This post with tips on tackling the pool with toddlers is sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
With two big community pools in town and a small inflatable one in our yard, we get a lot of pool time. Growing up we had a 4 1/2 foot pool in the backyard, so did my aunt, and so did my grandparents.
Basically, we love swimming and there will be a lot of it happening this summer. How about you? If so, and you will have little ones in tow, here some tips for tackling the pool with toddlers.
Tips for Tackling the Pool
Prepare a Pool Bag for Toddlers
If the pool is somewhere you frequent often, prepare a pool bag to make things easier. The must-haves for my pool bag include:
- Swim Sweater
- Change of Clothes
- Bag for Wet Clothes
- Hair Brush and Ponytail Holders
- Any pool toys and goggles you use
As soon as you apply the first layer of sunscreen, give yourself sunscreen reminders. You can set an alarm on your phone, or if your pool has “break times” that has the kids get out, use that time to reapply.
Pre-Swimmer Safety Gear for Toddlers
My twins are still pre-swimmers and need a little help in the water. While the twins are waiting to get into swimming lessons and still learning to swim, SwimWays Swim Sweater helps them explore water confidence. I remember wearing something similar in my grandparents’ pool when I was a lot younger.
Who doesn’t remember the circular torso swim sweater that rides your chest for extra stability?! You can enjoy two pre-swimming positions when wearing this, upward and forward stroke.
First introduced 50 years ago, SwimWays Swim Step Two provides support while children learn to balance and paddle, two important pre-swimming skills.
The swim sweater inflates using a hand or bike pump and goes on easily. I really like that it isn’t a full suit. Kids still wear a bathing suit or trunks making it easy to remove the swim sweater when out of the water.
Another bonus of the SwimWays Swim Sweater is sun protection. Even though I have sunscreen reminders set at the pool, it’s nice knowing the Swim Sweater sun sleeves add extra UV protection.
Having great pre-swimmer protection on hand is super helpful, especially if you have two toddlers at the pool. Another way to give confidence to swimmers is SwimWays Power Swimr.
This graduated flotation device is like training wheels for the pool that advances swimming abilities at the child’s own pace. With 9 removable floats, Power Swimr adjusts to your child’s swimming ability.
Snacks and Drinks
If the pool you are going to allows outside food and drinks, bring some along. Not only do little ones get hungry when they are active, but snacks also come in handy as a distraction.
Take the time to read the pool rules with your children. Point out the lifeguards and what their job is. Not only does this let your child know what is expected of them, but also who to go to if they need help and don’t see you.
Taking more than one kid to the pool solo?
- Choose a pool that has an area for little kids.
- Call ahead and find out if they have slower day or time so it’s less congested.
- Wear your swimsuit to the pool so you are ready to go, and only have to change the kids.
- Be aware of where the lifeguards are in case you need one.
- Give the pool a good look around before heading in. Take note of shallow areas and deep ends, as well as places your little ones could hide.
- Sign your kids up for swimming lessons, especially if you have twins. It will give you extra peace of mind at the pool.
Pin these tips for tackling the pool with toddlers to help you out this summer!