I'm newly registered and have a nearly 12 week old boy. He's never been a good sleeper and I've had insomnia and PND. Have hit a point when husband and I are both just wrecked. Does anyone know if I can find a night nanny for tonight? Is it best to call an agency?If so please pass on names/numbers etc! If any suitable nannies are reading this, please contact me! We are in SE24, S London.
You know he might not sleep until he's 4 for quite a while?
Have you got your own night time routine sorted out? Until DS was 2ish DH did any wakings between 9pm and 1am and I did 1am - 6am (when we all got up to get ready for work). This way we were both guaranteed at least 4 unbroken hours.
After 2 we just started letting him get in our bed if he woke up, which he still does, although with decreasing frequency, at 4.5. Not ideal but prevented us from dying of sleep deprivation.
What we did with DS when the sleeplessness just got too much, was take turns so we each got a solid 4 hour block of sleep. That made such a difference!
I expressed a bottle of milk ready. Then I fed DS and went to bed as soon as DH got in from work (about 6pm). DH then had DS from 6pm until 10.30pm (allowing me half an hour to get to sleep, then four hours of sleep). He then went to bed and I stayed up with DS. I'd get little bits of sleep in the night but that four hour block enabled me to cope.
I'm sorry things are tough for you at the moment. We thought about a night nanny for sleep training but I tried this book "the sensational baby sleep plan" by Alison Scott-wright and got my baby into a routine and helped her to sleep at night. It was amazing and we haven't looked back since. I was in strong anti anxiety medication and needed to sleep and also to have a routine and it did wonders for us all! Good luck.
I am a very experienced (17yrs) nanny/ maternity nanny who does respite night care in South London. I could cover SE24 I am childcare qualified, have police check, 1st aid, Ofsted reg and references. I charge £10 an hour I can't do this evening, but could help any other day this week. Pm me if you would like contact details.
Hope you found someone I have done a number of one off nights for families where they have been so desperate and rang on the day and sometimes they have another odd night again other times not usually down to money as a night nanny isn't cheap although we earn our money especially on a bad night