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

Updated on September 14, 2017
Free cribs from local non-profit agencies. Comes with quilted pad. Give baby a safe place to sleep.
Free cribs from local non-profit agencies. Comes with quilted pad. Give baby a safe place to sleep.

If you are a low income new parent or are expecting a child, and 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 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.

If you also are in need of more baby supplies, here is a state by state list of free infant car seat programs.

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General Requirements

  • 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


What You Will Receive

Graco Pack 'n Play portable unit

  • Has 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
  • Highly rated crib 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.


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!

Nationwide Agency List for Free Cribs: Find Your State Below

Alabama

Impact Family Counseling
1000 24th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35206
http://www.impactal.org/


Alaska

Alaska TEARS Chapter
Wasilla, AK 99687
http://www.thetearsfoundation.org/page.php?id=25


Arizona

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


Arkansas

White River Medical Center
1710 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR 72501
http://www.whiteriverhealthsystem.com/locations/white-river-medical-center


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
https://www.denvercac.org/


Connecticut

The Hospital of Central CT
100 Grand St
New Britain, CT 06050


Delaware

Sharon Temple Childcare Learning Center
2001 N. Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
http://www.sharontemplesda.org/article/13/sharon-temple-child-care-learning-center


Florida

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition
5991 Chester Avenue, Suite 107
Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 32211
http://hmhbbroward.org/cribs-for-kids/


Georgia

State of GA Injury Prevention
2 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303Address 2: Ste. 10-412
http://dph.georgia.gov/injury-prevention-program


Hawaii

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii
845 22nd Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
http://hmhb-hawaii.org/index.php/safe-sleep-crib-safety


Idaho

Idaho TEARS Chapter
Meridian, ID 83646
http://www.thetearsfoundation.org/page.php?id=25


Illinois

Aunt Martha's Youth Services
440 Forest Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
https://www.auntmarthas.org/


Indiana

Johnson County Safe Sleep
86 W. Court St.
Franklin, IN 46131
http://www.healthierjc.org/maternalchildhealth.htm


Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
http://idph.iowa.gov/News/PID/646/TagID/94/TagName/Crib


Kansas

SIDS Network of Kansas
1148 S. Hillside, Suite 10
Wichita, KS 67211
http://www.kidsks.org/safe-sleep.html


Kentucky

Safe Kids Fayette County
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/safekids/


Louisiana

United Way of SW LA/ Cribs for Kids
715 Ryan Street, Suite 102
Lake Charles, LA 70601
http://www.unitedwayswla.org/


Maine

Southern Maine Health Care
One Medical Center Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005
http://www.smhc.org/baby/home/smhc-birthing-suite


Maryland

B'more for Healthy Babies
1001 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
http://www.healthcareaccessmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CribProgram.pdf


Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center
840 Harrison Aveune
Boston, MA 02118
https://www.bmc.org/about-us/stories/infant-safe-sleep-cribs-kids-sids-prevention


Michigan

Moms and Babies Too
5716 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210


Minnesota

Cradle of Hope
1935 W. County Road B2, Suite 241
Roseville, MN 55113
http://www.cradleofhope.org/safeSlumber.php


Mississippi

Mississippi SIDS Alliance
PO Box 2170
Madison, MS 39130
http://ms-sids.org/


Missouri

Mother & Child Health Coalition
6400 Prospect Avenue, Suite 216
Kansas City, MO 64132
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWCDQSL


Montana

Child Care Connections (Safe Kids)
1600 Ellis Street, Unit 1A
Bozeman, MT 59715
http://bozemanccc.org/


Nebraska

Healthy Beginnings
715 N. St. Joseph Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901
http://www.marylanning.org/our-services/home-care/healthy-beginnings


Nevada

Nevada TEARS Chapter
N Las Vegas, NV 89031
http://www.thetearsfoundation.org/page.php?id=25


New Hampshire

Elliot Health System
One Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103
http://elliothospital.org/website/womens-and-childrens-services-maternity-center.php


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
http://www.uwsfc.org/


New York

A Stairway to Hope
110 N. Montgomery St.
Valley Stream, NY 11580
http://www.astairwaytohope.org/


North Carolina

NC Healthy Start Foundation
North Carolina 28262
http://www.nchealthystart.org/


North Dakota

Sanford Children's/Safe Kids Fargo Moorhead
801 N. Broadway
Fargo, ND 58122
http://www.sanfordhealth.org/medical-services/safe-kids-fargo-moorhead


Ohio

Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies
380 S. 5th Street, Suite G4
Columbus, OH 43215
https://www.facebook.com/The-Council-on-Healthy-Mothers-and-Babies-COHMAB-381427291936013/


Oklahoma

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


Oregon

Oregon Child Development Coalition
9140 SW Pioneer Court, Suite E
Wilsonville, OR 97070
http://www.ocdc.net/programs/


Pennsylvania

Maternity Care Coalition
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 205
Philadelphia, PA 19130
http://maternitycarecoalition.org/cribs-for-kids/


Rhode Island

No resources currently available


South Carolina

Cribs for Kids Midlands-Perinatal Systems
9 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
https://www.palmettohealth.org/medical-services/womens-services/perinatal-systems/cribs-for-kids


South Dakota

MINNEHAHA COUNTY FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
1200 NORTH WEST AVENUE
SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104


Tennessee

TN Department of Health
Tennessee 37174
Phone: (615) 741-4814


Texas

Austin LifeCare
1215 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
http://www.austinlifecare.com/


Utah

No resources currently available.


Vermont

Life Choices Inc.
340 N. Pine St.
Burlington, VT 53105
http://www.burlcrisispregnancy.com/Index.html


Virginia

Resource Mothers Program
400 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/richmondcity/programs.htm#7


Washington

Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N #350
Seattle, WA 98103
https://www.nwsids.org/Community%20Projects


West Virginia

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


Wisconsin

Community Advocates, Inc.
728 North James Lovell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
http://communityadvocates.net/


Wyoming

Safe Kids Wyoming
214 E. 23rd Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001
http://safekidswyoming.org/

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: http://www.cribsforkids.org/find-a-chapter/. 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 solution for you, such as a "baby box" that a baby can sleep in until you can get a crib. 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 from a 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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