If you love working with children but have a special place in your heart for the infant stage of life, becoming a newborn care specialist might be a career option to consider. This nanny career requires training, classes, and certification in the areas of newborn care. Many newborn care specialists specialize in lactation consultation, early childhood development, sleep training, and more.
Welcoming a new baby into a family is an exciting time that requires some adjustment, and hiring a newborn care specialist to provide parents extra support can help them find their new rhythm and help the transition into parenthood go more smoothly. Newborn care specialists generally work with a family for the first year of the baby’s life. Here are some of the most common job duties for a newborn care specialist:
- Bathing, diapering, and bottle preparation for the baby
- Bottle feeding
- Sleep training and helping the baby find a regular sleep schedule
- Newborn care education for parents
- Assistance with lactation and breastfeeding issues
- Nutritional intake monitoring
- Soothing techniques
- Care for babies with colic
- House/nursery cleaning and organization
- Baby laundry
- Care for the newborn at night while parents’ sleep
While many newborn care specialists provide support for parents after the baby comes home from the hospital, some will start before the baby is born, helping prepare the nursery and provide newborn care education to the new parents. This allows them to get to know the family ahead of time and helps the parents feel better prepared for the birth. This type of job can be a live-in position, living onsite with the family, or live-out, with a regularly designated work schedule.
An experienced newborn care specialist is a professional nanny that provides an essential service to parents that are adjusting to their new routines. If you are ready to learn more about becoming a newborn care specialist or already have experience in a role like this, contact our team at Household Staffing to learn about job opportunities in your area. We look forward to finding the right family match for you!