We are excited to introduce Aimi Palmer, Certified Sleep Consultant and owner of My Little Sleeper, on the blog today! Aimi began My Little Sleeper after her own experiences as a first time mom, and realizing the challenges that come with having a sleep-fighting baby. After many sleepless nights, she and her husband decided to hire a sleep consultant and the unbelievable results sparked an interest in the subject. She researched sleep training for the next year and after implementing the new practices with her second baby, Voila! She had two sleeping tykes… which also means two happy, rested parents. She knew she needed to share this wonderful gift of sleep with other parents struggling in this phase, so My Little Sleeper was born. Aimi lives with her husband and two daughters in Chicago, IL. Most parents are looking for solutions to their baby’s sleep troubles to get their baby sleeping soundly through the night. Follow these “best practices” and you will be on the road to a better night’s sleep. Environment Make sure your baby’s room is primed for the best night’s sleep possible. Consider buying a white noise machine to help lull them to sleep (and to block out any outside noise). Mombible.com recommends a number of useful products to buy before your baby arrives. Ensure there is no light coming into the room. Many studies suggest that even the smallest amount of light can inhibit melatonin production, making it harder for your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep. Get rid of the night-light and install blackout shades. Also, check the temperature is not too hot, cold, humid or dry and adjust accordingly. Feed Before Bed Most babies do not need to eat at night (this doesn’t include newborns). Speak to your doctor about whether your baby can go through the night without food, and then make sure your baby is full before you put them down. Once your baby goes a night or two without food, they will have less incentive to wake up and will start to consume those extra calories during the day. Put Into Crib Drowsy, But Awake If you let your baby put themselves to sleep, they will be much more likely to stay asleep through the night. Most babies and adults wake multiple times at night. If they independently fall asleep at bed time, they are less likely to need you for them to fall back asleep during the night. Don’t put them down already half asleep; rather, make sure they are calm and awake. This is one of the biggest culprits of night wakings. Bedtime Routine A consistent bedtime routine is a good way to wind down from the day and to let your baby know that it is time for bed. Your bedtime routine should last 20-30 minutes and should be calm and consistent. Don’t Encourage Bad Habits In the end, sleep training is just a behavioral adjustment. You shouldn’t sleep train a baby before 4 months but you can set them on the path to a restful sleep from new born by following these sleep tips. A well-rested baby means a happier family. If you’d like to learn more about Aimi or My Little Sleeper, please visit their website.