This depends entirely on your lifestyle and expectations. We appreciate that it is difficult to anticipate how long will suit you, especially if you are a first time mother, but we recommend 6-12 weeks if you can. The absolute minimum is two weeks as this will get you through the most intense period upon discharge from hospital.
Some clients choose to book a Maternity Nurse for 16 weeks then employ a nanny to take over. If this is your plan and it is your first baby, it is important that the nanny has young baby experience. Our sister agency, Imperial Nannies, can assist you with the nanny hiring process.
You may also consider booking a Maternity Nurse who lives in 24/6 for the first 4 weeks, then changes to a ‘nights only’ booking thus enabling you to care for your baby during the day.
Set out below is a general guide to a full-term baby’s development. For ease, we refer to baby in the masculine context below.