Donate new or preloved mum & baby gear:
We love to be able to help new parents out by providing them with the basic essentials of setting up a nursery, clothing their baby, and having the ability to get out and about so they aren’t socially isolated. We are able to take donations of brand new items, as well as preloved items that remain in excellent condition. If you are considering donating some of your preloved baby items to Olivia’s Place, we have some guidelines in place to help you decide if what you have is suitable and safe for use by a new parent and baby.
Please click HERE to see if what you’d like to donate is on our list of things we are able to re-home. If you don’t see your item listed in the document, please feel free to contact us to discuss your donation further.
Ensure your item/s are cleaned to a satisfactory standard prior to donating. We request that any maternity or baby clothing to be donated is freshly laundered prior to dropping off to us, and we ask that baby clothes be sorted into bags and clearly labelled according to size and gender. If you are donating a pram, car seat or cot we have some great cleaning tips here.
If you have a cot, car restraint, pram or stroller, or change table, these items have mandatory safety standards. We can only re-home them if they pass these safety standards. Please read on...
We can re-home a cot if it is disassembled, with all the screws and a copy of the assembly instructions. If you don't have all the screws or the original manual, we may be able to source these items so get in touch to find out. Please email us the date of manufacture stamped on the base, along with the make, model and country of manufacture. We re-home cots that meet the Australian/New Zealand Safety Standard for cots: Standard AS/NZS 2172-2003. If your cot was made before around 2004, it will likely not meet the current mandatory safety standard and we are not insured to re-home it. If you would like to donate your cot please also read THIS. We do have a list of brands we are able to accept, and list that we aren't able to accept, and a list of brands that we may need to contact the manufacturer prior to accepting the donation in the case of missing screws or manuals. PLEASE contact us regarding your cot donation before arriving with it.
We can re-home a car restraint if it is less than 8 years old. The date of manufacture should be printed on a sticker somewhere on the side or base, or through the use of a dial system stamped into the plastic molding. There should also be a red safety standard sticker AS/NZS 1754. We cannot re-home a car restraint from hard rubbish as there is no way we can be sure that it has not been in an accident. We do not re-home booster seats without tether straps or foam booster seats. If you are unsure of the date of manufacture of your car seat, send us an email or call us and we'll help you figure it out.
Pram or Stroller
We can re-home a pram or stroller with a 5 point harness, faultless brakes, a fully reclining back to accommodate a newborn and a sun-hood. Prams should meet AS/NZS 2088:2000. If you bought your pram overseas (somewhere other than New Zealand) it might not meet Australian standards. If you are not sure of the make and model please just email us a photo. Please see this page for some cleaning tips. If your pram requires a little TLC to bring it up to scratch or is a well known brand with some usable parts (tyres, etc.), then get in touch to double check as we still may have some use for your pram parts or we may be able to source new parts from the manufacturer to make your donation meet safety standards. If in doubt, please check.
We can re-home change tables with some form of roll-off protection such as a child safety harness, or raised sides and ends at least 100mm (10cm) high. It can sometimes be difficult to re-home a solid wooden change table so here are some great repurposing tips from St Kilda Mums if you're after some different ideas.
We are unable to rehome portacots. We follow the lead of St Kilda Mums on all that we rehome to ensure that there is a standard, across the board, in safety for families. To save us repeating what they already say so eloquently, pop by this page on their website to read about why portacots are not rehomed.
We can re-home a bassinette if it has a wide stable base, or if it is on wheels at least 2 of the 4 must lock. Please remove all ribbons and ties to prevent strangulation. The sides should be at least 300mm high measured from the top of the mattress base and it should have a firm mattress that is a snug fit and is not thicker than 75mm.
Infant & Maternity Clothing and Cot Linen
All clothing and linen should be freshly laundered please and packed into bags with the size and gender clearly labelled on the outside to help us rotate stock as quickly as possible. We stock sizes from 00000 (premmie) to Size 2. If clothing or linen has been in storage it’s important that it is washed again before donating to us. Olivia’s Place prides itself on passing on items in great condition, and we are only happy to accept and pass on items that we would be happy to dress our own children in. Quality and care makes all the difference to the mum or dad on the receiving end of your donation. If you are not sure whether your clothing donation is suitable or not, a good measure is to consider whether or not you would happily give it to the children of a good friend or family member without needing to add ‘qualifiers’ about their condition. Our clothing provisions are gifts to families, and we want those who receive the clothing to feel that they have a good friend or relative who cares.
We rehome all sizes of maternity clothing, including maternity bras in excellent condition.
Please note that we do not re-home 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 as a step 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 info please refer to SIDS and Kids.
What we do not re-home
Next steps - getting your donations to our centre
Please go to our contact us page to see our current opening hours to arrange to deliver your donation, or email us to arrange a mutually suitable time to donate out of opening hours. If you have a couple of small things to donate you can always post your donation to Olivia’s Place PO Box 688 Warragul VIC 3820. Thank you!
If you can't make it to the Centre to drop in your donation we offer out of hours drop off points in Warragul, Traralgon and Leongatha - please see our CONTACTS page for details. If using this option PLEASE CHECK FIRST that we can accept your donation. If in doubt, ask, and if you are planning to drop a larger item like a cot or pram in please call us or them first to confirm they have the space to hold it for us until we can collect.
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to St Kilda Mums for all of their extraordinarily generous support, countless emails, education, time and free use of their materials and standards that have been adapted and used to assist us in being able to offer the valuable service to our community of rehoming larger nursery items. Thanks especially to the CEO of St Kilda Mums, Jessica.