Why Hire an NCS?
- Postpartum moms who get a good 5 to 6 hour stretch of sleep at night have a decreased risk of developing postpartum depression
- Getting restful sleep may help increase milk supply if breastfeeding
- Babies and children grow and develop when they’re sleeping
- Newborns can sleep up to 18 hours per day
- Babies who are granted the opportunity to learn good sleep habits from the start are less likely to have sleep issues later and will transition into toddlers and children who sleep well.
- Studies show 20% of children don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, and up to 40% have poor sleep schedules. (Australasian Sleep Association.)
A common misconception is that having a new baby has to be chaotic and parents have to be sleep deprived as a right of passage into parenthood. It does not have to be that way! When new parents leave the hospital, they can feel overwhelmed very quickly. Hiring a Newborn Care Specialist provides a peace of mind, moral and emotional support, an extra set of hands, education, and high quality newborn care. NCSs help ease the transition of bringing the baby home and help develop a secure, loving, and nurturing environment while establishing a daily, consistent routine that will, in turn, create a low stress environment. Hiring an NCS also allows parents the ability to sleep at night so they can be more present during the day for siblings and not be sleep deprived.
More often than not, people hear “sleep training” and think it’s leaving their baby alone, crying for hours. That is not the case! Sleep learning is comprised of two components and when started from birth, sleep learning/training is a slow, gradual process. One step involves the transfer of calories from nighttime to being all consumed during the daytime hours. It is a dual partnership between parents/daytime caregivers and the NCS. In order for nighttime to be successful, the daytime has to be successful.
The other step of sleeping learning/training is coaching the babies to go back to sleep on their own using assisted soothing and eventually self-soothing. “Sleeping through the night” means different things to different people. The typical “nighttime” for newborns and infants is 10-12 hours. When we use the phrase “sleeping through the night,” it means that the babies no longer need to be fed during the nighttime hours because they have successfully transferred all their calories to the daytime and are able to self-soothe and go back to sleep 100% on their own if they wake up during the night.
Hiring a newborn care specialist can help make the transition into parenthood or expanding families a low stress, more pleasurable experience.