Step 1: Inflate Your Otteroo Floatie*
Remove the cap and pinch the valve while inflating the floatie
When the floatie is fully inflated, release the valve and lock the air inlet
Insert the cap and push the valve stem down into the floatie
Check for proper inflation. Make sure floatie is firm. Re-inflate the air valve, if necessary
*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 (purchased prior to 2020), 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.
Step 2: Check for Air Leakage
Check for air leakage from the floatie by fully immersing the inflated floatie into a large container of clear water with no bubbles to check for any air bubbling from the floatie
Step 3: Set Up the Tub
Fill your tub to the maximum level. The baby is most comfortable in water deep enough to float
Adjust water temperature to that recommended by pediatricians for infant baths. In hotter weather or if the baby is more active, use cooler water to prevent overheating
Step 4: Buckle Up
Unbuckle the straps and open the floatie outwards to place it around the baby’s neck
Secure the baby’s chin on the chin rest, located directly across from the straps
⚠️ The space between the baby’s neck and inner rim of the floatie should feel snug. You should be able to easily fit, without using force, one finger through the space between the inner rim of the floatie and your baby’s neck (it’s easiest to test this if you go from the top down, near the baby’s ear).
Step 5: Get Your Baby In the Water
Gently lower the baby into the tub by holding onto the baby’s body
⚠️ Never hold the baby by the floatie, in or out of the water
⚠️ ACTIVE BABY & SAFETY:If you have an active baby who likes to kick and jump around the tub causing the floatie to hit the sides of the tub repetitively or with force, move to a bigger tub. Like 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 floatie
Step 6: Get Your Baby Out of the Water
Lift the baby out of the water by holding onto the baby’s body
Unbuckle both straps and gently remove the floatie from the baby
✔️ My baby weighs between 6 lbs and 18 lbs (2.72 kg and 8.1 kg) and is at least 2 weeks old (MINI) / between 9 lbs and 35 lbs (4 kg and 15 kg) and at least 8 weeks old (LUMI)
✔️ The floatie is firmly inflated and the air valve is closed and pushed in
✔️ Check for air leakage from the floatie by fully immersing the inflated floatie into a large container of clear water with no bubbles to check for any air bubbling from the floatie
✔️ Fill your bath tub to maximum level so your baby can be in an upright position
✔️ Place your baby in the floatie with chin on the chin rest
✔️ Buckle straps and make sure they are secure
✔️ Place your index finger between the baby’s neck and the inner rim of the floatie to check the fit. The fit should feel snug. If you can easily slide your finger around the baby’s neck, the floatie may be too big
✔️ 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
✔️ Water temperature: Be sure the water temperature is acceptable for infants
✔️ 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 floatie for longer than 20 consecutive minutes
Helpful Tips for Skeptical Babies
Put the Otteroo on yourself (or another adult or sibling) to show your baby it’s OK!
Let your baby play with the Otteroo outside the water first to get accustomed to it.
Make sure the water temperature is not a shock! Acclimate them first before putting on the Otteroo.
⚠️ Warning – Please Always Make Sure:
Your baby weighs at least 6 lbs (MINI) / 9 lbs ( LUMI)
Your baby’s umbilical cord has fallen off
Check with your pediatrician if you have any concerns
Keep all packaging materials away from the baby after opening. Do not let the baby play with them
Never remove your eyes from your infant for even one second and always stay within arm’s reach of your infant while in the water
Do not use as a lifesaving device or swim aid
Check for air leakage and firmness of the floatie – proper inflation is critical in ensuring the structural integrity of the floatie and preventing accidents