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

Updated on January 13, 2018
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.

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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


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


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


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


Moms and Babies Too
5716 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210


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


Council on Healthy Mothers and Babies
380 S. 5th Street, Suite G4
Columbus, OH 43215


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

Rhode Island

No resources currently available

South Carolina

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

South Dakota



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


Austin LifeCare
1215 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757


No resources currently available.


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


Resource Mothers Program
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


  • 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: 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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