Pool Time Essentials
Hi friends, hope you all are having a good time! After a very long time I am writing a post on the 1st of the month and it feels so amazing. In this post I have shared the pool time must haves for babies and toddlers which one should definitely carry in their travel bag. But before that I want to ask you something…
Does your baby love playing in water?
Who doesn’t, right?
My son is crazy about water.
What about pool time excitement?
Nemit jumps in excitement every time we mention swimming pool to him.
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But the sad part is we don’t have a pool in our society and the one which is nearby our place don’t allow kids younger than 3 years. Nemit was around 5 months old when he started liking water and his bath time became a fun time for us. But then he was too young and couldn’t even sit properly, so we never bothered about taking him to a pool.
He was 7 months old when he first experienced his outside pool visit during our trip to Goa. And we got the hint that this boy is gonna love pool even more as he grows up.
Thankfully, we being pool freaks ourselves helped us to make Nemit’s first pool visit easy, safe and full of excitement. How?
So, a month before our Goa trip we decided to introduce Nemit to a swimming pool at home. Since, we have Nemit’s separate room, we placed a big size inflatable pool in his room only. Yes, parents do such crazy things too! wink* wink*
Inflatable Family Pool in Nemit’s room for some fun pool time
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We also bought a baby float to see if he would like sitting in it or not. And then the time came to inflate the pool and fill it with water. And finally, to test the float and look for Nemit’s reaction.
Luckily, Nemit loved the whole experience and we felt relieved and ready to take the boy for his first pool and beach holiday. And Goa it was!
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After that there was no stopping him from getting into the pool. He enjoyed his room pool time after coming back from the vacation and later in winters we converted the water pool into a play pen. This idea was actually taken from Pinterest and we loved it totally! We were able to use this pool till Nemit started crawling and standing with support.
You may also read: 5 quick tips when planning a vacation with kids and grandparents!
You can also buy such pool (small or big) and float (available in various shapes & designs) online through Amazon or any other e-commerce site. I have also shared the links above to make your search easy.
Nemit’s pool requirements changed once he graduated from babyhood to toddlerhood
Now he would not require a support float, he simply wanted to jump into the pool. He is 2.7 years old and doesn’t know how to swim but he has no fear at all.
We, ourselves are big pool freaks as I said earlier and during almost all our trips, we keep at least one whole day at leisure. So that we can enjoy our time at the resort and in the swimming pool. I guess Nemit inherited this craziness for pool from his parents only (as if it flows in the genes, lol). Jokes apart, it’s really important for parents to be highly vigilant with kids in pool specially infants and toddlers.
It’s been a week since we’ve returned back from our Pondicherry trip and I can’t wait to tell you how Nemit surprised us there with his crazy stunts in the pool. Watch this video and you will know!
“Don’t force your child to try anything which they are not comfortable with. We were present there the whole time while Nemit was trying all the crazy stunts.”
He was dancing in water, swimming and jumping, all in all he was having the best time. Whereas we were shocked and surprised to see him doing all this without any fear. It took us almost an hour to calm down and accept that there will be no stopping him now from enjoying his pool time.
We had a super fun holiday and now our pool times have turned more entertaining.
Also, it’s important that you plan ahead for pool time and pack the pool essentials for kids to make the pool time safe and fun for them. I can assure you that with these essentials you can have a worry free time and enjoy to the fullest. You will thank me later for this list.
Then what are you waiting for guys, come on, read ahead!
Pool Essentials for Kids to make their Pool Time fun & safe
If you are planning a vacation and looking forward to your time at swimming pool with your kids, do check out the below list of pool essentials to pack in your travel bag. These are the must haves for babies and toddlers.
Also, please note, while booking your hotel/resort, make sure to ask them about the pool accessories they provide for kids. However, it’s always better to have your own stuff to avoid any raw deal later on. These pool essentials won’t even take much space in your travel bag. I will also suggest to carry your own manual/electric air pump.
1- Inflatable float with sitting support
This is a must if you have a baby or young toddler who can not stand on its own but old enough to sit. You can just put your little one in the float and be worry free and almost hands free. They will be much safer sitting inside the float rather than without anything or even in your arms, since it’s easy to lose balance in pool. Always remember if you are not a good swimmer don’t take your baby in the adult pool.
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2- Swim suit/ Swim trunk
It’s always better to make your child wear a good quality swim suit/bathing suit. For babies, consider buying a 2-piece swim wear as that’s easy to change in case of diaper checks. If you can get full length swim wear made of good quality material it’s a plus as that can help minimize the amount of UV rays that penetrate your child’s skin.
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If the pool is covered one or you are planning not to stay for a long time in the pool, simply opt for swimming trunks.
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3- Swim diapers/ Diaper covers
Swimming diapers are a must at least for babies and also toddlers who are not yet potty trained. There are a variety of diapers available to choose from, disposable or reusable, cloth diapers or just the diaper covers to be worn over the normal underpants.
You can buy disposable swim diapers here:
You can buy reusable swim diapers here:
4- Inflatable Ring Floats
For older toddlers, who are ready to explore more about the swimming pool and don’t feel comfortable sitting in the float, consider buying an age appropriate ring float for them. That will keep them up and safe and also provide the necessary support in the pool water.
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There is one more option which we checked and that’s the inflatable pool jacket. If your child doesn’t like the ring and wants to be left free, try making him wear this jacket. This will help keep your child floating.
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While buying do check for the right size and before packing them in your travel bag, do check them once. Fill them with air, check for any leakage and also check their fit. It’s always better to be well prepared in case of children.
Another important pool essential often neglected by many parents is a good sunscreen. To avoid sun burns, tanning, irritated skin do invest in a good sunscreen for kids. You can check out this post to know some of the best sunscreens for kids.
Apart from the above mentioned must haves, don’t forget to keep separate towel for kids, hooded ones are the best. I also like kid’s bathrobes, keep them snugly while having out of pool fun. You can also add a few pool toys, they make the pool time even more wonderful. And lastly, always carry baby wash, so that you can give them a good bath once they are out of the pool & apply moisturizer.
So, that’s my list of pool essentials especially curated for my lovely readers. Hope this will help you pack better for your next vacation. And you will not worry about spending time at pool with your beautiful kids. Do share this post with your friends and family. And now tell me in the comments below when did you take your baby to the pool for the first time?
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