Sanitation Policies
Infant Room
 
1. Infant Diets
     a.  Each infants diet will be determined by the infants Parent.
        We must obtain and have available written directory instructions
         from the parent of the child and have them  revised as needed.
    b. We must have the infants feeding schedule available in the food
         preparation area. Must be revised as needed and checked
         monthly. 
    c.  We will offer the child formula or milk and nutritionally
         adequate solids
         in prescribed quantities at specific time intervals.
      d.  Label each child’s bottle, sippy cup, etc.
      e.  Refrigerator must be between 33 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 
           and checked weekly.
 
2. Cleaning
      a. Wash food preparation areas before and after use with soap
          and water or disinfecting solution.
      b. Wash all high chairs with soap and water or disinfecting solution
           before and after meals.
      c. Wash all infant’s hands after diaper change and before and after
          meals (wipes may be used).
      d. Wash cribs and playpens with disinfecting solution when child
          used a different crib than usual.
      e. Spray toys after they are mouthed with disinfecting solution and
          air dry.
      f.  All equipment and toys should be washed as needed or once
          a week.
      g. Always keep diaper pail covered and empty twice daily. Use 
          clear plastic bags.
 
3. Staff
    a.  Use proper hand washing techniques before meals, before and
           after diaper changing and whenever in contact with bodily fluids.
     b. Tie long hair back during food preparation.
     c. Use separate burp cloths for each child.
     d. Keep clean and dirty laundry separate.
 
 
 
Infant Fire Drills
Infant Room
 
Infants will be placed in cribs designed for fire drills. a maximum of four infants per crib will be maintained. Cribs will be moved to a designated safe area.
 
Safety Policies for Infants
            a. All electrical outlets will be covered
            b. Plastic bags will be inaccessible to children.
            c. Children must never be unattended on the changing table.
            d. Only approved age appropriate car seats will be used when
                 transporting infants and toddlers.
            e. All cribs and equipment must conform to the Code of Federal 
                Regulations and meet the U.S.     
                Consumer Products Safety Standards.
            f.  Safety belts must be used on all strollers, carriers, swings,
                infant seats and high chairs.
            g. Infants are always attended when using equipment.
            h. Play pen and gates must conform to the Code of Federal
                Regulations.
            i.  Locks and latches will be securely fastened at all times.
            j.  Mobiles and cradle gyms will be securely attached to cribs and
                free from dangling cords. These items will be removed form the
                crib when thechild is able to push up their arms.
 
 
 
Sleeping Policies for Infants
Infant Room
 
Infant Nap Policy
 
            Naps and rest periods are provided. Parents are consulted at the time of enrollment regarding their child’s sleeping patterns and behavior. A record of the child’s sleeping pattern will be maintained by the program on a daily basis.
 
Nap Procedures
a. Each infant will be provided with a separate crib for sleeping
     and resting.
b. Infants will be placed on a waterproof mattress that is covered
    with a fitted sheet.
c. All babies will be placed on their backs to reduce Sudden
    Infant Death Syndrome.
d. Some children may cry before they go to sleep. In these cases,
    parents are to be consulted and any changes in the child’s
    sleep instructions should be noted.
e. Caregiver’s must never put a child in a crib while the infant
     is feeding on a bottle.
 
Feeding
Infant Room
 
            Infant diets are determined by their parents or their primary health care provider. Breast milk, formula, or milk and solid foods will be fed by a staff member in prescribed quantities and at specific time intervals. From twelve to twenty-four months of age, infants are required to be served whole milk unless otherwise instructed by a physician. Written diet instructions for infants are to be provided by the parents. Drinking water will be offered to infants throughout the day.
 
Bottle Feeding
a. Staff will use proper hand washing procedures before
     handling and making bottles.
b. Bottles are labeled with infants first and last name and stored
    properly.
c. When preparing the formula, the caregiver will follow the
    instructions on the container. Breast milk  will come in plastic
    ready to feed bottles, and will be stored in the refrigerator, and
    warmed in hot 
    water. The temperature of the milk / formula will be pre tested.
d. Any formula or milk left in the bottle after feeding will be
    disposed of.
e. Each infant’s feeding schedule will be available to staff.
f.  Bottles will never be propped; all infants will be held when
    being fed a bottle.
g. Feeding infants who hold their own bottles will be carefully
    monitored. Infants will be held and burped by the caregiver.
h. All bottles will be disposable or plastic; glass will not be
    permitted
i.  Staff and infants hands will always be washed before feeding.