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Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification

We understand the positive impact of consistent education and modeling when it comes to infant safe sleep. To that end, Cribs for Kids®, in conjunction with numerous health and safety organizations, is proud to introduce The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program: a hospital certification program which recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to community leadership for best practices and education on infant sleep safety.

The initiative has 3 levels of Safe Sleep Certification, with each step up the ladder adding a component aimed toward a more comprehensive safe sleep program, culminating in the designation of Certified Safe Sleep Champion. Hospitals who participate in HALO’s Safer Way to Sleep® modeling program, which utilizes the HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle to model a blanket-free environment in the birth center and NICU, will qualify for the highest levels of certification. Plus, there are no fees for applying for certification through this program.

If your hospital is interested in learning how to implement a Infant Safe Sleep Program or if your hospital already has a program in place and would like to benefit by being recognized for it, please contact us today.

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Certification Requirements

Certified Safe Sleep Hospital Level 1

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 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 Level 2

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 modeling safe sleep for parents
  • Educate parents on the importance of safe sleep practices, and implement these practices in the hospital setting.
  • Replace regular receiving blankets in nursery and NICU with wearable blankets to model a blanket-free sleep environment.
  • Evaluation annually through internal audit PDSA cycles.

Certified Safe Sleep Champion Level 3

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 modeling safe sleep for parents
  • Educate parents on the importance of safe sleep practices, and implement these practices in the hospital setting.
  • Replace regular receiving blankets in nursery and NICU with wearable blankets to model a blanket-free sleep environment.
  • 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 slep in your comunity.
  • Evaluation annually through internal audit PDSA cycles.

Created in Partnership with Leading Infant Health and Safety Organizations

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