Q: What exactly IS a Newborn Specialist?
A Newborn Specialist, or “baby nurse”, is an experienced newborn and infant specialist, prepared & dedicated to providing outstanding in-home service including, but not limited to, physical and emotional support for families making the initial adjustment of a new baby. Your Newborn Specialist will assist the entire family with the everyday care of your new baby/babies. She will collaborate with you to establish a sleeping and eating routine that accommodates your families schedule and needs. Your Infant Specialist helps to ensure that everyone is getting the much needed rest they deserve. The goal of the Newborn Specialist is to leave the family with all family members comfortably transitioned into their new role in caring for new baby/babies.
Q: Is it important to have a bedtime Ritual?
Very! The key is to have a predictable series of sleep cues that help your baby wind down from the day. Molly Ott of Pink Newborn Services preaches to parents that a warm bath each night, a relaxing massage of lotion or baby oil, the lights turned down, the same bedtime story, quiet cuddle and then feeding your baby before bed is the start to a good night’s sleep.
Q: What is the importance of swaddling?
When babies are swaddled, the jerky arm and leg movements are kept to a minimum, resulting in less crying. Swaddling also mimics the womb, which is comforting and soothing to your baby. When it comes to dressing your new one, for bed there’s a great rule to remember; dress your baby in the same number of layers you’re wearing plus one. But beware of overdoing it; babies dressed in too many layers are at greater risk for overheating and for SIDS.