The 411 on Night Nurses

Written by: Jessica Minahan

Chances are, if this is your first baby, you may have not heard of a night nurse.  I’m here to give you the 411 on what a night nurse is and why hiring one before your baby arrives can save you!

Who could use a night nurse? I think there are two kinds of families who need a night nurse: First time parents who have limited experience with babies and families who already have children and really need some extra sleep to survive the long days with the kids. I guess this pretty much sums up most new or growing families!

Clients are always asking me, “What is a night nurse?” and “Do I really need one?”  To help you decide, take this short survey:

  1. Is this your first baby?
  2. Are you not quite sure of what you are supposed to be doing?
  3. Do you wish your baby came with an instruction booklet?
  4. Are you the kind of person who does not do well on little sleep?
  5. Do you have a jammed packed day with your older kids?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a night nurse might be just what you need!

Having a night nurse really gives you the ability to sleep, get your baby on a schedule, help your baby sleep through the night and show you how all the newborn “stuff” works.  For example, your night nurse can show you how to calm baby with a bath before bedtime and help you establish the best nighttime routine for your baby. She will cut your baby’s nails, swaddle and make sure your baby is happily positioned for a good, safe night’s sleep. Night nurses can either wake you to nurse or feed the baby a bottle. Night nurses are also great to help give you an extra hand if you are struggling with nursing. Of course, your night nurse will also wash bottles, do the baby’s laundry, and straighten his/her room.  Plus, your night nurse will get your baby on a daytime schedule, preparing him/her to get longer stretches of sleep.

Most families have a night nurse from between 1-3 months. Families find it extremely useful to keep the night nurse until your baby is sleeping through the night. It takes most babies at least 3 months to get on the routine of sleeping through the night.

Night nurse scheduling is flexible- you can use one for just few nights a week so that you can have some relief or more. Whether you want someone to get your baby on a strict schedule or just an occasional night’s sleep, everyone can benefit!

Sarah Davis started Olive.You.Nanny in 2005. Sarah lives in Ukranian Village with her husband and 3 kids. For more info,

Posted on April 07, 2012 at 1:54 PM