The National Safe Sleep
Hospital Certification Program
Helping Every Baby Sleep Safer

About our program

Launched in 2015, Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program recognizes individual hospitals and hospital systems for their commitment to infant safe sleep.  As a national authority on infant safe sleep, Cribs for Kids hospital certification program confers a bronze, silver, or gold designation to hospitals that model and teach infant safe sleep best practices.  By becoming certified, hospitals join our mission to protect our babies from sleep-related deaths.*

Achieving certification should be a rewarding journey, uniting your healthcare team members in the goal to reduce SIDS/SUID.  Earning certification is to be celebrated by staff and leadership, elevating your hospital’s reputation in the community.

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getting started

Review the requirements for each certification level to determine your hospital or hospital system’s certification goal – Bronze, Silver, or Gold.

Designated hospital certification personnel are expected to review the elements in the Hospital Certification Toolkit, below, prior to submitting their certification application. Email hospitalcertification@cribsforkids.org with any specific questions or to schedule a call.

Certified Safe Sleep Hospital

Bronze Requirements

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement incorporating the AAP’s Infant Safe Sleep guidelines.
  • Train staff on safe sleep guidelines, your hospital’s safe sleep policy, and the importance of modeling safe sleep for parents.
  • Educate parents on the importance of safe sleep practices, and implement these practices in the hospital setting.

Certified Safe Sleep Leader

Silver Requirements

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement
  • Train staff
  • Educate parents
  • Use or distribute wearable blankets to model or educate no loose bedding in the crib.
  • Program Evaluation via unit based Safe Sleep compliance audits.

Certified Safe Sleep Champion

Gold Requirements

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement
  • Train staff
  • Educate parents
  • Use or distribute wearable blankets
  • Program Evaluation
  • Provide community and media outreach on safe sleep in your community.
  • Affiliation with or become a Cribs for Kids® partner to provide a safety-approved sleep alternative to at risk parents in your hospital.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

 – Hospitals providing infant sleep boxes or other unapproved or unsafe sleep space solutions are not eligible for certification.

– Hospitals must remain at their initial level of certification for a minimum of 6 months prior to upgrading to a higher level.

Please review the following considerations prior to beginning
the online application.

  • The application must be submitted in one session. If you are unable to do this, consider copying the fields required into a separate word document that can be completed and edited prior to the final online submission.
  • Use a suggested web browser. Be sure you are completing the form using one of the following web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Check your hospital firewall. If you find your hospital firewall may prevent you from uploading documents to submit electronically, please complete the fields required and email the documents separately to hospitalcertification@cribsforkids.org
  • Check for a confirmation message upon submission. If after pressing “Submit,” the “Thank you! Your Hospital Application has been submitted.” text box does not appear, please scroll up through the form to ensure all fields have been properly completed.

*System-level applicants, please email hospitalcertification@cribsforkids.org to schedule a phone call prior to submission.

* Indicates Required Field

(If you are upgrading to a higher level, please fill out the Renewal Application Form here.)

 

NOTE: Applications submitted between 11/23 – 12/31 may be delayed in their initial review.  All complete submissions will be reviewed within three weeks.

Application Type: Individual Hospital or Hospital System Application?

Individual Hospital Certification Application

Contact Information
Hospital Seeking Designation*
Name of hospital complete as it should appear in any certification documents.
Hospital Mailing Address*
Hospital Mailing Address Line 2
City*
State*
Zip Code*
Lead Contact Information
First Name*
Last Name*
Credentials*
Title*
Email Address*
Phone Number*
Secondary Contact Information
First Name*
Last Name*
Credentials*
Title*
Email Address*
Phone Number*
About the Hospital
Choose a level of certification
To submit an application to become a BRONZE Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, please be able to demonstrate the following:



– Hospital Staff Training and Education

– Hospital Safe Sleep Policy

– Parent Education and Modeling


To submit an application to become a SILVER Certified Safe Sleep Leader, please be able to demonstrate the following:



– Hospital Staff Training and Education

– Hospital Safe Sleep Policy

– Parent Education and Modeling

– Wearable Blanket Program


To submit an application to become a GOLD Certified Safe Sleep Champion, please be able to demonstrate the following:



– Hospital Staff Training and Education

– Hospital Safe Sleep Policy

– Parent Education and Modeling

– Wearable Blanket Program

– Community and Media Outreach

– Associate with, or become, a Cribs for Kids® Partner


Births Per Year*
Units caring for patients under the age of 1 and the number of beds on each unit.*
Acknowledgement of Safe Sleep Images. Your hospital's submission for certification affirms the following:
Infant Safe Sleep Certified Hospitals commit to portray only safe sleep images, both within the hospital, as well as on printed and electronic materials. Any unsafe images must include messaging as follows, "This photo is for artistic purposes only and does not represent AAP infant safe sleep practices."
Hospital System Information
Write N/A if community or independent hospital.
Hospital System*
Hospital System Corporate Address
Hospital System Corporate Address Line 2
City
State
Zip Code
Document Uploads
Note: Hospital firewalls may prevent some uploads. If you find you are not able to upload documents, please submit the application form first then email any documents to hospitalcertification@cribsforkids.org.
Infant Safe Sleep Policy
Upload Your Policy & Select Your Approved Date of Policy (Note: Your policy must be fully implemented for at least 3 months prior to certification application.)
Upload your Infant Safe Sleep Policy
Hospital Certification Infant Safe Sleep Narrative
Upload a word document that briefly speaks to how your hospital enforces and supports Infant Safe Sleep for each requirement for the certification level sought (You can find sample narratives in the Certification Toolkit).
Upload your documents...
Hospital Employee Training Materials
Upload any hospital produced employee training materials.
Upload your documents...
Hospital Family/Caregiver Education Materials
Upload any hospital produced family education materials.
Upload your documents...

Hospital System Certification Application

Hospital System Lead Information
Hospital System Seeking Designation*
Hospital System Corporate Address*
Hospital System Corporate Address Line 2
City*
State*
Zip Code*
System Certification Lead
First Name*
Last Name*
Credentials*
Title*
Email Address*
Phone Number*
System Certification Secondary Contact
First Name*
Last Name*
Credentials*
Title*
Email Address*
Phone Number*
About the Hospital System
Number of Hospitals Seeking Certification*
Complete and Upload the System Certification Worksheet found in the Hospital Certification Toolkit.
List each hospital that is represented by the Hospital System applying for certification.
Upload your document...
Acknowledgement of Safe Sleep Images. Your hospital's submission for certification affirms the following:
Infant Safe Sleep Certified Hospitals commit to portray only safe sleep images, both within the hospital, as well as on printed and electronic materials. Any unsafe images must include messaging as follows, "This photo is for artistic purposes only and does not represent AAP infant safe sleep practices."
Document Uploads
Note: Hospital firewalls may prevent some uploads. If you find you are not able to upload documents, please submit the application form first then email any documents to hospitalcertification@cribsforkids.org.
System-wide Infant Safe Sleep Policy
Upload Your Policy & Select Your Approved Date of Policy (Note: Your policy must be fully implemented for at least 3 months prior to certification application.)
Upload your Infant Safe Sleep Policy
System-wide Certification Infant Safe Sleep Narrative
Upload a word document that briefly speaks to how your hospital enforces and supports Infant Safe Sleep for each requirement for the certification level sought (You can find sample narratives in the Certification Toolkit).
Upload your documents...
System-wide Employee Training Materials
Upload any system produced employee training materials.
Upload your documents...
System-wide Family/Caregiver Education Materials
Upload any system produced family education materials.
Upload your documents...
Submission of this application certifies careful review of the requirements for Infant Safe Sleep National Hospital Certification as published on the Cribs for Kids website and its Hospital Certification Tool Kit. Our hospital/system:


– Provides patient care as per AAP Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations

– Follows Cribs for Kids Infant Safe Sleep Photography Guidelines

– Does not distribute, nor partners with any agencies or organizations that distribute infant sleep boxes or other unapproved infant sleep spaces


By clicking "agree" you are confirming that you have carefully reviewed your application and agree to the statement above.

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Devon George, dgeorge@cribsforkids.org  call 412-322-5680 ext. 112