What do we all think when we think newborn baby? Lack of sleep is what springs to mind for me personally, followed by wind, colic, reflux, routines, dirty nappies, SIDS, and umm what do I do with a baby!!??
It would be nice if babies came with their own instruction manual however they don’t and sometimes we just need help but this can be a daunting thought, as where do you go and who can you ask? We ponder the thought ‘Am I going to be judged for having night time help’? ‘My baby doesn’t stop crying and wont sleep’ so I ask for help and get judged for it. Let’s face it as parents we are judged all the time from what we do with our babies and kids, where we go, how we speak to them, bottle fed or breast fed, circumcised or not, disposable nappies or cloth, which schools they go to, the list is endless for the judgements we all cop as parents. You know what? Bugger them I say, Stand up and be proud to ask for help especially when dealing with babies. You want a happy and content baby so good on you for standing up and realising you need help. For some mums and even dads, not asking for help can lead to disastrous activities and even an onset of PND for the mother.
I was so very fortunate, unlike many others, to have the support of my very own mum. My mum came and lived with us for a few weeks after both my girls were born, which she was my saviour, and my husbands- as he had to work, and also for my girls. She was my very own Night nanny and baby whisper, she could calm them, bathe them, put them to sleep and bring them to me when they needed to be fed. She taught me how to swaddle them, hold them and I even had a midwife show me the football hold for breast feeding. Felt weird and awkward holding her but made feeding a lot more comfortable!! With my 2nd we tried and tested a few methods for her to sleep however her fav sleeping position was her tummy. Right there you are all going to judge me as this goes against the SIDS guidelines. However as a reflux baby this made her feel comfortable and she did sleep. Hence me getting some sleep therefore we were ALL happy and let’s face it who doesn’t want to be happy and enjoy the whole experience with our babies, as our babies grow far too quickly. So yes my mum was the best night nanny a girl could ask for.
For the many who don’t have family as an option, which is majority of people, where do you go for help and who do you ask? Having run a leading nanny agency in Brisbane for 7 years and now the Gold Coast and Globally I tell people come to us. I want to help families as I know I was a fortunate one to have night help and even help during the day. If you are struggling and feel like you can go nowhere I tell families to call us at Centenary Nannies and we can help you with a professional Night Nanny. The night nannies through Centenary Nannies are highly qualified and trained baby experts. The ladies level of experience and qualifications differ however have trained in sleep training courses, lactation courses or are midwives, paediatric nurses and so on. The night nannies continually update their knowledge and learn from each experience with each family and baby, as like I said all babies are different and don’t come with an instruction manual.
The Night Nannies come to you. YES they come into your home where you and baby are most comfortable and is all one on one with no interruptions. The Night Nannies can help with settling techniques, establishing milk supply, helping you understand the hind milk and breastfeeding, effective feeding techniques, helping you to decipher the different cries, and showing you tips on how to bring wind up, help establish a routine, helping to settle them and again show you a few different techniques to do this.
As parents whether it’s your 1st or 5th baby we as humans need to feel reassured. The Night Nannies can help with this and will encourage you and support you and NOT judge you. Building confidence and feeling comfortable is half the problem. Bub will pick up on this tension and this itself can cause problems. The night nannies will help to instil confidence and guide you so that you are alluring a calm and positive happy vibe for which bub will pick up on. I personally am not a trained or quailed anything with babies BUT I do know when I am happy, calm and stress free my girls were always happy. As soon as I worried about something they became unsettled, so from experience I know this can cause problems.
If I didn’t have my mum to support me I sure would have looked at a night nanny with my first, as I was quite sick after the ceasar (6 weeks in fact!) and the with my 2nd being a reflux baby. I learnt that all she needed was very small feeds and quite frequently and this helped her…..didn’t help me as I was tired all the time!!
You may have the ‘perfect baby’ but just lacking sleep with broken sleeps from having to night feed so the Night Nannies can come and feed bub and attend to them whilst you sleep the night away blissfully. Imagine that!!! A day and week of pure functionality as let’s face it any other time we walk around like zombies and tune out to the world around us.
When we think of night nannies we all assume highly expensive and a luxury however for me sleep is a luxury and one I would be willing to pay for. Even once week for a few weeks can take the burden off and help.
For first time parents, parents with issues with any baby and for those blessed with multiples such as twins or triplets and are needing help then the Night Nannies could be, actually NO I would say they WILL be your knight in shining armour!!!
Good luck and I hope you are getting some sleep tonight and ponder the thought of asking for some night nanny help.