What is the difference between a night nanny, baby nurse, and newborn care specialist (NCS)?
Night nannies generally have no formal training and come in to take care of the baby during the night time hours.
Baby nurses possess a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) credential. Baby nurses can also be NCSs, and they are typically called in when a newborn has medical conditions that need to be monitored or specifically taken care of by an RN or LPN.
NCSs have gone through formal training to help parents transition into parenthood. They can provide assistance and input when there are issues that need to be addressed by the physician and implement sleep learning/training once the baby is old enough/weighs enough.
When should I start the hiring process?
Newborn Care Specialists are generally booked months in advance. As soon as you are certain you want to hire an NCS, you should start the hiring process to ensure their schedule is open for the months you want service.
How long is the typical contract between a family and an NCS?
It honestly depends on you and your needs! The average length of contract is from birth to 12 weeks.
Why do I need an NCS?
Newborn Care Specialists provide 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, nurturing environment for you and your newborn while establishing a daily, consistent routine that will, in turn, create a low stress environment. Hiring an NCS also allows you and your significant other the ability to sleep at night so you can be more present during the day and not sleep deprived.
What if I am breastfeeding?
NCSs support breastfeeding! Your NCS will provide breastfeeding support and education. Once the baby has learned to nurse and milk supply has been established, then mom and NCS will come up with a plan for nighttime feedings.
What are the benefits of having the baby on a daily routine?
Babies and children thrive on consistency and routine. They like to know what's coming next and what to expect. Babies and children tend to be happier and less cranky when they have a consistent routine, therefore, eliminating stress for the entire family.