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dycey Tue 09-Aug-11 16:32:04

I have a newborn and kind PILs have offered some cash for a night nanny for a few nights. I am breastfeeding and want to feed on demand but could do with a night of more sleep and less nappy changing / settling after feeds. Anaemic from the labour and have a sick toddler - but only want help if it can be v sympathetic.... I mean someone who just brings me baby to feed and helps her sleep.... No crying, no routine, no interference or guidance!

I might sound a bit annoying but am pretty tired!

Can anyone recommend a breastfeeding suitable night nanny agency?

Am in London and thanks for any tips!

Octaviapink Tue 09-Aug-11 19:23:00

Oh you do sound tired. How about someone to look after your toddler for a few days instead? Much more demanding than your newborn, surely. Also, hope you only change after feeds for a poo!

dycey Wed 10-Aug-11 12:54:13

O thank you - feeling a bit better after a few more hours.... Sleep.

Baby just wants so much winding before she will sleep on her back. Then the next feed comes around!

PrincessOfWails Wed 10-Aug-11 13:27:38

We used NightNannies here and the nanny we had was great (although DS was older, and he started to refuse a bottle - not linked - so we stopped after a few sessions!), she was supportive of bfing, and brought DS in to me for feeds, and then whisked him away for settling (he was also windy and a bad settler)!
They do seem to pride themselves on being keen on bfing.
Can you express and give your DD a bottle (for the nanny, obv - this is what I did before DS refused the bottles!) or is it too early? Ignore that if I'm being annoying!
We're in London as well.

mumeeee Wed 10-Aug-11 14:20:43

I would go for someone to take tour toddler out. Wouldn't have liked a night Nanny at all. But that's just me.

dycey Wed 10-Aug-11 14:52:13

Thanks for the recommendation princessofwails... Think it's too early to express as she's only 6 days old!

Mumeee, I never liked the idea of a night nanny before but I think it's so early she won't notice - much later and I would feel worried about that. Plus my toddler was a pretty demanding baby in the night and still needs my attention so I kind of feels it's a last chance saloon for any kind of sleep........pregnancy stopped me sleeping.

Maybe she'll miraculously be a good sleeper???

Thanks all for your thoughts. Realise I ought have titled this thread! Thank you for reading it anyway!

PrincessOfWails Wed 10-Aug-11 15:10:27

Ooh, yes, much too early - 3 weeks to go though! wink
DS was 4 mo when we got the nanny, and he was fine - she was also v. sensitive to my needs and his.

My DS2 is 4 weeks old now and a better sleeper than DS1. smile Hope this is true for you too!

dycey Wed 10-Aug-11 15:22:00

O that encouraging princessofwails (good name)... Encouraging about the sleep and also about the agency being sensitive.... I am off put by so much of these agencies' literature being about sleeping through the night and sleep training... I was v bad at the training last time - we got there more naturally....

SuiGeneris Thu 11-Aug-11 14:07:22

I know of an OFSTED registered nanny who might be able to help for a night or two a week. She is very gentle, quiet etc. PM me if you want to know more.

yawningbear Fri 12-Aug-11 20:22:32

Hi Dycey, no recommendations but just wanted to say Congratulations! I hope you find someone good to help out and that you can get some rest/sleep, sounds like you need it smile

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