Here in Texas,we get heat early. It is only half way through May and Lil’ Bud has already enjoyed his new swimming pool. Last year I bought a family size inflatable pool. After a few uses, we stopped,because it was too hard to clean, and Lil’ Bit was brand new. Having a new born outside by a little pool didn’t sound like a good idea to me. I knew this year I wanted a smaller pool, so it didn’t take as much water to fill.
So, armed with my ideas,we went to Target. I had one in mind, but Lil’ Bud wanted a dinosaur one. It was the same price so I got it.
Doesn’t it look fun? No this isn’t our family-I haven’t gotten a picture of Lil’ Bud playing in it. The father kind of looks like Marcus Samuelson, doesn’t he? Lil’ Bud has already enjoyed it and from that experience, comes some wisdom.
- When looking for a kiddie pool, look at the safety issues.
- This one has a hidden one- the slide. It looks harmless enough, but I can’ t tell you how many times Lil’ Bud fell off of it from the sides or trying to climb up it to go down.
- How easy is it to clean? This one the slide is attached to the bottom of the pool at the very end, leaving a pocket under the slide for dirt and junk to get into it.
- Clean it often-as the bottom gets even more slippery.
- Do your research on how to clean your pool. I prefer to not use harsh chemicals, and just finished cleaning it out with vinegar. I emptied the pool took a rag and got the slime off the bottom. Then poured in vinegar and wiped the pool down with it. Here is a link to other natural cleaning ways: Natural pool cleaning. You can treat kiddie pools just like a big pool with all the chemicals: Chemical cleaning. It gives a lot of good information when cleaning these little suckers. I found this using only bleach: pool cleaning-bleach.
- This one is common sense- never let your little ones play in the pool unsupervised. As our MOPS group was recently told-drowning is a silent death. It doesn’t take much water for someone to drown in. When our pool has water in it, I am always outside watching Lil’ Bud.
Hopefully, we’ll get good use out of the pool.