Newborn Nightingales Sing the Sweet Song of Sleep for New Parents
Getting a newborn to sleep can be a frustrating challenge.
Sleep-deprived parents will often try anything to help their little one snooze, such as running the vacuum cleaner, cranking down the A/C, going for a drive in the country, or pleading to a higher power.
Failing to get a little shut-eye is so frustrating because it seems like it should be simple. Natural. Peaceful. But parents of newborns are often exhausted, frazzled, and existing on the edge of insomnia-induced delirium. Luckily, it does not have to be that way; Newborn Nightingales can help!
Since being founded in 2012, Newborn Nightingales has helped over 1,000 families get much-needed rest with professional sleep consulting and in-home night nursing.
“We can all use some help after having a baby,” shares Melissa O’Neill, founder of Newborn Nightingales and a mother of three. For over twelve years before launching the company, Melissa worked with newborns as a Labor & Delivery and NICU nurse. And despite having left the hospital environment, Melissa maintains her certifications to ensure she is versed on the latest developments in this field. Today, Newborn Nightingales employs two dozen nurses and night nannies who offer sleep education and relief to parents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and will soon offer services in Houston as well.
“Newborns are so smart, if you put together all the pieces of the sleep puzzle, they can sleep well at night. Great sleep can be taught early and this helps with recovery, parental relationships, and mental health. Our team excels in breastfeeding education, baby care teaching, and helping families rest and adjust to their new normals.”
Melissa is dedicated to helping newborns develop healthy sleep habits and continues to give personal consultations – her favorite thing to do. Night care can begin as soon as the newborn returns home, and sleep training often starts when the baby is around two weeks old, although it is never too late to implement proper sleep habits. Melissa routinely provides consultations for children through the older toddler years.
“Regardless of breast or bottle fed, babies can sleep through the night around 8-10 weeks. We have some babies sleeping great at night as early as 6 weeks. While we love to start early with infants so you can sleep well sooner, it is never too late to sleep train. We can help up until the older toddler age.”
Newborn Nightingales offers a range of customized services, from full-time night nursing to consultations on infant care and healthy nighttime routines. First-time parents are not the only ones who can benefit from Newborn Nightingales’ sleep training expertise; their services are also ideal for parents of multiples, preemies, older children, and children with disabilities – and any other sleep-deprived parent out there.
Fostering healthy sleep habits is essential for babies’ neurological development (and for parents’ sanity). Many new parents take actions that can hinder great sleep development without even knowing it, like putting the baby down to nap fully asleep– a common mistake. “Based on how newborn sleep cycles work, it is very helpful to put a baby down with constant sleep associations. If baby falls asleep one way, they will expect to stay that way for napping and nighttime sleep.”
Whether you’re desperately craving a good night’s sleep or know someone who is, Newborn Nightingales can help. Contact Newborn Nightingales to request a quote for night nursing and/or sleep consultation. The Rest Registry™ is also available to give the gift of sleep to new parents.
Shilo Urban lives for adventure, loves dogs, and reads books like it’s going out of style (which it is). She writes about music, food, art, design, events, and travel – all the good stuff. Raised in the Fort Worth area, Shilo moved to Austin, Maine, Paris, Seattle, New Zealand, and Los Angeles before finding her way home a few years ago. Along the way, she has had over three dozen different jobs, including high school French teacher, record label manager, and farmhand for endangered livestock breeds. She’s traveled to more than 50 countries and always has the next trip planned. Shilo has been a freelance writer for over a decade and has published in Fort Worth Magazine, Fort Worth Weekly, and Afar. Her interests include lost civilizations, jalapeño peppers, and Game of Thrones. She is currently writing a thriller and lives in Fort Worth with her two wiener dogs, Steve and Lenny.