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Do You Need A Night Nanny?

Having a newborn baby is one of the most beautiful and cherished experiences in the world, but it can be one of the toughest times of your life!

Sometimes, it makes perfect sense to employ a professional caregiver to support you through a tough stage. Having a Night Nanny with you at home, to support you through the night and enable you to get sufficient rest is an excellent solution for many families who need some additional help to get their normal routines back on track.

A Night Nanny is booked for a prearranged number of hours per night and care is tailored to meet the needs of your family. Typically, the night nanny will take care of all aspects of the baby care whilst the mother gets some rest and a good night’s sleep!

Sleep Is Essential

During the night, the Night Nanny will feed, change and settle the baby. Mothers who are breast feeding their child may choose to pump milk so that they are not disturbed when the baby wakes for a feed, whereas other mums may opt for the baby to be brought to them for feeds, then taken back out of the bedroom to be winded, changed and resettled. This type of service is entirely flexible.

In certain situations hiring a Night Nanny for a short-term period, or a few nights a week can be a real lifesaver! See below for some perfect examples:

FIRST TIME MUMS

Traditionally, female relatives would surround new mothers after childbirth. These women were there to support and guide through the new mother through the postpartum period.

Nowadays, families are often spread out across the country and overseas, so this much-needed family support is not always feasible.

First time Mums with no experience of looking after a baby can find themselves overwhelmed and exhausted, particularly if there is nobody at home to offer relief. Having an experienced professional with them, even for just a short period can help a new mother to gain confidence and experience of their own.

MULTIPLE BIRTHS

Can you imagine how many feeds two babies would need in a 24-hour period? What about three babies? Getting through the early stages having returned home after a multiple birth can be nothing short of brutal.

The advantage of support through the night in this scenario needs no further explanation!

MATERNITY LEAVE

In an ideal world, all mothers would have a wonderful long maternity leave period to bond with their baby and develop routines, but sadly, in many instances this is not the case. Mothers with minimal maternity leave may find themselves returning back to work in a haze thanks to sleep deprivation. This is far from ideal and could have serious implications for their career.

Having the support of a Night Nanny until the baby has developed a regular pattern of sleep can make a huge difference to a mother in this situation, as without adequate sleep she will be unable to function effectively in the workplace.

HEALTH ISSUES

A new mother in poor health will find it a real struggle to manage and a lack of sleep during the night will only add to any pre-existing medical condition.

With a lack of sleep, a mother will begin to feel run down and many breastfeeding mothers find that their milk production is low. There are no prizes for guessing that the cure for this is rest! However, try getting any rest when you have an unhappy baby in your arms. Bring in the Night Nanny for a few nights and this issue can quickly be resolved.

COLICKY BABY

The reason why some babies suffer with colic is something of a mystery, but whist it is not a disease and it causes no harm many babies are colicky, which means they will cry uncontrollably for several hours, several times a week for weeks on end. The symptoms are usually short lived, typically, the symptoms will appear when the baby is between two and three weeks old and disappear by the time the baby reaches four to five months of age.

Whilst colic is relatively short lived, caring for a baby who cries loudly and uncontrollably for several hours can be incredibly demanding and distressing for parents and will often leave them feeling drained and exhausted.

 

If you feel that you would benefit from the support of a Night Nanny to assist you with your child and would like some more information, why not get in touch and see how we can help…

August 5, 2014

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