The Best Online Infant CPR Classes
The Best Online Infant CPR Classes
July 21, 2021

The Best Online Infant CPR Classes

The Best Online Infant CPR Classes.
The Best Online Infant CPR Classes

Taking care of a baby isn’t just about feeding them, cleaning them and playing with them—it’s also about keeping them safe. While there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent accidents (install cabinet locks, put bumpers on sharp corners, anchoring furniture), accidents can happen, so it’s highly recommended that parents and caregivers know how to respond to accidents, as well. And that means knowing how to perform basic first aid and CPR on your little one.

You may be somewhat familiar with CPR techniques as far as chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—we’ve all seen at least one dramatic CPR scene in movies or TV—but did you know that there’s a special technique just for infants under 12 months old? Babies have much shallower chests and weaker rib cages than adults or even older children, so performing regular CPR can lead to serious injury.

The best way to learn CPR specially designed for infants is to take a class taught by certified CPR instructors. You can typically find these classes at your local American Red Cross location or at your nearest hospital. Or, to save on transit time (and having to change out of your pajamas), you can take an infant CPR and first aid course online from the comfort of your own home!

We’ve rounded up the best infant CPR classes to take online so you can take advantage of virtual learning and be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Best Infant CPR Classes

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Online

$35

Easily the first name in first aid and CPR, the Red Cross’s online class covers CPR, first aid and AED for infants as well as for older children and adults. Keep in mind: If you need certification that meets OSHA requirements for your job, you’ll need to take this course instead, which also requires an in-person skills component (check with your local Red Cross location about in-person class cost and availability).

Tinyhood Safety 101 CPR and Choking (For 0-12 Years)

$29

We love Tinyhood for their wide variety of educational offerings (from breastfeeding and childbirth to starting solids and sleep training), and their CPR and Choking course provides all the expert instruction and invaluable learning materials you can expect from a Tinyhood class. Each video lesson is short and sweet (often less than two minutes long), and with two years of access, you can go back and watch the videos as much and as often as you need. You also get about a dozen downloadable guides and checklists to keep on hand in case of an emergency. Keep in mind: This course covers both infant CPR (newborn to 12 months old) and child CPR (12 months old to 12 years old).

InfantCPR.com

$39.99

If you’re looking to get CPR certified, this online course offers two years of certification and renewal thanks to the 25-question exam you take at the end. The course itself takes only about 30 minutes to complete (plus however much time you need for the exam), so it’s perfect for caregivers with time constraints. There’s also a special section of the course that helps you tell the difference between a need for CPR versus choking relief. And the best part: once you purchase the class, you have access to it forever. You can retake the class and the exam as many times as you want without paying again, and there’s no expiration date on your access (though your certification expires after two years).

AHA Heartsaver Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Blended Course

$110; $20 for online portion + ~$90 for in-person portion

While the other courses on this list are fully online, the American Heart Association offers a hybrid class so you get the benefits of both online learning and in-person hands-on training. That means you’d get to practice CPR on an infant-sized dummy rather than with a makeshift dummy from home (often a baby doll or a rolled-up towel) or only learning theoretically.

The online portion of this course ranges from one-and-a-half hours to three hours, depending on your individual learning speed. The in-person portion lasts about two hours and is sold separately from the online course. In-person classes are located at a local AHA Training Center and are led by an AHA BLS or Heartsaver instructor.

The Baby Manual

$59

If you’re looking for a more complete infant care experience, the aptly named Baby Manual offers a full suite of topics from basic CPR and how to treat common infant health concerns (rash, fever, cradle cap) to breastfeeding tips, fun activities to entertain baby and how to establish a sleep routine. For $59, you have the choice between unlimited online access for six months or a two-disk DVD set. Keep in mind: The Baby Manual only covers care for newborns to six-month-olds, whereas other courses that are specific to infant CPR cover up to 12-month-olds.

National CPR Foundation

Free to access

Don’t have time to take a full course? Or maybe you took a course a few years ago and now just need a quick refresher of the basics. Thankfully, the National CPR Foundation has provided a free (yes, totally free) webpage with the most important things to know when performing infant CPR, including video examples performed on a dummy. While this site won’t take the place of hands-on training or live video coaching from a certified instructor, it’s an excellent resource for quick reference for budget-conscious caregivers.

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