Our practical help service is dependent on donations to continue supplying families with the clothing and equipment they need for their children.

Here is a list of some of the things that we accept, including health and safety guidance related to each type of item. Please be aware that we cannot accept items that do not meet these specifications.

If there is any obvious damage, missing pieces or rips and tears in an item will not accept it.

Clothing from ages 0-5:

  • Must be clean and good quality, unfortunately, we do not have washing facilities at our office.
  • No hood cords or drawstrings
  • Ensure any buttons, beads, pompoms, labels etc are connected securely
  • No snagging or loose threads
  • No hoods on sleepwear for children under 12 months

Cots and Cot-Beds

  • Must have a BS EN 716:2008 Certification mark
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Must have a clean, well-fitting mattress
  • No snagging hazards or splinters on wooden cots
  • No chipped paint
  • Please remove any stickers or transfers
  • Please ensure all parts are included.
  • If you are delivering a cot to our office we are happy to accept it taken down
  • If you are delivering to our shop or arranging collection the cot must be assembled
  • Include manual if possible

Play-pens and Travel-cots

  • Must have a BS EN 12227 certification mark
  • If upholstered it must have a label stating it is fire safe
  • Any mattress must fit correctly
  • There should be no holes in the mesh
  • Must be less than 5 years old

Moses Basket

  • Must be less than 5 years old
  • Must include a clean mattress
  • Must have a stand
  • Please wash all fabric parts
  • We cannot accept moses baskets that have been stored in garages or attics where there is a risk of mould

Bouncy Chairs

  • Must be less than 5 years old
  • Please wash any fabric parts
  • In good working order

High Chairs

  • Must be less than 5 years old
  • Must be foldable
  • Must be stable and sturdy
  • Please wipe down before donation


  • All styles
  • If possible please include any instructions

Baby Gyms

Sterilisers (electric and microwave)

  • Please ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before donation

Breast Pumps (electric and manual)

Baby Monitor

Safety Gates

  • We are only able to accept pressure safety gates, this is because the vast majority of our clients are in rented or temporary accomodation
  • Please ensure all parts are included
  • Less than 5 years old

Baby Baths



Bedding (for moses baskets, cots and cot-beds)

  • Less than 5 years old
  • Please launder before donation

Toiletries for baby

  • Must be unopened
  • We accept baby wash, nappy cream, baby oil, baby lotion, cotton wool, baby wipes and baby shampoo
  • We can also accept grooming items such as hairbrushes, combs, nail clippers

Toiletries for mum

  • Unless otherwise specified items must be unopened
  • We accept shower gel, shampoo, lip balm, hand cream, nipple cream, body moisturiser
  • Opened packs of breast and maternity pads


  • partial packs welcomed
  • all sizes welcomed


  • Must be suitable for ages 0 to 3
  • Must have a CE certification mark
  • Must be clean
  • No damage or deterioration
  • We are only able to accept small toys

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, we are unable to accept prams/buggies or car seats.

If you would like to donate an item to our practical help service that is not on this list please call our office on 0131 557 2060 or email info@counsellingandcare.co.uk

You can drop items off at our office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or you can arrange collection of larger items by calling 0131 346 7295. If items are collected by the shop please remember that it is under the driver’s discretion.

Unfortunately, we simply cannot take items that are not suitable for the service.

We believe our clients deserve the best for their children, a good measure of whether we can accept an item is ‘would I be happy to receive this for my own child?’

We release monthly wishlists on our website and social media which details items or clothing sizes that we are low on. Check out the ‘News‘ section of our website for the latest list.

If you are not based in Edinburgh or the Lothians you can check our Baby Bank Map page for details of other similar services across the UK.