Every year in the United States, approximately 3,500 infant deaths occur due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes during sleep. Since 1998, Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative has been making an impact on the rate of babies dying of sleep-related death in unsafe sleeping environments.
The mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent these deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.
Through the efforts of Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative partners from across the country, we forged a coalition of organizations that view success for one, as success for all. Cribs for Kids® partners do not exist in a hierarchical structure but as collaborators, whose ideas and materials are shared by all of the partners. By signing the Cribs for Kids® Trademark License Agreement, partners agree to adhere to certain standards and guidelines. This license agreement gives them the right to use the standardized forms, Cribs for Kids® name and logo, and order their safe-sleep materials at our discounted prices. At all times the partners are encouraged to share materials that they have developed with the Cribs for Kids® Resource Center to help enhance the program.
The Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, Headquartered in Pittsburgh, provides free Cribs for Kids® Toolkits to organizations interested in the collaboration. The toolkit includes standardized materials including safe sleep educational brochures in English and Spanish, hold harmless agreements, parental guidelines, pre and post tests for evaluation purposes, and grant writing materials. DVDs of Public Service Announcements and Powerpoint presentations with up-to-date statistics will help partners spread the infant safe-sleep message in their communities. All of these materials save new partners from ‘reinventing the wheel’ and assure that a consistent safe-sleep message is being spread throughout the country.
Cribs for Kids® has developed all safe sleep materials needed to provide education and safe sleeping environments for babies. Safe sleep products include: the Graco® Pack ‘n Play®, portable crib sheet imprinted with a safe sleep message, Halo SleepSack, and Philips Soothie pacifier, an and assortment of safe sleep educational materials are available to partners at our discounted prices through a power-buying structure. Pitt-Ohio Express, a Pittsburgh based trucking company, generously provides free shipping to the partners in their service area. Their good will is key to the success of this collaboration. Through power-buying and the benefit of free shipping, Cribs for Kids® partners are able to provide more safe-sleep environments and education to more families throughout the country.
It is important to follow the infant safe-sleep and safety recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cribs for Kids® currently has more than 600 Partners throughout the United States implementing our infant safe sleep program in their communities.
⇒ If you are interested in becoming a Cribs for Kids® partner click <HERE>.
⇒ If you are a mother in need of safe sleep education and a safe place for your baby to sleep click <HERE> to locate a Cribs for Kids® Partner in your area.