Safe Sleep for Baby is Important.

One preventable death is is one too many.

The safest place for babies to sleep is on their back, in a crib in your room. This makes night-time breastfeeding easier, and may help protect against sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

Since 2002, the Safe Sleep for Baby program has provided hundreds of babies and families with safe cribs and SIDS education from public health nurses.

The demand for safe sleep cribs continues to exceed the supply.  We are also educating parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome-Abusive Head Trauma and how to cope with the crying baby in a way that is safe for the whole family.

Safe Sleep Education for Young Mothers provides important information for moms.

How To Order Safe Sleep Items

Safe Sleep for Baby provides Pack ‘n’ Play Playards and other safe sleep materials at no cost to families in need. When a family is identified, local public health departments or early childhood specialists make a referral to the program. This program ensures that a safe sleep environment is available for Montana infants. Education and training is provided to parents about the importance of safe sleep in an effort to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The primary source of funding for Safe Sleep for Baby comes from the Healthy Montana Teen parenting program, therefore, the majority of parents that receive resources from safe sleep for baby must be between the ages of 15 and 24.

If a client is outside these age parameters, we still might be able to provide a crib for your client. Please call Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies- The Montana Coalition at 406.449.8611 or email to confirm the availability of funds prior to submitting an order form

Instructions for Public Health Nurses & Public Support Organizations

View and download the full Safe Sleep for Baby Order Instructions

Step 1: Public Health Nurses or other family support organizations can order a Pack ‘n’ Play Playard by filling out the Safe Sleep for Baby Order form

Step 2: Submit the order form via email to or via mail to 400 N. Park Ave., Helena, MT 59601.

Step 2: Deliver the Pack ‘n’ Play to the client. When delivering the crib, the program requires that an appropriate professional from the requesting organization demonstrate now to set up the Pack ‘n’ Play and go over the educational materials included with the safe sleep kit. After the clients have been taught how to properly use the crib and the educational materials have been presented, the Safe Sleep Release form will need to be signed by the client and your programs witness (typically the professional that is delivering the crib).

Step 3: Submit the release to HMHB via email or mail.

Step 4: Follow up three months later by having the client fill out the 3 Month Follow-up form and then have the form submitted to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies- The Montana Coalition again by email or mail. If this is not possible, please still submit the form with the client’s name and the reasons the form was unable to be filled out.

Additional Information

Ordering are made weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Cribs can take anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks to arrive at your facility.

It may be in the best interest of your organization to keep an “emergency” crib on hand for clients that need a crib immediately. If you choose to keep an extra crib on hand, the release form will need to be submitted when a client has been identified. An order form is still required for the extra cribs with a note on the order form that designates it as an “emergency” crib. Once the extra crib has been matched with a client, please submit an order for another “emergency” crib.