Working Hours of Babies

  • Infants ages 15 days - 6 months are limited to work one period of two (2) consecutive hours in any one day, either from 9:30am - 11:30am OR from 2:30pm - 4:30pm.  
  • Babies ages 6+ months - 2 years may work 4.5 hrs on set between 5:30am and 12:30am the following day. No Nurse required.

Studio Teacher & Nurse Requirements

  • Studio Teachers and Nurses are required to be present at all times when filming babies under 6 months old.
  • For babies 15 days to 6 weeks: 1 Studio Teacher and 1 Nurse must be present for every three babies. (1+1:3)
  • For babies 6 weeks to 6 months: 1 Studio Teacher and 1 Nurse must be provided for every 10 babies. (1+1:10)

Nurse Responsibilities

  • Direct and indirect patient care services that insure the safety, comfort, personal hygiene, and protection of patients; and the performance of disease prevention. (Business & Professions Code § 2725 (a)).

CSATF Safety Bulletin Guidelines

  • Click Here to view the CSATF Safety Bulletin for Employing Infant Actors
  • Hands should be washed and sanitized before and after handling infants.
  • Tobacco Laws must be followed.
  • Infant should not be exposed to smoke or fog.
  • Infant Heath/Safety Coordinator should be assigned.
  • Trailers must be well ventilated and holding tanks should not be pumped when infants are present.
  • Foods which commonly cause allergic reactions should not be used.
  • Permission should be obtained from parents before applying any substance to the infant's skin. Glycerin, lubricating jellies, and cosmetics should not be used to alter the infant's appearance.
  • Props/Wardrobe may only be used by one infant and should not be reissued unless laundered and disinfected.
  • Bassinets, cribs and changing tables should be sanitized and should not be exchanged

Other Baby Guidelines

  • Scene requirements should be discussed with the parent (Studio Teacher and Baby Nurse, when applicable) prior to use of the infant.
  • Parent or guardian should be present AT ALL TIMES.
  • Hand-washing facilities should be readily available.
  • Separate work times must be kept for each baby for Twins and Triplets.
  • Wardrobe should be clean and wrapped in plastic or new.
  • Work and holding areas must be clean, properly lit, apart from other minors, & temperature controlled.

The information above regarding the employment of infant actors is based on a combination of CA Child Labor Law, CSATF Safety Guidelines, and common industry practice.