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I love swimming with my kids in the summertime! I love the weightless feeling of being in the water, and the fact that my kids who are getting too heavy carry on land, can easily be scooped up and spun around in the pool! As refreshing and relaxing as the water is, packing for a trip to the pool and hauling all our stuff there can be stressful and exhausting!
I asked the Marvelous Moms over on our awesome Facebook Group what their pool essentials are. Next time I go to the pool I’m going to take their suggestions and leave the rest behind! Here are the top pool must-haves for swimming with littles.
Sunscreen has become a loaded topic lately! I feel like it’s one of those situations where I can’t win, if I put sunscreen on my kids I’m slathering them with chemicals and if I don’t put sunscreen on them I’m giving them skin cancer! Not to mention how much my kids HATE being rubbed with the slippery stuff. They scream like I’m torturing them (Someone tell the neighbors we are just putting on sunscreen). I usually just skip the sunscreen if we are going to the park for a while, but a whole day in the pool would definitely end in sunburns without sunscreen. So here are the top sunscreen options from our Marvelous Moms.
- Badger Sunscreen
- This is a natural and organic sunscreen that comes as a cream in a tube, or a face stick for easy application. It is made with Zinc Oxide which is a natural sun protection. You can get it unscented or in several different scents. They also have sport and regular, with the sport option being water resistant for 80 minutes.
- Ocean Potion Suncreen
- Babyganics Sunscreen
- This mineral based baby sunscreen is great for sensitive baby skin. It comes in a tube, spray, or face stick.
Okay, sunscreen check! Now on to number 2.
Is is just my kids, or is it a universal kid thing to ask for snacks constantly! About 3 minutes after we get to the pool the kids will be hungry. Snacks are a must have! If your kids are old enough to help carry things you might bring a big cooler with ice, popsicles, and sandwiches. If you have to carry everything a little cooler bag like this Vera Bradley Lighten Lunch Bunch or a big water bottle filled with ice would be a good option.
3. A Puddle Jumper or Life Jacket
If your littles don’t know how to swim a life jacket or puddle jumper is great. Of course you should always supervise your kids in the water, a life jacket just provides extra protection and it’s really helpful if you have more than one kid in the water!
This one if for mama! If you’ve ever played in the pool with kids you know how much you get splashed in the face. I love wearing sunglasses because they minimize the splashing in my eyes, oh and they make me look glamorous without my makeup on! You can get these Sunnies on Amazon for under $15!
Hooded towels are awesome because they stay on little heads. Sometimes when I’m trying to pack light I bring small bath-towels instead of big beach towels, they take up so much less room in the bag!
6. A Wet Bag
A plastic grocery bag will work in a pinch, but if you plan to go to the pool a lot you may want to invest in a nice wet/dry bag like this.
7. Dry Clothes
Unless you are walking to a pool down the street you probably want dry clothes to change into. Don’t forget the diapers and wipes for baby either!
8. Sandals, Suits, and Rash Guards
I guess rash guards were invented to prevent rashes, but I think we all use them to prevent sunburns now. Also if your littles aren’t potty trained don’t forget the swim diapers!
I hate opening my eyes underwater, the chlorine stings so much! So goggles are important, unless you plan to bump into people while you are swimming! I think the kids would like these and they would protect their noses too!
10. Leaving Reward
Finally, if your kids tend to have a hard time leaving the pool, plan a reward for leaving. Let your kids know what the reward is and give them transition time. Let them know you’ll be leaving in 20 minutes so they should get their last swimming in. Then let them know when they have 5 minutes and need to be drying off and putting on sandals. If they cooperate and leave with you on time they get the reward :). If you have the reward pre-planned and let your kids know what it is ahead of time it works as a reward. If you start offering treats once your kids have started winning or disobeying these are bribes. That’s why it’s important to plan out your reward ahead of time!