Tips and safety | Otteroo Baby Floatie

otteroo is made with high grade PVC and we have been certified by a United States Consumer Product Safety Commission accredited lab to be lead-free and phthalate free (DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DNOP, DIDP).

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when using your otteroo for the first time! 

  • Proper Inflation: 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.
  • Air Leakage: 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.

  • Water Level: 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.

  • Proper Placement: 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.

    ESSENTIAL CHECK LIST FOR PARENTS PRIOR TO EACH USE
    • My baby weighs between 9 and 35 pounds and is at least 8 weeks old
    • Top and bottom air chamber 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

    QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

    Your confidence in the safety of the otteroo is of utmost important to us. Please be sure to read our FAQ page and contact us with any questions at 415.236.5388 or hello@otteroo.com.