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How can a Newborn Care Specialist (Baby nurse/night nanny) help you?

Laci Simms, Newborn Care Specialist/Newborn Nanny

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I remember being asked in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up. I

proudly responded, “A babysitter!” From an early age, I have always had a very

nurturing way about me. I started babysitting as a preteen and loved the idea of

taking care of someone else, making sure they were safe and happy. Of course, the desire of being a babysitter waned as I got older and I took a completely different route out of my central Illinois small town – I joined the United States Navy.

I served as a Military Police Officer for four years. Unfortunately, I was never on a

ship to “See the World!” but I did get to live in Italy for two years and Bahrain for a

year and a half. Honestly, thinking back, I was very lucky to have been on shore

duty the whole time! However, I did miss taking care of children. While in Italy, I was able to volunteer with the Girl Scouts and read with/to students at the Department of Defense School. I also periodically babysat for fellow sailors’ families that were stationed with them in Italy.

When it came time to separate from the Navy, I had my heart set on being a nanny. I enrolled in The English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and packed my bags. The school was an extensive three month nanny-training program that prepped me for the life I wanted to live. 

After graduation, I packed my bags again and headed to Arlington, Virginia for my first full-time, live-in Professional Nanny position. My family had a 10 week old and twin four year olds. For three years, I was like a third parent in the house providing quality care, guidance, safety, security, education, and, above all, love to the greatest children a nanny could ask for.

After three years, I was ready to go to college and I very sadly left the family to start the next chapter of my life. I began my undergraduate program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but finished my degree at Arizona State

graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition with a Concentration in Dietetics.

I was not really sure what I wanted to do after graduation, so I went back to what I knew- children. My second Professional Nanny position was with a family who had just had twin boys born at 32 weeks. I started with them shortly after they came home from the NICU at around six weeks old. Mom and dad were first time

parents, so I helped them transition in parenthood, got the babies on a consistent daily feeding and napping schedule, and took care of everything baby related around the house. 

Once the family no longer needed full-time help, I decided my  passion was with babies. I learned about Newborn Care Specialists and sleep training  and completely fell in love with idea of getting to help new parents and babies as a career. Getting to educate and help parents, along with loving new babies every 12 weeks, is the most rewarding, thankful profession. I am so happy to have thrown caution to the wind to try it out. I can honestly tell people, “I love what I do and am happy to go to work every night because I am making a

difference in someone’s life.”

When I’m not working, I volunteer with Duet: Partners in Health and Aging. I also enjoy spending time with friends, cooking, baking, board games, traveling, and playing with my dog.

My Training

Sleeping Newborns Mentorship

Terian Gregory with Sleeping Newborns 2014

Newborn Care Specialist/Newborn Nanny Training

Gentle Ventures 2014

Lactation Counselor Training

Healthy Children Project: Center for Breastfeeding 2014

Exp. October 2017

Professional Nanny Training

The English Nanny and Governess School 2006

Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Training 

exp. August 2019