My youngest just turned one, and so we’re contemplating what to do with adorable barely-worn baby dresses, a baby tub, and the bouncy seat that kept all three of our babies happy. With one in five kids in the US — that’s over 16 million children — living in poverty, I know there are lots of babies and parents that could make good use of our old baby gear.
If you don’t have any expectant friends or neighbors to share your baby gear with, and you don’t have the energy for a late summer garage sale, here are a few ways your baby gear can get a second life.
Strollers, High Chairs, and Other Gear
Families in Los Angeles and New York can donate gently-used or new baby gear, such as strollers and toys with all pieces included, to Baby Buggy. The organization has given over 6 million items to families across the country. Colorado families can share baby carriers and high chairs with Wee Cycle. Many homeless and domestic violence shelters serving families also need baby gear.
Toddler potty-trained faster than you thought? Luck you! Share those extra, unopened packs of disposable diapers with a diaper bank. The National Diaper Bank Network includes a list of diaper banks around the country. You can also share them with a local food bank. Giving Diapers, Giving Hope accepts donations of cloth diapers, covers, and accessories, and then shares them with families in need all over the US.
Food and Formula
At many food pantries, baby food and formula are in high demand. You can share unopened cans of formula and baby food, as well as diapers, with a local food bank. Look at Feeding America’s list to find one near you.
Onesies get a new life through Loved Twice, a nonprofit that takes gently-used, spit-up stain-free baby clothes in sizes 0 – 12 months and shares them with new mamas in need through hospitals or nonprofits. Or, you can sell clothes in good condition through ThredUP as a fundraiser for a nonprofit or cause you care about, such as your local school or saving elephants.
Ready to move beyond board books? Share those gently-used books with a local Reach Out and Read Affiliate, a nonprofit that builds early literacy by providing books to low-income young children and families at well-child checks. Or, send those baby books and pregnancy guides to Better World Books, an online bookseller that distributes new and used books, and has provided over $10.4 million dollars to support literacy and education.
Have other, non-baby gear to donate? Here’s what to do with your old shoes.