Swimming with your kids is one of the longest-lasting memories they’re going to have. It’s a hallmark of childhood!
So I guess it makes sense to have a few well chosen pool accessories and floats to anchor these moments in their minds.
- Remember when we all piled on that giant duck pool floatie? I laughed so hard!
- I can still remember playing unicorn ring toss in the water with Grandma…
- I’m so glad Emily had on that immersible alarm watch. It saved her life.
- I wish I could still find the inflatable rodeo bull. That was so much fun.
Those are the memories that tag a particular summer as epic. Unforgettable. Cherished. And it all starts in the swimming pool.
What Pool Accessories Should You Have?
Whether your pool is up year-round or only when the summer wind blows, there are three pool accessories you want to be sure to have on hand.
- Safety Pool Accessories—avoiding summer tragedies.
- Pool Toys—without these, it’s really just a big bathtub.
- Pool Floaties—because floating is fun. (As is pushing siblings off the floatie.)
If You Don’t Have These Pool Accessories, Don’t Have a Pool
The first category I want to focus on is the safety pool accessories. These are BY FAR the most important things to have around.
In fact, if you don’t have a safety plan (with some good safety products) don’t bother with any of the other “fun” pool accessories. It’s probably best if you don’t have a pool at all.
Because drowning is the leading cause of death for children under four and teens. (Source.)
So don’t mess around here, my friend. Make the investment to make sure your children are going to be safe around the water.
Build Up Layers of Safety
It is important that you wrap your pool in layers of safety. The more barriers between your toddler and that slippery surface the better.
Put up gates. Add alarms. Slip on a vest.
Give your child safe boundaries to fall in love with the water. One traumatic experience can strip away all of that within seconds.
Buy a few of the safety pool accessories below (if not all) and call your local YMCA to enroll your child in swimming lessons. The sooner they understand “the way of Nemo” the better.
Must-Have Safety Pool Accessories
The Best Pool Toys This Summer Are…
Okay, then! Everyone is safe and the pool is secured. Time for some fun.
These Are the Best Pool Toys
Pool Floaties for Lazy Days and Silly Plays
There are really two types of floaties in the wide world of Saturday afternoon pool parties.
Pool Floatie Type One: Recreate American Ninja Warrior and compete for Master Swimmer.
Pool Floatie Type Two: I want to laze around the pool and doze.
Recreating American Ninja Warrior in the Pool
If you want your pool floaties to get used and abused, these are just your thing:
- Log Jousting—You both straddle an inflatable log and try to dislodge each other with your gladiator skills.
- Spaceship Squirter—Like bumper cars, only you’re floating.
- Rainbow Hamster Wheel—Who can get to the other side first?
- Inflat-a-Bull—One person tries to ride the bull, while everyone else tries to knock him off.
Pool Accessories for Lazy Lounging
I know this may surprise some of you, but not everyone wants to compete in the pool. There are some people who just want to take a nap and enjoy the cool waters. These are for you.
Lazy Day Pool Floaties
An Unforgettable Summer
For All the Right Reasons
Playing in the pool is one of the few things you can truly all do as a family, at any age, and everyone have a good time.
- Your 9-month old can’t bowl, even if your six your old loves bowling.
- The 13 year old may not want to go to Chuckie Cheese with your six year old, but bucking Dad off the bull definitely sounds like fun.
- Grandma may not join in to play HORSE in the driveway, but she would happily push your toddler in his plane while you challenge your spouse to a mean game of water basketball.
Everyone is in the pool together, at the same time, making memories.
Honestly, these really aren’t pool accessories. They’re really more like family accessories. So which of these are you going to start with first?
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Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at MightyMoms.club and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She’s a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been a featured parenting expert writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, Cafe Mom, and others. If it’s 2am and you’re desperate to read SOMETHING, check out her deepest darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn’t be allowed to blog.