stuffed animals with tags on.
- Baby Furniture
e.g.: bassinets, cribs, playpens, change tables, rocking chairs, dressers. Please note that in order for a crib to be accepted it must include information that identifies the manufacturer, model number, date of manufacture, original hardware and assembly instructions- either printed or online version. No drop-side cribs please. Cribs made before September 1986 do not meet current safety standards and are illegal to sell under the law.
e.g.: umbrella strollers, single strollers, or double strollers. Please note that strollers made before 1985 may not meet current safety standards, and may not be sold. Strollers must come with a lap belt, or safety harness that is solidly attached to the seat or frame. Strollers must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer, model number, and the date of manufacture.
- Car Seats/Accessories
e.g.: covers, mirrors, toys etc. Car seats must be brand new in the box or with tags, or you have contacted us to provide the car seat history and expiration date.
- Presents Suitable for ‘Big-Sibling’ Gifts: e.g.: quality books and toys, activities, art supplies, etc. Most big sibling gifts are needed for 2-17 year olds.
If you’re ready to donate your once loved or new items to help a family in need, please visit our How To Donate page.
**We love helping Manitoba families as much as you do! If we are unable to use your donated items, we will pass them along to another charitable organization that helps Manitoban families in need.