Baby Buggy works with a network of over 100 community-based organizations across the country to distribute new and gently used essentials: from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles, all of which are vetted for safety.
How We Give
Baby Buggy distributes product through a network of 100+ carefully-selected community-based organizations that complete a rigorous screening and application process. Each month, community partners submit a request for the items they need for the families they serve. Based on available inventory, Baby Buggy does our best to fill these requests, providing approximately 150,000 items each month.
Incentive Based Donations
Baby Buggy’s product distributions are combined with comprehensive social service assistance, such as job training, financial literacy classes, and parenting support & education. They are often used as an incentive tool by CBOs to encourage parents to take steps that will help them keep their children safe, healthy, and happy. For example: A mom receives a stroller after demonstrating that she has opened an education savings account for her child. A father receives a crib after participating in a 16-week fatherhood program that includes completing an infant CPR class and a healthy relationship workshop.
By making donations through proven programs like Nurse-Family Partnership, high-quality Fatherhood programs, and Early Head Start, Baby Buggy is not just providing immediate assistance to families in need, but providing the tools and programs parents need to build their self-sufficiency over the long-term.
What We Give
Since our inception in 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 8.3 million items including more than:
- 7,600 Cribs
- 8,900 Strollers
- 6,300 Front Carriers
- 4,500 Feeding Seats
- 2,800 Playpens
Los Angeles Diaper Drive
In May 2014, Baby Buggy merged with LA Diaper Drive, the largest diaper bank in the country. LA Diaper Drives continues as a program of Baby Buggy, distributing approximately 1 million diapers each year through 34 sites across Los Angeles.
Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative
In the United States, 43% of families living in poverty are headed by a single mother, which contributes to their economic challenges. In fact, children in father-absent homes are 4 times more likely to be poor than children in two-parent homes.
Research has found that the stereotype of the “deadbeat dad” is simply not accurate for many low-income fathers. In fact, the overwhelming majority of unmarried fathers say that they want to help raise their child and are actively involved in providing support for the mother during the pregnancy (“Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study” Princeton University & Columbia University).
Research suggests that men who are under financial strain or who have unstable employment are less likely to be actively involved in the lives of their children (Christensen & Palkovitz, 2001). To help ease financial burdens and pave the way for more engaged fatherhood, Baby Buggy provides fathers who participate in the programs below with donations of clothing and goods that they need to keep their children safe and healthy. In addition, we bring in partners to run financial literacy workshops to teach the dads strategies for budgeting, debt reduction, and saving. To acknowledge the achievements of these dads and to encourage their continued active involvement in the lives of their children, we also include them in Baby Buggy events and provide them with small gifts upon “graduation” from their programs. Baby Buggy began investing in high-impact fatherhood programs in 2010. Through June 2014, we have distributed 326,341 items through 16 different programs to over 20,000 dads and their children.
In New York City, Baby Buggy currently works with three innovative programs: The Bronx Fatherhood Program, Forestdale Inc.’s Fathering Initiative in Central Queens, and the Fathers First Initiative in the Rockaways in Queens. These programs empower dads so they can fully embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany this role. The programs focus on relationship building, positive parenting and discipline strategies, improving the relationship with the child’s mother, and helping a father establish his role within the family.
In Los Angeles, Baby Buggy works with fathers through The Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII),, a non-profit serving at-risk children and families affected by child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and gang and community violence. CII’s Project Fatherhood includes thirteen different programs offered at different locations in the Los Angeles area. These culturally diverse programs offer a comprehensive range of services including individual and family counseling, job training, financial literacy, healthy marriage workshops, anger management training, parent-child enrichment activities, legal workshops and consultations, as well as employment assistance.
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Thanks to the Baby Buggy Fatherhood Leadership Council for their support of the Initiative:
Jerry Seinfeld, Chair
Shawn “Pecas” Costner
Christophe de Pous
Neil Patrick Harris