The National Safe Sleep
Hospital Certification Program
Helping Every Baby Sleep Safer
Certification applications will close December 1, 2022 – January 4, 2023.

Recertifying hospitals due in December received individual notifications with instructions via email. Annual Reports submissions remain open. New application manager platform launches January 4, 2023.

About our program

Cribs for Kids’ National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program recognizes hospitals and hospital systems for their commitment to infant safe sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), SIDS, and unsafe sleep injuries. The program confers a bronze, silver, and gold designation to hospitals that model and teach infant safe sleep according to current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) best practices outlined in the Cribs for Kids Certification Manual and Hospital Certification Toolkit. Program rigor is developed according to the most current AAP evidence-based policies and consultation with medical experts from the AAP Safe Sleep Task Force.

  • No Fee
  • 5 Year Certification
  • Requires Submission of Annual Reports and Recertification Application

Achieving certification is a rewarding objective that promotes in-house and public safety, unites your healthcare team, and elevates your hospital’s reputation within the community. This success will be experienced and recognized by staff, leadership, and community members alike.  Achieve your certification to distinguish your organization at a local and national level.

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getting started

The introductory video below offers an overview of the process for hospitals to achieve National Infant Safe Sleep Certification.

Bronze Requirements

  • Implement hospital or hospital system-wide Infant Safe Sleep Policy.
  • Deliver safe sleep healthcare team member training to nursing staff caring for patients less than one-year-old.
  • Provide safe sleep education to family/caregivers of infants less than one-year-old.
  • Provide safe sleep education on the hospital website.
  • Hospital-wide imagery must meet AAP compliance.

Silver Requirements

  • All Bronze Requirements
  • Implement Quality Improvement Initiative via unit-based Safe Sleep compliance audits.
  • Hospital-wide wearable blanket distribution: In-house use AND/OR gifted to infants less than one year.
    • Alternative initiative to wearable blanket distribution: implement house-wide safe sleep education to every hospital employee.

Gold Requirements

  • All Bronze and Silver Requirements
  • Identify at-risk family/caregivers in need of infant safe sleep spaces and distribute safe sleep spaces before discharge.
  • Engage in a minimum of 2 community outreach initiatives to educate the community on infant safe sleep.

Map of Certified Safe Sleep Hospitals

Note: The location finder search function displays 12 hospitals at a time. 

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