Infants need help establishing healthy sleep habits. A baby nurse keeps a journal of when the baby naturally wakes and sleeps, and then provides guidance to the parents on how to best regulate feeding and napping schedules. Also, mothers of infants are almost always sleep deprived due to fluctuating hormones and sleep disturbances related to the baby’s needs. If hired overnight, a baby nurse is responsible for sleeping near the baby so that she hears the baby cry and can feed, burp, diaper and get the baby to sleep — on its back — without disturbing the mother.
Dresses and Diapers
Due to a baby’s irregular temperature patterns, a baby nurse tends to the warmth and comfort of an infant. She is responsible for making sure the baby is swaddled comfortably and dressed appropriately for the weather. She must also know the current safety recommendations, such as keeping loose blankets out of the crib. In addition, a baby nurse changes a baby’s diaper quickly and efficiently, and properly and consistently tends to any rashes or skin conditions.
In order to keep the baby well-cared for, the baby nurse needs certain things in place. It is her responsibility to re-stock diapers, keep the nursery tidy, and clean bottles and equipment such as a breathing apparatus that came home with the baby. In addition, a baby nurse changes linens, empties the diaper pail, and launders the baby’s clothing and bedding.
About the Author
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as “Spa Magazine,” “L.A. Parent,” “Business,” the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.