How can I lessen the risk of sids?

Sleep on the back. It is safest to sleep your baby on his or her back. That is the best position as babies who sleep on their stomachs are at the highest risk of developing sids. Also, avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as this is also a risk factor.
Back to Sleep. Experts now recommend: - put your baby to sleep on her back - be sure that your baby sleeps on her own, and not in her parents' bed - encourage the use of a pacifier when she sleeps.

Related Questions

Does sleep-sharing increase or reduce the risk of sids?

Yes. If by sleep-sharing you mean sharing the same bed (often called "co-sleeping"), then the risk of sids is probably increased. Co-sleeping with the baby next to the bed in a safe, side-car type of thing (sometimes confusingly called a "cosleeper") does not increase or decrease the risk of sids.
Yes. A young baby sleeping face-up in a crib without fluffy blankets nor pillows around, without dangerous cords or strings nearby, will be safe there. His chances getting sids are low (998.5-999 out of 1000 babies won't have sids). Sleeping in a bed with an adult adds the risks of suffocation from blankets & pillows, from trapping the head at the mattress' edge, and from being squashed by the adult.
Conflicting research. The research on this issue is conflicting and not clear cut. We do know that breastfeeding mom's reduce baby's risk of sids; we prefer that mom's co-sleep with baby lying in a co sleeper next to parents. Jim Kemp a pulmonologist at Wash University is one of the foremost researchers on the subject. Http://www. Cribsforkids. Org/2012/07/30/bed-sharing-with-infants-is-linked-to-their-deaths/