Nanny A nanny is a professional, childcare provider who works in a family’s home caring for their children on a full time or part time basis. Depending on the position, a nanny may or may not live with the family. They can often be an affordable alternative to daycare/childcare facilities, depending on the salary range being offered and especially if there is more than one child to be cared for. Additionally, having a nanny provides individual and experienced attention for your child/children in the comfort and safety of their own home and can offer greater peace of mind than with daycare with higher child/provider ratios. The main role of a nanny is to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment in which a child (children) can develop. Each nanny position may have slightly different responsibilities depending on the family requirements, the age(s) of the child/children, and other factors, but typically include such responsibilities as caring for a child’s physical needs, meal planning and preparation, cleaning up after children, helping children with schoolwork, organizing and engaging in activities, disciplining, teaching new skills, etc. Nannies can also transport children to classes, pre-school, routine medical appointments, haircuts, etc. Any housekeeping responsibilities are primary child-related and may include light household pick-up, loading and unloading the dishwasher and children’s laundry. A nanny may work anywhere from a few hours/week up to 12 hours/day depending on the requirements of the family. Newborn CareSpecialist A Newborn Care Specialist, aka Baby Nurse, is an experienced and nurturing individual proficient in all aspects of newborn baby care and parental support. Their primary role is to provide assistance during the post-delivery recovery period and assist you with all aspects of newborn care. These duties include but are not limited to feeding, changing, bathing, infant laundry, sterilizing bottles and helping parents catch up on much-needed rest. Specialists who work night shifts (6-12 hours per night based on family’s individual needs) typically stay in the baby’s room and manage their care while you get rest. When the baby wakes up, they will feed by bottle or bring the baby to Mom for nursing. After feeding, they will burp, change, soothe and settle the baby back to sleep. A daytime Newborn Care Specialist provides similar care and also strives to create a nurturing, stimulating environment for your baby during waking hours. Both day and night, they document your baby’s patterns and keep a log of sleeping, feeding and changing times.Typically one of their key objectives is to help transition the baby to a regular feeding and sleeping schedule.