I learned this one from my mom who used to operate a daycare and it stuck with me. Seems simple enough, but I’m not sure I would have figured it out on my own until after many rushed filling of the pool jobs with little ankle biters wailing at my knees for me to hurry up and be done.
What am I on about?
Why filling up the pool at the crack of dawn and letting it sit out in the sun for a few hours before letting your little ones to venture in! Maybe you’ve though of that, maybe you haven’t.
We’re on our third blow-up pool and I think I’ve figured out a way to avoid the seemingly unavoidable holes that happen by the end of the summer. Because patch kits never work the way they are advertised or the way we want them to.
With thoughts towards pool-side safety and how I could protect the soft underbelly of said blow-up pool, I came up with sponge play-mats. You know those huge foam squares you can piece together like a puzzle? Those with babies and toddlers all know what I’m talking about. Usually we use them inside to protect our little ones’ heads and other body parts during the crawling and new walker stages.
Since the only flat shaded place that exists in our backyard is in a cemented area, I just imagined the bottom of the pool getting a tear in it when draining, pulling around to dump and hose out for cleanings, etc. I also wanted to create a parameter of spongey protection around the edges of the pool as it’s pretty big and some stumbling may occur when they get in and out.
As you can see, I didn’t get enough mats, they’re all under the pool, so back to Toys “r” Us I go to get some more to finish the job.
May there be many warm days by your little / big kid pool, eating freezies and splashing/mucking about with your toddlers.
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