How to Get a Free Baby Crib If You're a Low-Income Mom or Dad

Updated on October 21, 2019
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Free cribs are available from local non-profit agencies, and they come with a quilted pad. Give baby a safe place to sleep!
Free cribs are available from local non-profit agencies, and they come with a quilted pad. Give baby a safe place to sleep!

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 48 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.

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 showing you are approved for one of these programs provides easy, trustworthy proof of your income situation.

General Requirements for Qualifying for a Free Crib

  • 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 letter of financial support
  • Proof of need, such as your Medicaid number, SNAP food stamp approval letter, or WIC information

Steps to Get Your 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. Wait time: 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!

How to Set Up Your New Portable Crib!

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 play-pen
  • Wheels to make it easy for mom or dad to slide the crib as needed
  • High rating; this crib is sold in stores and online
  • Push-button fold-down for easy disassembly
  • Carry-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

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

Alaska TEARS Chapter
Wasilla, AK 99687

Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona 85018
Phone: (602) 364-1403

White River Medical Center
1710 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR 72501

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

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

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

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition
5991 Chester Avenue, Suite 107
Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 32211

State of GA Injury Prevention
2 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303Address 2: Ste. 10-412

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

Idaho TEARS Chapter
Meridian, ID 83646

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

Johnson County Safe Sleep
86 W. Court St.
Franklin, IN 46131

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

SIDS Network of Kansas
1148 S. Hillside, Suite 10
Wichita, KS 67211

Safe Kids Fayette County
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536

United Way of SW LA/ Cribs for Kids
715 Ryan Street, Suite 102
Lake Charles, LA 70601

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

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

Boston Medical Center
840 Harrison Aveune
Boston, MA 02118

Cribs & Bibs LLC
20411 W 12 Mile Rd, Ste 104
Southfield, Michigan 48075

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

Mississippi SIDS Alliance
PO Box 2170
Madison, MS 39130

Mother & Child Health Coalition
6400 Prospect Avenue, Suite 216
Kansas City, MO 64132

Child Care Connections (Safe Kids)
1600 Ellis Street, Unit 1A
Bozeman, MT 59715

Healthy Beginnings
715 N. St. Joseph Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

Nevada TEARS Chapter
N Las Vegas, NV 89031

New Hampshire
Elliot Health System
One Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103

New Jersey
Department of Children & Families
New Jersey 07016
Phone: (609)888-7074

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

New York
A Stairway to Hope
110 N. Montgomery St.
Valley Stream, NY 11580

North Carolina
NC Healthy Start Foundation
North Carolina 28262

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

New Life Clinic
100 S. South St
Wilmington, OH 45177

The Cribs and Car Seat Foundation of OKC
4001 Madison Avenue
Moore, OK 73160

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

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

South Carolina
Cribs for Kids Midlands-Perinatal Systems
9 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203

South Dakota
600 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD

Tennessee Department of Health
710 James Roberston Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Austin LifeCare
1215 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757

Life Choices Inc.
340 N. Pine St.
Burlington, VT 53105

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

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

West Virginia
West Virginia Department Of HHS
West Virginia, 25026
Phone: (304) 558-5402

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

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

An Alternate Sleep Solution

If the agency you contact is out of cribs and you cannot pay for one on your own, you can still secure a safe place for your baby to sleep with The Baby Box Co.

This organization provides a free baby box or safe sleep bag to parents who take short, free online video classes based on infant safety. Once you pass a few short quizzes you can get your box or bag.

Please visit to start the process.

You will want to start the process to secure the baby box before you give birth to ensure timely delivery of the product.

Every baby deserves a safe place to sleep!

More Resources

  • If you contact a non-profit agency above and they are out of 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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