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Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

What is the benefit of a night nanny?
A night nanny works well for all types of families. Our Mommy’s Dream Team (MDT) Night Nannies are trained to work with singletons, multiples, nursing and bottle-fed babies, and preemies. A night nanny is someone that works overnight shifts after the baby/babies are born up to 12 months old. The nannies do not come into your home with their own agenda; they are there to support and reassure parents and help prevent sleep deprivation.
What does a night nanny do overnight?
The first priority is the care of your baby/babies. Night nannies may perform light housework that pertains to the baby/babies such as, washing bottles and breast pump equipment, preparing formula and helping with the baby laundry. If the baby is sleeping and all chores are complete the nanny may lie down and rest.
How long is a night  nanny shift
Night nannies are scheduled in 8-9 hour overnight shifts. Overnight shifts range between the hours of 9pm-8am. You can use a night nanny anywhere from 1-7 nights a week, depending on your family's needs. During the interview process with your nanny, we highly encourage completing a contract with the number of days and agreed upon hours.
How long does a night nanny stay with our family?
We will stay with your family from the moment your baby arrives home from the hospital through the first year. Our average stay with single babies is 8-12 weeks and with multiples 16-20 weeks. Most singles start 3-5 days a week and twins 5-7 nights a week and then reduce the nights as the family feels comfortable.  We believe that the needs of each family vary, so we are flexible with the hours, the number of days, and the length of stay.
What if my night nanny gets sick?

We recommend that if the nanny has a cough or runny nose that they wear a mask. If the nanny has any GI or fever we suggest that they do not come until they have been fever free for 48 hours. During the interview process we suggest that you determine your comfort level with this process and if you do not wish the night nanny to come in with a cold, industry standard would be the family compensating them for missed work. 

COVID-19 guidelines: We recommend that they wear a mask at all times in your home. We also strongly recommend to all nannies that if they have been exposed to COVID-19, that they self quarantine for 2 weeks and do not return to work until there is no risk of spreading the virus.

Does MDT work with families of multiple babies?

We have tips that make life more manageable for parents of multiples. You will want to ask the nanny you are interviewing what their background/ comfort level is with multiples.

Will MDT help my older baby get to sleep?
Yes. Night nannies that have listed in their profile that they have completed a sleep coaching course would be able to help you come up with an action plan. However, all night nannies can help give the parents a well-deserved break overnight.
How does a night nanny work with breastfeeding or pumping parents?
We can help parents with breastfeeding tips and provide resources to help the breastfeeding parent be successful. On overnights, our nannies can bring your baby or babies to you to breastfeed, and the night nanny will do the diapering, swaddling, and burping. If you pump overnight, you can set up a system with the night nanny to have them pick the pumped milk up from your bedroom. They will store the milk and clean the pump equipment.
Where does a night nanny stay?
When you have the initial meeting, the nanny will discuss what works best for your family. We often stay in the nursery, guest room, or living room with the baby/babies.
When is the best time to contact MDT and book a night nanny?
The sooner the better! The sooner you contact us, the easier it will be for us to determine how we can best help your family. Most Night nannies can be booked up to 6 months out. If you have a short notice need, we can definitely contact nannies in your area but you might not have your ideal schedule.
What if my baby comes early or I want to extend my coverage?

This is super common. We suggest that you check in with your night nanny 6 weeks prior to your due date and then every 2 weeks until you give birth. When you go into labor, then you will want to contact your nanny on the way to the hospital and keep them updated on when you will be released. We love being there the first night home because being at the hospital is exhausting. If your babies have a NICU stay, you will want to keep your night nanny in the loop. 

Your night nanny may have other clients booked after you. The sooner you can tell them you want more nights or weeks the better. They can attempt to keep your set nights if their next family is flexible. If not you might have to be open to what nights/ hours they have available.


Let's talk about standby nights and cancellations.

If you need a short-notice night (under 24 hour notice) and your nanny is able to accommodate, there is typically a standby fee of $50 added to that night. 

If you would like to reduce the amount of nights or end services we ask that you give a 2 week notice so that the nanny can let other families know they have availability. It is tempting to end services the first time the baby sleeps through the night but we know that is sometimes a psych out and won't happen again for a little while. 

At the end of the day this is your little life/lives that the night nanny is responsible for. This is something we take very seriously. Our top recommendation is that you have everything negotiated ahead of time and documented in a contract. Most problems come from lack of communication and if you can have all of the scenarios thought through ahead of time that allows you to enjoy your new baby/babies to the fullest.


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