Baby Nurse Interview Questions

Questions to ask a newborn care specialist or baby nurse

The interview is very important when choosing a newborn care specialist or baby nurse. This list provides suggested questions to ask a baby nurse during a phone or in-person interview.

Background

  • How long have you been a baby nurse?
  • Are you an RN?
  • Are you a certified infant care specialist?
  • Have you recently been CPR certified? When?
  • What were the lengths of time for most of your assignments?
  • Do you have any experience with twins or triplets?

    Feeding

    • Can you help me with breastfeeding?
    • Do you have any experience with pumping and supplemental feedings?
    • What are your thoughts on supplementing with formula during breastfeeding?

    Sleep Schedule

    • Can you help get my baby on a sleep schedule?
    • What is your method for getting a baby on a sleep schedule?
    • Have you worked on cases where the basinet has been in the room with the parents? What was your approach to feeding and sleeping when the baby was in parent's room?
    • How old do you think the baby should be before you start a sleep schedule?

    Taking Care of the Baby

    • What type of things do you do to entertain or sooth the baby? Read? Sing? Hold?
    • Do you believe in letting the baby cry?
    • If so, for how long?
    • Do you have an opinion about putting the baby in a bassinet versus a crib?
    • Do you have an opinion about the baby sleeping in their own room?

    Special Needs

    • Do you have any experience with preemie babies?
    • Do you have any experience with monitors?
    • Do you have any experience with colic?
    • Do you have any experience with sleep apnea?
    • Do you have any experience with reflux?
    • Do you have any experience with ear infections?
    • Do you have any experience with allergies?

    Medical Concerns

    • Will you go to the baby’s doctor appointments with me?
    • Are you experienced with caring for a circumcised penis?
    • How do you care for the baby’s bellybutton?

    Cost & Timing 

    • What do you charge?
    • How do you like to be paid?
    • When do you like to be paid (daily, end of week, etc)
    • When are you available?
    • Do you have a job right before I’m due, or shortly after your time with us would end? If yes, what if I deliver early or late?

    Other Questions

    • Do you have experience with baby proofing?
    • Will you help set up and organize the nursery?
    • What did you find the most challenging or difficult working with first-time parents?
    • Will you help with the baby’s laundry, etc.?
    • How often do you take a day off?
    • On your day off, would you arrange for a replacement for yourself?
    • Is there any special food you’d like me to keep in the house for you?
    • Can I please have 3 parent references to call?

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