What to do about changes in sleep patterns

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What to do about changes in sleep patterns

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A baby, once they've learned to self-soothe, can be an excellent sleeper. All of a sudden, out of the blue, something comes up that knocks them off kilter and they start waking up frequently again. When babies are between three to four months old, it can be their cognitive growth spurt, where they start getting very curious and alert, and in the middle of the night, they wake up and think the world is so cool. That can start to make little babies wake up more frequently when they are about three to four months old. As they move on, things like developmental milestones; rolling, crawling, pulling to standing, walk or cruise around the crib, illness, or separation anxiety, can bump off a sleep schedule. There are many milestones that can bump sleep off, but if your child has learned to self-soothe, they haven't lost that. Basically, you have to address the problem because they will get back on track because the do know how to self-soothe.

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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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