List of Acceptable Donation Items

Items for use in Iowa NICUs:

Holiday Hats, Booties and other costumes for our Holiday and Special Donations

Colorful Bedding for Iowa NICUs

Baby Care Items

05/15/2020 Because of the restrictions on visitors in the hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to deliver any of these items to the units. We must purchase these items and ship them to the Social Workers. If you would like to support the families during this very stressful time, financial donations are very much appreciated

We are in need of donations of the following NEW items for our Family Support Program:

Pak N Plays – new only

Sheets for Pak and Plays – or they can be sewn using our NICU Crib Sheet Pattern

Formula: Neosure / Enfacare (for preemies) or Enfamil /  Similac Infant (regular formula)

Bottles and Nipples  Avent 9oz or Dr. Brown 8 oz are preferred (new only)

Footed Sleepers (snap front is preferred):  Size Newborn, 0-3M and 3M (Greatest need is for 0-3M)

Blanket Sleepers: Purchased Halo Swaddle Sleep Sacks (size Newborn or small) or sewn from our Sleep sack pattern (6-8lb and 9-11lb size only needed)

Diapers: Newborn and Size 1. Pampers brand is preferred.

Baby Wipes: non-scented, tubs preferred over refills

NOTE: Iowa NICUs we support will only accept NEW items. Please do not send used items of any kind.

Crafting Supplies

Cotton or flannel fabrics in cute baby patterns and modern prints.

Items The Preemie Project can NOT accept:

Blankets for use in the NICU– Blankets are not used in the NICU because of safe sleep protocol. We only need blankets for our infant bereavement packages.

Cocoons – Cocoons are not needed for regular use in the NICU. We only accept cocoons that are part of a costume for our holiday donations.

Sweaters – We no longer have a need for knit or crochet sweaters or other handmade clothing items for use in the NICU.

Regular, plain hats – The only hats we need are those for our holiday donations and white hats for infant bereavement. Please do NOT send any other plain hats, preemie or newborn size.

Sewn fleece hats – Fleece hats are too hot on the babies. The hospitals will not use them.

Crochet Octopus – The NICUs we support will not accept the popular crochet Octopus, or any stuffed animal, for use in the baby’s bed.  

Third Hand Smoke Policy

In accordance with hospital policies, items from smoking homes will not be donated to hospitals for use in the NICU. Research has proven that tobacco and tobacco smoke clings to furniture, clothes, walls. This is called “third-hand smoke”. “Third-hand smoke” cannot be adequately washed out of fabrics and thus raises the risks for many illnesses in children. Please see the March of Dimes website for more information.

If you smoke or live in a smoking household, please limit your donations to those for our infant bereavement program. We will soak and wash your items to remove smoke odors before donating. But, the items cannot be donated to the NICU.

Reviewed/Updated: 06/07/20