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Keep Your Baby From Overheating

Because overheating may raise a baby's risk of SIDS, dress your infant in light, comfortable clothes for sleeping, and keep the room temperature at a level that's comfortable for an adult.

If you're worried about your baby staying warm, dress him in a "onesie," pajamas that cover arms, legs, hands, and feet. Remember, don't use a blanket -- your baby can get tangled in it or pull the blanket over his face.

Steer Clear of Products That Claim to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

It's best to avoid any product that says it can reduce your baby's risk of SIDS because most aren't proven safe or effective. Cardiac monitors and electronic respirators also haven't been proven to reduce SIDS risk, so avoid these, too.

Don't Give Honey to an Infant Under 1 Year Old

Because honey can lead to botulism in very young children, never give honey to a child under 1 year old. Botulism and the bacteria that cause it may be linked to SIDS.

Remember, your baby's health care provider is always available to answer any questions you have about SIDS, SIDS prevention, and keeping your baby warm, happy, and safe.