Make a referral

Baby's Basket accepts referrals from healthcare and welfare professionals from a wide range of community support services working with children and families in Lincolnshire. If you are pregnant or the parent or carer of a newborn baby and need help for your baby, sorry we don't take self referrals but please see this page for how you can get help from Baby's Basket. If you don't live in Lincolnshire see this page.

If you are a healthcare or welfare professional working in Lincolnshire you can make a referral as soon as you know there is a need - even months ahead. In urgent cases we will do our best to provide for a baby's needs at short notice including weekends and public holidays. The service is free and confidential and there are no formalities.

Please phone us on 07486 534 641 with the following information:

  • your name, mobile phone number and email
  • your service or organisation and an office phone number in case of difficulty
  • the first name or initials of the recipient
  • if your request is for a pregnant mum, the due date and gender of her baby (if known) so we can select appropriate clothing
  • please let us also know if for example the mum is very young or a refugee, the baby is likely to be small or has any particular needs; we will take this into account as we choose items.

About the help we can provide

There's more information about what we can provide on this page. Whilst we most often provide baskets, if a mum already has one we can provide the same contents separately, a new mattress for a second hand basket, packs of clothes, or cot bedding. If in doubt please ask we will do our best to help.


To protect a recipient's privacy we ask that you collect and deliver directly to them. We aim to have a request ready about 8 weeks before the baby is due. 

We will contact you before a request is made up to arrange a collection time. We can be flexible about collection times, including evenings and weekends.  If you are not in the Lincoln area a colleague coming to Lincoln can collect on your behalf or we may be able to send your request with someone who travels your way. Family members are welcome to collect from us by arrangement.

Print our referrer leaflet to keep for future reference or to share with a colleague