Navigating the Overnight Shift: Tips for a Successful Night with a Newborn Care Specialist
As a new parent, the prospect of having someone else care for your newborn overnight can be both exciting and intimidating. Whether you are hiring a postpartum doula or night nurse, or relying on a trusted family member or friend, there are a few key things you can do to ensure a successful night with your newborn care provider.
Communicate your needs and preferences: Before your Specialist arrives, it's a good idea to sit down and discuss your needs and preferences. This can include things like feeding and sleeping schedules, diaper-changing routines, and any special considerations or concerns you may have.
By clearly communicating your expectations, you can help ensure that your Specialist has a good understanding of what you need and can provide the best possible care for your baby.
Establish a routine: Having a routine can be helpful for both you and your Specialist. By establishing a consistent schedule for feeding, sleeping, and diaper changes, you can help ensure that your baby gets the care and attention they need, and you can feel more confident about leaving them in the care of someone else.
Create a sleep-friendly environment: The environment in which your baby sleeps can have a big impact on their sleep quality. Make sure that the room is dark, cool, and quiet, and use a firm, flat surface for your baby to sleep on, such as a crib or a bassinet. Avoid using soft bedding or placing your baby near loose objects that could cause injury.
Leave detailed instructions: It can be helpful to leave detailed instructions for your Specialist, including information on feeding and sleeping schedules, diaper changing routines, and any special considerations or concerns you may have. This can help ensure that your baby's care is consistent and that your Specialist has all the information they need to provide the best possible care.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and your newborn have a successful and restful night with your Specialist.
Erika Steinbauer is a practicing Physician Assistant and the co-founder of Swaddled Newborn Care.