Running on no-sleep, going through the motions somewhat clueless and feverishly googling “is this normal?” is a state of being new parents know all too well. The baby books may have given you a foundation, but nothing can prepare you for the day you bring your bundle of joy home and find yourself faced with the monumental task of caring for a life completely dependent on you.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to have someone there to teach you the ins and outs of caring for your baby, help tend to them in the middle of the night (so you can get some much needed rest) and work towards establishing a sleep schedule to have them sleeping through the night by the time you plan to head back to work?
Imagine the peace-of-mind knowing that you could sleep and feel confident your baby was being well taken care of throughout the night.
It may sound like a dream fueled by sleep-deprivation, but for those who hire a night nanny it is very much a reality.
Most people are familiar with daytime nannies — someone hired to take care of children while their parents are at work or busy during the day, or in some cases, around the clock. Night nannies — also referred to as newborn specialists — perform a similar service, but only during the nighttime hours.
Night nannies typically work with you starting the day you come home from the hospital for a period of 8-12 weeks, coming in the evenings and leaving early in the mornings (though they can stay all day if the service is requested.) The nannies handle everything pertaining to the baby in the period of time they're there, granting exhausted parents some much-needed rest — mothers are only roused during the night to breastfeed.
You may be thinking, “This sounds great — if you can afford it.” But contrary to what you may be thinking the service isn’t only an option for wealthy families. While the idea of paying a nanny to tend to your baby overnight may be foreign to some, paying for child care certainly is not. And parents are no strangers to shelling out cash for child care.
Despite high child care costs, the majority of families (81 percent) say it’s money well spent and that their current child care plan is worth the money.
While prices differ from nanny to nanny, the average cost per night is approximately $200-$250. Most night nannies work for about 10-12 hours each night. Most are flexible with their scheduling to meet your individual needs.