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Importance of Layering + Sleep: Featuring Melissa Brown, Founder of Sleep Shop

Importance of Layering + Sleep: Featuring Melissa Brown, Founder of Sleep Shop

Over the next few months, we will be featuring baby/toddler industry leaders, products and influencers that will hopefully introduce you to some brands we love and moms who are working hard to make a difference in your little ones life. We want to focus on product + service quality to make sure your littles are living their most comfortable and best lives.

First in our featured post series is Melissa Brown of Sleep Shop. Melissa recognized early on that developing healthy sleep habits in her babies (and maintaining those habits through childhood) was one of the most essential ways to protect the health and sanity of the family as a whole.

Today, as a Certified Sleep Consultant, Melissa has developed an approach to sleep training that is, through Sleep Shop, tailored to each individual family’s unique goals and parenting style. Having worked with hundreds of families both locally and internationally, Melissa has become a go-to resource for new parents and seasoned veterans alike, whether helping a family welcome a newborn or implementing a schedule tune-up for toddler. As a mother of multiples, she is particularly adept at ensuring sanity for parents who are welcoming multiples themselves.

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got to where you are today.

I have a masters in Counseling and  I have loved working with families through so many incredible life stages. Before I was as sleep consultant I was a Hospital Chaplain and then a school counselor for kids who were going through major family transitions. I was passionate about sleep when I had my first and starting implementing good sleep habits from the get go. I wasn’t crazy about it or strict but always prioritized her getting enough sleep. Slowly I began to realize how important it was and developed age appropriate sleep plans that I began to share with friends. One thing led to another and I started helping families all over the world get their little ones on a routine. They continued to have the same success and I loved being able to work with families again and emotionally support them along the way. All babies and all families are different and I love helping each of them find a system that works for them!

When it comes to dressing your little one, what do you recommend?

A baby’s temperature when they sleep can make a significant difference! When babies are too hot or too cold their body works too hard trying to regulate their temperature so what they wear is VERY important to sleep and can make a HUGE difference in how many times a baby wakes a night! I would recommend jammies and sleep sack or a swaddle for babies 3 months and under. If you are finding that you baby is too warm I would try for lighter pajamas and if too cold having they wear heavier, footed pajamas. It it is also important to regulate the temperature of the room. I literally spend more of pajamas than any other clothing for me kids because it makes such a difference! 

What is the ideal room temperature for a baby/toddler to sleep in?

It is between 68-72 degrees. If their nose and hands are cold- they are too cold. If their head is warm or sweaty they are too hot! Again it is so important to find the right temperature for your little one!

What kind of bedding should you put in your little one's crib?

Breathable materials and bedding that does not get too warm. I find that all babies/adults have different preferences when it comes to texture but you want something soft! There are so many different options but I recommend comfort and safety!

Do you have any other helpful sleeping tips for babes?

There are so many! And they vary based on the baby age. I would say be CONSISTENT around nap and bedtime- your little one will know what to expect and more likely fall into a good sleep routine. Have good sleep hygiene in the house, a good sleep environment, a sound machine, a dark room and a room with a temp around 68-72 degrees. For little babies I recommend full meals and ideal wake times. Babies that are hungry and overtired have a MUCH harder time sleeping on their own and putting themselves back to sleep when they wake up.

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