You need a confinement nanny to ensure you get adequate rest while recovering from delivery, but there is an even bigger reason to open the door to a nanny: their knowledge. If this is your first baby, then there will be a lot of things that you don't know. In many cases, you won't even realize how much you don't know until you are in awkward situations with your new baby.
If you aren't sure what you may not already know, consider this quick list of just five basic things new mothers can learn from a knowledgeable confinement nanny.
How to properly bathe a newborn baby
Many new mothers are comfortable caring for their babies when they are dry and happy, but they freeze when it comes to giving the tiny babies their baths. Most babies don't like being wiped down with a wet cloth and they protest even more if you strip them down and try to place them in an infant tub with water. This protesting comes in the form of screaming, and that can bring many mothers to tears.
That is where the confinement nanny comes in handy. They know just how to give the littlest babies their first baths with the least amount of protest. If nothing else, they can calm a nervous mother and assure her that the crying is normal and will stop as soon as the bath is over. With this soothing, a new mother can learn to endure the crying and then enjoy the peace that comes when the baby is clean, dry, warm and ready for a nap.
How to develop a healthy feeding schedule that works for baby and mommy
One of the most difficult aspects of caring for a newborn is trying to determine when the baby needs fed and when something else might be wrong. Should you wake up a sleeping baby if it is their scheduled time to eat? Should you offer a bottle every time they cry, just to make sure they aren't hungry? How do you know for sure that the baby is getting the nourishment they need?
These are all questions that a confinement nanny will answer. A good nanny will also work with mother and baby to develop a feeding schedule that keeps the baby healthy and satisfied while giving the mother adequate times to rest. This is extremely important for breastfeeding mothers.
How to train a baby to sleep through the night
At some point, babies will need to learn to sleep when it is dark out and wake up when it is light out. New mothers benefit from keeping their confinement nannies on board long enough get their little ones adjusted to their daily schedule. At the very least, the nanny should be asked for tips on getting the baby to sleep through the night before letting the nanny go.
Proper diaper and clothes changing routines
New mothers often worry about changing diapers at the appropriate time and may waste diapers by changing too often or cause diaper rash by not changing often enough. There can be some anxiety over changing clothing as well, since many newborns will scream through the process. A confinement nanny will teach the best strategies to keeping the baby comfortable at all times.
Don't Forget Yourself
A confinement nanny is there to help take care of you, not just your baby. In fact, many believe that the confinement nanny should primarily care for the new mother so she remains healthy enough to take care of her baby on her own when the confinement period is over. This means you should consider your needs from the nanny, rather than just listing out the duties that you would like the nanny to take on for your newborn baby.
For example, you will of course have the nanny help you with nighttime sessions getting the baby back to sleep, but you may need some help getting sleep as well. The nanny may therefore agree to take the baby for you while you take naps as needed. You will naturally contract for the confinement nanny to help you feed the baby properly, but you should ask her to also prepare some healthy meals for you. You will not be able to cook all of your meals on your own, at least right from the beginning.
Be Very Clear
When setting down with a confinement nanny to discuss the position, be very clear with the duties you would like her to take on. It is best to do this through a confinement nanny service, since they will have standard contracts and duty lists which can serve as a starting point for your discussions. Most agencies will allow you to make some changes or add to the list of duties for additional cost, but it helps to have that initial list of duties and price point to start from.
Don't be Shy
Do not feel shy asking for everything that you need from your confinement nanny. Most agencies are ready and willing to meet all of your needs, but you may have to pay a bit more if it means more work than usual for the confinement nanny. If you are not very honest and upfront with your needs, then the contract you create will not be sufficient for your needs. This will leave you dissatisfied in the end.
If you aren't sure about something, do not hesitate to ask. If you assume a service is not available, you will pass up getting something from your nanny that could have been provided. If you assume that your nanny will do something without asking, you may be very disappointed that the service is not included in your contract. Always ask. Never assume.
Bring Respect to the Table
Finally, if you respect your nanny and treat her like a part of the family, she will be more willing to do extra things to care for you and the baby. Make her feel welcomed and appreciated and you are guaranteed to get better care from her. That means your baby gets better care as well.