Donate things

In line with government restrictions we cannot accept your donations of preloved goods from Wednesday night (5 August)  onwards at our Ballarat warehouse. See below for an alternate option.

Please keep an eye on our social pages or sign up for our newsletter (bottom right hand side of this website) to be the first to be informed when we reopen for donations. 

If you have any questions then please email us to confirm.
We would be very happy to answer your questions. 

Thank you.

 

Australia Post

If you have items that can be posted, or ordered online, we would be so grateful if you could use this option. Our address is 

Eureka Mums
15A Gray Street
Sebastopol VIC 3356

Our volunteers who usually host local drop off points will not be doing so for the foreseeable future due to the challenges presented by COVID-19. We must protect the privacy, health and safety of our volunteers at this time.

Thanks for sticking with us and for everything you do for Eureka Mums.

Trinsa Lewis, Operations Manager
3 August 2020

 

What We Can Rehome 

We rehome essential kids and baby items needed by families facing multiple disadvantages. Please see the list below and note that we don't rehome electrical items, household furniture (like dining tables) or adult clothing (including maternity).

✅ denotes items we can rehome and ❌ items we cannot. Please read our safety guidelines for the items with ✴️.

Press Control or Command F to quickly search for a particular item in this list. 

If you are unsure about an item or how to deliver the donation please just email us

We are passionate about repairing things, e.g. pram wheels, ripped material - however this is not always possible. Please email us a photo and a detailed description if there is a fault. We ask you to not 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. You can print the full list of items we do and don't rehome from here.

  

✅  Activity mats or baby gyms

Please ensure that the playmat is freshly laundered. Please cable tie the ends of the arms together, thank you.

❌  Activity centres (Exersaucers/Jumparoo style)

We do not rehome activity centres because they are not recommended by Maternal and Child Health nurses.

❌  Adult clothes

We do not rehome adult or maternity clothing.

✴️  Baby carriers 

We rehome carriers worn on the front of the body 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 (camping style).

✅  Baby food - at least 3 months before expiry 

Yes please!

✅  Baby towels 

Yes please! We can rehome baby towels in near new condition. Please make sure they are freshly laundered. 

✴️  Bassinets

We can rehome a bassinet if it is less than 10 years old and if it has a wide stable base and firm sides 400mm high. The fabric must be easy to remove for washing. This is an example of the type of bassinet that we can rehome.

Please include a firm snug fitting like new mattress, which should be no more than 75mm high. 

We do not rehome cradles, cane baskets or Moses baskets.

❌  Bath aids

We do not rehome bath aids on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns. Some styles of bath aids are unsafe and most increase the risk of babies drowning.

❌  Bath seats

We do not rehome bath seats on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns. Some styles of bath seats are unsafe and most increase the risk of babies drowning.

❌  Bath stands

We do not rehome bath stands on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns.

✅  Baths

Yes please! Please make sure they are clean and have a plug before donating.

❌  Bean bags

We do not rehome bean bags on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns. The 'beans' can become a choking hazard if they come loose.

❌  Bed rails

We do not rehome bed rails.

✴️ Bibs

We can rehome bibs that are in clean, near new condition with domes/press studs. We don't rehome bibs with ties. 

❌  Bikes

We do not rehome bikes, scooters or skate boards, and helmets. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Bike helmets

We do not rehome bike helmets. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Blankets – for bassinets or cots 

Yes please! Please check blankets are freshly laundered. If they have been in storage it's important they are washed again before donating to us (see our article).

✅  Books for children

We can rehome books for children, from babies to teens, if they are in excellent, clean condition and are smaller than 30cm in size. We can only rehome unused colouring and activity books. No books for adults please.

St Kilda Mums is only able to accept two supermarket bags (or equivalent) of books per donation.

✴️  Booster car seats

We can rehome booster seats with tether strap only. They must have the red sticker for the standard AS/NZS1754, not have been involved in an accident and be manufactured at most 8 years ago to allow a period of safe use to the family who will receive them.

Car Restraint Safety Sticker 1754

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 of years before, so you need to check the manufacture date and not the date you bought it. Please read our article for more information.

We can't rehome foam booster seats that don't have tether straps.

✅  Bottles and feeding equipment

Yes please! Please make sure that these items are in near new condition and clean.

✴️  Bouncers or rockers

We can rehome these items if they are less than ten years old with a three or five point safety harness. We can rehome battery operated ones in good working condition, but not large mains powered swings. Please wash the fabric before donating.

✴️  Breast pumps 

We do not rehome electric closed circuit breast pumps.

We can rehome manual breast pumps. Please make sure that all parts are in near new condition and clean.

❌  Bumbo seats

We don't rehome bumbo seats on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns.

❌  Bunk or loft beds

We don't rehome any household furniture, including bunk, loft and single beds.

✅  Bunny rugs and baby wraps

We rehome bunny rugs and baby wraps. Please check they are freshly laundered. If they have been in storage it's important that they are washed again before donating to us (see our article).

✅  Carry cots (soft)

Yes please! We can rehome these if they have a firm base and D clips to attach to a pram frame. Please make sure they are clean before donating.

❌  Car seat boosters (foam)

We do not rehome car seats boosters (foam).

✴️  Carseats

We can rehome capsules, reversibles, toddler seats and booster seats with tether strap only (no foam boosters). They all must have the red sticker for the standard AS/NZS1754, not have been involved in an accident and be manufactured at most 8 years ago to allow a period of safe use to the family who will receive them.

Car Restraint Safety Sticker 1754

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 of years before, so you need to check the manufacture date and not the date you bought it. Please read our article for more information about the importance of car seats.

❌CDs and DVDs for children

We can't rehome CDs and DVDs. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Chairs and tables for kids

We do not rehome chairs and tables for kids.

✅ Change tables that fold

We can only rehome folding change tables because the families we support often live in cramped conditions. A folding change table must have sides of more than 10cm higher than the level of the foam mat, or a safety strap that does up over baby’s tummy. Please check our article for more information about change table safety.

change tables

❌  Change tables that do not fold  

We do not rehome the wooden change tables that sit on top of chest of drawers as we have no way of ensuring that the family receiving it has the correct piece of furniture to place it on.

❌  Chests of drawers

We do not rehome large furniture like chest of drawers as they are too big and heavy to transport for donors, volunteers, social workers and the families we support.

❌  Christening gifts

We do not rehome christening gifts. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Cloth nappies (reusable)

Yes please! Make sure they are in near new condition and clean before donating.

✅  Clothing - from birth to size 16

We rehome children's clothing in excellent condition from birth to size 16. Please check it is 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 again 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.

❌  Co-sleepers like My Little Baby

We do not rehome co-sleepers like My Little Baby because we follow the safe sleeping guidelines from Red Nose Foundation.

✅  Cot linen and blankets

We rehome linen for cots and single beds such as flat and fitted sheets, mattress protectors and blankets, as well as baby towels. 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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

Please check linen is freshly laundered. If it has been in storage it's important that it is washed again before donating to us (see our article).

❌  Cot bumpers

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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

✴️  Cot mattresses

We can rehome a preloved mattress ONLY if it is donated with the matching cot. We do not need any spares. The mattress must be in excellent condition with no marks, tears or stains. It must be less than 10 years old. The date of manufacture should be printed on the label along with the mattress dimensions. It is crucial for baby's safety that the right size mattress is used as the gap between mattress and cot side could be an entrapment/suffocation hazard. Please wrap it up in an old sheet or plastic to keep it clean during transport. Please read our article for more information.

✴️  Cot

We can rehome a cot that complies with Safety Standard for household cots: AS/NZS 2172:2003, with a maximum age of 10 years from date of manufacture. The mattress measurements and date of manufacture should be stamped on the cot base.

Please email us the make, model and date of manufacture or a picture of the cot base to confirm we can rehome your cot because some cots have been recalled.

For transportation to our premises, all cots must be disassembled, with screws, bolts and the assembly manual placed in a plastic bag and taped to the base slats so they don't get lost. If any of these parts are missing, please let us know. 

Please read our article for more information.

❌  Cradles

We do not rehome cradles, cane baskets or Moses baskets.

We only rehome a bassinet if it is less than 10 years old.

❌  Cushions

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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

❌  Doonas

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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

❌  Electric sterilisers

We do not rehome electric sterilisers. We are not insured for electrical items.

❌  Electrical items

We are not insured for any electrical items.

❌  Foam booster seats

We do not rehome foam booster seats.

❌  Foam floor mats

We do not rehome foam floor mats. These products have been known to tear and present a choking hazard.

✅  Folding change tables

We can only rehome folding change tables because the families we support often live in cramped conditions. A folding change table must have sides of more than 10cm higher than the level of the foam mat, or a safety strap that does up over baby’s tummy. Please check our article for more information about change table safety.

✴️  Formula

We can rehome unopened cans of stage 1 and 2 with at least 3 months before the expiry date. We don't rehome toddler milk (12m+), prescription or specialised formula (gluten free, etc).

❌  Furniture

We do not rehome household furniture. We focus on the essential items for babies and small children.

✅  Games for children

Yes please! We rehome games if they are smaller than 45cm in size. Please make sure they have all their parts and they are clean before donating. 

✴️  Gro-bags and sleeping bags

We rehome gro-bags or infant sleeping bags, but only those with holes for arms, and no hoods. We can rehome swaddleups only if they are donated in the original packaging or with the instructions for safe use. Please make sure they are in near new condition and are freshly laundered before donating.

❌  H-harness for car seats

We do not rehome H-harness for car seats.

✅ Hand knits

If you like to knit or crochet we are always short of cot blankets (1.25m x 1.5m) and bassinet blankets (1m x 0.8m). 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.

❌  Helmets for bikes, scooters, skateboards

We do not rehome helmets for bikes, scooters, skateboards. Please donate to your local op shop.

✴️  Highchairs

We can rehome freestanding highchairs if they are less than 10 years old and have a tray, safety harness, brakes (if on casters), and be perfectly clean (tips here). If you are not sure please send us a photo. 

We do not rehome highchairs that hang from a table. 

We do not rehome highchairs that strap to chairs.

❌  Jolly Jumpers

We do not rehome Jolly Jumpers on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns.

✅  Linen for cots and bassinets

We rehome linen for cots such as flat and fitted sheets, mattress protectors and blankets, as well as baby towels. 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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

Please check linen is freshly laundered. If it has been in storage it's important that it is washed again before donating to us (see our article).

❌  Maternity clothes

We do not rehome maternity clothes. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Maternity pads (unopened)

Yes please! They can be loose if individually wrapped.

✴️  Mattresses for cot

We can rehome a preloved mattress ONLY if it is donated with the matching cot. We do not need any spares. The mattress must be in excellent condition with no marks, tears or stains. It must be less than 10 years old. The date of manufacture should be printed on the label along with the mattress dimensions. It is crucial for baby's safety that the right size mattress is used as the gap between mattress and cot side could be an entrapment/suffocation hazard. Please wrap it up in an old sheet or plastic to keep it clean during transport. Please read our article for more information.

✅   Mattress protectors

Yes please! Make sure they are freshly laundered before donating.

❌  Mobiles

We don't rehome cot mobiles. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Moses baskets

We do not rehome Moses baskets on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, and Red Nose Foundation.

❌  My Little Baby co sleepers

We do not rehome My Little Baby co sleepers because we follow the safe sleeping guidelines from Red Nose Foundation.

✅  Nappies - cloth 

Yes please! Make sure they are in near new condition and freshly laundered before donating.

✅  Nappies – disposable

Yes please! We can rehome nappies from opened bags.

❌  Nappy bins

We do not rehome nappy bins. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Nappy change bags

Yes please! Make sure they are clean before donating.

✅  Nappy change mats

Yes please! We can rehome nappy change mats with no rips or tears. Please make sure they are clean before donating and include any covers you may have.

❌  Nappy wrappers

We do not rehome nappy wrappers. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Newborn head supports (for prams)

Yes please! Make sure they are clean before donating.

✅  Nursing pads 

We can rehome disposable nursing pads from unopened packets. 

We can rehome reusable nursing pads. Please make sure they are clean before donating.

❌  Photo frames

We do not rehome photo frames. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Pillows (including pregnancy pillows)

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 information please refer to Red Nose Foundation.

We don't rehome pregnancy pillows.

✅  Playpens – wooden and metal

Yes please! Make sure they are clean and have all they parts before donating.

❌  Portable travel chairs

We don't rehome travel chairs on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because they cannot be sure that the chair will be safe.

❌  Portacots

We do not rehome portacots because they are intended for temporary use and are not suitable for long term sleeping arrangements. Social workers ask us for cots - not portacots - as a cot is a safe place for a baby to sleep dream and play for the first 3 years of his or her life. Please see this blog for more information and how to reuse/recycle your portacot. 

❌  Potties

We don't rehome any potties, toilet training seats or toilet steps. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Pram accessories 

We can rehome pram accessories such as foot muffs, snugglers, pram liners, newborn headrests, sunshades and raincovers for single and double prams and strollers. Please make sure they are clean before donating.

✅  Pram bassinets

We can only rehome a pram bassinet if you have the pram that it fits. We do not need any pram bassinets as spares.

❌  Pram travel bags 

We do not rehome pram travel bags. Please donate to your local op shop.

✴️  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 sunhood. Prams should meet AS/NZS2088, however if you bought it overseas (other than New Zealand) it might not meet Australian standards. If you are not sure of the make and model please email us a photo. The families we help need one good all purpose pram/stroller, so we don't rehome umbrella strollers or running prams (front wheel fixed, big back wheels, some attach to a bike).
Please see this article for cleaning tips. We always need pram accessories like foot muffs, snugglers, newborn headrests, sunshades and raincovers for single and double prams and strollers.

❌  Prints/wall/nursery decorations

We do not rehome prints. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Puzzles for children

Yes please! We rehome puzzles if they are smaller than 45cm in size. Please make sure they have all their pieces and they are clean before donating.

✅  Pyjamas and sleepwear to age 16

We rehome pyjamas and sleepwear but not ones with hoods. Please make sure they are freshly laundered before donating.

✅  Reusable cloth nappies

Yes please! Make sure they are in near new condition and clean before donating.

✴️  Rockers or bouncers

We can rehome these items if they are less than ten years old with a three or five point safety harness. We can rehome battery operated ones in good working condition, but not large mains powered swings. Please wash the fabric before donating.

❌  Ride on toys

We do not rehome ride on toys. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Running prams (front wheel fixed)

We do not rehome running prams as most of our request are for newborns.

✴️  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 – plug covers, etc

Yes please! We can rehome cupboard and drawer locks, power point covers, etc. 

❌  Scooters

We do not rehome scooters. Please donate to you local op shop.

❌  Scooter helmets

We do not rehome scooter helmets. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Skateboard helmets

We do not rehome skateboard helmets. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  School uniforms

We do not rehome school uniforms. Please donate to your school swap shop.

✅  Shoes for children

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.

❌  Single beds

We do not rehome single beds. Please donate to your local op shop.

  Single bed linen

We rehome linen for single beds such as flat and fitted sheets, mattress protectors and blankets. 

Please check linen is freshly laundered. If it has been in storage it's important that it is washed again before donating to us (see our article).

❌  Sleep positioners 

We do not rehome sleep positioners because we follow the safe sleeping guidelines from Red Nose Foundation.

✴️  Sleeping bags and sleepwear

We rehome gro-bags or infant sleeping bags, but only those with holes for arms, and no hoods. We can rehome swaddleups only if they are donated in the original packaging or with the instructions for safe us. Please make sure they are in near new condition and are freshly laundered before donating.

❌  Slings

We do not rehome homemade carriers, slings or backpack carriers (camping style).

❌  Snow gear including boots

We do not rehome snow gear.

✴️  Soft toys

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 (see our article).

✅  Stationery

Yes please! Items in excellent condition such as pencils, textas, scrap books, exercise books, rul

✅  Sterilisers – microwave only

Yes please! Make sure they are clean before donating. We can't rehome electrical sterilisers because we are not insured.

✴️  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 sunhood. Prams should meet AS/NZS2088, however if you bought it overseas (other than New Zealand) it might not meet Australian standards. If you are not sure of the make and model please email us a photo. The families we help need one good all purpose pram/stroller, so we don't rehome umbrella strollers or running prams (front wheel fixed, big back wheels, some attach to a bike).
Please see this article for cleaning tips. We always need pram accessories like foot muffs, snugglers, newborn headrests, sunshades and raincovers for single and double prams and strollers.

❌  Stuffed toys with beans

We do not rehome any toys filled with beans as they may present a choking and inhalation hazard.

✅  Sunshades (pram and car)

Yes please! Make sure they are not too faded before donating.

❌  Swings

We do not rehome swings, either swings that hang from trees or large swings that plug into main powers.

✅  Toddler beds 

We can rehome toddler beds that are less than 10 years old. Please include a mattress that fits the bed (usual measurements are 1300mm x 700 or 750 mm) and that has no rips, tears or stains. 

Please disassemble the bed, place the screws, bolts and the assembly manual in a plastic bag and tape to the base so they don't get lost. If any of these parts are missing, please let us know. 

❌  Toddler bike seats

We do not rehome toddler bike seats. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Toilet seats

We do not rehome any potties, toilet training seats or toilet steps. Please donate to your local op shop.

❌  Toilet steps

We don't rehome any potties, toilet training seats or toilet steps. Please donate to your local op shop.

✅  Toiletries (unopened)

We can rehome new or unopened toiletries for babies and children including nappy cream, shampoo, toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, etc.

We can rehome new or unopened toiletries for adults (male and female) including shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc.

✴️  Toys - please note our updated guidelines

As we have so many generous donors, Eureka Mums is only able to accept two supermarket bags (or equivalent) of toys per donation.

We can rehome toys, books, games and puzzles if they are in excellent, clean condition and are smaller than 30cm in size. Please clean all toys before donating.

We can't rehome:

  • large toys 
  • any toys with batteries 
  • soft toys
  • ride on toys
  • Tonka toys and similar 
  • activity centres & walkers 
  • rocking horses
  • trikes, scooters or bikes etc 

The families we help are often in temporary accommodation or small living spaces so we only provide a small number of toys. 

    ❌  Toys larger than 30cm

    We do not rehome large toys because most of the families we help don’t have a lot of room. All toys must be able to fit in our gift bags to keep them clean in transit once they have been safety checked.   

    ❌  Trikes

    We do not rehome trikes. Please donate to your local op shop.

    ❌  Umbrella strollers

    We need pram for newborns. We don't rehome umbrella strollers, as they lack sufficient sun shades and undercarriage baskets.

    ❌  Walkers

    We don't rehome walkers on the advice of Maternal Child Health nurses, because of safety concerns.

    ✅  Wipes (unopened) 

    Yes please!

    ✅  Wraps for baby

    We rehome wraps for babies. Please check they are freshly laundered. If they have been in storage it's important that they are washed again before donating to us (see our article).