Baby Nurse FAQ

What is a baby nurse?
A baby nurse is a non-medical professional who comes into the home when the baby comes home from the hospital.  They generally assist parents for a few weeks up to several months in all aspects of newborn care.  They can provide overnight, daytime, and 24-hour care.

How soon should I book my baby nurse?
We recommend booking as soon as possible, as the schedules can fill up quickly.

What if I already had my baby and have an immediate need?
No problem!  We are generally able to fill emergency or last minute requests for families.

How long should I book my baby nurse for?
We recommend at least 2 weeks of care.  However, some families will request services for up to 1 year.  Once you no longer require a baby nurse and would like a nanny, please contact us about our nanny placement services.

What if I don’t know how long I want to keep my baby nurse?
We suggest putting a range.  We only require that you fulfill the minimum amount of time that you specify on the contract.  In most cases you are able to extend past what you’ve written on the contract, especially if you are able to give 1 to 2 week’s notice.

What type of screening process do your baby nurses go through?
All of our baby nurses meet with the owners of the company in person.  They are asked detailed questions regarding their knowledge about child development, infant safety issues, scheduling, and breastfeeding.  They must pass a nationwide criminal background check that includes social security verification.  We call their personal and professional references that we will also make available for you to call.  All of our baby nurses must have current CPR and a minimum of 3 years prior experience with infants.  They also have various certifications and attend trainings that cover different aspects of newborn care.

Can I meet the baby nurse that you match me with before she starts the job?
Baby nurses are happy to meet 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 and before being charged any application fee.

Do you have baby nurses who have experience with multiples?
Yes.  We have specific baby nurses who have worked with several families who had twins and triplets.

Does “baby nurse” mean they have an actual nursing license or degree in nursing?
No.  Baby nurse is a term meaning infant specialist.  Baby nurses provide non-medical care for your baby.  However, some of our baby nurses are CNAs or LPNs.

How does a baby nurse benefit breastfeeding moms at night?
The 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.

What is the baby nurse NOT required to take care of?
The baby nurse does not cook, clean, or do household chores.  She is only responsible for the baby’s complete care along with duties pertaining to the baby such as baby laundry, cleaning bottles/breastfeeding supplies, and keeping the nursery stocked and tidy.  By law the baby nurse is not allowed to file or cut the baby’s fingernails or toenails.  However, they can assist you with this task.

Will my baby nurse help my older child adjust to the new baby?
While the baby nurse is not responsible for caring for any of your older children, she can help them adjust to having a new sibling in the home.

If my baby arrives on a different date than I wrote on the contract, how will I know my baby nurse is available for me?
Your baby nurse will be on call 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date, allowing flexibility on the start time.

How do I begin the process of booking a baby nurse?
Call or email us and we will send you our baby nurse contract.

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 she is there.

Do I need to pay taxes on my baby nurse?
A baby nurse is considered an independent contractor.  Based on your own state’s rules she may be required to receive a 1099.  For a free phone consultation with no sales pitch please contact Breedlove and Associates.  They specialize in nanny/baby nurse tax laws and payroll services and will answer any questions you have regarding taxes.

What accommodations are required for the baby nurse?
For 24-hour care the baby nurse will sleep when the baby is sleeping.  Please provide a couch or bed for the baby nurse.  It is your choice to have the baby nurse sleep in the room with the baby or in a separate living space with a baby monitor.  For overnight shifts you can request the baby nurse to stay in the baby’s room or you can choose to provide the baby nurse with a separate living space with a baby monitor where she can read, work on the computer, or watch TV after her other duties are finished and the baby is sleeping.

Am I required to provide the baby nurse with meals?
With 24-hour care it is required to provide the baby nurse with food.  For overnight care, it is not required, but if you would like, you can have snacks and drinks available for the baby nurse.

Do I need to pay for my baby nurse’s travel expenses?
We pride ourselves in having the most professional and experienced Baby Nurses, therefore some of the Baby Nurses 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, or ferry and will request reimbursement for these fares.

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.

When I’m using 24-hour care when does the baby nurse sleep?
The baby nurse will sleep when the baby is sleeping.  She will also be allowed a 4-5 hour break per each 24-hour period in which she can decide to sleep or leave the premises.

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.

Can I have the baby nurse travel with our family on vacation?
Yes.  All expenses for the baby nurse’s food, travel, etc are the responsibility of the family.

Can someone purchase services as a baby gift for me?
Yes.  Family or friends can purchase gift certificates for you.  However, the family using the services in their home is required to fill out the application.

When the baby nurse is finished and I have a nanny starting, can the baby nurse train my new nanny?
Yes, since the baby nurse knows your baby so well, she can train your nanny about the baby’s routine.

Does my baby nurse get any days off?
Yes.  This varies depending on how many hours the baby nurse works each week.  Please refer to the contract for more information.

If my baby nurse has a day off, can I have someone fill in for her?
Sometimes.  This is not always guaranteed and depends on how many of our baby nurses are working at the time you need a fill in.

Do baby nurses work on holidays?
Yes, some baby nurses will work on holidays.

When baby nurses work on holidays, do they get paid time and a half?
Yes, the baby nurse should be paid time and a half for the following holidays:
Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and July 4th.