Night Nanny or a Night Maternity Nurse?
So, you are home with your beautiful new baby and all the excitement that goes with it. However, there may be some areas where a little practical help is needed – for example finding a good night-time routine, to ensure ‘sleeping through the night’ comes sooner rather than later!
How Can Eden Help You?
There are a number of options available to parents. First time parents may prefer the help of a more experienced maternity nurse, who will be happy to give advice and support in all areas, such as breastfeeding/bottle-feeds, night time routines and so on. Then there will be those parents who are already familiar with the care of newborns and just may need an ‘extra pair of hands’ during the night, leaving them to catch up with sleep and maybe even a lie in!
Detailed below are the two options which we find have proved the most popular and successful:
A Night Nanny
Typically a night nanny candidate would be younger and less experienced than a night maternity nurse. As mentioned above, they would be that vital extra pair of hands during the night when it comes to nappy changing, bottle feeding and re-settling the child. This type of nanny would be a good choice for confident parents, who need less direction and advice.
We usually recommend that a night nanny is booked somewhere between 8 to 12 hours per night. The start and end time is of course flexible and completely up to the parents. We suggest perhaps 7pm to 7am or 9pm to 7am. The 7pm start can be a welcome option when a couple feel they would like to go out for a short while and the night nanny can babysit.
The night nanny will deal with all aspects of care for the baby and work to any of the preferences the client has with regards to sleeping and feeding. Also included in their duties would be
- Changing nappies
- Settling the baby
- Night feeds
- Preparing and sterilising bottles
- Dressing and preparing the baby in the morning
A night nanny is not usually responsible for any cleaning or laundry.
A night nanny can be booked for just 1 night or 6 nights (they will then have a 24 hour break and of course can be re-booked after that).
Fees for a Night Nanny
£100 to £130 per night gross (depending on experience) for a 10 hour night. A 12 hour night is also possible at an extra charge.
A Night Maternity Nurse
This option would be the most suitable for first time parents and those parents who would prefer a more experienced maternity nurse with specialist knowledge. It is also the preferred choice when a baby is perhaps unwell or has a specific issue (such as reflux), that needs detailed knowledge of the care required.
The duties for the maternity nurse are the same as for the night nanny, but will also include:
- Advice on how to establish a sustainable sleep routine for the baby
- Advice and support on breastfeeding and related issues
- Advice on how to cope with post-natal depression
- Advice on other related topics such as colic, reflux, and so on
Fees for a Night Maternity Nurse
£130 to 160 per night gross (depending on experience) for a 10 hour night. A 12 hour night is also possible at an extra charge.
Eden are happy to discuss the different options with families and we are sure that our night nannies and night maternity nurses will make a significant difference to your household.