Facilitating independent sleepers

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Facilitating independent sleepers

When you are in a situation where your baby will only fall asleep if you’re rocking them or lying with them or what not, in the beginning – in the first three months – it’s fairly normal for you to have to do a whole lot of assisting with them. So in the very beginning phase I would ask for help. Don’t be afraid, as a new mother, to ask for help. Reach out to other people who can take over some of the soothing to sleep stuff so you can take a little nap. It’s really important to ask for that help. As time goes on, what you’re really confronted with is how can I continue to rock and bounce and pace and walk and put the baby on a drier and go la, la, la, la? How am I going to keep up with all of this over time? And that’s very often when people will make the decision that they’re exhausted and they can’t do it anymore and therefore need to start working on more independent sleep skills.

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Jill Spivack, LCSW

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Jill Spivack, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California. She developed an expertise in parenting while working as a psychotherapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Early Childhood Department. Jill, a mother of two children, went on to develop a sub-specialty in pediatric sleep disorders while working in New York City at a parenting center after experiencing sleep problems with her first child. In 1999, upon returning to Los Angeles, Jill co-founded the pediatric sleep firm Childsleep.

Recognizing that today's parents were lacking the essential support, education, and sense of community they sought to do their best, Jill was inspired to co-found Sleepy Planet.  Offering a wide variety of services, Sleepy Planet helps parents of babies, toddlers, and young children with behavioral sleep problems through private consultations, and provides parent education, psychotherapy, and professional presentations on a wide variety of topics, including the transition to parenthood, child development and behavior, sibling rivalry, marital issues, and how to balance work and family. In addition, Jill holds weekly groups for new and second-time mothers to allow parents to share experiences and emotions, ask questions, and support one another through the journey of parenthood. 

Jill is also the co-creator of The Sleepeasy Solution, a book and DVD that show parents how to break difficult sleep habits without breaking their hearts in the process.  She has been featured in a variety of media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Los Angeles Times, Parenting, Variety and has appeared numerous times on The Today Show. She is also a co-consultant for Pajanimals, a new television project with the Jim Henson Company airing on PBS Kids Sproutthat features four adorable puppets who model for preschoolers, the skills they need to manage the various emotions and issues that they confront in early childhood. 

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