Welcome to your new career as a professional Newborn Care Specialist.
A newborn care specialist (NCS) focuses on all aspects of infant care in the first 3-4 months, offering physical care to newborns, advice on newborn development, and help in establishing daily routines. A NCS also receives specialized training in implementing healthy sleep habits for newborns, breastfeeding support, postpartum care, and multiples and preemie care.
Become a Newborn Care Specialist
During this course, you will be expected to complete weekly modules and quizzes by the end of each week. The quizzes are not punitive; they inform your instructors on any areas where you may need additional training, and helps guide our discussion during your live sessions.
We will culminate this training with a final exam that will be a recap on all that you have learned.
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This hybrid training will be online and also includes sixteen (16) hours of live sessions/coaching with your instructors and your cohort of students.
Live sessions are Sundays for three consecutive weeks.
Your weekly online curriculum contains videos, reading, homework, and weekly quizzes to accelerate your learning of the basics of newborn care, child development, supporting mothers through the postpartum period, how to craft a healthy infant sleep schedule, how to confidently offer breastfeeding support, and foundational tools you need to grow your business fast.
After all modules are finished you will receive your certificate of completion of a 16 hour live session and NCS course.
Prerequisites: Must have prior experience working with infants in a professional setting, either as a nanny, doula, teacher or as a daycare provider (or similar capacity). If you have not had any prior experience with infants; we can refer you to a program more geared toward your needs and then after successful completion, you can return to take this program. Minimum age: 18 years old.
- How To Navigate
- Newborn Care Training Workbook
- [Part 1] What is a Newborn Care Specialist?
- [Part 2] What is a Newborn Care Specialist?
- [Part 3] What is a Newborn Care Specialist?
- What is a Night Nanny?
- What is a Baby Nurse?
- What is a Night Nurse?
- What is a Doula?
- What is a traditional Nanny?
- Do I need to be Certified?
2. The Newborn
The responsibility of a Newborn Care Specialist is to figure out the newborn’s needs before they ask or cry. We are on a journey to equip our Newborn Care Specialists with the knowledge to anticipate their needs.
3. Caring For The Newborn
The Newborn, Head to Toe
The Newborn Head Appearance & Care
The Newborn Head Facial Appearance & Care
Concerns of the Head & Neck Part 1
Concerns of Head & Neck Part 2
Characteristics of Caucasian & non-Caucasian Babies
4. THE NURSERY
[Part 1] The Nursery Must Have List
[Part 2] The Nursery Must Have List
5. CARING FOR PREMATURE BABIES
[Part 1] Special Needs of Preemies
[Part 2] Special Needs of Preemies
[Part 3] Special Needs of Preemies
Swaddling a Preemie Baby
6. THE POSTPARTUM MOM
[Part 1] Caring for a Postpartum Mom
[Part 2] Caring for a Postpartum Mom
Postpartum Mood Disorders
Bringing Up Concerns
Helping Support a Breastfeeding Mom
7. CARING FOR TWINS, TRIPLETS, OR MULTIPLES
Caring for Multiples
Vehicles and Car Seats
Sleep for Multiples
Everyone is Crying
Recognizing Signs of Various Feeding Issues
[Part 1] How to Help Relieve Reflux
[Part 2] How to Help Relieve Reflux
9. TONGUE-TIE / LIP-TIE (ANKYLOGLOSSIA)
Signs of Tongue & Lip Tie
Assessing for Tongue Tie
10. VOMITING AND PYLORIC STENOSIS
Pyloric Stenosis – Symtoms, Signs & Treatment
11. FOOD ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES
Food Allergies & Intolerances
What is the Difference Between an Allergy & Intolerance
The Most Prevalent 8 Allergens That Affect Newborns
To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle
13. SLEEP TRAINING INTENSIVE
The Physiology of Sleep
How Much Sleep Does A Baby Need
14. YOUR NCS BUSINESS
- Getting Your NCS Business Started
- Taxes, Legal, & Insurance Considerations
- Setting Up An Online Presence So People Find You Automatically
Contracts – Do I Need One
What Goes into a Contract
How Do I Get Paid
I have a potential Client on the Phone – Now What?
16. DONE FOR YOU TEMPLATES & RESOURCES
- Follow-along Sales Conversation Scripts
- How to get found by more people searching Google, Yelp, and Care.com
17. ASSESSMENT, CERTIFICATION DOWNLOAD, BONUSES
- Sleep & Cradle NCS Certification Exam
- Download Your NCS Authority Badges
- Sample Documents (Growing Library)
Can anyone living outside the US take the certification course?
Yes!! We are set up to teach students from all across the world. With 24/7 access to the course curriculum, you may complete the course at your own pace.
Will I be certified after taking this course?
Upon successful completion of the NCS prerequisite course, you will receive a certificate of completion and seals to place on your website. This course allows you to obtain your prerequisite as a newborn care specialist.
How long does this certification program take?
16 hours of online coaching, self-paced course work, one 2-hour, 150-question multiple choice exam (must score 80% or higher), and required reading from the list we provide.
Does Sleep & Cradle®️ Operate as a placement agency?
Yes. We do placements only for our certified graduates that prefer not to find their own clients. Additionally, we do teach in the course how to start getting clients on your own.
How can I access the course?
Once you purchase the course, you will receive a login and password to unlock the entire program. The course is all online!
Do I have to launch a business or can I work for an existing agency?
We teach you everything you will need to know to launch your own newborn care specialist business in the course. But if you know you would much rather work for an existing agency, we teach you how to nail the job you want! We can also place you in our network.
What is the Sleep & Cradle®️ refund policy?
Sleep & Cradle®️ does not issue any refunds once the course is paid for. You’ll get and keep access to the course and all updates for life.
Why should I become a certified newborn care specialist?
People choose a career to become a NCS because they are passionate about wanting to make the world a better place. Becoming a certified newborn care specialist can also add flexibility to your life – choosing to work full-time or part-time. You can just work one day a week or work 3 or 4 days a week. A NCS can operate as a side gig to earn extra income. Being a NCS is rewarding and fulfilling.