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Studies have shown that unless your baby has a diagnosed cardiac or respiratory illness, using an electronic breathing monitor that sounds an alarm if your baby stops breathing doesn't help -- and it may give you a misguided sense of security. The false alarms will only make you anxious, warns Dr. Schmidt. Devices marketed to reduce carbon-dioxide rebreathing, such as crib mattresses with built-in fans, are also not proven to be effective. And avoid wedge-shaped sleep positioners that claim to keep your baby face up. "He can slide off and suffocate against it," says Dr. Schmidt.