Baby Care Kit Distribution in Haiti - Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Baby Care Kits

Why Baby Care Kits?

mother holding baby

A Baby Care Kit from LWR is like a promise. It says to that baby, Your needs will not be neglected by this world. You matter to us. When you send Baby Care Kits, you provide encouragement by welcoming these little ones into an international community that cares.

Baby Care Kits are distributed as part of emergency and relief efforts, to be sure, but they are also given out as part of LWR health initiatives to encourage women to seek prenatal care. One such initiative in Mali provided training for local prenatal health care workers, who were given Baby Care Kits to distribute when they assisted with births. These kinds of programs help more babies in rural, poor areas receive a healthy start in life. We hope you will join us in this effort!

Where do Baby Care Kits Go?

Quilt map

View our interactive map, or download the latest Quilt & Kit Shipping Report (.pdf).

Questions? Read more in Questions & Answers related to the Quilt & Kit Ministry.

Help Ship Baby Care Kits

It costs LWR about $1.30 per Baby Care Kit to deliver it overseas. If you are not able to assemble Kits, why not give to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund?

Your donation will help ensure that we are able to distribute all of the Kits we receive. Thank you!

How to Make Baby Care Kits

Guidelines

[Why do we include these guidelines?]
  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

What to Include

Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed. Gently used, clean items (no stains or tears) can be substituted for new ones. Wrap items in one of the receiving blankets and secure with diaper pins. Do not enclose the Kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.

Include the following items in each Baby Care Kit:

t-shirt

×2

Two lightweight cotton t-shirts

sleeper

×2

Two long- or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet)

blanket

×2

Two receiving blankets, medium-weight cotton or flannel, or crocheted or knitted with lightweight yarn, up to 52” square

cloth diapers

×4

Four cloth diapers, flat fold preferred (see the Diaper Tip Sheet for alternatives (.pdf))

jacket or sweatshirt

×1

One jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, or include a baby cap

socks

×2

Two pairs of socks

hand towel

×1

One hand towel, dark color recommended

gentle soap

×2

Two bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of gentle soap, in original wrapping

diaper pins

×2

Two diaper pins or large safety pins

Baby Gown Pattern

Download the Baby Gown Pattern

Tips

  • Sizes 6 to 24 months may be used. Varying the sizes of the clothing items included will make the Baby Care Kit useful as the baby grows.
  • Sweaters may be knitted or crocheted from leftover yarn, or made from heavy double knits or fleece. Select a pattern that suits your skill level. Preferred styles have buttons or ties down the front.
  • Diapers can be made from flannel or even by recycling t-shirts. Download a Diaper Tip Sheet with instructions.
  • If knitting or crocheting receiving blankets, including one knitted/crocheted blanket and one flannel blanket will provide maximum versatility.
  • Onesies can be cut and hemmed or serged to make a simple t-shirt.
  • Gowns, rompers or top/pants sets can be substituted for sleepers.

Frequently Asked Questions »

Packing & Sending Personal Care Kits

How to Pack & Send Quilts & Kits

man and boy scout loading boxes of Quilts and Kits

Packing your Quilts and Kits

  • Pack completed Quilts and Kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
  • Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
  • Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.

Donate to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund»

Join an Ingathering

Quilt MapEach year, dedicated volunteers coordinate LWR Ingatherings — local collections for LWR Quilts & Kits. Groups and congregations pool their donations and share the costs of getting the Quilts & Kits to LWR.

Find Ingatherings planned for your area »

If you know of an Ingathering in your area but do not see it listed, please let us know.

Shipping or Delivering your Quilts and Kits

Include the name and address of your congregation on each box, label contents and send prepaid to or drop off at the LWR warehouse closest to you:

Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075
651.457.9009

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776
410.635.8795

The warehouses accept items year-round. Call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you are personally delivering your donations.

No Ingathering near you? New volunteers to help organize Ingatherings are always welcome! Contact us to learn about starting an Ingathering in your area.

Quilt & Kit Tracker

Quilt & Kit TrackerYou can now log on to our Quilt & Kit Tracker and print out a special barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts & Kits. That way, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.