the baby nurse...

by Dia Hollenbeck Minkow

What is a Baby Nurse?

Baby Nurses provide non-medical care for your baby, they are not typically a registered nurse, but a trained and experienced individual proficient in all aspects of newborn care. They are with you whether you need assistance at night, breastfeeding support, a sleep specialist or an extra set of hands.


Screening a Baby Nurse

  • Must be 20 years or older.
  • Must be legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in their field.
  • Must have verifiable infant childcare references.
  • Must be certified as a Newborn Care Specialist (Baby Nurse).
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or higher education.
  • Must have CPR certification.
  • Must be a non-smoker.
  • Reference Check
  • Criminal Background Check

Can you meet the Baby Nurse before she starts the job?

Baby Nurses are happy to meet you if there is time between their assignments. However, if there is not an opportunity to meet her before she begins working, you can speak extensively with her over the phone and call her references before committing to that particular Baby Nurse.

When should I schedule my Baby Nurse?

It is best to schedule your Baby Nurse as soon as your doctor confirms your due date. We recommend booking as soon as possible, as Baby Nurse schedules fill up quickly.

How long should I hire my Baby Nurse?

Your Baby Nurse can be hired anywhere between 14 days to 6 months or longer, it depends on the needs of your family.

How will I know my Baby Nurse will be available for my due date?

Your Baby Nurse will be on call 2 weeks before and 1 week after your estimated due date, allowing flexibility on the start time.

What should I expect from my Baby Nurse?

  • Prepare, clean and sterilize feeding bottles
  • Provide consultations and assistance with mother’s breastfeeding
  • Change diapers and laundry for the baby’s bedding and clothing
  • Feed, burp and settle the newborn back to sleep
  • Bathe the baby and cleaning the umbilical cord
  • Document the baby’s natural sleep and wake habits in journal
  • Educate the parents on managing sleep and feeding schedules
  • Organize baby supplies and ensure that the nursery is tidy and clean
  • Establish a nurturing environment during the newborn’s waking hours
  • Provide general assistance and guidance to parents

How does a Baby Nurse benefit breastfeeding moms at night? 

Your Baby Nurse will bring the baby to the mom for all feedings. When mom is done feeding, the Baby Nurse will take the baby and care for its needs until the next feeding, allowing mom much needed rest.  You also have the option of pumping a bottle for night-time feedings.

How will the Baby Nurse put my baby on a schedule?

The Baby Nurse can put your baby on a schedule, if this is something you prefer. However, if you prefer to not work with a schedule, the Baby Nurse will fit into the plan that you want for your baby. When we are in the process matching you with a Baby Nurse, we will discuss the type of Baby Nurse that will be the best match for your family.

Do I need a private room for my Baby Nurse? 

It would be great to have a private bedroom for your Baby Nurse, but it is not required. Your Baby Nurse can share a room with your baby.

Am I expected to provide meals for my Baby Nurse? 

Parents are not expected to provide cook meals, but you are required to provide provisions for your Baby Nurse to prepare meals.

Can I ask my Baby Nurse to do housework?

Baby Nurse duties and responsibilities do not include housekeeping or pet care

When I am using 24h care, when does the Baby Nurse sleep?

The Baby Nurse will sleep when the baby is sleeping. She will also be allowed a 3 hour (flexible) break each 24-hour period, in which she can decide to sleep or leave the premises.

Can I have the Baby Nurse travel?

Yes. All expenses for the Baby Nurse’s food, travel, etc. are the responsibility of the family.

Does my Baby Nurse get any days off?

Yes. This varies depending on how many hours the Baby Nurse works each week.

Do I need to pay for my Baby Nurse travel expenses?

Your Baby Nurse may come from a different state, if they are the best match for your family. The client is monetarily responsible for round trip transportation for the Baby Nurse, if she is coming from another state. Some Baby Nurses will also travel to your home by taxi, metro rail or ferry and will request reimbursement for these fares.

How is the Baby Nurse paid? 

The family is responsible for paying the Baby Nurse directly at the end of each week, based on the amount of hours or days she has worked. Acceptable payments are cash or check only.

Should I tip my Baby Nurse?

Yes, tipping your Baby Nurse is customary, but not required. Between 10%-15% of the total job assignment is standard.

What is the salary range for a Baby Nurse?

  • 24 hour Baby Nurse – $225/day and up!
  • Overnight Baby Nurse – $15/hr and up!
  • These rates are for a single baby. Twins and Triplets will be additional cost.