The Art of Swaddling

As the Newborn Care Director for TLC in St. Louis and Miami, I love to share articles about caring for newborns and their families. Many parents are looking for information about keeping their newborn safe and secure. TLC is  partnering with Parenting Resources to train postpartum doulas, newborn care specialists and baby nurses so that they can assist new parents.

This article by a mom talks about the benefits of swaddling. Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It can keep your baby from being disturbed by his or her own startle reflex, and it can help keep the baby warm for the first few days of life.  Do you remember trying to swaddle your babies once you came home from the hospital?

“Swaddling is an art, really, and through two children, I never mastered it. Both of my babes were happy and content in the hospital, when they were wrapped like little burritos by those capable nurses in the postpartum unit. That all went downhill once we got home. I tried to re-create those magical bundles, but no matter what I did, within minutes their arms had busted out, and they were anything but calm. It was my first mom fail.”

Click here to read the full article and get the step-step-by step instructions on how to swaddle like a pro!


Welcoming Home Your New Baby

Welcoming a newborn baby is an exciting and joyous time. However, caring for your baby, yourself and your family can be overwhelming.  Many families look for help during this happy and exhausting time.  TLC for Kids has newborn caregivers trained to help mom, dad and baby adjust to  life at home. TLC has three different levels of experienced caregivers ready to help.  Postpartum Doulas, a Baby Nurses and Newborn Care Specialists are the most popular caregivers for families with newborns.   How do you know which one is right for you?  Read the brief descriptions below to see which caregiver will work best in your house.

Postpartum Doula

A Postpartum Doula provides support for the mother and the rest of the family. A big part of the Doula’s job is to “mother the mother” and help the new mother recover after birth. Doula’s often focus on education. The Doula can offer breastfeeding and bottle feeding support, help establish newborn procedures and routines, along with other infant care needs. The Postpartum Doula aims to make the mother comfortable and confident in her new role, and to empower the parents to care for their new baby themselves. The Doula can also provide some light housekeeping, errand running and meal preparation. In Miami and Fort Lauderdale Postpartum Doulas can range from $14-$25 per hour.

A Doula’s  hours typically range from 4-6 hours a day, but overnights are also possible. The parents can also decide if they want the Doula every day or just a few days a week. There are certification programs that some Doulas complete through these organizations: DONA, CAPPA, Maternity Wise, or Childbirth International.

Baby Nurse

In South Florida the words “Baby Nurse” typically  mean around the clock infant care assistance. Baby Nurse does not mean the caregiver is a registered nurse. She is typically a non-medically trained caregiver whose main focus is on the infant. The Baby Nurse has a bed in the room with the baby. She is responsible for feeding, changing, burping, rocking, soothing, and swaddling the new baby. The baby nurse may also assist with the infant’s laundry and bottle washing. In the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area a live-in Baby Nurse charges between $200 and $275 per day.

Newborn Care Specialist (NCS)

The responsibilities of the NCS include feeding, bathing, changing the infant, washing/cleaning/sterilizing bottles, and initiating a schedule for sleeping, meals, nap and play time. Other responsibilities include advising and providing any requested consultation on infant needs, swaddling, breastfeeding guidance, cord and circumcision care and nursery organization. An NCS can work days, nights or around the clock. The training a NCS receives can vary from more official groups like Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA) to smaller trainings led by individual agencies or no specific training at all. Many NCS have been providing care to new moms for decades! They bring to the family years of practical experience.

All three caregivers offer overnight services. Which is good because a good night’s sleep is by far the biggest need for parents with an infant! The caregiver typically arrives at 10 pm and stays until 6 or 7 am, allowing parents to sleep and feel well rested for the next day.

For more information, call TLC and ask about Postpartum Doulas, Baby Nurses, and Newborn Care Specialists today.  Or visit the Newborn Care page on our website.   TLC can provide an extra set of loving arms for you and your new baby!



Southern Florida Concierge Event

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Sharon Graff Radell at the TLC for Kids booth





TLC for Kids Miami had a great time at the Southern Florida Concierge  Association Vendors Fair.




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Gregg Radell from TLC for Kids Miami petting a baby tiger.

Sharon and Gregg enjoyed the event at the incredible Miami Jungle Island.  In attendance at the event were tourism vendors,  concierges and hotel guest service employees from some of Miami’s finest hotels.  TLC was able to meet with representatives from the The Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, The Trump Hollywood, The Doral Intercontinental, and The Fontainebleau.  We told them all about our South Miami and Fort Lauderdale Hotel Babysitting Service.

Along with the hotels representatives from some of Miami’s best restaurants and transportation services were there.

The Jungle Island is a fun and scenic Miami venue and attendees were able to pet a baby tiger, a baby kangaroo, and of course the famous “parrot jungle” birds were in attendance.

To learn more about Hotel Babysitting in Miami or Fort Lauderdale visit or give us a call at 305-256-5905.


TLC For Kids: Then and Now

In 1985, Sharon Graff Radell, prepared her college thesis on women working in leadership roles. Through her research, she was inspired by the stories of professional working moms who needed extra child care support that was just not available in the market. She discovered an acute need for high quality in-home child care services.

She decided to fill a niche and create a business that would provide screened, experienced nannies and babysitters with 24/7 availability. When she discussed her idea with a friend who was struggling with the difficulties of balancing work and family, her friend said “if you really want to do something for working moms, do more than just finding nannies; we need back up care and sick childcare.”  In the next 6 months, Sharon started the process of developing TLC For Kids Nanny and Babysitting Service.

Within the next few years the International Nanny Association (INA) was established and began to create standards and recommended practices for the industry. The In-home Child Care industry had became a reality and was evolving from a cottage industry into a major, nationally recognized field.

Since then over 20,000 families have relied on TLC.   TLC has evolved into a full service agency providing professional screening and placements of nannies, temp nannies, hotel babysitters, and tutors.  TLC also provides postpartum Doulas and newborn overnight services for new parents.

Motherhood has been the inspiration that not only created TLC For Kids, but also created an entire industry in the US. In addition to working on her own business, and the INA, Sharon has spent the last 20 years consulting with start-up agencies throughout North America and has provided workshops for new and existing agencies to guide other entrepreneurs in their quest to provide safe quality in-home child care. In 2012 Sharon decided to expand her nationally respected TLC for Kids business into the bustling and ever-growing society of her home city of Miami.

TLC in Miami is thrilled to announce that we have developed an outstanding staff of Miami caregivers comprised of teachers, social workers, degreed professionals, early childhood education students, elementary education students and experienced nannies. Continuing her mission of providing working mothers and their families with the flexibility, support, and trust that they need, Sharon and her team are looking forward to bringing this important service to families throughout the Greater Miami area.



What is a Baby Nurse?

As an expecting or new mom you’ve probably heard the term “baby nurse.”

What is a baby nurse?  Is a baby nurse an actual RN?

Baby nurses are non medical newborn care specialists.  They have years of experience caring for newborns.  Baby nurses may have training and have attended classes on newborn care but are not registered nurses.  In 2006 it was clarified that the term baby nurse could only be used for medically trained nurses.  Nanny agencies now use the term Newborn Care Specialists.

Bringing a baby home can be overwhelming for any parent.  A Newborn Specialist will come into your home during your babies first weeks to help and support you.  She can help with bathing, changing, feeding, burping, swaddling and establishing sleep patterns for your newborn.  She can also help with simple household chores like loading the dishwasher, throwing in a load of laundry, or going to the grocery store.   Remember baby nurses have been working with newborns for years and are happy to help you take care of your little one!

Often times Newborn Specialists work overnight.  These specialists used to be  called night nurses, and take care of the baby through the night so mom and dad can get some much needed rest.  If you choose to breastfeed, the Newborn Specialist will bring you the baby to nurse and tend to the baby until it’s time to nurse again.

TLC For Kids has been providing Newborn Specialists in St. Louis for 15 years. Each of our baby nurses or newborn specialists has been screened by our office.  We also provide an in-house newborn training given by a neonatal nurse.  To reserve a TLC Newborn Specialist visit our website or call Angela at 314-725-5660.