Program offers free cribs to families in need

Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 20:32:35-05

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Health Department is hoping some freebies for families in need will help promote safe sleeping.

It announced Tuesday that it will expand its Cribs for Kids program - providing a portable crib, fitted sheet, and wearable blanket.

That comes along with classes at three different health centers to teach parents about co-sleeping risk factors.

"Our goal is to reduce preventable infant deaths. We know that on an average year, 10-15 babies will die of preventable death, they'll die in an unsafe sleep environment. So what we want to do is protect those," said Jill Radowicz.

The Milwaukee Health Department educates more than 1,000 families each year. If your family, or a family you know, needs a safe place for their baby to sleep, you can call 414-286-8620.