Baby Nurses – Do You Need One?
Today, I want to talk to you today a little about baby nurses. What is a baby nurse? How do you find one? What are their qualifications? Baby nurses are infant care specialists. They are somebody who most likely has years of experience. However, there’s really no specific certification or requirement for a baby nurse.
There are wide variety of ladies out there who all have different backgrounds and experiences. This diversification can be great and can often times support you in ways that you never imagined. Nurses will come into your home during first weeks that you’re home from giving birth and are there simply to support you. One of the greatest benefits of having a nurse is that they let you sleep through the night if you have decide to bottle feed your child. If you choose to nurse, your nurse will bring you your baby to and from its bed.
Nurses are also many times there to offer you household chore support. Some of the ladies are happy to load your dishwasher, run a load of laundry for the baby, or whatever else you may need. Also, many nurses are there to offer you education. A lot of these ladies, again, have been doing this for years and years and they have a lot to offer. Whether its giving a first bath or changing diapers, your nurse should be ready to teach. Be sure to get your money’s worth and ask for tips.
Pricing on baby nurses varies a little bit often times depending on their background. A baby nurse with infant or newborn certification might charge a little bit more than one without. Experience is also a factor. Expect to pay a premium for a nurse who has been working for 20 years versus one who has only been working for a couple. But in general, expect to pay $175 – $225 per day for someone to come into your home for a 24-hour period with a four to five hour sleeping break when baby sleeps. Again, this is an average. Some ladies out there charge as much as $400 for a 24-hour period.
On a day-to-day basis, some people will also choose to have a baby nurse come in only at night, for maybe 10 to 12 hours. This can be a nice alternative as the nurse is not living in your home. Some people prefer not to have even family living with them. It’s just a lot to take on when you’re at this emotional state. Other people love the 24-hour feature because they feel like they have that support they need when problems and questions arise.
Ultimately, baby nurses are a great option. If you’re looking to find a baby nurse, start by contacting your local nanny agency. Also try contacting your local baby planner. These are the people who are in touch with the baby nurses that are available in your area and can set up interviews. Also, it may not hurt to ask friends or relatives of baby nurses that they recommend.
Do you have any experiences with baby nurses? Would you recommend one?