List of Acceptable Donation Items

Knit, Crochet or Sewn Items


Baby Care Items

We are in need of donations of the following NEW items for our family support program:
  • Pak N Plays – new only -most needed item!
  • Gift Cards for Gas so families can visit their child in the NICU (Caseys, BP Station, Kum & Go)
  • 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 preferred): Size Newborn, 0-3M and 3M (Greatest need is for 0-3M)
  • Blanket Sleepers: Purchased Halo Sleep Sacks (size Small) or sewn from our Sleep sack pattern (6-8lb and 9-11lb size only needed)
  • Diapers: Newborn and Size 1. Pampers preferred
  • Baby Wipes: non-scented, tubs preferred over refills

NOTE: Any preemie size clothing we receive will be donated to overseas medical missions.

NOTE: Iowa NICUs will only accept NEW clothing. If you send used clothing, it will be donated to one of the overseas missions that we support.


Crafting Supplies

Cotton or flannel fabrics.

Fleece Fabric in solid colors or cute patterns

White photo boxes

Mod Podge

Foam brushes

Tacky Glue

Polyester sewing thread

Polyester serger thread


Items The Preemie Project can NOT accept:

Blankets – Blankets are not accepted for use in the NICU. We only accept 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.

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: 11/07/19