Cribs for Kids
Even though the number
of babies dying of sudden infant death has declined since the advent
of the Back to Sleep campaign in 1993, over 4000 babies in the United
States continue to die every year from sudden infant death.
Many of these babies did
not have a safe place to sleep. Their cribs were either old and
not fit for use, or they had no cribs and were sleeping on a couch
or an adult bed. Accidental suffocation is the leading cause
of accidental injury death in infants in the United States.
We have worked hard to ensure that all babies have safe car seats.
Now we need to ensure that every baby has a safe place to sleep.
"Cribs for Kids" provides
needy families with the most basic of needs for their babies: cribs
to help prevent unnecessary and tragic deaths.
Many families with extremely
limited income and little or no extended family support make do
with older, unsafe cribs or no cribs at all. Some families who have
heard about the "Back to Sleep" campaign, which has been
credited with reducing the rate of SIDS deaths by 50 %, cannot afford
a crib for their baby. SIDS rates among African American infants
are three times that of the general population. We must strengthen
and extend our education programs into these communities with hands-on,
on-site programs that can be implemented in homes, daycare centers,
churches, community centers, schools and hospitals; and involve
local civic, service and social groups to assist in these efforts.
"Cribs for Kids" is true hands on program designed to
provide both an appropriate sleeping environment-a crib-and education
regarding safe sleep for babies to the families who most need the
The "Cribs for Kids"
Project addresses specific situations dealing with socio-economic
issues such as crib affordability and cultural practices such as
co-sleeping and breastfeeding; and parenting skills such as smoking
and appropriate childcare.
"Cribs for Kids"
was developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to address the issue of
babies dying when placed in unsafe sleeping environments. SIDS Mid-Atlantic
is a partner in the "Cribs for Kids" campaign, and we
are proud to say that no family who received a crib through this
program has subsequently died.
To request a crib for
a needy family, contact www.cribsforkids.org
Here is a link to the
US Consumer Products Safety Commission.
They announce recalls and warn of the hazards of old and used cribs,
which may be missing parts or may have been produced prior to the
institution of current safety standards.
Cribs are supplied at cost
from Graco Corporation and shipping is provided free of charge from