Cribs for Kids Program
The program provides families with portable cribs of their own and educates parents and caregivers on infant safe sleep practices, and portable crib assembly to reduce the risk of sleep-related injury and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Akron Children's partners with 22+ community agencies to provide Cribs for Kids® portable cribs and safe sleep toolkits to families in Summit County. This helps decrease barriers for caregivers such as transportation, childcare, and access to services by providing portable cribs where they are already receiving services (WIC offices, birthing hospitals, home visiting programs, etc.).
Eligible families through the Cribs for Kids Program will receive a portable crib and a safe sleep toolkit. The toolkit includes the following items: Portable crib sheet, Sleep sack, Pacifier, "Sleep Baby Safe & Snug" board book, and additional Safe sleep education resources.
If you have a client in need of a safe place for their baby to sleep – please have them call Akron Children's Hospital Injury Prevention at (330) 543-8942, or Mahoning County Public Health 330-270-2855 ext 125 .
Ohio Department of Health – Safe Sleep
Ohio Department of Health offers Safe Sleep 101 videos in Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Burmese, Karen and African French.
Akron Children’s Hospital
In addition to the Safe Sleep Academy website, Akron Children’s offers a variety of resources to support parents including the Nurturing Families Program and car seat and injury prevention tips.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics offers resources for the medical providers on safe sleep, breastfeeding and immunizations. They also offer resources for parents at HealthyChildren.org.
Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids provides education about safe sleep and lists other Cribs for Kids partners, how hospitals can become safe sleep certified and assistance for families who have lost a child.
VIDEO: Why back is safer
Always place your baby alone, on his or her back, in a crib for EVERY sleep time. Watch the video and see why...
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Stuffed animals can be dangerous, a baby could roll over onto the stuffed animal covering their face and cause suffocation or a baby could become entangled in the object and cause strangulation, all stuffed animals should be removed from the sleep space. Do not place anything in the crib with baby besides a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet.
Back is best! Babies who sleep on their backs breathe easier and are less likely to suffocate or choke. Place your baby on their back to sleep for the first year of life.
Blankets are dangerous, a baby could cover their face or roll over onto blanket causing suffocation or strangulation. Do not place anything in the crib with baby besides a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet. Consider using a "sleep sack" instead of blankets to keep your baby warm. Remember to dress the baby not the bed.
Bumper pads are dangerous due to suffocation, baby may position themselves against the pads and be unable to move or become trapped between the mattress and bumper pads. Do not place anything in the crib with baby besides a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet.
Space heaters are dangerous due to fire hazard; they can also make the room too warm. The ideal room temperature for babies to sleep is between 68 and 72 degrees. Do not place crib/portable near any heating source such as a space heater, a fireplace, or a heat vent.
Loose curtains and cords from window blinds are dangerous and create a risk for strangulation. Do not place crib/portable crib near windows, blinds, or loose curtains.
Babies are curious and could easily grab and ingest the pills next to the crib. All medications should be place out of sight and out of reach of all children. Do not place pills or medications near a crib/portable crib due to poisoning and/or choking hazards.
Pillows can be dangerous due to suffocation, a baby could turn or roll over and their face could be covered by the pillow causing suffocation. A pillow should never be used for a baby as a positioner and should never be in a crib. Do not place anything in the crib with baby besides a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet. To decrease risk of baby developing plagiocephaly, or "flat head," practice supervised tummy time while baby is awake.
Bottles, especially when filled, are dangerous due to choking, suffocation and asphyxiation. Babies should always be supervised during feedings. Do not place anything in the crib with baby besides a firm mattress and tight-fitted sheet.
Outlets are dangerous due to fire hazard and electrocution. Do not place crib/portable crib near outlets to prevent an older infant from playing with or putting something into the outlet.
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