- Keep all packaging materials away from the baby after opening. Do not let the baby play with them.
- For Otteroo Classic, inflate the bottom chamber of the floatie first. Close the valve and push into the floatie to lock the air inlet. Then, inflate the top chamber.
- For Otteroo Lumi, Inflate the inner chamber of the floatie first. Close the valve and push into the floatie to lock the air inlet. Then, inflate the outer chamber.
- Prior to placing the floatie on the baby, completely immerse the inflated floatie into a large container of water such as in the bathtub or sink (clear, no bubbles) to check for any air bubbling from the floatie that may indicate air leakage.
- Gently squeeze floatie to check for complete firmness of the floatie.
- Unbuckle the adjustment straps and open the floatie outwards so that it can be placed around the baby’s neck.
- Secure the baby’s chin on the chin support. Position adjustment buckle at the back of the baby’s neck and then buckle. Make sure that your index finger cannot easily fit in between the baby’s neck and the inner rim of the Otteroo. It should feel snug.
- Do not let baby strongly kick the bottom of the tub while using the floatie. Doing so might cause them to flip over.
- Baby’s body should be entirely immersed in water with feet touching the bottom of the tub and standing upright.
- Adjust water temperature to the temperature for infant baths recommended by pediatricians. If the baby is more active or in hotter weather, use cooler water to prevent overheating.
- Place the baby in and out of the water only by holding onto the baby’s body. Never hold the baby by the floatie.
ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST PRIOR TO EACH USE
- My baby weighs between 9 lbs/4 kg and 35 lbs/15 kg and is at least 8 weeks old.
- Both air chambers are firmly inflated.
- Both air valves are closed and pushed in.
- Check for air leakage from the floatie by completely immersing the inflated floatie into a large container of water (clear, no bubbles) to check for any air bubbling from the floatie.
- Palm test. Fasten the buckles, then place your palm in the area near the buckles on the inner rim of the floatie, diagonally across from the chin rest, and push away from the center. You should experience some resistance and not be able to easily push out or expand the interior space if the Otteroo is properly inflated.
- Place the Otteroo on your baby with chin on the chin rest.
- Buckle straps and make sure they are secure.
- Finger test. Your index finger should not fit easily between the baby’s neck and inner rim of the floatie.
- Check the water level (see “Water Level” on top).
- Water should not be too bubbly or soapy.
- Be aware of protruding objects such as the faucet spout and items that can fall such as shampoo bottles and toys.
- Check the water temperature.
- Do NOT turn eyes away from the baby while the baby is in the water and stay within arm’s length.
- The baby should not stay in the tub with the Otteroo for longer than 20 consecutive minutes.
OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
As is the case with all inflatable products, proper inflation is critical to ensuring the structural integrity of the floatie and preventing accidents. Inflate both the top and bottom air inlets, starting with the bottom inlet. The floatie should feel firm once inflated. The two circular openings will still remain flexible so that the floatie can spread outwards for easy placement on the baby’s neck.
*** To test for proper inflation: Fasten the buckles, then place your palm in the area near the buckles on the inner rim of the floatie, diagonally across from the chin rest, and push away from the center. If the Otteroo is properly inflated, you should experience some resistance and not be able to easily push out or expand the interior space.
Prior to EACH use, check for air leakage by inflating the Otteroo. Then, completely immerse the inflated floatie into a large container of water such as in the bathtub or sink (clear, no bubbles) to check for any air bubbling from the floatie that may indicate air leakage.
Fill the bathtub with enough water so that the baby’s body is entirely immersed in the water but the feet can still touch the bottom of the tub. Feeling the bottom of the tub with the feet provides the baby with a sense of security especially when trying out a new object. The depth allows the baby to “walk” around the tub.
When placed properly, the baby’s chin should be cradled on the cushioned chin rest. The Otteroo should feel snug and comfortable around the baby’s neck. If your baby starts to cry or fuss, it could be a sign that the floatie is not positioned properly or the baby just isn’t in the mood for the Otteroo or bath. When in doubt, take the Otteroo off and try again later.
*** Finger test. If properly placed, your index finger should not fit easily between the baby’s neck and inner rim of the floatie.
Active Baby & Safety
If you have an active baby who likes to kick and jump around the tub causing the Otteroo to hit the sides of the tub repetitively or with force, move to a bigger tub. Like with any inflatable product, excessive and repetitive force can cause the air valves to unlatch, the seams to break, buckles to unlatch, or cause other damage that will weaken the Otteroo.
- WARNING: Drowning hazard.
- This is not a lifesaving device or swimming aid.
- To prevent serious injury or death, never leave child unattended and always stay within arm’s reach of the baby while in water.
- Check for air leakage and firmness of the floatie – proper inflation is critical to ensuring the structural integrity of the floatie and preventing accidents.
- DO consult with physician prior to use. DO NOT use if the baby has motor developmental concerns such as airway, digestive or oral/facial anomalies, any current respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, or any other serious medical condition. DO NOT use if the baby has severe eczema or skin allergies.
- DO NOT use for babies who are less than 8 weeks old. Minimum weight is 9 lbs/4 kg. Maximum baby weight is 35 lbs/15 kg.
- DO NOT use in turbulent or flowing waters. Use only in a controlled water environment. DO NOT allow baby to be splashed on, tipped over, or placed near any fixture that can potentially strike the baby.
- DO NOT lift baby by the neck float. Adult must hold baby’s body when lowering or lifting baby in and out of water.
- DO NOT use more than 20 minutes at any one time. DO NOT use within 1 hour of feeding the baby.
- DO NOT over inflate or use high-pressure air to inflate.
- DO NOT give baby any play accessories that can potentially damage or puncture this product.