Love Notes

Sleeping Baby

L.G. Family- D.C.

Shaniqua is fabulous! She was warm, professional, pro-active, and always on time. She started doing overnights with my baby when he was 3 weeks old, and we trust her completely with him.  She often checks ahead to see if there are nights I'd like to reserve ahead of time before her schedule gets booked up.

 

Before I hired her, I checked her other references and found that they also had glowing things to say about her.

Little Baby Feet

W.C. Family- D.C.

We loved Shaniqua! Shaniqua worked with us and our two-month-old for 8 weeks and is an incredibly positive person, responsible and responsive, and has a genuine love for newborns and their well-being. We always looked forward to seeing her - it felt like having another family member who would visit us every night.

 

She also has plenty of experience in seeing many different sleep patterns in babies, which was incredibly helpful as new parents to understand what is ‘normal.’ Along with that, she always had ideas of what we could try and experiment to help our child sleep better and longer, which was so important as his needs seem to change quite regularly!

Red Head Baby

K.M. Family- MD

We started working with Shaniqua approximately two weeks after our (then) 4-month-old daughter was hospitalized for ten nights due to severe acid reflux and milk protein intolerance. My husband and I were in extreme crisis mode, as our daughter was still experiencing bottle aversion, severe cramping, and hours of colic.

 

Shaniqua was instrumental in helping our daughter sleep, self-soothe, and meet weight and growth milestones (e.g. – rolling over, hand/eye coordination, and mimicking).

Newborn Baby

L.B. Family-VA

I'm not sure what we would have done without Shaniqua! She took care of our daughter overnight a couple of nights a week for a few months and our daughter was sleeping through the night by the time she was 4 months old (without having to "cry it out")!

 

She gave us a typed plan that was really helpful in building good sleep habits during the day and the nights when she wasn't here.

 

She was also so amazing at coaching us and answering our millions of questions as things evolved along the way and meeting us where we were. 

Crib Mobile

P.P. Family- VA

Shaniqua was a wonderful help to our family! We started working with Shaniqua for overnight care a

few weeks after bringing our newborn home. Our baby was premature and had reflux.

 

Shaniqua was very patient and attentive to her needs while

working with her overnight. We subsequently used her help during the daytime as well for several

weeks.

 

She was able to get our daughter on a good nap schedule, and she helped her to learn to self soothe in a gentle way and fall asleep in the bassinet on her own. Shortly after, our baby started sleeping 8-10 hour stretches overnight!

 

She has extensive knowledge on newborn and infant sleep and was always willing to share resources and offer ideas for how to assist our daughter to sleep better.

Playing with Toys

K.B. Family- MD

We cannot say enough wonderful words about Shaniqua! Her kind and professional demeanor was a delight to have taking care of our baby.

 

Shaniqua cared for her with such warmth and gentleness as well as always working on new developmental goals like longer naps and strengthening her grip.

 

Our baby has the most fun with Shaniqua dancing, singing, laughing, playing, and reading. Shaniqua even got her to enjoy tummy time with her creative and fun ideas!

 

Her proactive approach to caring for babies insures our baby gets what she needs before becoming upset or fussy- keeping her happy throughout the day.

Smiling Baby

 M.K. FAMILY-VA

Shaniqua B-Dubose was employed as a Newborn Nanny/Nurse for my daughter after her 3rd child was born. I would like to share a review of her performance for those inquiring about references from my perspective, baby's Grandma, who was also present for several weeks after Baby was born.

 

Shaniqua was easy to talk to, understandable, and friendly without being intrusive with any family dynamics. Her experience and calm demeanor was immediately observed which heightened our comfort level.

 

I greatly appreciated her delightful personality and smile. Shaniqua is aware of pediatric development, milestones, and had the ability to merge unobtrusively into family life.

 

baby car seats

H.L. Family-VA

Shaniqua has done evening and nighttime care for our twins for almost three months. She is a wonderful caregiver and is truly exceptional at what she does.

 

When she initially came to work with us we were two very extremely tired people. She came up with a true regimen for our kids and with her guidance, we were finally able to start getting sleep at night.

 

She gave us recommendations based on their age (and adjusted age), weight, and behavior. Our kids have very different personalities so it is imperative that they each have their own rules for sleep.  

 

She also helped us figure out easier ways to feed them both at the same time, and provided us with a child development schedule.

 

I cannot explain how grateful we are to have met her. She has allowed us to have a modicum of life again.

Fatherhood

N.P. Family-DC

"Shaniqua is a real pro. She's confident, kind, knowledgeable, and timely. We felt totally comfortable trusting her with our baby, and she did a great job helping him learn to sleep through the night. She built a great relationship with our older daughter, too. She was always clear in her communication with us and made sure we were all on the same page about expectations. We can't recommend (or thank) her enough. In fact, everything went so well that we still sometimes call on Shaniqua to watch the kids overnight so we can have a romantic getaway. A+"

Baby's Clutch

 A.P. FAMILY-DC

"Shaniqua started with us the day we brought our son home from the hospital. As first-time parents, we really appreciated her instruction in baby care basics. Beyond swaddling and diapering, she taught us how to soothe our son and get him to sleep. This was really helpful to know for example when he was making noises in his sleep, when he can self-soothe, and when he's awake and needs an intervention.

 

He was sleeping 7-8 hour stretches from 4 weeks, which was a huge relief and helped us feel prepared for life with our son after she left. She got our son on a really manageable schedule from an early age which helped us adapt to new parenthood.

 

Shaniqua helped our son's development with tummy-time and age-appropriate play - I loved seeing her sing and dance with him.  She answered our constant questions about his care, development, breastfeeding, and more with research-based information. I would absolutely recommend her as a newborn care specialist and hire her again!"  

 

Newborn

L.M. Family-VA

Shaniqua is professional, reliable and wonderful to be around. She is extremely knowledgeable about newborns and passionate about her work. We were able to trust her with our newborn from the moment she started with us. Shaniqua helped us with our second son and her advice, even as second time parents, was absolutely invaluable in our first months with our son. We continue to use her tips each day. She helped us establish healthy sleep habits from the outset and our son was sleeping for long stretches in no time! 

 

Shaniqua stayed on top of our needs and was proactive about offering suggestions to make our lives easier. She not only goes above and beyond during her shift, but she makes herself available for questions and advice via text at any time. Her comprehensive care and advice regarding newborn care, schedules and sleep habits allowed our family to actually enjoy the early newborn phase. I would recommend her as the best teammate for any family with a newborn!

Pregnant Woman in Underwear

E.B. Family-MD

"Shaniqua was a Godsend to my husband and I during our pregnancy journey. She was very hands on.Not only did Shaniqua help us prepare for our baby's arrival, but she sent us a plethora of handouts to read over even after our sessions were over. She provided sample meal plans/eating schedules, beneficial pregnancy videos, pre labor exercises, and more! The day I went into labor, she came over to teach my husband and I how to handle and care for our newborn,including changing and swaddling him. While in the hospital she worked closely with my husband as an advocate and second support system. Even after J.R. was born, Shaniqua continues to check up on us and provide us assistance with newborn care. If I could give 100 stars I would!! I DEFINITELY recommend to any and EVERYONE looking for a doula and I can't wait to utilize her services again in the future!!!"

Pregnant Yoga

 T.C. FAMILY-DC

Shaniqua was a great support during our difficult labor and delivery, both during early labor when she came to our house and during labor at the hospital. Our baby was malpositioned and Shaniqua was able to show us techniques to use to help reposition him and further his progress. She was also a great source of knowledge and comfort as labor continued its progress.

 

Shaniqua was great at liaising between us and hospital staff in order to identify the ways to move forward when it became clear that we would have to change parts of our birth plan due to how things were going. Furthermore, Shaniqua stayed with us after our son's birth in order to help us through our first feeding. Throughout all our interactions with Shaniqua, both in person and remotely, she has been quick to respond, unfailingly clear, knowledgable, and, most importantly, understanding. We really enjoyed working with her.

 

Baby with Toys

V.L. Family-NJ

As a first time mom, I had many concerns regarding my 13 month old’s sleeping and eating habits. He was not sleeping through the night and appeared to be the pickiest eater. We struggled trying to help him get past these challenges. A friend recommended Shaniqua to me and I am forever indebted to her for that. Such a small gesture changed the dynamic of our home. Thanks to Shaniqua’s guidance, mealtimes are no longer stressful and everyone is getting better rest at night! Despite the distance between us, Shaniqua is ALWAYS right by my side to coach me through a challenge no matter the time of day. Each day I grow more confident in helping my toddler through his developmental leaps and creating healthier eating and sleeping habits! She even guided us through bottle weaning!! I was terrified of this process but Shaniqua made it a breeze!! Shaniqua’s kindness, patience and reassuring demeanor put me at ease throughout this journey and I am truly grateful!!

Toddler with Wooden Toys

H.G. Family-FL

We worked with Shaniqua to help our 14 month old drop the bottle as a sleep prop. I was dreading this process, but knew we had to do it because of some upcoming life events. Shaniqua was not only super respectful of our comfort levels and preferences, but offered tactical advice through every speed bump along the way. There was a huge difference in our little girl’s sleep quality within just a couple days and we’re so happy that three weeks later she is now sleeping like a champ in varying locations and cribs as we move across the country. We’re so appreciative of Shaniqua’s bottle-weaning plan and support. She met us where we and our baby were and helped us reach our goals as painlessly as we could have.

baby car seats

 C.K. FAMILY-DC

When we found out that we were having twins, we immediately knew that we were going to need nighttime help and are so happy that our search led us to Shaniqua. Due to Covid, our initial conversations and communications were via phone and email, but even so there was an instant level of comfort when speaking with her. She exudes calmness and kindness, and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to early days and nights with multiples. We knew instantly she would be the perfect fit for our family and were never disappointed!

Shaniqua began helping us the day we came home from the hospital and was with us for the next 10 weeks. She was wonderful in helping us to establish a nighttime routine and set the stage for best sleep practices going forward. She provided detailed logs for each baby every morning so that I knew exactly how the night went. This also made it so easy to track the progress they made each week. She’d check in with me everyday to see how things were going and would continue to offer advice and guidance. Most importantly, I had total confidence in her ability to provide my babies with what they needed through the night. This is more than just a job for her- the true love and tenderness she has for the children and families she works with is a gift. Shaniqua became a real member of our team during her time with our family and is someone I continue to reach out to to this day. I cannot recommend her highly enough! 

 

Newborn

M.S. Family-VA

Thank you SO much for changing my life!! You were able to transition my baby from co-sleeping to crib, out of swaddle and on a schedule! He is really a new baby and thank you for all your patience and answering all my questions! It was great to work with you!

Newborn Baby Sleeping

We do not have enough great things to say about Shaniqua. She is very professional and has made my husband and I feel very safe and comfortable. She has helped us with getting our son to sleep through the night as well as providing great tips on naps and feedings. She has even recommended great toys and exercises through his different stages. From only a few weeks old our son has been great with her and loves their morning songs and play time. We would 100% recommend her and will definitely be using her again in the future!  

 

I could probably go on and on but we really appreciate all of your help! 

Crawling Toddler

HP Family-VA

Hi, I just wanted to thank you so much for your time with our little boy, you definitely changed our life for better! After so many sleepless nights our little one sleeps through the night (7PM-7AM) and has a regular sleeping and feeding schedule. Calling you was the best decision we ever made and we can not thank you enough! I will for sure recommend you to all our friends.

Pregnant Woman in Swimsuit

We loved Shaniqua and how great she was throughout our whole pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. She was such a calming presence and a great resource leading up to being in labor and for the hours during labor. Shaniqua made me feel so comfortable with my body and the process of labor, teaching me many skills to help keep me calm and cope with pain. We had such a positive and empowering experience with her. 

C.K Family-VA

 HP FAMILY-VA