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How to Recycle Baby Gear

Where to Donate or Sell Your Baby Gear

After all the time you spend researching and registering for new baby gear and supplies, it can be disheartening to realize how quickly they outgrow it all. The lifespan of a swing, bouncer, or activity mat is surprisingly brief. If future babies aren't on the agenda, and your friends and family with little ones have everything they need, you can still ensure that those (briefly) prized possessions get a second go-round.

Whether you opt to sell or donate your gear, these resources will allow you to recoup some of the cost or pass it all along to someone who can really use it. We've broken it down into the categories of clothing, new diapers, and gear, and found a range of options for each. Out with the old, in with the new.

Clothing

  • Sign up for online consignment shop thredUP and receive a bag to fill with your gently used, good condition baby (and/or maternity) clothes. Send it back to thredUP (shipping label provided) and they'll take care of the rest. Once your items sell, you'll receive a percentage of the sale price directly to your account. You can opt to cash out or shop the marketplace of second-hand duds for your growing tot.
  • Create a Poshmark account. Snap photos of the clothes you're looking to unload and set your ask price (Poshmark will offer a suggested range), and other users can make offers. Once an item has sold, Poshmark will email you a shipping label — pop your package in the mail and watch the money accrue in your account.
  • Donate it. The American Red Cross partners with GreenDrop to collect gently used clothing for resale to benefit the organization's mission. With drop boxes across the country, and even a scheduled pickup option, this is an extremely convenient way to pass it forward. If you'd prefer for your things to go directly to individuals in need, you can try contacting a local women's or homeless shelter. Room to Grow provides critical support to families raising babies born into low-income circumstances, including essential baby and toddler items. Check out their site for details on what's accepted and how to donate.

Gear

(New) Diapers

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