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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a major cause of infant mortality, and sleep-related causes of SIDS are a focus of many strategies to combat infant mortality because they are largely preventable. One intervention that combines the distribution of a portable crib and safe sleep education to families that indicate a financial need is the Cribs for Kids program. The purpose of this study was to assess any changes in recommended safe sleep practices by Cribs for Kids attendees before and after the receipt of a portable crib and safe sleep education. Families who met eligibility criteria were enrolled in the program and provided with a Pack n’ Play portable crib. They completed a survey at the beginning of the class (pre-survey), and telephone surveys were conducted three months after the class (follow up survey). McNemar’s test was used to determine any significant differences between self-reported safe sleep practices during the pre-survey and follow up. A total of 94 matched pre-survey and follow up surveys were included in the analyses. Cribs for Kids was successful in providing a safe sleep option for families as significantly more families reported using a Pack n’ Play at night during their follow up than the pre-survey (28.7% vs. 51.1%, p = .002). However, there was a significant decrease in breastfeeding/combination (56.4% vs. 30.9%, p < .001). Other survey items were not significant. However, an increase in the proportion of families adhering to safe sleep recommendations was noted.

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