As we approach the end of another school year, it’s time to think about getting your RealCare Babies ready for the summer break. Here are 5 key steps to take so that they will be ready when you come back in the fall:
Step 1: Complete an inventory:
- Gather up your Babies, accessories and supplies and take a quick inventory of what you have. Each Baby should have:
- 2 diapers, one with a green patch and one with a yellow patch
- Bottle and/or breastfeeding device
- Student ID with wristbands
- Infant Bodysuit
- Single Charger or 5-Baby Charger
- Identify any resources that you need to order, like wristbands, so you have the items on hand when school starts in the fall.
Step 2: Place a resupply order: Visit our online store to quickly and easily order any consumables and resources you need for your program such as wristbands and student workbooks.
Step 3: Wash clothing and clean the babies:
- For Baby: Disinfectant wipes, Goop® Hand Cleaner with Pumice, GoJo® Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner, Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser, or Acne Cream are all great for removing dirt and stains from Baby’s vinyl.
- For Baby’s clothing and supplies: Baby’s diapers and clothing can be machine washed in cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low. We recommend line drying to prevent wear and tear.
- Get more great cleaning tips here.
Step 4: Battery maintenance:
- Baby should be charged overnight, then unplugged – don’t leave Baby plugged in all summer. Ideally, your Babies should be charged for a few hours every 3 months. Haven’t used Baby since January or February? Now is the time to charge them overnight.
- FYI: The batteries will gradually drain out on their own. Do not be surprised if the Babies start to make a popping sound while in storage. This is an indicator that the batteries are giving off their final amount of charge. Don’t worry; this is normal and the popping sound can last for a few days.
- You can follow along with the “RCB Battery Maintenance” instructions here.
Step 5: Store Baby: Baby should be stored indoors, in a plastic bag, for optimum conditions. If this isn’t possible, every attempt should be made to keep Baby dry and clean. Note: dramatic changes in temperature can cause water condensation inside Baby. Allow time for the condensation to evaporate before use.
For more great tips and tricks on preparing Baby for summer break check out the video below: