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What is overnight day care?

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Overnight childcare, also known as third-shift childcare, occurs when a nurse or babysitter watches a child overnight. Overnight childcare can both support a child's health and help parents get some much needed sleep, according to Baby Zone.

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Many parents work the third shift, or during nighttime hours, so sometimes overnight childcare is unavoidable. In the United States, slightly over half of children live in homes that have two parents, one of which may be working the third shift, states Baby Zone.

Some parents also use overnight childcare in order to get extra sleep without worrying about their child waking up in the middle of the night. Overnight childcare is especially useful to single mothers of young children who need a full night of sleep on their once in a while.

Baby Zone notes that some younger children are nervous when put to bed by someone other than a parent, and it's best to find someone familiar, such as a relative or family friend, rather than outside care providers, such as babysitters or nurses. It's also important to ensure that if a babysitter or nurse is hired that they are certified for emergency situations like CPR and that they have a license.

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