A Newborn Specialist, or “baby nurse”, is an experienced newborn and infant specialist, prepared & dedicated to providing outstanding in-home service including, but not limited to, physical and emotional support for families making the initial adjustment of a new baby.
Your Newborn Specialist will assist the entire family with the everyday care of your new baby/babies. She will collaborate with you to establish a sleeping and eating routine that accommodates your families schedule and needs. Your Infant Specialist helps to ensure that everyone is getting the much-needed rest they deserve. The goal of the Newborn Specialist is to leave the family with all family members comfortably transitioned into their new role in caring for new baby/babies.
For 24-hour care it is important for your specialist to feel comfortable. This includes having access to private sleeping quarters, a private bathroom, and Internet access. If this is not possible the minimum of a bed and private area for items in the babies bedroom should be provided. The family is also required to provide food and beverage for their specialist during the duration of their stay.
We recommend that you book your specialist 3 to 6 months in advance, to secure your preferred start date. Many clients prefer to book their specialist several months in advance to feel comfortable in their selection, however we can always accommodate any last minute requests.
When deciding the length of your specialist stay, there are multiple factors to consider. When deciding on the duration of your specialist we will consider your childcare budget. However, due to changing circumstances in your delivery method the stay of your specialist may need to be extended. We recommend a minimum of a 2-week stay, an 8-12 week stay is common, but we like to work with families in deciding the optimal time they will need a specialist in their home.
During overnight care our specialists are there to give mom the rest she needs. They are there to care for the child during the night when they wake, assisting in what is needed such as feeding, changing, ensuring the child has a peaceful nights sleep. We are also there to assist with scheduling and trying to get the baby sleeping longer stretches at night.
Anywhere from 9-14 hours.
Very! The key is to have a predictable series of sleep cues that help your baby wind down from the day. Our newborn care specialist will work with you to develop a bedtime ritual that works for your family, and that can be easily implemented each night.
There are many benefits to swaddling such as, reducing any jerky arm and leg movements, and mimicking the feeling of being inside the womb, which provides comfort. When it comes to dressing your new one, for bed there’s a great rule to remember; dress your baby in the same number of layers you’re wearing plus one. But beware of overdoing it; babies dressed in too many layers are at greater risk for overheating and for SIDS.