Monday, July 14, 2008

Baby Cries at 2 A.M.? No Need to Get Up

Slogging through endless nights with a newborn baby has long been a parenting rite of passage. But for some dual-income parents, the arrival of the night nanny is making those 2 a.m. interruptions a thing of the past.

Demand for overnight nannies — also known as newborn specialists — has been growing, especially in the last five years and largely in major metropolitan areas, said Wendy Sachs, the co-president of the International Nanny Association and the founder of the Philadelphia Nanny Network.

“People have moved away from the places they grew up, and they don’t have family down the street to help them out,” she said.