There are important things to know about caring for children under two. Children under two should not wear masks. Caring for infants and toddlers means that you cannot socially distance. But, it is possible to follow COVID-19 safety practices with some changes.
Below are best practices for three aspects of caring for infants and toddlers:
1. It is important to still hold and be close to the infants you are caring for. You can limit risk of infection for you and the infant. Wear two face coverings to protect yourself and the infant, and wear extra layers of clothing to avoid secretions—and make it easy to change if you do get dirty.
2. It is important that you engage infants. Being close to you, and seeing your mouth and expression while you talk, is important for babies’ development. Wear a face shield and a drape or a clear mask and goggles when you are playing with and talking to infants and toddlers in your program.
3. Diapering can spread germs, so be extra cautious. Be sure to limit the possible spread of germs and disinfect thoroughly after changing diapers.