When you choose a newborn care specialist...
You have the skilled support you need as new parents.
When you're a new parent just about everything feels new. Choosing to work with one of our Newborn Care Specialists means you will have a caring expert by your side. Our job is to ensure that you have a smooth recovery, and the whole family gets the sleep they need. Imagine having knowledgable answers to all your questions and concerns. Your first weeks and months really can feel confident and balanced, so you can focus on bonding.
create a newborn care package that works for you:
Overnight Newborn Care
Our most popular service is overnight care, available for 9-12 hours per night 7 nights a week. GNS provides a professional Newborn Care Specialist (formerly known as a “baby nurse” or "night nurse") who will lovingly care for your newborn while you get much-needed rest. She will bathe the baby, conduct the nighttime feedings, and tend to baby-related chores, as well as answer your questions and support both nursing and bottle feeding parents.
Your Newborn Care Specialist will be experienced in helping babies sleep through the night as early as they are able to do so while using a gentle, no-cry method, often by 12 weeks of age. She will work closely with you to develop a plan based on your needs and a daily assessment of your baby's growth and development.
Your NCS will monitor your darling new baby throughout the night while you get a good night’s sleep, setting you up with a manageable routine for the daytime. Your confidence will grow and your recovery will be smoother with more sleep, less stress, and a supportive expert to answer all your questions.
Please contact us for a customized rate quote.
24 Hour Newborn Care
A 24/7 Newborn Care Specialist (commonly known as a “baby nurse”) is an experienced professional who will provide the emotional and physical support your family will need in the first weeks or months of Baby’s life. She will be on call and available to work 18-24 hour shifts, allowing new parents much-needed rest and therefore a quicker recovery and smoother transition into parenthood.
She will also educate parents on the daily care of their newborn, support breastfeeding and bottle feeding parents, and address any neonatal concerns you have. When she’s not tending to Baby, your NCS will be taking care of all the baby-related tasks such as; baby laundry, bottle prep, and keeping the nursery neat and tidy.
Establishing a routine and getting a baby into a manageable sleeping and eating routine are often difficult for sleep-deprived new parents. Your NCS will gently support your newborn into a routine that works with their natural rhythm, which will develop predictable feedings and healthy sleep habits without harsh "cry it out" methods. She will teach you how to comfort and soothe your newborn, as well as share all her infant care secrets.
A Newborn Care Specialist will enhance your postpartum experience and our clients will tell you that great sleep habits are priceless. We all need our own village of support after having a baby. Book one of our 24/7 newborn care professionals and allow us to be your village!
Caring for Multiples
Are you expecting twins, triplets or more? You’re probably wondering how you’ll manage. Chances are, you also have a list of questions and concerns. Gibson Newborn Services has cared for dozens of twins, triplets, quints, and even a well-known set of sextuplets. We know what multiples parents need and we love supporting these extra special families.
We will help you prepare for your new arrivals with parent education sessions, a nursery list geared toward multiple newborns, and a plan for caring for your babies. Once your bundles of joy arrive, a professional Newborn Care Specialist will help you with the daily and/or nightly care of your babies, as well as implementing the plan for introducing healthy sleep habits. We’ll teach you the time-honored tricks that make parenting multiples a lot more manageable!
Our specialists are experienced in the care of multiple newborns and preemies, as well as the challenges that often come with them. Multiples typically arrive a bit early and need special care in the NICU before they can come home. This can be a scary time for new parents, especially when those previously fragile babies get to come home. We want to give you one less thing to worry about. We have caregivers on the team who not only have experience with preemies, they specialize in the care of the tiniest babies. We also have RNs available for babies who need highly specialized care that is outside the scope of an NCS.
Reflux, Colic & Sleep Support
We have extensive experience with reflux, colic and sleep issues! We find that most new parents have an unrealistic expectation of how their newborn will behave. Many are surprised at how much their baby fusses and how difficult it can be to calm a colicky newborn. Learning to “read” your baby’s individual cues is important when troubleshooting their cries and meeting all their needs. We can teach you how to read your baby, know what to expect, avoid colicky pitfalls, and be an expert baby calmer!
Reflux and colic are common issues that are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Both can be explanations for excessive crying for no apparent reason. Reflux may require medical treatment in addition to several non-medical remedies. Colic, although not medically treatable, can be prevented or managed with help from a Newborn Care Specialist.
The most common complaint from new parents is sleep deprivation. There's a reason it's used as a torture technique; being starved of sleep is brutal. The good news is, we can help! Babies on our program usually sleep 10-12 hours at night by 12 weeks of age without using “cry it out” methods and often times while being exclusively breast milk-fed. While it is perfectly normal for babies to eat at night for 6-12 months, most babies do well weaning from night feedings earlier. Let's talk about your preferences and how our services can help you reach your goals!
frequently asked questions:
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.
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.
Our home office is in Dallas, Texas, but all of our services are available throughout the United States and abroad.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.