As a local Tampa Bay, Florida Newborn Photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of Tampa’s finest in Newborn Care. One of these is Haleigh with Hush Hush Little Baby. I am apart of many Tampa Mom Groups and see how helpful it is to have a unique resource in Newborn Care. I asked Haleigh to introduce us to what HHLB is all about and what we can learn from her company.
Introducing the Ultimate in Newborn Care in Tampa, Florida..
Since founding Hush Hush Little Baby Newborn Care, I’ve become quite familiar with the question “What exactly does your company do?” As Tampa’s leader in newborn care, we specialize in overnight newborn care, lactation consultations, 24-hour care, and birth doula services.
Our newborn care specialists and doulas provide everything a family needs to help ease the transition while welcoming their newborn home. This typically includes a combination of education and assistance to help the parents care for their newborn and help them get some much-needed sleep. We’ve essentially taken the role of a “baby nurse” or “night nanny” and elevated the position to that of a skilled professional Newborn Care Specialist or Postpartum Doula. This way, there’s no doubt about the skill level or credentials of the caregiver and our families can sleep easy knowing their baby is in good hands.
While Hush Little Baby provides a full spectrum of newborn care services, we consistently get questions about healthy sleep habits for their newborn. These are some of the most common questions we answer on a daily basis.
How can I help my baby fall asleep?
The best thing you can do to help your baby fall asleep at night is to create a great sleep environment. This means their room is completely dark, with a white-noise machine and a cool temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. The hour leading up to bedtime is also very important. Give them a warm bath and minimize noise or other forms of stimulation. Lastly, ensure you’re putting your baby to bed before they become overtired.
How much sleep does my baby need?
Newborns (birth to three months) require 16-18 hours of sleep a day (American Academy of Pediatrics).
When can I expect my baby to sleep through the night?
Sleeping through the night means something different for each family. I consider a period of 6-8 hours of continuous sleep a success. Some babies sleep through the night at 4 months, but for others it may take up to a year. How many naps should my baby have (and when)?
Newborns spend more time asleep than they do awake, but after four months, they should maintain two or three scheduled naps a day. What can I do if my baby just won’t sleep?
Go back to the basics and evaluate the baby’s sleep environment and bedtime routine. If all else fails, our newborn care specialists provide sleep consultations as well as overnight care. Reaching out for a little help is a small investment that can save you many sleepless nights.
Should I worry about SIDS? How do I keep baby safe while they’re sleeping?
All new parents should take time to educate themselves about SIDS prevention. A great place to start is the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction.
Haleigh Almquist is the Founder & CEO of Hush Little Baby Newborn Care. As a certified Newborn Care Specialist, Lactation Counselor, and Postpartum Doula, she has been nationally recognized as an expert newborn care provider and educator. For more information about newborn care or doula services, visit www.hushhushlittlebaby.com