If you’re planning on welcoming a baby into your family, congratulations! Having a baby is one of the happiest and most exciting times in your life. And while expanding your family is a joyous occasion, caring for a newborn is not only a lot of extra responsibility (to put it lightly), but it can also be incredibly stressful. This is why many families decide to hire a newborn care specialist who can help you prepare for and care for your newborn baby.
Newborn care specialists, also known as baby nurses or night nurses, will help ease the transition of bringing home a newborn baby with prenatal and postnatal care and services. At With Grace, we will connect you with a newborn care specialist who will be the best fit for your family’s needs. Although hiring a newborn care specialist is most common for the first six or eight weeks of the baby’s life, our specialists can help with prenatal support and also help your family well after the newborn stage.
Whether you’re a first-time parent or welcoming your third child, all families can benefit from hiring a newborn care specialist to help with breastfeeding support and guidance, establishing a sleep schedule and sleep training, maintaining detailed development logs, and more. If you’re still thinking about hiring a baby nurse for your newborn, here is what you can expect from this service.
- Hiring a newborn care specialist isn’t a selfish luxury. Yes, hiring a specialist is an investment, but it’s not only reserved for uber wealthy families. Newborn care specialists offer an invaluable service to give you and your family much-needed help and, most importantly, peace of mind. The reality is that hiring a newborn care specialist is incredibly common, and there is no shame in getting help for what is a beautiful, but perhaps the most stressful time in your life. Even if you have a partner or family nearby, our newborn care specialists offer help and expertise you can’t get anywhere else.
- Your newborn care specialist is highly trained to help. Our newborn care specialists aren’t registered nurses but do have a specialized training in newborn care and prenatal support. They are trained in CPR, infant care, and feedings, including lactation consultation, and their expertise can give you a peace of mind. They can help with breastfeeding support and guidance, umbilical cord and circumcision care, initiating a sleep schedule, sleep training, and keeping a detailed development log for doctor appointments and future specialists’ care.
- Know what type of schedule works best for your family. Our specialists are available to fit your busy schedule. We can offer care on a full-time or part-time basis, live-in or live-out, hourly overnight services, hourly day time shifts, or even 24-hour support in two 12-hour shifts. If you want to hire a specialist to focus on setting a sleep schedule so you can get a full night’s sleep, then hourly overnight shift might be best for you. If you need more around-the-clock support, then two 12-hour shifts might be best for daytime and nighttime help. With Grace will work with you to decide which schedule is best for your needs.
- It’s not too early to plan for a newborn care specialist. As the name implies, newborn care specialists are most known for the services they offer your baby for the first few weeks of their life. But our specialists also provide valuable help in the months leading up to your birth. So even if you are still in your first trimester, it’s not too early to start planning for a specialist, especially if you want prenatal support as well. With Grace can help place you with a specialist that fits your due date and planned birth schedule. If you would like prenatal support, a specialist can accompany you to doctor appointments, help you with your birth plan, and help organize the nursery for when the baby arrives.
- A specialist can still help with overnight feedings even if you are breastfeeding. You’re probably aware that babies only sleep for a couple hour stretches at a time overnight, which is why a newborn care specialist can care for your baby and help you get the sleep you need. Even if you exclusively breastfeed, your specialist can bring the baby to you at specified times for feedings and can take the baby away to be burped, changed, and put back to sleep. If you plan on pumping, the specialist can set up and clean the breast pumps, and if you formula feed, they can prep the formula and feed the baby while you sleep.
Overall, while newborn care specialists are most known for their overnight services, the reality is they can help with so much more than that throughout your pregnancy and the weeks leading up to your birth. It really does take a village to raise a child, and a newborn care specialist can give you much-needed help and support to make the transition into parenthood much smoother. Let With Grace match you with the perfect newborn care specialist to fit you and your family’s needs.