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Where to donate used baby gear

Clearing the apartment of outgrown baby stuff is one of life’s most liberating experiences. Unfortunately, most of the city’s thrift shops—Housing Works included—do not accept baby gear or clothes. So unless you’ve got a friend or relative willing to take every last toy,  bouncy, and diaper off your hands, consider reaching out to one of these charities in need of gently used baby and toddler items.

Room To Grow accepts most baby items, from books and toys to tubs and swings. The website provides a complete list of accepted items. You can drop off donations at several locations around the City,  including their offices at West 21st Street (call first if you need curbside assistance unloading, and they can give you a tax receipt on the spot.) Other drop-off locations (for clothing and books that can fit into small shopping bags) include Petit Bateau (1094 Madison Ave, at 82nd Street) and The Shops at Riverside (1 Riverside Square, Hackensack,  NJ). Room to Grow also offers same-day pickup ($35 for up to five bags or $45 for five-to-ten bags in Manhattan; in Brooklyn, the fee is $40 for up to five bags, and $50 for five to ten bags). Alternatively,  there’s a free monthly pickup service that is scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance.
Room To Grow
54 West 21st St. #401
Famously started by Jessica Seinfeld, Baby Buggy collects “critical need gear” (strollers, car seats) as well as toys and other items for kids ages 0-4. The website provides a list of accepted donations. All gear must have been purchased within the past three years; operating manuals appreciated. Call ahead to schedule a drop-off or pickup.
Baby Buggy
Brooklyn Perinatal Network was created in 1988 to address infant mortality. They accept donations in excellent condition, for a very needy group of pregnant women, and currently need strollers, car seats and other gently used items. Brooklyn Perinatal will accept clothes for both mother and kids, but they need to be in excellent condition,  preferably not used at all. BPN may be able to pick up supplies (depending on the donation), if booked well in advance. Otherwise, call to schedule a drop-off.
Brooklyn Perinatal Network
76 Nevins Street, Brooklyn