Newborn Care Specialists can be magic at getting newborn babies to sleep well! We have advanced training on healthy and safe infant sleep and a few tricks of our own to get newborns off to a good sleeping routine. We've had many cases of desperate parents who are hitting the edge of sleep deprivation. Here are some ways we can help you.
A one hour session for any parent who is looking to have better, longer, more rejuvenating sleep with a newborn.
Sleep deprivation can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting a newborn. In this one hour session, I will help you understand Baby’s sleep cues and cycles, how the environment can help or hurt sleep behavior, and how to encourage your baby (and you!) to sleep better.
This Package can also be modified for families who need personalized in-home sleep support after baby is born. It’s never too late to ask for help!
You bring home a baby (or twins!) and are wiped out after the birth and hospital stay.
Overnight care is available during this time both for moms who have limited mobility after a surgical or difficult birth, or just for parents who are pushed beyond their max with sleep loss.All of the Newborn Care Specialist support will be geared towards your goals for feeding and sleep.
Newborns during these weeks are usually figuring out feeding more easily, so sleep becomes a huge focus. I can help during this time with overnight visits, as in the early weeks, for continued recovery and the transition with partners often going back to work.
As their sleeping pattern regulates and feedings become less frequent, you may want to have help in the evening (4-7 pm) when newborns are often the most fussy. This can help parents cope and have more peaceful nights. Problem solving is a big focus at this stage as patterns are starting to emerge and often sleep is changing drastically. If you are anticipating the transition back to work, this is especially a good choice.
Newborn Overnight care service is billed at a rate of $25/hour ($35 for twins) for a minimum of 8 hours per night and at least 3 days per week.
Do you support breastfeeding at night?
Many mothers believe their newborn care specialist will “take the baby” and bottle-feed them at night, which we are happy to do with bottle-fed babies or anytime mom requests it, if it allows the parents to recover after birth or during challenging times. However, your goals are our goals, and if breastfeeding is your goal, we will do everything in our power to help you have success. This includes bringing your baby to you to feed at night, supporting you with information and encouragement at 3 am when things are frustrating, and helping you with pumping and storing milk if you want others to bottle-feed while continuing to breastfeed. Our goal is for breastfeeding moms to do as much or as little as they want at night, while we fill in any remaining gaps so she can go right back to sleep. So you might wake up to breastfeed for 30 min or so, but we will burp, change, swaddle and soothe your baby back to sleep, even if that means holding or walking them all night. Some moms never leave their bed during night shifts (except to use the bathroom) and feed their babies several times as well as have several snacks!
Are you Baby Nurses?
Technically, no, we are not RN’s, but we are traditionally called “Baby Nurses” (women who care for babies at night or round the clock but are not necessarily nurses). Sometimes parents stay up for some of the time to pick our brains or observe our interactions with the baby, more often though they use the time for deep sleep, as they trust that we have it covered.
Do you sleep?
I am not sleeping as I will be feeding, diapering, performing umbilical cord care, circumcision care, bathing, burping, swaddling, bottle sterilization, and maintaining a thorough log of infant feeding and sleeping patterns. Although those are the basics, I also assist in initiating a schedule for sleeping and feeding, help mom with night feeding if mom is breastfeeding and complete all express breast milk preparation and storage. If mom is not breastfeeding, I prepare night feedings without waking the parent. Additional duties performed are: Soothe babies using skilled and proven techniques that help calm newborns Calm Fussy/Colicky Baby Launder baby clothing and linens, change linens Cleaning / organizing and keeping nursery tidy Maintain supplies by restocking baby care items and alerting parent when supplies are needed, empty diaper containers and strategizing what will work best for a new sleep setup, sometimes problem solving. Do we rest? Yes. There are times when babies are peacefully sleeping and all the chores are done that we do sit down and close our eyes.
Do we need a guest room or bed for you?
No, you do not need a guest space because I am not your guest. I’m there to serve your family, and a couch or recliner is plenty for a quick rest near the baby when all is done. Each family decides what would be the most helpful for them, and of course babies come first, so if the baby is having a challenging night, less will get done, and there will be no resting for me. We just prefer to rest a bit so our commute home is safer for everyone on the road, as eyes that have been up all night are sometimes not as sharp as eyes that have closed for a bit.
Will you follow our direction and wishes with our baby?
Here is something I know well; THIS IS YOUR BABY. And I trust you to make the right choices for your child(ren)! I’m there to help if you want my help, to offer evidence-based information and ideas that other parents have found success with. But I am far more invested in your ideas for this baby, as I want you to learn to recognize and trust your own instincts. I have already had my babies, I am not here to parent yours. I respect your right to parent how you see fit, and will very gladly support whatever you choose, unless I feel there is a safety issue, in which case I will inform you with continued faith in your instincts--(this has never really been an issue.) Nobody loves your baby more than you do, so I know that what you want for your baby is the best for your family. I will never judge you on your choices or try to get you to see my perspective. I am here to support your decisions, giving you as much evidence based information as possible so that you are able to make informed decisions.
Your baby, your family, your home, your decisions.
How long can we keep you?
One of the most common requests I get is to move in and stay forever! I see most families needing overnight support for the first 6-8 weeks, or sometimes up until the baby is “sleeping through the night” at 12-16 weeks. There are no penalties for not using overnight care this long either; many families just need a couple of weeks to recover and then prefer to use a postpartum doula for daytime services.I provide that as well. I want you to have the perfect level of care; enough for you to feel supported, but not extra people in your home all the time to get in the way of you bonding and having wonderful memories with your babies.
Do you sleep train babies?
Do I help babies sleep well at night? Yes, absolutely. Will I help with practices that encourage longer stretches of sleep as babies grow and develop and seem ready? Yes. Will I take a 6-8 week old baby and try to make them sleep through the night with no feedings? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I support the baby's developmental process and also the parent's needs for rest, but I won’t force your baby onto a plan that doesn’t support his or her nutritional needs or will sabotage the breastfeeding relationship. I will help your baby distinguish night from day with darker room lighting, white noise use, using soft voices and less stimulation at night so they can learn that nights are for sleeping and days are for playtime. I will help establish sleep routines that make your process more efficient at night, and allow for smoother transitions between sleep and wake times, and I certainly will problem solve with babies who “don’t sleep” (as many parents describe their babies) so we can find solutions for everyone’s health. But I am not there to sleep “train” your babies onto a strict program that doesn’t support bonding between parents and children..