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Frequently Asked Questions

Maternity Nursing

A Maternity Nurse is someone who can come into your home after your baby arrives, from one afternoon, overnight or through the day to offer support and encouragement. By employing a Maternity Nurse, new parents will find more time to enjoy the experience with their new baby, feeling more confident and well equipped to face the daily challenges, including promoting positive reactions from other siblings.

A Maternity Nurse is a professional who has expertise in caring for babies, including baby sleep, breastfeeding and early childhood development. All our Maternity Nurses are trained by founder Mathilde, qualified Paediatric Nurse and Maternity Nurse Instructor with A&E experience. We usually recommend Maternity Nurses for babies from their first days of life to about 6 months.

Nannies bring a wealth of experience in looking after children, focusing on areas like learning activities, food preparation and diet planning, entertainment and outings, napping and general child minding. We usually recommend nannies from 6 months, when generally less health-related support is required.

Any time that feels right for you! You can get in touch at any point throughout your pregnancy or after the birth of your baby. We usually recommend an informal chat before your little one arrives to start the conversation and discuss expectations.

We offer pre-birth visits and antenatal sessions to help prepare expectant parents for the baby’s arrival. This would typically include checking the environment (baby items, health and safety), conducting in-depth assessments to identify potential gaps, and discussing any pending concerns.

Families get in touch with us at very different times – some in the early hours of the pregnancy and some weeks after their baby is born. Both are perfectly fine – we just advise you to contact us and secure your booking soon enough to avoid disappointment.

A Night-time Maternity Nurse will:

  • Arrange a phone/video call with you to plan for the visit
  • Arrive, change their clothes, wash their hands and tie their hair up
  • Organise their working station
  • Agree on arrangements for the night, including planning the feeds
  • Prepare the baby bottle(s)
  • Feed your baby
  • Wash and sterilise the bottle(s)
  • Clear their working station
  • In the morning, share feedback on the night and answer pending questions

 

Need Day-time Nursing? The Maternity Nurse will look after your baby and focus on helping with the daily routine, napping and activities depending on the baby’s age, development stage and needs.

Breastfeeding & Feeding

After the first few days, most newborns feed at least eight to ten times in 24 hours. This means your baby could be asking for a feed every 90 minutes to three hours. We can help you manage this by helping you understand a newborn’s digestive system, describing hunger cues and the importance of winding, sharing useful techniques. As your baby gets older, their stomach size increases and they become more efficient at feeding, meaning their feeding frequency will change.

This is a very common question, especially for mums whose newborn seems to want to nurse around the clock, which happens very often. We can help you determine if you are producing enough milk and provide tips on increasing production, if necessary. Most of the time you can find solutions to a low milk supply, so try not to worry. You’ll know if you’re producing enough milk by gauging how many wet nappies your baby produces each day.

Your baby needs to get a good mouthful of breast when they start feeding, taking in as much of your areola as possible, not just the nipple. You’ll know when your baby is latched on properly as it will feel right, and you’ll be able to see your baby swallowing. You should be able to feel your breasts draining of milk and filling back up again later.

Helping your baby to latch on to your breast can take practice, but with support, patience and time, it will become easier. Once your baby is latching on well, you’ll feel comfortable, and your baby will be able to feed happily and easily. There are many different techniques and positions you can try to optimise feeding efficiency and your comfort. Keep in mind that there are no correct positions, but only the position that suits you best.

When your baby feeds, little bubbles of air can become trapped in their stomach. These bubbles can make them uncomfortable and grizzly. By burping your baby, you help them to free up room in their tummy, so they can settle or feed for longer.

There are no rules as to when you should burp your baby. Some babies need burping during their feed, some after. Look for clues: if your baby seems uncomfortable while feeding, have a little burping break.

There are several different ways to wind your baby. Get the technique right and it could provide instant relief for your little one (and less worry for you).

Babies are ready to wean around their fifth month if they can sit up, hold their head steady, and have enough coordination to pick up food and put it in their mouth.

Baby’s first introduction to solids is an exciting time but it can also be stressful for parents. At this stage, some parents like having someone at home for advice and practical demonstrations of the entire weaning process. Some help on meal planning, what to introduce and when, allergy advice, recipes, meal preparation, food storage, advice on baby-led weaning and spoon feeding, infant nutrition and weaning from milk to solids is invaluable.

It’s also good to know the difference between gagging and choking, and what to do in either situation. We can give you medical advice about all of these things, too.

Baby’s Milestones

When your baby’s teeth are on their way, you may notice the following signs of teething:
red and swollen gums

  •  flushed cheeks
  • heavy drooling
  • gum-rubbing
  • biting or sucking
  • sleepless, irritable and unsettled at night
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Every baby is different, and you may have to try a few different things until you find what helps soothe your baby during this uncomfortable time. We can help you find the best solution for your baby.

Every toddler is different, and it will take time for your toddler to master using the potty. Potty training usually starts between 18 – 36 months, but outside of these parameters is also OK. When both toddler and parents are ready, it’s time to start potty training!

Here are some initial tips:

  • Toddlers can be fearful of change, so start slowly and never push them. Don’t be afraid to pause and try again later if it’s not going well.
  • If possible, let your toddler spend some time without their nappy on during the day and keep the potty close at hand. This helps them get used to the sensation of going to the toilet without their nappy on, which is a great first step.
  • Start sitting your toddler on the potty without a nappy for a few minutes at regular times each day, such as after breakfast or before bath time can help.
  • Don’t force your toddler to sit on the potty if they don’t want to. They might begin to associate the potty with negative feelings if they are forced to sit on it unwillingly.
  • Try giving your toddler a book to look at or a toy to play with to distract them so that they will happily sit on the potty for a bit longer.
  • Some children dislike using a potty and prefer to use the family toilet with a child’s toilet training seat added. If you think your child might prefer this approach, give it a try.
  • Praise your toddler whenever they use the potty. Offering your toddler a small reward every time they use their potty, such as a sticker, can also help.
  • If your toddler has an accident, encourage them to use the potty next time rather than disciplining them for getting it wrong. Positive reinforcement goes a long way!

Sleep Training

Sleep training is the process of helping your baby learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep by themselves. During their first few days and weeks, newborns need to feed very frequently and often fall asleep at their mother’s breast or with a bottle. As they get older, the need to feed during the night decreases, which means they can be taught how to fall asleep by themselves, which also helps them stay asleep. There are different sleep training strategies and we can help you find the right one for you and your family.

Healthy sleeping habits are very important for babies, children and adults alike – it is just better to start sooner rather than later as they have a real impact on our daily lives, our mood and ultimately our development. Keep in mind that the older your baby gets, the harder he/she will be to sleep train! Both parents and babies do better when they are well rested, right?

It is recommended to begin sleep training when your baby is around five or six months old, not before due to their developmental milestones. However, all babies (and parents) are different. You may think your baby is ready to learn to settle themselves earlier than six months, or you may think they are not ready until they are a bit older. You know your baby best, get in touch when you think the time is right!

Mathilde Maternity for Professionals

We are regularly welcoming new professionals to our team as a Maternity Nurse or Nanny.

What profiles are we looking for?

  • Paediatric/maternity nurses, nurses, midwifes, nannies, educators, childcare assistants
  • Seasoned experts with extensive experience working with babies and children in the UK or abroad
  • Reliable, passionate and knowledgeable childcare professionals willing to provide best-in-class care and advice to babies and parents
  • Keen to join a company that lives by its ethos: rigour, loyalty and transparency
  • Based in London, but also across the UK or overseas
  • Men and women welcome

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