Harrison County Health Department

Bethany, Missouri

Safe Crib Program

The Safe Crib program provides cribs for newborns and infants under one (1) year of age to families in need.  The cribs are intended to provide a safe sleeping environment for infants who would not otherwise have one.  Many new parents who cannot afford a crib elect to sleep with their baby.  This is a VERY dangerous practice as accidental death of the infant can occur in matter of minutes. 

Who qualifies for the Safe Crib program? 


If you are a new parent with no access to a baby bed, then you qualify.  Our goals are to make sure all babies have a safe sleeping environment, to educate parents about infant sleep safety and prevent unintentional accidents from occuring. 


Participants in the program must agree to: 
  • Place babies on their back to sleep
  • Place babies on a firm, flat surface
  • Use a sheet which fits tightly around the mattress
  • Use a sleeper or a sleep sack instead of a blanket
  • Keep baby's head and face uncovered 


Participants in the program must agree NOT to:

  • Place babies on a soft mattress, couch, chair, pillow or other soft surface
  • Place babies on a mattress propped up against a wall
  • Dress babies too warmly
  • Use a crib with openings wider than a soda can (2 3/8")
  • Let babies sleep with toys, pillows, bumper pads, other children or pets
  • Use wedges or cushions to position babies
  • Smoke or allow anyone else to smoke near babies
  • Allow babies to sleep in the same space as someone who:
    • Is a smoker
    • Has used alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications
    • Is too tired to respond to the baby
    • Is very overweight
    •  Is a child


If you or someone you know are in need of a Safe Crib, please call the Harrison County Health Department at (660) 425-6324 and ask about our Safe Crib program.