Yes. Recent studies have shown that babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) are at a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome longer than full-term babies.
SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby. Practicing safe sleep habits has been proven to dramatically reduce an infant’s risk of SIDS. This includes the ABC’S of Safe Sleep, emphasizing that babies sleep best:
Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib or other safe Sleep Surface.
Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between one and four months old, but it’s important to practice the ABC’S of Safe Sleep through your child’s first year of life. That means:
Never sharing a bed with your baby
Putting your baby to sleep on his or her back
Making sure your baby’s sleep surface is free of blankets, stuffed animals and other suffocation hazards