This is What You Need to Know about Hiring a Baby Nurse in NYC
Here’s everything you should know if you’re considering hiring a baby nurse in NYC.
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How much does a baby nurse in NYC cost?
On average, a baby nurse costs between $220 and $800 per 24 hours. This fee might go up or down, depending on the length of shift, number of babies, and responsibilities. For example, parents of triplets who hire an experienced, credentialed baby nurse for a 24-hour shift may spend upwards of $1,800 a day.
Speak Directly with References
Some agencies, such as The Wellington Agency, provide all kinds of domestic help, from baby nurses to house managers to chefs and chauffeurs. The advantage of going with an agency is it carefully vets its employees, including securing multiple references and running background checks. Another way to find a baby nurse is by seeking recommendations from friends or family, posting in a Facebook group, or asking your pediatrician.
Regardless of whether you go for an agency or contract with a private individual, you’ll want to chat directly with the baby nurse’s references after your initial interview with the baby nurse. Berube advises checking in with three or four families with whom the baby nurse has recently worked, and “really speak to them...parent-to-parent.”
Be Prepared to Share Information
In addition to learning about the baby nurse’s experience and caregiving style, you should be prepared to share information about your family, especially your lifestyle and expectations. A good agency will be interviewing you to ensure you’re staffed with the perfect baby nurse—after all, this person will be spending huge chunks of time in your home with your little one. These days, you’ll want to find out how the agency or nurse protects against the spread of COVID-19.
Hire a Back-up Baby Nurse
Along with your primary baby nurse, you’ll want to hire a relief baby nurse. As Berube explains, having a relief baby nurse means you can give your primary baby nurse breaks, days off, and even vacations. Families need to “think about the baby nurse as a person,” she advises. Taking time off ensures a better standard of care for your newborn.