But Keep Her Close
Out of your bed doesn't mean out of your room. Although researchers aren't sure why, they have found that a baby's risk of SIDS drops by a third when the mom is nearby, at least during the first 6 months. Place a bassinet, cradle, or crib adjacent to your bed -- or use a "cosleeper" that attaches to the side of your bed. Nurse your baby in bed only if you're sure you can remain alert to put her back afterward.