The Baby Bed program is a safe-sleep initiative that provides a bed for baby.
The baby bed is a bassinet constructed of heavy cardboard that is a safe place for babies to sleep* – which is vital, as sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of death in healthy infants. The beds can be used until babies are up to four or five months old, or when they begin to roll.
Participating families are also connected to public health nurses and programs that support baby, mom and family.
Learn more about the program in this short video: Island Health Baby Beds
*Infants are not to be transported or carried within the baby bed.
Who can get a baby bed?
The Baby Bed program is open to all families living north of the Malahat – see “How to get a baby bed” for a list of participating Public Health Units.
Women from their third trimester on or parents with a new baby up to two months old are eligible to receive a free bed.
How to get a baby bed
The Baby Bed program is part of Public Health’s Right From The Start program, which offers pre- and post-natal services and breastfeeding support, and fosters strong nurse-family partnerships. All pregnant women are encouraged to register with Right From The Start.
Register to get a baby bed by completing the confidential online registration form
Drop in at your local health unit
Campbell River Health Unit
Comox Valley Health Unit
Duncan Health Unit / Margaret Moss Health Unit
Ladysmith Health Unit
Lake Cowichan Health Unit
Nanaimo – Princess Royal Family Centre Health Unit
Nanaimo Public Health Unit
Parksville Family Place
Port Alberni Child Youth & Family Health Unit
Port Alice Health Unit
Port Hardy Health Unit
Port McNeill Health Unit
Tofino and Ucluelet Public Health Unit
Safe sleep resources
- Safer Sleep for my Baby (Perinatal Services BC)
- Period of Purple Crying (BC Children’s Hospital)
- Honouring our Babies Toolkit: Safe Sleep (First Nations Health Authority)
Thank you to our generous partner!
Island Health is expanding the Baby Bed program to all families living in central and northern Vancouver Island, thanks to generous support from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, which provided $350,000 to fund the initiative for three years.
Donate to the Baby Bed program
Local community organizations and businesses are invited to donate items that can be included with the baby beds as a way to celebrate and support new families. Preferred items include diapers, wipes, blankets, knitted hats, baby books and more.
If you are interested in making a donation, please contact your local public health unit.
Organizations interested in supporting further expansion of the program can contact their local public health unit.
General Information on Baby Bed Program
Questions about the program? Contact your local Public Health Unit