The Night Nurse Debunked

Written by: Sarah Davis

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

I think there are two kinds of families who need a night nurse. People who are first time parents and families who already have children and need extra sleep to survive the days with the kids. So I guess that's almost every family!

I hear all the time from my clients, “what is a night nurse” and “do I really need one”? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you do!

  1. Is this your first baby and you have no idea what you're doing?
  2. Are you the kind of person who doesn't do well on little sleep?
  3. Do you have a jammed packed day with your older kids?

Having a night nurse gives you the ability to sleep, get your baby on a schedule, and they can show you how all the newborn stuff works.

Your night nurse will help get your baby on a good rountine as well as lend a hand during bath time and even nail trimming. She'll swaddle the baby and make sure he/she is happily positioned to a good, safe night sleep. The nurse will also get your baby on a schedule, preparing him/her to get longer streaches of sleep. Night nurses can wake you up to nurse and help with that, or they can make the baby a bottle. Washing bottles, baby's laundry and helping with light baby related housekeeping are also apart of many night nurses work requirments. 

Most families have a night nurse any where between one to three months. Families find it extremely useful to keep the night nurse until your baby is sleeping through the night. Then when she’s gone…ah…..SLEEP! It takes most babies at least 3 months to get on the routine of sleeping through the night. You can also have a night nurse a few nights a week so that you can have some relief. Whether you want someone to get your baby on a strict schedule or just an occasional nights sleep, everyone can benefit!




Sarah Davis got involved with NPN through her company Olive.You. Nanny, which she lauched in 2005. Since then, the agency has expanded to Atlanta, Portland and Charlotte. 

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM