We are a non-profit organisation started by a couple of local mums during the pandemic of 2020. The creation of Baby Necessities came from a motivation to help alleviate child poverty after watching a documentary on the growing need for baby banks in the UK.
Our vision was to support families during hardship, as well as see baby items our children no longer needed, re-used to protect the environment and reduce unnecessary waste.
We collect good quality, pre-loved items such as clothes, toys and equipment, and distribute them to families in need across Southampton and surrounding areas. All items are cleaned and, where necessary, safety checked. We take care in the presentation of our bundles and every one of them is lovingly prepared by one of our volunteers.
Access to Baby Necessities is via third-party referral by professionals such as community midwives, health visitors, GP’s, family support workers, social workers, educator or teacher, food bank volunteer, religious leader, etc.
We aim to meet each request with our stock of donated items and help individuals and families from all backgrounds, regardless of their personal situation, by providing their little ones (up to the age of 5 years old) with the basic supplies they need.
- To help alleviate child poverty across southern Hampshire by providing new and good quality pre-owned items to families experiencing hardship.
- To promote recycling of second hand items in order to protect the environment and reduce unnecessary waste.
- To promote safe sleeping by providing a moses basket with a brand new mattress.
Our starter kits are perfect for new mums or mums-to-be. They contain many essential items for baby such as clothes, blankets, muslins, nappies, baby wipes, toiletries, bottles, a comforter and more - all lovingly packed inside a moses basket to ensure there is a safe environment for baby to sleep.
These packs contain mini toiletries such as body wash, shampoo and antiperspirant, as well as maternity pads, nursing pads and lanolin. Everything needed to feel human again post birth!
We provide clothing up to the age of 2 years old. Bundles will be seasonal and contain a range of carefully selected items to meet the needs of the child.