If you're struggling to cope with your newborn baby a night nanny might just be the answer.
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Nina Sebastiane: For many new parents, the joy of their new born baby is quickly tampered by the nightmare of sleepless nights as their little bundle of joy suddenly turns into a nocturnal wailing monster. Well, Anastasia Baker from Night Nannies is here to help give you the nights of uninterrupted sleep that you can only dream about. Welcome Anastasia, and Amelia and Alexander as well, we mustn't forget. Now, why did you setup Night Nannies? Anastasia Baker: Well, Alexander and Amelia were my inspiration. Al came very soon after Amelia and all I was worried about were the sleepless nights. And I was working at the time. And I rang up about 18 agencies to try and get some help at night and they all couldn't help me, they thought it was a very strange request. So, I eventually found somebody and she was just fantastic. Just three nights a week, that's all I had, but it was enough to get off the exhaustion of getting up there or four times a night and trying to be in a sane and alert stage of mind to work in the day. Nina Sebastiane: So, what do Night Nannies do for you when they turn up then? Anastasia Baker: Well, they arrive at 9 and leave at 7 in the morning. And they are there to do what a maternity nurse would do, i.e. sort out any sleep or feeding problems. Organize, any sleeping routines that need to be organized, if your baby is up all night. If they got colic or reflux, the nanny will hold them and sort them out. And give advice on breast feeding or any issues like that. Organize the nursery and sort out a good routine for you to follow. Nina Sebastiane: And Anastasia how many nannies do you have on your book? Anastasia Baker: A 120 now, all working out around London area and we've got 8 franchises around the country, in all the sort of major counties. So, I think overall, maybe 300 or 400 working around the UK. Nina Sebastiane: And what qualifications do you need to become a night nanny? Anastasia Baker: A real mix, but obviously have a lot of new born experience because most of the babies are a few weeks old. And we've got a lots of mid-wives, a lot of pediatric nurses that work at Great Ormond Street in the day and they want to do maybe two or three nights a week for us. Nina Sebastiane: Yeah, great! And I remember from my first baby being born, those first two or three weeks are just awful. Because you've hardly recovered from the birth and you're kind of literally pulling yourself up and my partner was great and he kind of did the shift with me. But still, it was really tough and especially with the breast feeding. But how can, say that the night nanny help, if you were breast feeding for example? Anastasia Baker: Well, they can bring the baby in, for a feed in the middle of the night. Because the feeding only takes a few 20 minutes. It's all the settling and sorting out after that, the winding can take up to an hour, and so they can do that. Or you can express some milk, for the feed at night, for the nanny to give. Or you can just come in and do the feed and then leave and the beauty of it is, you don't have to worry about changing the nappy or sorting out the winding and the burping and all of that. Nina Sebastiane: Now I mean, you've worked in the media yourself. And it sounds like a very extravagant thing to be able to organize. How expensive is it to book a night nanny? Anastasia Baker: Prices start from £60 a night, and it is a luxury -- the average person does maybe 2 or 3 nights a week and they get the same nanny who comes back week after week until they don't need her anymore. So, it's usually, you cannot expect the baby to sleep through the night, until they're 4 months old, when they're on solids. So, it's a lot of getting up in the night. So, I just think to treat yourself, don't go out for dinner, just have a night nanny instead. Do you know what I mean? Nina Sebastiane: For a night out, here you go, what price is a goodnight sleep, I suppose? Anastasia Baker: Exactly! Nina Sebastiane: Alexander, wh
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