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How to Get a Free Baby Crib If You're a Low-Income Family

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Many non-profits and health agencies across the United States offer free cribs to qualifying low-income parents, often in partnership with Cribs for Kids.

Many non-profits and health agencies across the United States offer free cribs to qualifying low-income parents, often in partnership with Cribs for Kids.

If you are a low-income new parent or are expecting a child, and you live in the United States, there are non-profit agencies with programs specifically designed to provide free cribs so your baby has a safe place to sleep. The programs that supply these cribs aim to reduce the incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in the United States.

This article provides the names of non-profit agencies in 49 states that you can contact to apply for one of these cribs for your own infant. Note that most agencies provide the same style of crib under this program: the Graco Pack n' Play, which is a portable crib that can also be used as a playpen.

Income Guidelines and Verifying Your Income Situation

Although each state's agency has its own income guidelines (for example, maximum 140% or 180% of national poverty guidelines), it is sometimes easier to get a free crib if you are already on a federal assistance program like Medicaid, WIC, or the SNAP food stamp program. Having paperwork on-hand that shows you are approved for one of these programs provides easy, trustworthy proof of your income situation.

General Requirements for Qualifying

Make sure you can provide or prove the following:

  • Mother should be at least 30 weeks pregnant or already have an infant
  • Proof of residency and identification, such as a driver's license or state ID
  • Proof of income, such as pay stubs, SSI, unemployment, welfare cash assistance, or a letter of financial support
  • Proof of need, such as your Medicaid number, SNAP food stamp approval letter, or WIC information
Give baby a safe place to sleep! This image shows a Graco Pack n' Play portable crib, which is what most agencies provide.

Give baby a safe place to sleep! This image shows a Graco Pack n' Play portable crib, which is what most agencies provide.

How to Apply for a Free Crib

  1. Find an agency in your state from the list below.
  2. Visit their website or contact the agency to familiarize yourself with them.
  3. To get a crib, you will need to fill out and submit an application and any supporting documents. Here is an example of an application for a free crib program for Broward County, Florida: Cribs for Kids application.
  4. After you submit your application and are approved, you will most likely be shown a course on infant sleep safety to prevent SIDS, either in person or online. Between your application time and the time to get your crib, it could take a few weeks, so do not delay your application.
  5. You will receive a portable crib as well as instructions on how to set it up!

What You Will Receive

You'll typically get a Graco Pack 'n Play portable unit, which has the following features:

  • Removable bassinet
  • Sleeping pad for safe sleep
  • Doubles as a playpen
  • Wheels to make it easy for parents to slide the crib as needed
  • High rating; this crib is sold in stores and online
  • Push-button fold-down for easy disassembly
  • Carrying case

For some moms and dads who are struggling financially, this free crib gives them a head start until they can gather enough funds to get a low-cost crib after their child grows out of this one.

Non-Profit Nationwide Agency List for Free Cribs: Find Your State Below

Alabama

Impact Family Counseling
1000 24th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35206

Alaska

Alaska TEARS Chapter
5631 Silverado Way #F-102
Anchorage, AK 99518
(Please note that the TEARS Foundation is focused on supporting families that have lost a child. However, it is also a partner with Cribs for Kids.)

Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-1025

Arkansas

White River Medical Center
1710 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR 72501

California

American Academy of Pediatrics—Orange County Chapter
17322 Murphy Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614

Colorado

Denver Children's Advocacy Center
2149 Federal Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211

Connecticut

Caring Families
PO Box 71, 968 Main St
Willimantic, CT 06226

Delaware

Sharon Temple Childcare Learning Center
2001 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19802

Florida

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County
5546 West Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 201
Lauderhill, FL 33313

Georgia

Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program
2 Peachtree Street, NW
15th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Hawaii

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii
845 22nd Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Idaho

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
1720 N. Westgate Dr.
Boise, ID 83704

Illinois

Aunt Martha's Youth Services
440 Forest Blvd.
Park Forest, IL 60466

Indiana

Johnson County Community Health Services
86 W. Court St.
Franklin, IN 46131

Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas

Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network
1148 S. Hillside, Suite 10
Wichita, KS 67211

Kentucky

Safe Kids Fayette County
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536

Louisiana

United Way of Southwest Louisiana
715 Ryan Street, Suite 102
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Maine

Southern Maine Health Care
One Medical Center Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005

Maryland

B'more for Healthy Babies
1001 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center
840 Harrison Aveune
Boston, MA 02118

Michigan

Cribs & Bibs LLC
20411 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 104
Southfield, MI 48075

Minnesota

Cradle of Hope
1935 W. County Road B2, Suite 241
Roseville, MN 55113

Mississippi

Mississippi SIDS and Infant Safety Alliance
PO Box 2170
Madison, MS 39130

Missouri

Nurture KC
1111 W. 39th St., Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64111

Montana

Child Care Connections
1600 Ellis Street, Unit 1A
Bozeman, MT 59715

Nebraska

Healthy Beginnings (Mary Lanning Healthcare)
715 N. St. Joseph Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

Nevada

Nevada TEARS Chapter
N. Las Vegas, NV 89031

New Hampshire

Elliot Health System
One Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103

New Jersey

Department of Children and Families
PO Box 729
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 1-855-463-6323

New Mexico

United Way of Santa Fe County
440 Cerillos Road, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87501

New York

NYC Health + Hospitals
125 Worth St.
New York, NY 10013

North Carolina

NC Healthy Start Foundation
3725 National Drive, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27612

North Dakota

Sanford Children's/Safe Kids Fargo Moorhead
801 N. Broadway
Fargo, ND 58122

Ohio

Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Oklahoma

The Cribs and Car Seat Foundation of OKC
4001 Madison Avenue
Moore, OK 73160
Phone: (405) 550-4280

Oregon

Oregon Child Development Coalition
9140 SW Pioneer Court, Suite E
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Pennsylvania

Maternity Care Coalition
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 205
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rhode Island

Family Services of Rhode Island
PO Box 6688
Providence, RI 02940

South Carolina

Prisma Health
9 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Health
600 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Texas

The Source (formerly Austin LifeCare)
1215 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757

Utah

No current partners are listed on the Cribs for Kids website.

Vermont

University of VT Medical Center
111 Colchester Ave.
Essex Junction, VT 05401

Virginia

Virginia Department of Health
400 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Washington

Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N. #350
Seattle, WA 98103

West Virginia

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
350 Capitol Street, Room 730
Charleston, WV 25301

Wisconsin

Community Advocates, Inc.
728 North James Lovell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Wyoming

Safe Kids Wyoming
214 E. 23rd Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001

Every baby deserves a safe place to sleep!

More Resources

  • If you contact a non-profit agency above and they are outside your local area, you can find more agencies by submitting your zip code on the map at the following site: Cribs For Kids: Find a Partner. This will provide you with the contact information of the non-profit agency closest to you that provides free cribs. Some agencies provide statewide coverage, whereas other agencies want you to live in the same city or county that the non-profit resides in.
  • In addition, some local hospitals, birthing clinics, and departments of health will provide a temporary baby box sleeper for you if you do not have other resources after giving birth. You will take the box home with you the day you are discharged from the hospital with your newborn.
  • If you are unable to secure a free crib or box from another foundation, call the maternity center where you plan to give birth to ask them if they provide baby boxes or cribs to new low-income mothers.

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Questions & Answers

Question: I'm in Virginia and I can't find an agency to help?

Answer: Here are a few locations that have the cribs -- A Mother's Love: 111 Hale Street, Brookneal, VA 24528; Urban Baby Beginnings: 1704 W Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23227; Child Health Investment Partnership Roanoke Valley (CHIPRV): 1201 3rd St. SW Roanoke, VA 24016; and Shenandoah Women's Healthcare: 240 Lucy Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Hope this helps!

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