Certification Manual & Guides

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

The first step toward certification requires the review of the Cribs for Kids’ Infant Safe Sleep Certification Manual.  The Certification Manual illustrates comprehensive criteria and requirements for implementation & reporting. This guides efforts to achieve and maintain each level of the Infant Safe Sleep Certification. Criteria have been established according to 2022 AAP evidence-based policies, policy statements, reports, and consultation with medical experts from the AAP Safe Sleep Task Force.

Some new practices are not required to be demonstrated until 1/2024. These items will be indicated by the icon to the left.

Next Steps

  1. Review criteria according to the desired level of certification.
  2. Visit Toolkit & Resources to assist the development and maintenance of your infant safe sleep initiative.
  3. Implement changes to policies and practices to meet compliance in categories applicable to the desired level of certification.
  4. Visit Application & Management to review the application process and submit an initial or recertification application and Annual Report/Upgrade forms.