Let Mommy Sleep provides nurturing overnight care to newborns and evidence based education to their parents. Our Registered Nurses (RN) and Newborn Care Providers (NCP) help families transition from hospital to home with their single babies, twins and triplets. Our role is to help parents feel confident and healthy, and to continue the high level of hospital care in the family home. Our Registered Nurse and NCP Profiles are here.
Tom Wicklow, Owner and Operations Director
A United States Marine, veteran business owner and proud uncle, Tom leads the Northern New Jersey team with well rounded experience in business, operations and service to others. Tom came to Let Mommy Sleep because he’s always felt called to help others and has seen the difference overnight care can make in family’s health and confidence. Tom is also a volunteer with Veteran’s charity Operation Chillout. You can read more about his journey here.
Kristen Barrasso, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager
A 10 year Registered Nurse with a focus in Pediatrics, Kristen brings her passion for family centered care to hiring all nurses and caregivers, and providing families with immersive evidence based education in the home. Kristen is also completing the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification to further serve new parents and staff alike. Kristen was also an 8 year volunteer New Jersey Firefighter and is a mother of 2 beautiful girls.
Do the Nurses & Caregivers sleep while they are here?
NO! We do not sleep while caring for your child. Sleeping would mean we are not safely monitoring your baby or responding to their needs in a timely manner.
When a baby wakes in the night to the point of crying and waking someone up, this means s/he's in an advanced state of hunger or discomfort. Our job as professional caregivers is to respond to baby's cues before baby gets to that crying state. This allows baby to have calm, efficient nursing sessions/feeds which then allows them to digest and then rest properly. This is how babies eventually sleep longer stretches through the night.
What licenses and insurance do you have?
Let Mommy Sleep carries the maximum amount of insurance for the peace of mind of our families, our business and our caregivers:
- errors & omissions
- general liability insurance
- Workers Compensation
- caregivers and nurses carry personal malpractice insurance
We also maintain a Better Business Bureau “A+” rating.
Because there is no specific license regarding the care of 1-3 children or newborns at one time, Let Mommy Sleep applied for and won a local government contract award to teach Newborn Care Certificate Courses through the Fairfax Co. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program. Since then we have brought this program to Northern VA Community College and Babies R Us in an effort to bring elevated skills and safety to newborn care.
What exactly happens while the Night Nurse is here? Do I even need newborn care?
The role of the Registered Nurse or Newborn Care Provider (NCP) is to transition families home from the hospital with their newborn, provide evidence based education and ongoing support to parents as needed. This means we provide:
- any and all care of the child while we’re in your home (diapering, feeding, burping, soothing, swaddling, bathing and whatever else your baby needs
- evidence based education to parents
- breast and bottle feeding support
- support getting baby on a schedule and sleeping through the night if that is parents goal
- perinatal care to help mother recuperate from birth
Your baby nurse or NCP will also document baby’s feeding, diaper changes and other relevant info using our documentation App, LMS Live.
What do I need to provide while the nurse is here?
Families need only provide whatever their child needs. Water, formula, breastmilk, bottles, a nasal aspirator, access to diapers and whatever clothing or items you feel baby needs. Caregivers also need a small lamp and comfortable area to monitor baby. (A completely dark nursery doesn't work very well.)
Who are your staff exactly? How can I feel safe with them?
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants carry their Nursing Board licenses. This means they have had clinical training and that our company is accountable to the State Board of Nursing. You can look up your caregiver on your state's Nursing Board.
Our non-clinical caregivers with newborn and infant care experience have either 5+ years of private duty experience or have passed the Newborn Care Provider (NCP) certificate program that is part of the Fairfax Co. and NVCC Home Health Aide Curriculum.
Background checks, vaccinations and flu shots are compulsory and the night nurses are happy to share these with you. Meet the team here!
I am having twins! HELP!!!
We adore multiples! Remember most multiples are born preemie size, meaning that they need to eat every 2 hours, rather than every 3. This translates to 12 feeds per day for each baby…or 24 feeds in 24 hours!
LMS night nurses and Newborn Care Providers can easily handle all nighttime feeding, daily planning and allow the babies to get on the same schedule.
I’m breastfeeding, what’s the point of having a night nurse?
In the first nights home from the hospital your LMS nurse offers lactation support through your breastfeeding session to ensure nursing is off to a successful start. She will then provide all care after baby has nursed; changing, burping, diapering and soothing back to sleep.
As the nights weeks go by and baby becomes more wakeful, a Newborn Care Provider still supports mom through her nursing session and also allows mother to sleep during baby's wakeful times.
How do the Nurses and NCP's document my baby's activity through the night? How do I know what's happening?
We have our own in house App called LMS Live. LMS Live is our charting system which documents babies feeding time, duration, diapers, time back to sleep and all other notes about baby's night. Additionally caregivers can provide continuing education to parents by attaching studies, videos or other helpful information. This allows our families to have a real-time log of baby's activity and also allows us to see patterns emerging related to baby's sleep.
We also use a good old pencil and paper and this Eat-Activity-Sleep log so families have the information in written form as well.
Do you serve Military families?
We have a 501c3 non-profit extension called Mission: Sleep which provides free, overnight newborn care to military families and first responders where one partner is deployed, wounded or deceased when baby is born. Donations are always welcome. Because Mission SLeep is run through our admin office, over 90% of your donation goes toward providing care (the other 10% goes toward web hosting, insurance and marketing).
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
Yes! We have a Sleep RegistryTM which allows friends and family to donate to new parent accounts for NO charge. Gift Certificates are also available anytime. You can contribute to a Sleep Registry or purchase gift certificates here.