By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Parents in Hennepin County are being told to not let their infants sleep in their bed. Health care providers say it is a matter of making sure the child’s sleeping conditions are safe.

They say mothers may want to snuggle or take the baby to bed to breast feed, but the baby should be returned to the crib to sleep.

Kathleen Fernbach, a nurse with Children’s Hospitals, says parents also need to remember to put their babies to sleep on their backs, and clear cribs of any possible choking materials.

“No bumpers, no stuffed toys, no blankets — in essence, a stripped crib,” she said.

Fernbach also said research show that infants who sleep in the same room as their parents are also safer. Hennepin County is offering free cribs to those who qualify. To find out more call 612-348-TOTS.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports