Introducing the Care Crib for Nelson Mandela Day 2016


Choose to Care Care Crib by BabyYumYumIn South Africa today, there are many young mothers who don’t have the means to provide for even the most basic needs for their newborn child. To help these mothers, Mpact, BabyYumYum & the Choose To Care team have created the Care Crib, a sturdy cardboard box that doubles up as a sleeping crib for the first 6 months of the baby’s life. Inside the box, the mothers will find a number of items needed in the weeks following the birth.

Care Crib Contents:

  • Changing mat/ mattress
  • Receiving blankets
  • Knitted blanket/ Thick winter blanket
  • Baby grows
  • Booties/ socks
  • Cloth nappies
  • Disposable nappies
  • Bottles
  • Baby bath towel
  • Pack of sanitary pads
  • Condoms
  • Nappy rash paste\Bum cream
  • Surgical spirits
  • Sterilisation Tablets
  • Cotton wool
  • Facecloth
  • Baby soap
  • Choose to care/ Courage child development booklet

The Care Cribs will be distributed by social workers and child protection organisations to mothers in need through our Choose To Care Crisis Pregnancy Support Network.

Choose to Care Care Crib by BabyYumYum

We are seeking new and used baby items to help as many mothers as possible, should you wish to donate please see drop-off zones below.

Drop-off Zones:

  • Baby Yum Yum: 112, 4th Street, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • ABBA Adoptions Gauteng: 10 Eastwood St,Pretoria, 0001
  • ABBA Adoptions Cape-Town: Hoheizen Park 3, Hoheizen Cresent, Hoheizen, Bellville
  • Door Of Hope: 5 Barbara Avenue, Glenvista, Johannesburg
  • Implio: 20 Leigh Avenue Fairvale Ext 1, Johannesburg

Financial Contributions:

Should you wish to make a financial contribution please see banking details below:

Bank: Standard Bank
Name:  National Adoption Coalition South Africa
REF: Care Crib
Account number: 302903895
Branch: Balfour Park, Code: 009160



  1. Please be aware that some contents violate code R991 of breastfeeding act as well as concern regarding giving free formula. Mixed feeding with HIV+ mother will increase risk of mother to child transmission. Please revise some of the contents of your box. Great idea just stick to the regulations please.

    • Hey Samantha Crompton 🙂 Thanks for your feedback! As we mentioned on Facebook, some of the boxes will be donated to baby homes which are in dire need of baby formula. Breastfeeding is definitely the preferred method but for the mothers that cannot breastfeed and are left feeding their babies pap or abandoning them as they have no means to clothe or feed their newborn’s, the formula is a better option. We are simply assisting in promoting the Care Crib campaign and creating an extra drop off point for Choose to care . This is a very successful initiative and I am sure that their reasons are based on experience.

      • Yes, but boxes include condoms and maternity pads so not only aimed at orphans. Giving out formula to HIV+ mother without education on dangers of mixed feeding with and mother to child transmission can be counter intuitive.

  2. Need to save orphans and too many. Just making aware so don’t get shut down because they need these initiatives.

  3. hello

    i would really love to be part of this initiative and give a mother out there this care box. my concern is that i am in polokwane and i dont see any drop off points there. could we get assisted?

    • Hi Minky, thank you so much for your comment and support for this initiative. We are so happy that you want to get involved. Unfortunately, there are no drop-off zones in Polokwane, however, if you would like Choose To Care to send you some cribs and you can make them up there and then distribute to moms in need in that area, we can organise this 🙂 Please let us know if you would like me to give your email address to the relevant person for this?
      If not, you are also able to make a financial donation, which will be used to purchase items for the Care Cribs and you can then help that way 🙂

  4. Hi,

    I’d also like to get involved with this initiative.
    Please could you send me some more info on distributing boxes in our area.


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