As an expectant parent, you commonly hear others offer their advice of, “Make sure to get rest while you can” and “Sleep when the baby sleeps”. If you’re a first-time parent, you may take this advice with a grain of salt not realizing what to expect. If you’re not a first-time parent, you may have recency bias forgetting what it was like to have a newborn in your home. Regardless of the case, the truth is, with a newborn, consistent sleep is hard to come by. <insert a highly qualified baby nurse here>.
Whether a first-time parent or not, having a baby nurse is a life-changing experience in the nights, or days, where you need help most. A new parent has many obstacles to overcome, and sleep deprivation multiplies those challenges and plays a toll on your physical and mental health. The first few weeks after childbirth, you could still be healing or maybe your baby is suffering from colic; these are perfect situations in which a baby nurse could be of much use.
Also called “newborn care specialists” or “night nurse”, a baby nurse helps new parents so they can get well-needed uninterrupted rest. They have expertise in infant care and development including feeding, sleep training, CPR, managing multiples, and treating special needs of preemie babies with medical conditions.
Baby nurses are most commonly needed during the night, but some parents require daytime hours as well. Also, some parents determine they want a baby nurse during pregnancy and have the nurse visit the hospital to become acquainted with the baby, other parents decide later on that a baby nurse is needed and hire someone after the birth. It’s never too late to determine you need help.
While your sanity is priceless, your budget must be taken into consideration. Depending on the required experience, baby-nurses typically cost between twenty-five to forty-five dollars an hour with rates as high as eighty dollars in some cities. Families can choose whether they’d like someone to help for a few weeks or a few months.
After speaking with The Wellington Agency, you’ll be matched with a professional that is perfect for your family’s needs so you can finally get some zzz’s.