Newborn Nanny (Baby Nurse)
What is a Newborn Nanny?
A Newborn Nanny (formerly referred to as a Baby Nurse) is a non-medical professional who comes into the home when the baby comes home from the hospital. They generally assist parents with the day-to-day care of their new baby for a few weeks up to several months. They can provide overnight (10-12 hours), daytime hours, and 24-hour care. A Newborn Nanny is experienced/trained and/or has a certification. Many Newborn Nannies will have additional certifications like: HHAs, CNAs or LPNs. Most Newborn Nannies also have their CPR certification.
Every Newborn Nanny is different and has a range of newborn and infant care experience. In general, she will have extensive practical experience with newborns, and current knowledge of accepted practices in newborn care, including lactation support, Infant CPR & First Aid, and knowledge of early infant development.
Other skills include:
• Will be attentive, focused and alert in caring for the baby
• Can teach you to change diapers, bathe and feed the baby, or do it all for you
• Will communicate to the parents the baby’s daily and/or nightly routines including feeding, sleep and behavior patterns
• Educates and teaches parents to understand their newborn in terms of his or her development and idiosyncrasies
• Assists parents with developing a schedule/routine with the baby
• Makes recommendations if requested
• Will give the baby a sponge and tub bath
• Understands the newborn’s needs and care routines
• Gets up for nighttime feedings while the new mother gets her much needed rest
• Burping techniques
• Lactation support to breastfeeding mothers
• Bottle preparation & cleaning
• Comforting measures such as swaddling & rocking
• Umbilical and circumcision care
• Sleep training
The Newborn Nanny is generally not responsible for household duties unrelated to the new baby or for the care of other children in the household. Please discuss your expectations and understand her comfort level regarding additional duties.
Here are some helpful Newborn Nanny FAQ’s:
1. What is the typical length of stay for a Newborn Nanny?
The duration of the Newborn Nanny’s time in your home will be your decision. The position of Newborn Nanny is temporary in nature. A typical assignment will range between 2 – 12 weeks, longer for preemies, multiples and special needs infants.
2. Will the Newborn Nanny put my baby on a schedule?
The Newborn Nanny can put your baby on a schedule if this is something you prefer. However, if you prefer to not work with a schedule, the Newborn Nanny will fit into the plan that you want for your baby. When we are in the process matching you with a Newborn Nanny, we will discuss the type of Newborn Nanny that will be the best match for your family.
3. When I’m using 24-hour care when does the Newborn Nanny sleep?
The Newborn Nanny will sleep when the baby is sleeping. It is customary that she be allowed a 4-5 hour break per each 24-hour period in which she can decide to sleep or leave the premises.
4. What accommodations are required for the Newborn Nanny?
For 24-hour care the Newborn Nanny will sleep when the baby is sleeping. It is customary to provide a suitable couch or bed for the Newborn Nanny (We advise against using an air mattress). It is your choice to have the Newborn Nanny sleep in the room with the baby or in a separate living space with a baby monitor. For overnight shifts you can request the Newborn Nanny to stay in the baby’s room or you can choose to provide the Newborn Nanny with a separate living space with a baby monitor where she can read, work on the computer, or watch TV after her other duties are finished and the baby is sleeping.
5. Am I required to provide the Newborn Nanny with meals?
With 24-hour care it is customary to provide the Newborn Nanny with food. For overnight care, it is not required, but if you would like, you can have snacks and drinks available for the Newborn Nanny or give her permission to bring foods or drinks she likes. Please be sure to discuss all kitchen rules.
6. Can I have the Newborn Nanny travel with our family on vacation?
Yes, make sure that is agreed upon prior to hire. All expenses for the Newborn Nanny’s food, travel, accommodations, etc. are the responsibility of the family.
7. How is the Newborn Nanny paid?
The family is responsible for paying the Newborn Nanny directly at the end of each week based on the amount of hours and the agreed upon salary. Traditionally Newborn Nannies are paid in cash, but some prefer on-the books. Please be sure to communicate your preferred method of payment upfront.
8. Do Newborn Nannies work on holidays?
Some Newborn Nannies will work on holidays. This needs to be discussed prior to hire.
9. When Newborn Nannies work on holidays, do they get paid time and a half?
Yes, the Newborn Nanny should be paid time and a half for holidays. Typically families include the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and July 4th.
10. Do I need to pay taxes on my Newborn Nanny?
For all tax and payroll matters the family should consult their accountant or payroll provider. We can recommend a payroll provider to speak to and they can guide you through the process via free phone consult.
11. Is tipping the Newborn Nanny required?
Tipping your Newborn Nanny at the end of her job is customary, but not required.
12. What is the going rate for a Newborn Nanny in the Greater New York Area?
Baby Nurse Pay
The range will vary based on your family’s needs and the Baby Nurse’s experience and salary expectations. These are not set rates, but are reflective of current industry standards. The rate will be determined between the family and the Baby Nurse.
• Overnight Care (10-12 hours): $250-$300-typical hours are 8pm-8am or 10pm-8am.
• 24 hour Care: $375-$500
• Hourly Day Time Care: $20-$35/hour
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