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

About our program

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids and is endorsed by leading health and safety organizations. Its goal is to award recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education in infant sleep safety. By becoming certified, a hospital is demonstrating that it is committed to the mission of making babies as safe as possible in their sleep environments and eliminating as many sleep related deaths as possible.

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how it works

The program has three levels of Safe Sleep Certification. Applying for certification is free of charge.

Certified Safe Sleep Hospital

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

Requirements

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement
  • Train staff
  • Educate parents
  • Replace regular receiving blankets in nursery and/or NICU with wearable blankets to model no loose bedding in the crib.
  • Audit – Record your progress and report your successes to Cribs for Kids®

Certified Safe Sleep Champion

Requirements

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement
  • Train staff
  • Educate parents
  • Replace regular receiving blankets
  • Affiliate with or become a local Cribs for Kids® partner and provide safe sleep alternatives to at-risk parents in your community.
  • Provide community and media outreach on safe sleep in your community.
  • Audit – Record your progress and report your successes to Cribs for Kids®

You cannot save your application form and submit at a later time, so please consider preparing your information in a document that can be saved on your computer and submit when all material is ready to be sent.

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

Please choose a level of certification
Certified Safe Sleep Hospital BRONZE
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
Certified Safe Sleep Leader SILVER
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

Certified Safe Sleep Champion GOLD
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

Contact Information
Select all of the units serving infants and children under the age of 1
If you selected "Other", please enter the unit(s) in this field
Please list two staff members who will lead the hospital’s infant safe sleep effort. At least one person listed must be a physician, nurse manager, or nurse educator.
Staff Member #1
Staff Member #2
POLICY UPLOAD
Please upload a copy of the hospital’s Safe Sleep Policy with an effective date of at least three months prior to when the application is submitted.
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EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS for Staff
Please indicate which materials are used for staff training. If the material used is not on the checklist, please select 'Other' and list materials for approval:
If you selected "Other", please describe here:
Please upload materials used for staff training
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EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS for Parents
Please indicate which materials are used for parent education. If the material used is not on the checklist, please select 'Other' and list materials for approval:
If you selected "Other", please describe here:
Please upload materials used for parent education
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SAFE SLEEP ENVIRONMENT
Do you ask the mother/caregiver if they have a safe place for the baby to sleep?
If the mother/caregiver does not, do you offer a safe sleeping environment to take home?
If you selected "Yes", please describe here / provide a description of the unit that you offer:
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WEARABLE BLANKET PROGRAM
Does your hospital have a wearable blanket program?
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Please upload a document describing the outreach activities including the type of activity, the date of the activity, the location of the activity, and the number of people who participated in the activity. If desired, please include photographs taken at the outreach activity.
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Cribs for Kids® PARTNERSHIP
Please provide the name of that Cribs for Kids Partner

Map of Certified Safe Sleep Hospitals

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contact

Tiffany Price, Director of Hospital & Community Initiatives at tprice@cribsforkids.org or call 412-322-5680 ext.112