By Clara Morton
Sleeping Angels Co
Having a baby for the first time is a wonderful experience, but it can be stressful. That is why some new parents want to hire a newborn care specialist Los Angeles to make the process easier at first.
But what should you look for in your newborn care specialist? We asked the experts and this is what they said.
First, the specialist should be skilled in how to establish a schedule for the baby that includes feeding and sleeping times. She should be able to show you how to fit baby’s schedule into your family schedule so that everything runs smoothly. For the new baby to be healthy and happy, it is essential that she is well fed and gets plenty of sleep, so your specialist should be comfortable setting this up for you.
Second, a newborn care specialist should be able to handle common minor baby issues, such as diaper rash, colic, soothing methods, reflux problems, and swaddling. They also should know a lot about breastfeeding and formula. Ask detailed questions about these matters when you interview your specialist.
Third, your specialist should be good at educating you about caring for your new baby as well as neonatal issues. It is very important that she be a good, patient educator with you. She also should have knowledge of useful resources in your city and give you referrals and insights about problems that arise.
Fourth, you should check to see how long you can have the specialist stay with you. Most newborn specialists can stay with you up to the first three months of baby’s life. But some new parents use the service just until the baby is sleeping through the night.
Fifth, you should check if the specialist is certified or non-certified. If she is certified, this means she has been approved and certified by the Newborn Care Specialist Association. This organization requires several criteria to be met for the person to be certified, including passing a test, completing reading requirements, professionals references, knowing CPR and first aid, completion of breastfeeding classes, and completing an internship.
It is not required for your specialist to be certified, but it gives some new parents peace of mind.
Now that you know more about what to look for when you bring in a newborn care specialist, you should be more comfortable that your baby is going to get the care that she needs.