Certification Application & Management

Attention New & Returning Hospitals

Annual updates to our Hospital Certification Program are available as of 1/6/23. Review the Certification Navigation menu links regarding our new application and management platform, updated certification manual and guides, and resources to support certification applications and maintenance.

Note: Certified Hospital Portal will be discontinued on 2/28/23


Welcome New & Returning Hospitals

On this page you will find:
  • Application Preparation
  • Application & Management Platform
  • Certification Maintenance
  • Submit an Application
    – Initial Certification & Recertification


Application Preparation

The Cribs for Kids’ Infant Safe Sleep Certification Program awards hospitals nationwide. Because in-person site visits are not performed, hospitals are evaluated via virtual reporting demonstrating safe sleep practices.  

Applications contain multiple-choice, free-text answers and the upload of supporting documents. These required documents are outlined below.  

Review current AAP recommendations and the Cribs for Kids’ Safe Sleep Certification Manual before submission to ensure compliance, promote completeness and reduce application processing times. 

Required Documents

  • Submit the Hospital Infant Safe Sleep Policy and all related policies
  • Submit Hospital Produced Supporting Documents – Submit all hospital or locally produced materials related to the hospital Infant Safe Sleep Initiative. Materials produced by a known national entity such as Cribs for Kids, NICHD, or other state approved materials are to be reported by not required to be uploaded. Hospital produced supporting documents to be uploaded include but are not limited to:

Healthcare Team Member Training: written materials, PowerPoints, modules.
Family/Caregiver Education: written materials, videos, acknowledgement forms, noncompliance forms, EMR documentation, handouts, posters, displays.
Wearable blankets: education materials, third-party funding documentation.
QI & Unit Audits: Audit tools from all participating units, annual compliance rate reports, EMR documentation.
Safe Sleep Assessment & Distribution: Assessment tools, third-party funding documentation.
Community Outreach: written materials, mass media, or social media posts, screenshots or links.

  • Files may be Word documents, PDF, PowerPoints, videos, screenshots, or pictures.
  • Name files appropriately to assist organization.


Certification Application & Management Platform

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Submittable as our new Cribs for Kids Hospital Certification Application & Management Platform. 

Submittable allows hospitals to:

  • Create individual logins with tech support for password recovery 
  • Submit applications, annual reports for compliance, annual reports with upgrades 
  • Save progress to complete and submit at a later date
  • Invite collaborators to assist with completing the application(s)

Each hospital login will have one primary email account. Review detailed instructions on how to create an account, submit an application, submit an Annual Report & more below. 


Certification Maintenance

Once certification is achieved, all certified hospitals must continue compliance in all aspects of the hospital infant safe sleep initiative pertinent to their level of certification and submit ongoing reports to maintain the National Infant Safe Sleep designation status. The following activities are required of all certified hospitals: 

  • Annual Compliance Reporting 
  • Optional Upgrade Level of Certification 
  • Report changes in Contacts 
  • Submit recertification application every 5 years 

Review the Certification Manual for details.


Submit an Application

If you experience technical issues, you may reach out to Submittable technical support at any time. If further issues occur, please reach out to our Hospital Certification Team via the Contact Us Form