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 .


Useful Links

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

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...

Infant Safe Sleep Program



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