This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.
Summer is almost here and in my house that means lots and lots of days spent at the pool. I enjoy being at the pool because it feels amazing to be out of the house with the kids and they aren’t going stir crazy sitting in front of a television all day. I can relax and they can have some fun in the sun. Sometimes making the journey to the pool can be a little overwhelming. I’ve heard from friends that going to a London C2C First Aid Aquatics facility to learn CPR is a good idea if I want to be extra prepared in case my kids end up in an emergency and need help. My friend did that course and told me that because of the CPR training she undertook she found it a lot easier to help her kids when one of them almost drowned. Glad she was so prepared. I always have these thoughts of self-doubt and making sure I have everything that I might need to tend to the kids. So, like most everything in my life, I created a list of things that I like to take to the pool and how I get ready for a day at the pool to help make things easier for me and for every parent about to head out on the journey that is called “pool day”.
Get as much done as you canf before you leave the house.
Getting to the pool is hard enough when you have children. I’ve made the mistake of not getting all the children ready in their swimsuits and covered in sunscreen before we headed out before. It was the worst mistake I could have ever made. Have you ever tried to get one child to sit still to put sunscreen on while the other one just wants to jump in the pool and both children just start crying because all they see in those bright eyes is a beautiful body of water that they so badly want to jump in? Yeah, it’s not the best or safest way to do things. So have the kids in the suits and sunscreen on before you leave the house.
Snacks and water to drink.
The pool is a great outlet to let kids burn energy and when this beautiful body of water sucks all the energy out of your children they tend to get hungry and thirsty. This is when snacks and drinking water comes in handy. I usually have a peanut butter sandwich and orange slices handy in a cooler for when my littles get hungry. It is easy to prepare before we go and I never have any complaints because what kid doesn’t love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? And I always, always bring bottled water to help them stay hydrated. Being out in the sun for a while can dehydrate anyone. Add in the very physical activity of swimming with the heat, it is easy to become dehydrated so plenty of fluids handy is a must have item on this list.
Extra sunscreen and towels.
As delicious as the Vitamin D is that our bodies need that we get from the sun, the side effects of sitting out in those rays can be devestating on a little kids skin. As I mentioned before, I have already put on sunscreen on my children, but you will need to reapply some every 45 minutes to an hour to help keep them protected from getting sunburn. I like the ease of use you can get from an aerosol can of sunscreen. I hate having to take my kids away from the fun in the pool so the quick application of sunscreen through the aerosol cans makes it seem like the process of reapplying never happened to them.
I always bring extra towels but I like to leave them in the car. The reason being is that when you tote your stuff to the pool, accidents can happen. Your bag of clean clothes to get changed into after your day at the pool can get soaked by some passer by that just jumped out to go have another dive off the diving board. The reason I leave the extra towels in the car is because I want my kids to have something to sit on when it is time to go and their seats don’t get soaked on the ride home.
Yes, I’m that crazy mom that shows up to the pool with enough floats to last 3 weeks. Better safe than sorry right? My favorite float right now and a “you can’t live without” float is from SwimWays. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float and perfect when I was introducing Ryan to swimming. It allows her to sit in her float, enjoy the water and helps keep the sun out of her eyes. Nothing I have found can beat it. It’s amazing. Period. Plus I love what SwimWays is doing. SwimWays has started a National Learn to Swim Day back in 2012 and is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the benefits of learning to swim. How cool is that? Yes, I will continue to be that mom that takes tons of floats to the pool and to keep my children safe. Even if that makes me that “crazy” mom.