There are different types of nurses who work for babies, to name a few pediatric registered nurse, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse, labor and delivery nurse, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse, pediatric endocrinology nurse and developmental disability nurse.
Who is a baby nurse?
A Baby Nurse is a professional caretaker who doesn’t have any medical degree. These nurses undergo training in handling newborns. They are a boon to an inexperienced family who is welcoming their first newborn. They help parents and family to handle the baby with utmost care, understand baby’s requirements etc. They stay with the family for few months, till the newborn turns a little older and also parents learn the baby handling and care.
Baby may need you at any hour of the day or night. You cannot expect baby to follow your biological clock, baby can be hungry and can cry for any reason. Baby nurses have to work for long hours and they needs to be dedicated 24 X7 and there are no holidays or Sundays for them. At times it happens that you may not agree with the way she is handling your child, you have to adjust and adapt accordingly.
What does a baby nurse do?
A baby nurse can help you right from the time new born is introduced this world till he starts his own feeding. Newborns can express themselves to layman in only one sign or language i.e. Cry!
Whenever they are hungry, cold or poo, they cry. A baby nurse will help you in understanding the baby’s requirement. They will help you organize baby feeds, bedtime. They will guide you on nourishing your newborn. Baby nurse helps baby in colicky pain where babies cry a lot.
How to hire a baby nurse?
A baby nurse resume should highlight the training and the certifications one hold. Having an experience in caregiving an infant would be an add-on benefit. This resume would be of great help for placement agencies who can your eligibility as a baby nurse to parents. Your training, certification and experience would build confidence for you in the hiring parents.
There are different placement agencies which offer baby nursing services. Your requirement of baby nurse may depend on many things like if you already have a toddler or twins or special need infants. Few nurses are resident nurses who become your family member for certain period of time or you may need only a 12 hours service of only day or only night.
Also few baby nurses work independently for the family without the involvement of placement agencies. You can check for the nurse’s past experience and hire a suitable nurse who can work on your desired working hours and who seems to gel with your family environment.
What are the duties of a baby nurse?
Baby nurse has following duties
Baby nurse help in documenting baby’s biological sleep and wake habits
Help parents and family members get use to baby’s biological rhythm and also with the feeding time table usually baby’s feed at a gap of every 2 hours.
Waking up the baby in the most nurturing environment possible. A happy baby will be happy you
Guide and advice parents on their queries and concerns.
Clean and sterilize baby’s feeding bottles, nipples and other baby utensils
Provide assistance and help to mothers for breastfeeding e.g.: how to place the baby in lap while breastfeeding, positioning of the baby etc.
A baby nurse will change the diaper regularly and do bedding
Making baby burp after you feed the newborn
Do bathing and clothing of baby
Make sure that baby diapers, feeding bottles, nipples, infant formulas are available round the clock.
When you are hiring a nurse, make sure that you don’t give away complete responsibility to her and take a back seat. A personal touch to your infant will always be good. Your infant will start remembering faces and they will find the comfort in known lapses. Your Baby Nurse should only be your guide and a helper owner but not your child’s complete caretaker. Hire a well trained and experienced baby nurse to help you start your new journey with the newborn. A complete round the clock service of the nurse for your starting days would be an added benefit.