The sleep needs of newborns

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The sleep needs of newborns

When babies are newborns, and up until they are about three months old, they should be sleeping all different amounts of time. Basically, there isn't a whole lot of predictability in the first three or so months of life. Some babies will be very wide-eyed and curious, other babies are very sleep, snoozy babies, and everything in between. The cool thing that happens, though, is when a baby hits about three months, you start to notice that they are distractible, curious, and alert; it means that their brain has gone through a big, giant spurt of development. When they go through that spurt of development, we know that they are able to regulate their sleep much, much better. We can predict, almost down to the hour, how much sleep children need from their on. At about three or four months old, we are looking at about 11-12 hours of sleep at night, and somewhere around 3-4 hours of sleep during the day; typically, made up in four short naps.

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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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