There are programs available to help low-income parents or those who are pregnant with children in the United States. These agencies offer a free crib (at no cost) to ensure that your baby is safe and comfortable. These cribs are provided by programs designed to decrease the incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
This article lists 49 non-profit agencies that you can contact in order to request a crib for your infant. The Graco Pack N’ Play is a portable crib that can be used as an infant playpen. This free crib is offered by most agencies.
Income Guidelines and Verifying Your Income Situation
Each state agency has its own income guidelines, such as maximum 140% and 180% of the national poverty guidelines. However, it can sometimes be easier to get a crib if you already receive federal assistance programs like Medicaid, WIC or SNAP. You can easily prove your income by having paperwork that confirms you have been approved for these programs.
General Requirements for Qualifying
You must be able to prove or provide the following:
- At least 30 weeks pregnant mother or an infant should be present
- Documentation proving residency and identification such as a driver’s license or state ID
- You will need to provide proof of income such as pay stubs or SSI.
- You can prove your need by providing proof of need such as your Medicaid number or SNAP approval letter.
How to Apply for a Free Crib
- Below is a list of agencies in your state.
- For more information, visit their website or contact them.
- You will need to complete and submit an application along with any supporting documents in order to get a crib. An example of a Broward County, Florida application for a crib free program is Cribs For Kids application.
- Once your application is approved, you will likely be given a course in infant safety and SIDS prevention. It could take several weeks for your application to be processed and your crib to arrive so don’t delay.
- The portable crib will be delivered with instructions for how to set it up.
What You Will Receive
You will typically receive a Graco pack ‘n play portable unit with the following features:
- Removable bassinet
- Safe sleep with a sleeping pad
- Doubles are a playpen
- Parents can slide the crib on wheels to make it easier for them to use.
- This crib has a high rating and is available in both stores and online.
- Easy disassembly via push-button folding
- Case for carrying
This crib is free for moms and fathers who are financially struggling. They can use it as a starting point until they have enough money to purchase a crib at a lower price after their child has grown out of it.
Non-Profit Nationwide Agency List for Free Crib (Per State):
|Alabama||Impact Family Counseling||1000 24th St. South Birmingham, AL 35206|
|Alaska||Alaska TEARS Chapter||5631 Silverado Way #F-102 Anchorage, AK 99518|
|Arizona||Arizona Department of Health Services||150 North 18th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85007|
Phone: (602) 542-1025
|Arkansas||White River Medical Center||1710 Harrison Street Batesville, AR 72501|
|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|
|Connecticut||Caring Families||PO Box 71, 968 Main St Willimantic, CT 06226|
|Delaware||Sharon Temple Childcare Learning Center||2001 N. Washington Street Wilmington, DE 19802|
|Florida||Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County||5546 West Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 201 Lauderhill, FL 33313|
|Georgia||Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program||2 Peachtree Street, NW 15th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303|
|Hawaii||Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii||845 22nd Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816|
|Idaho||Idaho Department of Health and Welfare||1720 N. Westgate Dr. Boise, ID 83704|
|Illinois||Aunt Martha’s Youth Services||440 Forest Blvd. Park Forest, IL 60466|
|Indiana||Johnson County Community Health Services||86 W. Court St. Franklin, IN 46131|
|Iowa||Iowa Department of Public Health||321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA 50319|
|Kansas||Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network||1148 S. Hillside, Suite 10 Wichita, KS 67211|
|Kentucky||Safe Kids Fayette County||800 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40536|
|Louisiana||United Way of Southwest Louisiana||715 Ryan Street, Suite 102 Lake Charles, LA 70601|
|Maine||Southern Maine Health Care||One Medical Center Drive Biddeford, ME 04005|
|Maryland||B’more for Healthy Babies||1001 East Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21202|
|Massachusetts||Boston Medical Center||840 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118|
|Michigan||Cribs & Bibs LLC||20411 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 104 Southfield, MI 48075|
|Minnesota||Cradle of Hope||1935 W. County Road B2, Suite 241 Roseville, MN 55113|
|Mississippi||Mississippi SIDS and Infant Safety Alliance||PO Box 2170 Madison, MS 39130|
|Missouri||Nurture KC||1111 W. 39th St., Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64111|
|Montana||Child Care Connections||1600 Ellis Street, Unit 1A Bozeman, MT 59715|
|Nebraska||Healthy Beginnings (Mary Lanning Healthcare)||715 N. St. Joseph Avenue Hastings, NE 68901|
|Nevada||Nevada TEARS Chapter||N. Las Vegas, NV 89031|
|New Hampshire||Elliot Health System||One Elliot Way Manchester, NH 03103|
|New Jersey||Department of Children and Families||PO Box 729 Trenton, NJ 08625Phone: 1-855-463-6323|
|New Mexico||United Way of Santa Fe County||440 Cerrillos Road, Suite A Santa Fe, NM 87501|
|New York||NYC Health + Hospitals||125 Worth St. New York, NY 10013|
|North Carolina||NC Healthy Start Foundation||3725 National Drive, Suite 105 Raleigh, NC 27612|
|North Dakota||Sanford Children’s/Safe Kids Fargo Moorhead||801 N. Broadway Fargo, ND 58122|
|Ohio||Columbus Public Health||240 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43215|
|Oklahoma||The Cribs and Car Seat Foundation of OKC||4001 Madison Avenue Moore, OK 73160Phone: (405) 550-4280|
|Oregon||Oregon Child Development Coalition||9140 SW Pioneer Court, Suite E Wilsonville, OR 97070|
|Pennsylvania||Maternity Care Coalition||2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 205 Philadelphia, PA 19130|
|Rhode Island||Family Services of Rhode Island||PO Box 6688 Providence, RI 02940|
|South Carolina||Prisma Health||9 Richland Medical Park Columbia, SC 29203|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Department of Health||600 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501|
|Tennessee||Tennessee Department of Health||710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243|
|Texas||The Source (formerly Austin LifeCare)||1215 West Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757|
|Vermont||University of VT Medical Center||111 Colchester Ave. Essex Junction, VT 05401|
|Virginia||Virginia Department of Health||400 E. Cary Street Richmond, VA 23219|
|Washington||Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance||4649 Sunnyside Avenue N. #350 Seattle, WA 98103|
|West Virginia||West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources||350 Capitol Street, Room 730 Charleston, WV 25301|
|Wisconsin||Community Advocates, Inc.||728 North James Lovell Street Milwaukee, WI 53233|
|Wyoming||Safe Kids Wyoming||214 E. 23rd Street Cheyenne, WY 82001|
Other Support Besides Free Cribs Low-income Families
Besides free cribs, there are more FREE STUFFS that low-income families or single mothers should apply for if needed: