The newborn stage is an incredible time of love, excitement, growth, and learning. Welcoming a baby into your home and into your daily routine requires lots of adjustment, and at times, it can feel exhausting and even overwhelming. For many parents, hiring a newborn care specialist is the answer.
What’s a newborn care specialist?
This person is specially trained in the care of newborns and infants. Like a nanny, they can help while you are away from the home at work or running errands, or if you simply need some rest for a few hours. A newborn care specialist is incredibly helpful for families during those first few weeks and months. This person is usually hired as soon as the baby is born, but sometimes a few weeks before that, so they can get familiar with your home and how it operates. Some newborn care specialists provide 24-hour childcare in the home, and they can often educate parents some of the basics of newborn care.
The duration of a newborn care specialist’s job with you is up to you. Many of them only work for the first 12 weeks of the child’s life, while others stay through the whole first year. This is dependent on each family’s needs.
What kind of training do they have?
Newborn care specialists have certification and training in newborn care, sleep training, and/or nursing. They have completed infant CPR training and completed all first aid courses, and some may also have degrees in early childhood education. The person usually has a resume that boasts specific experience in newborn care with letters of recommendation highlighting their expertise in that area.
Have you heard the well-known saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? It’s really true. Parenthood requires a lot of support. The more help you have, the better. It’s okay to ask for help and reach out to friends, family members, or neighbors, in addition to your newborn care specialist. The journey of parenthood is not meant to be traveled alone.
Contact us today to learn more about hiring a newborn care specialist. We understand how valuable it is to have a knowledgeable and compassionate person to help lend a hand during your first weeks and months of parenting a newborn, and we work to place qualified newborn care specialists in homes across the country.