Getting your baby to sleep longer

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Early morning wakings for young children are a very popular topic and how you can help them to sleep in better in the morning is number one to watch out for that light intrusion that would come in that would wake them up, wake their brains up earlier but there's also been a really cool product that just came out on the market not too long ago called the Goodnight Light. And basically what it is it's a plug-in nightlight, and you set two timers on the back of the light. One is for night time sleep. LIke let's say bedtime is 8:00, you'd set Mr. Bluemoon for 8:00 on the back of the Goodnight Light. And then for the morning time, if you're trying to get them till 7:00, let's say, you would set the sun, Mr. Yellow Sunshine on 7:00 a.m. So basically what you want to do is sit down with your child, you could even make like a little stick figure storybook about this and say, you know, when Justin goes night/night. And then you say something like, Justin is a very good sleeper at night. It's important that he gets lots of sleep to be a healthy boy. Then you turn the page and say, but sometimes Justin is waking up when the moon is still out. Mommy and daddy got Justin a special present. It's called the Mr. Moon/Mr. Sunlight and it's going to help Justin know when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up. So basically if we sort of illustrate this in sort of a concrete way for them, and we explain to them that they must stay in bed and we follow through with returning them to their beds until Mr. Sunny comes on and then making a big stink about it. It's a very effective way to make kids stay in their rooms longer and sleep a little bit longer because they need to sleep. They need enough sleep nutrition still.

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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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