For most of our Type-A New York City moms, the research, the daydreaming, the worry, and the spending begin the moment they find out they are pregnant. You want to know everything about the pregnancy you possibly can. Immediately, you start wondering if it is a girl or a boy and you obsess over the due date and what life will be like with them in it. As soon as your loved ones hear the news, the tips and tricks will come flooding in and on that list of recommendations, the benefits of hiring a night nanny will be at the top. In Manhattan, hiring a night nanny is the norm, particularly for working moms.
Being a mom is a 24/7 job. It means late nights, early mornings, and all the time in-between. One of the first things every mom-to-be prepares for is no sleep.
What is a Night Nanny?
A night nanny can truly be life changing. Whether you are stay at home, working in the office, or working from home as a lot of us are during this pandemic, a night nanny can seriously help you gain some sense of normalcy back into your life. It can also be a huge relief knowing that someone is keeping a close eye on your baby, allowing you to get that precious sleep you need before heading back to the law firm or hedge fund.
The idea of having someone that will get up with your baby at night, bring them to you to feed or feed them themselves with a bottle, change them, attend to them, and keep an eye on them all night long, while you take some much-needed rest can really do a lot for both you and your baby’s well-being.
I know hiring a night nurse is a luxury and something that a lot of people can’t fit into the already growing baby budget, but if you are able to get the sleep you need, feel better, be more productive throughout the day, a night nanny may be worth considering
What to Look for in a Night Nanny
When hiring a night nanny, a good thing to look for is experience. As a sleep consultant, I walk my clients through the nighttime process and how to gently get their baby to sleep longer and longer stretches of the night. However, I learned over time that families are often overwhelmed and when the night comes, so does the need for a nanny, which is why I expanded SleepShop Consulting to include nighttime support.
The peace of mind that comes with a night nanny is truly be transformative. Just having someone there- knowing they are watching and taking care of your baby can help you get the sleep you really need!
A good night nanny will not only take care of your baby at night but will help them learn self-soothing and self-regulating skills little by little so that they are sleeping through the night at the earlier time possible (6-8 weeks). Once babies learn these skills and learn independent sleep this is not something they forget so the investment is worth it in the long run!
Most people that choose to be up all night with a baby LOVE babies. Having someone in your home taking care of your little one, loving on them, meeting all their needs and helping them to feel secure while you get the rest you need is a team effort. While a night nanny takes care of your baby in the teaching them and engaging them in-between sleeping, you are getting the rest you need to be there for them in the morning.
And as we all know- or at least have been told- post birth is hormonal. There is A LOT going on and A LOT of feelings that can be overwhelming to say the least! Having someone else there to help alleviate some of the stress, provide emotional support, and help care for your baby is lifesaving. We all could use a little more support after having a baby.
Another trait to look for in a night nanny is what they offer the moms in the day. A great night nanny will take detailed notes and a schedule each night as well as providing a video of everything from the night before. If you need the sleep, but don’t want to miss out on your baby’s nighttime routine, a good night nanny will make sure you don’t have to. They know how much a mom needs to be in the know with their baby!
Reach out to us today if you are looking for nighttime support or just support in general. We love helping families every step of the way with their babies.