Hello, my name is Laci and congratulations on your upcoming arrival! Bringing baby home can be an overwhelming transition, but it doesn't have to be. As a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS/commonly known as a Baby Nurse, Night Nurse, or Night Nanny), I am here to help you, your significant other, and baby navigate this special time. I will be there for moral and emotional support, help you to understand the needs of your baby, provide breastfeeding support, help establish a feeding/napping routine, and implement sleep conditioning techniques to have have him or her sleeping 10-12 hours at night by 12 weeks. My goal is to work with you and your significant other as a team to give your family the best, stress-free, first few months of life and beyond!
As as a Newborn Care Specialist, I am educated and trained in newborn care starting from birth. I will teach and assist you to understand your baby's needs and care such as:
Babies don't come with manuals or instructions. By hiring an NCS, you're one step ahead! Your NCS is trained to teach you how much sleep your baby needs, how to read and interpret your baby's cues, how to spot common newborn ailments to bring to the pediatrician's attention, what awake time activities to do with your newborn to promote growth and development, and be your support system. In addition, you and your significant other get to sleep all night so you can be more alert and focused during the day for your little one and each other!
Most people hear "sleep training" and automatically think it's allowing tiny babies to cry all night. That is not the case! When done appropriately, there is not a lot of crying. During the time frame you choose to hire a baby nurse/night nurse, she will slowly push the nighttime feedings to elimination and those nighttime calories get transferred to the daytime. However, nighttime can't be successful without the daytime being in place, so it's a partnership between you and your NCS.
The NCS is only there at nighttime, but will guide you through how to navigate the daytime with your baby. If you're ever unclear about what to be doing, all you have to do is ask!