SKILLS AND EXPERTISE
A properly trained, experienced Newborn Specialist will be able to provide value to your home through your experience with them. A skilled Newborn Specialist will have knowledge of child development and cognitive skills for each age of a child’s growth. They will be sensitive to the needs of your child and be responsive when your infant is uncomfortable or in need of care.
When looking for a Newborn Specialist, look at her prior positions, references, call her former employers, and ask the following questions when you interview:
- How many years experience do you have?
- What qualifies you for this position?
- How do you feel about children, and caring for someone else’s family?
- Are you certified in first aid and CPR?
- How can you enhance my home life during this time period?
RETAINING A NEWBORN SPECIALIST
A Newborn Specialist will generally be retained for the first week or the first three to six months after the baby is born (and sometimes beyond), but consultation can begin before the baby comes in order to assist you in getting prepared for the upcoming event. All preparations enable you to have an easier transition to this new addition to your family. In some cases, care is extended beyond that first six months.
BENEFITS OF A NEWBORN SPECIALIST
A Newborn Specialist can promote the mental and physical well being of the baby and the mother through providing nighttime care, feeding and changing, schedule/routine development for sleeping and waking, immediate care during stressful crying periods, and assistance with any baby related concerns or physical care needs.