A newborn care specialist is a trained and experienced caregiver who specializes in providing care for newborn babies. They are often referred to as "baby nurses" or "newborn nannies", and their primary focus is on the physical and emotional needs of the newborn.
Newborn care specialists typically have specialized training in newborn care, including knowledge of breastfeeding, sleep training, and infant development. They may also have certifications such as the Newborn Care Specialist Certification (NCSC) or the Infant Care Specialist Certification (ICSC).
Families may choose to hire a nanny for newborns if they need extra support during the early weeks or months of their baby's life, or if they have specific concerns or questions related to newborn care. A newborn care specialist can provide personalized care and support to help families navigate the challenges of early parenthood.
Newborn care specialists typically work with families during the first few weeks or months after a baby is born, providing round-the-clock care and support. Their duties may include:
- Feeding the baby (bottle or breast)
- Changing diapers
- Soothing the baby when they are fussy or crying
- Helping the baby establish healthy sleep patterns
- Providing guidance on newborn care and development
- Assisting with postpartum recovery for the mother
- Light housekeeping related to the baby (e.g. washing bottles, doing laundry)