What is a Baby Nurse?

Boynton Beach Baby NurseA Baby Nurse (also known as a Newborn Care Specialist) is a newborn care expert who is educated, trained and highly skilled in all areas of infant care and parental education. They extend their service during the post-delivery stage before starting the baby’s regular eat, sleep and wake schedule.

They work with families at home for a couple of weeks or months, depending on the family’s preferences; assisting the parents to be familiar with numerous tasks in taking care of their newborn and guide them in dealing with challenges with their baby.

Baby Nurses are not considered medical experts or even registered nurses. They are also not responsible for tasks that are unrelated to newborn care (such as housekeeping). Their goal is to ensure that the babies are well taken care of and that parents are properly educated in caring for their newborn.

We realize that entrusting the care of your child to an outsider can be daunting. You may relax, however, in the knowledge that Ellie Blu Agency thoroughly vets each candidate. All Baby Nurses are required without exception to provide strong childcare references and demonstrable evidence of extensive experience caring for newborns and children. We also perform exhaustive criminal background checks (state and federal) and carefully evaluate new candidates’ personality, temperament, and suitability for working with children.

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DUTIES OF A BABY NURSE

• Document the baby’s natural sleep and wake habits in journal
• Educate the parents on managing sleep and feeding schedules
• Establish a nurturing environment during the newborn’s waking hours
• Provide general assistance and guidance to parents
• 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
• Organize baby supplies and ensure that the nursery is tidy and clean

BABY NURSE SALARY

• 24 hour Baby Nurse – $300/day and Up (depending on location)

• Overnight Baby Nurse – $20/hr and Up (depending on location)

These rates are for a single baby. Twins and Triplets will be an additional cost.

Agency placement fee is not included in Baby Nurse salary.

PLACEMENT PROCESS

  • REGISTER & SUBMIT APPLICATION

    Registering online with our client application will give us a better understanding of your needs.

  • SPEAK WITH A PLACEMENT SPECIALIST

    After registering with us online, a Placement Specialist will call you to discuss options.

  • REVIEW PROFILE(S)

    You will now be presented with profiles of our pre-screened candidates for your consideration.

  • INTERVIEW CANDIDATE(S) & HIRE

    After some feedback about the candidates that was presented to you, a telephone, in-person or video interview will be arranged. When you have found a candidate you wish to hire, notify your Placement Specialist and they will present the candidate with the job offer.

  • EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

    To protect both employee and employer, we will draft an Employment Agreement. This helps to clearly communicate the terms of employment, as well as any specific requirements and expectations.

  • PAY AGENCY FEES

    Agency placement fee will be collected from client.

  • YOUR BABY NURSE IS RESERVED

    Your Baby Nurse is now reserved for your upcoming due date.

THE FACTS

Sleep Routine

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You’ve heard the horror stories about months of sleepless nights. Now hear this: A Baby Nurse from Ellie Blu Agency can actually ‘teach’ your baby to sleep on a schedule that fits yours. No guesswork when it comes to nap times; instead, your baby will fall asleep naturally, leaving you free to spend time with baby’s older siblings (so important!) or your spouse and to take care of yourself. A sleeping schedule also makes it infinitely easier for baby to eventually transition to sleeping through the night.

Feeding Issues

Coral Gables Baby NurseIf you’re having trouble feeding your baby, you’re not alone. Our Baby Nurses have helped hundreds of new mothers through a rocky start. If baby is not quite latching on, your Baby Nurse can help. If your breast milk is in short supply, your Baby Nurse can offer plenty of advice and insight as well as techniques to ensure baby always has plenty of milk. Some mothers worry that baby isn’t getting enough to eat – or maybe even getting too much. Oftentimes new mothers experience the discomfort of sore nipples. Whatever feeding issue you encounter, your Baby Nurse will guide you through.

Feeding Routine

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You’ll quickly realize how important it is to get baby on a manageable feeding schedule. Instead of juggling bottles and stressing over constantly having milk available, you’ll enjoy a degree of predictability and more downtime. A Baby Nurse from Ellie Blu Agency can easily put your baby on a convenient feeding schedule that meshes with your lifestyle. No more worrying that baby is hungry (or too full)!

Your Baby Nurse will work with you on maintaining your baby’s feeding routine and answer questions about how long to keep up the routine. If you’re wondering whether it really, truly is possible to put baby on a feeding routine – that doesn’t leave him hungry between feedings – the answer is “Yes, absolutely!” Just ask any of our many happy mommies.

Your Baby Nurse will happily answer any and all questions you have. Please take advantage of her experience and knowledge! She will also keep the nursery clean and organized, help with baby’s laundry, and assist with light housework as needed. Above all, you can count of your Baby Nurse to be a source of calm, attentive, and professional care for both you and your baby.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q: What is a Baby Nurse, Newborn Care Specialist or Infant Care Specialist?

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. Whether you need assistance at night, breastfeeding support, a sleep specialist or an extra set of hands, Ellie Blu Agency can provide you with the help you need.

Q: Does “Baby Nurse” mean they have an actual nursing license or degree in nursing?

No. Baby Nurse is a term meaning, infant or newborn specialist. Baby Nurses provide non-medical care for your baby. However, some of our Baby Nurses are CNA’s, LPN’s and RN’s.

Q: How does Ellie Blu Agency Screen it’s Baby Nurses?

• 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 2 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.

NOTE: The Baby Nurses/Newborn Care Specialists we provide are contracted workers. They have been thoroughly screened and vetted through Ellie Blu Agency.

•  Interview Completed
•  Reference Check Completed
• Criminal Background Check Completed

Q: Can I 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: Can I reserve a Baby Nurse just for night-time?

Yes, we have Baby Nurses who prefer to work night-time only. Our night-time Baby Nurses can be booked for a minimum of 8 hours.

Q: How many number of nights can I reserve a Baby Nurse?

A night Baby Nurse can be reserved for as little as 3-7 nights a week.

Q: How many days should I hire a Baby Nurse for sleep training?

It normally takes between 3-7 days to sleep train a baby.

Q: What if I already had my baby and have an immediate need?

We are generally able to fill emergency or last minute requests for families.

Q: If I need more time can I extend my Baby Nurse's assignment, after she has been placed?

Yes. If client decides to extend work assignment, EBA must be contacted in writing. A new amended work agreement must be signed/accepted by both parties. Baby Nurse will not be allowed to continue current assignment if, a new work agreement has not been agreed upon.

Q: What should I expect from my Baby Nurse?

Some of the duties of a 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

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: Do I need to have 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.

Q: 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.

Q: Can I ask my Baby Nurse to do house work?

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

Q: Can I ask my Baby Nurse to care for my older child?

Your Baby Nurse responsibility is to care for your newborn. If your Baby Nurse agrees, you can arrange care for your older child, for an additional cost.

Q: When I’m using 24hr 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: Do Baby Nurses work on holidays?

Yes, some Baby Nurses will work on holidays.

Q: 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:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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, please contact HomeWork Solutions. They specialize in Nanny/Baby Nurse tax laws, payroll services and will answer any questions you have regarding taxes.

Q: What is the salary range for a Baby Nurse?

• 24 hour Baby Nurse – $300/day and Up
• Overnight Baby Nurse – $20/hr and Up

These rates are for a single baby. Twins and Triplets will be an additional cost.

Q: What is the agency placement fee for hiring a Baby Nurse?

For more information, please visit our fees page. CLICK HERE

Q: Does Ellie Blu Agency provide service nationwide?

Yes. We provide services in the following states: Florida, New York, Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia. Also, our Baby Nurses travel nationwide and we have Baby Nurses that travel internationally.

Q: How long does the application process take?

After registering with us, the process can take between two days to one week (depending on availabilities and paperwork). In an emergency, a Baby Nurse can be available in one or two days.

Q: Do you provide Baby Nurse Training?

Yes, we provide Baby Nurse/Newborn Care Specialist training through our sister company Ellie Blu Institute.

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