___ Put baby to sleep on his back -- not on his side or tummy.
___ Keep all bedding, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals out of the crib or bassinet.
___ Give your baby a pacifier at bedtime.
___ Make sure your baby isn't too warm or overdressed.
___ Place your baby's crib or bassinet in your room during the first six months.
___ Breastfed babies are less likely to die from SIDS.
___ Don't smoke. Exposure to smoke in the womb -- and secondhand smoke outside it -- increases the risk.
Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 4.
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2006.
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