We believe that by reusing and recycling much-loved babies' and children's gear, we not only share the joy of motherhood with each other, but we save the earth's precious resources too.

Cots for Tots 2014 - Target 400 Cots

We aim to find 400 cots for families experiencing hardship during our Cots for Tots campaign in April & May 2014. Please tell all your friends about this campaign, and ask them to consider donating their pre-loved cot to us. Or you could make a donation towards the cost of a new cot. We can purchase a new cot and mattress wholesale for $140.

Thank you! In the past two weeks we have collected 58 cots!

Read more about some of the families we helped in 2013 here. The campaign is proudly supported by Leader Community Newspapers whose coverage of Cots for Tots 2013 won their journalists Fiona Sexton, Nicole Precel and Dana McCauley a Quills Award from the Melbourne Press Club.

Please help us ensure that no child goes without a safe cot to sleep in.

How to donate a pre-loved cot

We can re-home a pre-loved cot if it complies with the Australian/New Zealand Safety Standard for cots: Standard AS/NZS 2172-2003. If you have lost the assembly instructions you can normally source a copy from the manufacturer but they will ask you for the date of manufacture which is stamped on the base as well as the model and the country of manufacture in order to provide you with the correct version. You will need the assembly instructions so that you can double check you have all the screws and parts. Once you are sure that you have all the bits and that your cot does meet the current safety standard please disassemble your cot and cable tie the bits together. Please secure the screws in a zip lock bag and tape them to the base. We can rehome the mattress that fits your cot, as long as it has no marks or stains and is less than 10 years old. Please cover your mattress with a couple of old fitted cot sheets to keep it clean in transit. We would love all your cot linen too if you are ready to pass it on and mattress protectors are very valuable to us too. We also rehome bassinettes and moses baskets. Please see this list of everything we can rehome and please read this article about cot safety.

Please email the make, model and date of manufacture of your cot to donate@stkildamums.org for the upcoming donation days. Thank you for supporting Cots for Tots 2014.

Harley in his cot from St KIlda Mums. Photo courtesy of Sarah Matray/News Limited.
Harley in his cot from St KIlda Mums. Photo courtesy of Sarah Matray/News Limited.

How you've helped

"I have seen children get their bundles of beautiful well presented clothes and the children open them up as if it was Xmas. Having some clothes or toys helps parents to nurture their children, and children can present well at school or kindergarten which ultimately helps with their learning process and integration." Gina Rennie, Uniting Care Connections