Secrets for Taking Kids to The Pool

Secrets for Taking Kids to The Pool

Inside: Secrets for taking kids to the pool. How to pack this summer, and pool essentials. 

Taking kids to the pool can require some effort, and I am here to help with quick tips that will help make your pool time more manageable. 

Head into that pool this summer packed for success. 

Keep in mind, this is what works for us. Take these suggestions and think about which ideas will work for you. 

Most important is understanding swim safety. Here are some great tips to start off with by Safe Kids Worldwide.

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Summer at the pool with kids

But Beth, taking multiple kids to the pool does not even sound fun.

I hear you. It may not be the first couple of times. But it gets smoother over time.

Keep in mind, understanding pool safety is the first step! Parents Magazine has some great reminders.

I am here to help with quick tips that will help with packing and planning to get there.  

All it takes is a small action plan to help get organized.

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What Happens BEFORE we head to the pool:

What happens before we head out to the pool is the most important step.

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  1. Pack a lunch. Take 10 minutes in the morning to get this done. My mom hack is using containers with separate sides and throwing it all into a large cooler bag.

  2. Pack TWO dry bags. Bag ONE has everything you need for the pool. Bag TWO has everything you need for the shower afterward. - No shower? Skip this step.

  3. Apply sunscreen and get dressed in suits before leaving the house. Here are our favorites:

Inside the lunch/snack bag:

Ice Packs:

Cooler Bag:

My Favorite Food Containers:

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KEEP IT SIMPLE. What do you need, what can you leave behind?

  • baby hat

  • goggles

  • sunscreen

  • extra swim diapers

  • towels in both bags

  • clothes for after the pool

  • shampoo

  • comb

  • diapers/undies

packing for the pool with kids

Pool bags:

DURING our time at the pool:

Once we arrive I always follow this predictable routine:

  1. First, I feed my one-year-old in the stroller as the older kids wait next to us. Remember to always supervise children in the water, even when they know how to swim.

  2. Next, I take my one-year-old into the pool so we can all swim together.

  3. Finally, I can place my one-year-old into his portable playard where he contently plays. If I place him in AFTER he has eaten, he is typically content to play for a while.

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Here is the portable playyard:

What my one-year-old is playing with:

What Happens AFTER:

Once everyone is finished swimming and eating, we head directly into the shower.

Since I have everything I need for after the shower in one bag, it is pretty painless. 

Into the shower, scrub off the chlorine, and out to get dressed. 

Do they love this part?

Not really.

Do I love this part?

Also, not really.

But adding this small simple step means I am done and done.

Once we enter the house, the wet bag goes directly into the washing machine and I can relax. The kids can watch a show, and I know my one-year-old is ready for an afternoon nap. 

And...that's all! 

Over time this routine gets faster and faster to prepare.

Clothes go straight from the dryer back into your pool bags to pack for next time.

How do you take multiple kids to the school? Comment below to share your tips! 

And remember! Understanding these swimming safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide is an important step when taking children to the pool.

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