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You Should Know: Blue Light, Screen Time and Babies

Recent studies show that screen time should be avoided for newborns, infants and toddlers. The major reasons are because screen use can be associated with atypical development, and blue light impedes sleep and natural cycles. This blog, You Should Know: Blue Light, Screen Time and Babies goes into more detail about each.

You Should Know: Blue Light, Screen Time and Babies- Why it Matters

Screen use effects all of us really, but newborns, infants and toddlers and particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of screen time. Their systems are still immature so screens and blue light may take a greater toll.

  • Potential Aggression and Behavioral Issues – Early screen use is associated with more aggressive behaviors.
  • Possible Delayed Speech and Sensory Processing – When computers or TV’s are on adults say fewer words, giving infants less chance to learn speech.
  • Developing Circadian Rhythm Disruption – Blue light exposure in the evening leads to confusion between day and night.
  • Melatonin Suppression – Prolonged exposure to blue light after the sun goes down may interfere with the natural increase in melatonin levels, making it harder for infants and toddlers to fall asleep.
  • Fatigue and Increased Potential for Retinal Damage – Visible blue light may potentially be harmful to the human retina as it puts increased stress on the receptors in the eye.
You Should Know: Blue Light, Screen Time and Babies

Infants and Screen Time

While your child may be just fine, it’s important to know that all major pediatric health organizations agree that newborns and young toddlers, babies age 0-2 years old, should not be exposed to screens. Behavioral issues, communication delays and atypical sensory processing are connected to early screen use. This is not to say screens cause these issues, just that they are associated.

As Pediatrician David L. Hill, MD, FAAP says: I hear a lot of parents say, ‘But my baby likes it!’ Infants may stare at the bright colors and motion on a screen, but their brains are incapable of making sense or meaning out of all those bizarre pictures. Babies learn to speak by watching us. So in addition to confusion at what they’re seeing on screen, the amount of words they’re hearing from us drops as well (AAP).

It can be so hard to keep your infant and toddler occupied though! Especially when we have other kids to care for, are working from home and have little to know family support. And how can we (and should we?) control what grandparents or other helpful caregivers are doing? While it sounds hard, the easiest way to limit screens may be to avoid them altogether; taking screens off the table means we have to find other options.

A Deeper Look at the Effects of Blue Light

Blue light is present in sunlight and is a natural component of the light spectrum. If blue light is already present in just about everything we see, why should we worry about limiting exposure in infants? The answer is because artificial exposure to blue light confuses infants’ immature systems.

Developing Circadian Rhythm Disruption – Blue light plays a significant role in regulating the body’s internal clock. We know this as the circadian rhythm. Like adults, newborns and infants rely on a stable circadian rhythm to promote healthy sleep-wake cycles every 24 hours, but babies’ little systems can easily be confused. Any overnight nanny will tell you it’s difficult to flip your sleep schedule because of the strong pull of our natural circadian rhythm!

Melatonin Suppression – Melatonin is the hormone that promotes sleep. Our bodies begin to produce it as a reaction to darkness at night.  Because they are still developing, a child’s melatonin production is sensitive to blue light exposure and blue light, in particular, has been shown to suppress melatonin more effectively than other wavelengths.  Prolonged exposure to blue light in the evening may interfere with the natural increase in melatonin levels. We see this as adults as well!

Poor Sleep Quality and Sleep Disruption – Melatonin suppresion delays the onset of sleep. This delay has a second effect of inhibiting the increase in sleepiness during night. In other words, babies have less restorative sleep.

Fatigue and Increased Potential for Retinal Damage – Babies’ eyes are still developing. Prolonged exposure to blue light from screens at a young age could potentially contribute to eye strain and discomfort. More research is needed to fully understand the long-term effects of blue light exposure on infants’ eye health but we do know it effects the retina in particular.

You Should Know: Blue Light, Screen Time and Babies – The Takeaway and What You Can Do

Screens are everywhere. While it’s difficult to eliminate them altogether, being aware of their negative effects can help parents make the right decisions for their family. Infants and toddlers have sensitive developing minds and bodies that are easily influenced, and as children get older monitoring the actual content becomes more important. Thinking about screen time will be part of your parenting for years to come.

Products are available to minimize blue light as well. Blue light blocking glasses can be used when working on the computer or phone. Screens which block blue light emission can also be placed on your device screens. There are lots of these on Amazon and they are very easy to use.

no need to give screens to newborn twins

Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences

Of course the primary difference between a daytime nanny and night nurse lies in the hours during which they provide care! But there are other ways the jobs of each baby care provider differs. This blog, Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences details the specific roles of each job as it relates to newborn and infant care.

Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences – A Summary

Nannies can care for kids of any age from newborn to school age, so their role in the home can cary widely. Night nannies and night nurses (RN/LPN) on the other hand, specifically care for postpartum families with newborns and infants. While each job and families’ needs vary, the main differences between a daytime nanny and a night nurse are usually:

  1. Newborn Feeding Support
  2. Housework and Pet Care
  3. Transportation and Outings
  4. Infant Sleep Support
Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences
Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences

Looking at the Differences More In Depth: Family Life

First, when using the term Night Nurse it’s important to remember that “Nurse” is a legally protected term. It should be used when referring to an actual Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse. We understand it’s become a generic term but it’s a distinction parents with newborns will want to know.

1. Feeding Support – Breast and Bottle

Is my baby eating enough?” is one of the most common questions parents have when they leave the hospital or birthing center. For this reason, night nannies and postpartum nurses are well versed in feeding support. Additionally, if breastfeeding your newborn is a priority, a night nanny or night nurse will offer lactation support. This often happens during the breastfeeding session itself. A nanny can certainly help too, but is not usually specially trained in lactation.

2. Housework and Pet Care

Housekeeping is a normal part of your family’s day, so daytime nannies are often expected to pitch in with light chores. Sweeping up, wiping down the counters or taking out the garbage can happen multiple times per day! Mealtime for babies who have started solids or older kids is also a typical nanny duty. Food prep, supervising through the meal and clean up afterwards are all part of nanny’s job. When a family has pets a nanny will often be in charge of feeding and taking them out.

If you’re hiring help overnight, you want overnight newborn care providers to keep the home quiet (And the pets are usually asleep too!), so housework isn’t usually an expectation. A night nanny will keep your baby’s nursery tidy and laundry folded though.

Looking at the Differences More In Depth: Baby Care

3. Transportation and Outings

Going on outings to the park with the baby, accompanying you to pediatrician appointments and household errands are part of a daytime nanny’s routine. Make sure your nanny is comfortable using your stroller and car seats safely. Also ensuring your car insurance properly covers the additional driver.

This is of course not the case with your night nanny or night nurse. Travel is not part of the job for your night nanny!

4. Infant Sleep Support

If you’re a parent of a newborn, infant or twins you might be counting the weeks until your baby is sleeping through the night. And that’s okay- none of us are set up for sleep deprivation. For this reason both daytime and night nannies are equally important in helping your baby establish a routine. Daytime nannies help pave the way for long stretches of sleep overnight by making sure healthy feeds, naps and activity are happening each day.

Night nannies anticipate an infant’s feeding times overnight and ensure baby is properly fed, burped and soothed before going back to sleep. When it’s time to begin eliminating overnight feeds, the night nurse or nanny will gently wean formula/milk, eventually allowing baby to sleep through the night.

A Safe Sleep certificate is part of every Certified Newborn Care Providers (NCP) education. Whether providing care during the day or night, your caregiver should be well versed in infant safe sleep and minimizing the risk of SIDS.

Daytime Nanny and A Night Nurse: Unique Differences – Which Should I Hire?

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to deciding what child care is most helpful to you. Sometimes families hire a combination of daytime and nighttime help to ensure comprehensive care for their children. It doesn’t have to be 7 days/night per week, care can happen just 1 or 2 days at a time. There are many reasons for this that include:

  • You and your partner are both returning to work during the fourth trimester, when your baby still wakes up through the night.
  • You have twins or higher order multiples. Twins are usually born at a lower birthweight, so they wake through the night to feed for several months longer than full term babies do.
  • You’ve got older kids not in daycare and not old enough to attend school.

Whether a postpartum doula, night nanny, night nurse or daytime nanny the most important consideration is how the caregiver will support you and your family.

Night nurse smiling in camera while baby sleeps
Daytime Nanny with Newborn Baby

Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, Idaho

From the moment you learn you’re pregnant to those exhilarating first months after your newborn arrives, you might have questions or need a little help. So, our doulas and night nanny team made this list for you! Bookmark Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, Idaho so you can be prepared for the arrival of your baby or twins.

  • Baby Basics Class in your home:  208-647-5337 letmommysleep.com
  • Baby & Me Groups at St. Al’s: 208-367-3454  familycenter@sarmc.org
  • Car Seat Checks: locations throughout the area adacounty.id.gov
  • La Leche League: 646-763-0872. facebook.com/LLLTV
  • Maternal Mental Health Line: 833-TLC-MAMA call or text for immediate help
  • Moms Meet-Up at St.Luke’s: 208-381-9000 stlukesonline.org
  • So You’re Having Twins Class: 208.647.5337 letmommysleep.com/idaho
  • Idaho Care Line: 2-1-1 comprehensive resources and social services
Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, Idaho

Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, Idaho – Get Ready for Baby or Twins

  • Baby Basics Classes – Learn newborn and infant care from a Certified Newborn Care Provider or Registered Nurse. Class happens in your home, and then we stay on-call to answer your questions after baby arrives. In addition to answers to your baby care questions, you’ll learn:
    • Swaddling
    • Safe Sleep, First Aide and Safety
    • “what’s normal” for infant sleep, feeding and soothing and more
    • sign up now!
  • Car Seat Installation – Did you know that 9 out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly? For that reason, Ada County Paramedics offers free infant car seat inspection and installation. They have 6 locations in Boise, Nampa, Meridian and beyond. Schedule a car seat inspection or installation.
  • Baby and Me Group – Every Tuesday from 10-11am, the St. Alphonsus Family Center hosts a FREE support group for all parents and their babies. This is a great way to meet families while also having fun with your baby. No registration necessary! For more info, call 208-367-3454 or visit St. Al’s online.
  • St. Lukes Moms Meet UpGet together with other new moms to talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood. While the group is casual, there are different specialized topics each week. Therefore, the group is facilitated by an RN or Health Educator.
    • Tuesdays in Meridian, 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, 520 S. Eagle Road Shoshone Room
    • Thursdays in Boise, 10:30 a.m.-noon at St. Luke’s Community Education, 211 W. Main St.
  • Baby Twins Class – For parents expecting twins, Let Mommy Sleep Idaho offers newborn care classes specifically for you! You’ll learn safe sleep, newborn care and tricks to make life with twins a little easier. We also help you get the twins on the same schedule, which results in feeding and sleeping at the same time! sign up now

Parent Resources for After Baby Arrives Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding Support and Encouragement Meetings– Every Tuesday from 11-12noon at the St. Alphonsus Family Center. This is another FREE in-person get together that requires no registration. If you’re looking for lactation support for your newborn, infant or twins you can just show up!
    • Liberty Medical Park Building 
      900 N. Liberty Street, Suite 204
      Boise, ID 83704
  • La Leche League of Treasure Valley, ID-The local facebook page for LLL Treasure Valley can help you troubleshoot any challenges as well as provide fellowship and nursing support. In person and virtual meetings are posted here. Additionally, evidence-based newborn, infant and toddler feeding information is right on their regional website, lllutah.org.

Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, Idaho – Mental Health and State Resources

  • Postpartum Support International, Idaho chapter- Visit psichapters.com/id/ or you can call/text 800-944-4773. The mission of PSI Idaho is for you to have access to perinatal support, therefore receiving mental health, providers, education, and resources. This therefore improves overall well-being of new moms, dads and families.
  • 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine – Idaho’s comprehensive database of programs that offer free or low-cost health and human services or social services. Resources such as community clinics and health insurance are in this database, so it’s a great one to bookmark.
  • Idaho Maternal & Child Health – Idaho’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is committed to improving the health and well-being of mothers, infants, and children. They have a special focus on newborn screenings in addition to helping families with children who have special health care needs.
  • National Maternal Mental Health Line – Call or text 833-TLC-MAMA. This Hotline is staffed with professional counselors who provide immediate, real-time support, information, and resources for postpartum mental health issues.

Our team of night nannies, nurses and postpartum doulas are here to help with any questions you might have. Whether you’re pregnant or are in the postpartum phase, we’re here for you. Contact us with your sleep questions, night nanny needs or to connect with new parent support.

List of Postpartum and New Parent Resources in Boise
Postpartum and New Parent Support in Boise, ID

Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas

One of the things we’re most proud of at Let Mommy Sleep is the opportunity for certified newborn care providers in the field to work their way into ownership. And this is exactly how it happened for Khadine Blackwood! Get to know how Khadine helps families in this blog, Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas.

Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas – Meet the Owners!

I decided to open Let Mommy Sleep Dallas because there’s nothing more exciting than helping parents in this new chapter in their life.  In fact, I actually get to *be* a part of that exciting new chapter!

Khadine has been helping babies for her whole life, and working as a professional childcare provider since 2019. She holds her Childcare Director’s License so understands the particular needs of newborn twins and their families. The combination of in-home and daycare environment experience means families can expect reliability and professionalism at all levels of care.

Supporting Khadine with administrative operations is Lorraine Wright, an accounting expert and a mother herself…she is a mother to Khadine!  Lorraine has over 20 years financial and operations experience. This experience means that families and night nanny recruits have a seamless experience nor just in newborn care, but with the administrative part of working with LMS Dallas. 

             

Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas
Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas

Who are Dallas’ Certified Newborn Caregivers and Postpartum Doulas? 

Headed by Khadine, with years of experience as a night nanny herself, the Dallas team of baby nurses and postpartum doulas are certified in Newborn and Postpartum Support (NAPS). This means they’ve received evidence-based training and certification in:

  • Best Newborn Care practices
  • Safe-sleep
  • Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding support
  • First Aid & CPR certification
  • Maternal Health support

Background checks, interviews and sparkling references are also required. Additionally, continuing education in infant care, baby sleep and lactation are also offered.

One of the unique things about Let Mommy Sleep is that we encourage parents to contact us anytime, therefore communicating even after the formal care time is over. This is how we can truly support families. And as Khadine says: Besides the hands-on care, I love getting those update texts once baby starts hitting new milestones!

Certified Newborn Care and Doulas Now Available in Dallas – How You Can Work with Us

  • Corporations – Night Nanny and doula visits are available to Dallas businesses and corporations. Postpartum visits and overnight baby care are game changers in employee recruiting and retention!
  • In Home Classes and Postpartum Visits – Our RN’s not only come to your home to teach, but they also remain on-call for questions that might come up in the future. This way you feel confident and healthy after your baby or twins arrive.
  • Postpartum Doula and Night Nurse (RN) Care – Our certified baby care experts help newborns and infants overnight, helping parents to be healthy and present the next day.

However Team Dallas is supporting families, the mission is nurturing care for newborns and evidence-based education for parents. What’s more, these simple goals instill peace of mind and trust as the doulas and nurses have certification and licensure to back up care.

Lastly, we want to build the best team of doulas, night nannies, newborn care and twins experts! If you’re a baby sleep or other expert, we want to meet you! Apply now or learn more about what it takes to work with Let Mommy Sleep Dallas.

The Experts in Certified Newborn Care Now in San Antonio

Let Mommy Sleep San Antonio brings together two childhood friends and all the best they have to offer San Antonio’s expecting and new parents! Jasmin Brunnelson and Jane Bolalin met in middle school art class in 1990, when they both laughed hysterically over a joke. Now this bond and their individual skills come together to help babies and their parents! This blog, The Experts in Certified Newborn Care Now in San Antonio tells their story.

The Experts in Certified Newborn Care Now in San Antonio have known each other for years!

The Experts in Certified Newborn Care Now in San Antonio – Meet the Owners

Jasmin Brunnelson is the co-owner who onboards experienced and devoted certified newborn caregivers. Jasmin personally connects with each person, ensuring that every night nanny and baby nurse (RN) holds the same values as LMS. We know the newborn and infant phase is fleeting and postpartum recovery can be difficult. Therefore our ultimate goal is to support parents and their babies with non-judgmental, evidence-based care.

Jasmin began her Let Mommy Sleep journey as a certified newborn caregiver, specializing in lactation support in 2013. She moved to the front office in 2014, subsequently becoming an owner of the flagship LMS in Washington DC! She and Jane are now creating the same resource of Infant and Postpartum Support for the San Antonio community.

Jane is the co-owner and case manager with over 23 years of teaching and education experience. Jane loved being a classroom teacher especially relishing her role as an academic interventionist. In fact, her skills translate perfectly to the beautiful partnerships we strive to have with newborn care providers and parents. As Jane says, Communication, early intervention and supporting solutions that work for each individual family are core education values.

Additionally, Jane is married to a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) Derek, who is a crucial part of the night nanny and postpartum doula recruitment process.

Who are Night Nurses and Postpartum Doulas?

San Antonio joins 2 other Texas franchise locations in Dallas and Houston. It’s the 14th franchise in the Let Mommy Sleep system. All of our certified newborn care providers, baby nurses (RN) and postpartum doulas take the same nationally recognized training. This means they’ve received evidence-based newborn and postpartum support (NAPS) certification as well as safe-sleep, breastfeeding and first aid and CPR certs. All education is vetted and approved by a third party medical advisory board.

Last but not least, Jasmin is a mom of 2 boys and Jane is a mother of 3. While you don’t have to be a parent to understand the importance of sleep and safety, both owners often call on their personal memories to serve new families. Peace of mind and experience create those trusted connections with our families…and your babies.

Flag of Texas with Let Mommy Sleep lamp logo on the star
Let Mommy Sleep of San Antonio, Houston and Dallas