Where to donate your new or gently used maternity, nursing and baby items in Pittsburgh

Earlier today, on Facebook, I shared a sneak peak of some of the items from another large donation to Genesis of Pittsburgh. Did you see it? It was a stack of really awesome books. Well – the full kit and caboodle is now in their hands and it took over my whole trunk. Thanks to my wonderful clients, I’m proud to announce that over $500 worth of items were donated including: books, baby equipment, maternity clothes, maternity support pillows, (2) Bella bands, a maternity support belt and a baby doppler:

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Whenever Genesis receives items, they are extremely grateful. If you’ve got items that can be enjoyed and used by others in need, please consider making your donation to Genesis of Pittsburgh.

Even their receipt says they “gratefully accept” the following:

Clothing: infant and children’s shoes and clothes sizes 0-6, especially onesies, sleepers and baby socks

Feeding supplies including formula, bottles, bibs, and new breast pumps (even if it was never used, the seal cannot be broken)

Baby furniture including cribs, mattresses, changing tables, bassinets, pack ‘n plays, highchairs, and glider rockers

Baby equipment including strollers, bathtubs, bouncy seats, monitors, exersaucers, front packs, and car seats manufactured within the past 5 years

Other baby items and supplies including diapers and wipes; sheets for cribs, bassinets, and pack ‘n plays; new toys, stuffed animals and gift items.

Items for pregnant women including current books about pregnancy, birth, and parenting; maternity clothing or casual clothing suitable for pregnancy wear; new bras and panties.


Winter Maternity Coats for 2014 – 2015

The winter was brutal here in Pittsburgh last year. I’m the type of pregnant woman who sweats all the time, but even I couldn’t make it to the car without a coat. I got a lot of compliments on my jacket at the time so it’s in stock for this upcoming winter and just in case you want something with a little more color punch, I’m adding a great find that’s currently on zulily …

In stock at Maternity Girl:


This was also a best seller last Fall so it’s back in stock for all the Mamas who want to rock their maternity fashion this year:


Can you imagine how hot that would look with a pair of colored jeans or leopard leggings?

Finally, this honey colored coat, by Mom2Mom, is my new fave find for the Winter:


It’s normally $200 but you can get it now for $55 on Zulily! [Only Large and Extra Large left at the time of this writing]


What do you need on your baby registry? (Sleeping)

Working on your baby registry can be incredibly overwhelming. As such, I’m a huge fan of Lucie’s List which breaks down what you need according 10 basic categories. When I first utilized the Lucie’s List site in 2011, there was an awesome 2 page checklist. I can’t find that checklist now, but if you’re just starting, or you’ve gotten lost somewhere else, I advise all my clients to go there. That site, even though I still can’t find that list, is so resourceful – especially for its product reviews.

Now, Because Lucie’s List has also done a wonderful job of breaking down what you NEED versus what you don’t, I’ll spare you my two cents but I would like to share my personal favorites for your “Sleeping” portion of the baby registry:

1. A crib; You may decide to co-sleep, use a bassinet or who knows what else, but every one I know still has a crib. My personal fave for value and design is the DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. The black and yellow are my fave! For less than $200, I bet it will be yours too.



2. Crib sheets; I suggest you have at least 2. I’m also a fan of soft, plus textures when I sleep so I love the Pottery Barn Kids Chamois line. Click here for “girl” colors and here for “boy” colors (I used quotes because it  drives me crazy that PBK has all the colors listed on two different links and I don’t agree with the way they split up the colors … I think navy could be so cute for a girl!) Anyway …


What? That’s it? Pretty much. I mean, there’s the question of bumpers and swaddles and a crib skirt but when it comes down to what you NEED, I like to stick to the basics.