Frequently Asked Questions
As new parents, Gibson Newborn Services knows that you may be full of questions. We hope you find a few of the answers to those questions here.
- What is a Newborn Care Specialist?
A Newborn Care Specialist (formerly known as a” baby nurse”) is a caregiver who specializes in the care of newborns and who works in a temporary capacity during the weeks following birth. She has an extensive background working with newborns and educating parents.
- Is a baby nurse a registered nurse?
Typically a “baby nurse” is not a medical professional. Our Newborn Care Specialists do have experience with the NICU, administering medications and apnea monitors among other medical issues. Always consult your pediatrician about medical concerns.
- Where are these services available?
Our home office is in Dallas, Texas, but all of our services are available throughout the United States and abroad.
- How long should I have a Newborn Care Specialist?
There are many factors to consider when deciding how long you want to retain the services of a Newborn Care Specialist. Having a highly qualified caregiver is indeed a luxury, so your childcare budget is a consideration. Other factors include the method of delivery; a cesarean section may require a longer stay. Will Dad be going right back to work? If so, Mom may need a Newborn Specialist for a longer period of time. A minimum stay of 2 weeks is suggested, although an 8-12 week stay is not uncommon and is recommended to receive optimum benefits. Together, we can arrive at an appropriate length of time that suits your family’s needs.
- When should I reserve my Newborn Care Specialist?
To secure your preferred start date, we suggest booking your Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) 3-6 months in advance. The best NBS are usually booked several months in advance, but we are often able to accommodate last minute requests. Don’t delay, reserve your baby care professional today!
- What if I deliver before my due date?
Most babies do not arrive on their due date, yet most clients want their NCS to be there when the baby comes home from the hospital. We’ll make things easier by offering you a two week window in which to start your contract (book early to secure your preferred dates). We will work with you to determine the best dates for your two week window!
- What is "Sleep Training"?
Most new parents would like their new baby to have predictable naps and good night-time sleep, but this can often be an elusive goal for parents. The most common request we get is for sleep training. This involves working with the baby’s natural patterns as well as establishing good habits with a predictable routine. “Sleep training” is not synonymous with “crying”. For those parents interested in achieving a full night of sleep, our gentle methods will ensure a well-fed, well-rested, happy baby.
- Do you use the "Cry it Out" method?
Our methods are gentle and follow a baby’s nature circadian rhythm. We do not use the “cry it out” method of sleep training for babies under 4 months old, but a more effective method involving a proactive approach. We encourage parents to listen to their baby and provide a predictable pattern of schedule and response. Older babies may require a small, healthy amount of crying to achieve optimum sleep habits.
- Do you work with nursing mothers?
Not only do we work with nursing mothers, but we support and assist nursing moms. Of course, we also work with and support those moms who are bottle feeding or plan to use a combination of breast and bottle. Once nursing is well established, most Newborn Specialists prefer to have the nursing mother pump in addition to nursing, so she can bottle-feed expressed milk at night, giving Mom more rest. If you prefer to exclusively nurse your baby, we will match you with the appropriate caregiver.
- When will my baby sleep through the night?
Most baby care books say that sleeping through the night amounts to 5 or 6 hours and many methods involve “crying it out” with the promise of results when the baby is 4 months of age or older. We think that’s crazy! With the Gibson method, many full-term, healthy babies will sleep 6-8 hours a night by 6 weeks of age and 10-12 hours a night by 12 weeks of age. Every baby is different, but with our magic methods your little one should be sleeping through the night somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks of age.