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It Takes a Village at the Pool

Summer time at the community pool is a frequent activity of mine but I've made several observations especially now trying to keep track of 2 kids.  Here are some tips for taking your toddler to the pool.

First off, it takes a village of parents and caregivers to look after the little ones at the pool, especially the toddler pool.  It is also nice to be trusting of other adults.  I get it.  I am a neurotic mom who doesn't want my boys to drown but that kind of hysteria causes me not to have fun and makes it all work at the pool for me.  I was putting the boys on the little water slide running going back and forth helping them go down and them get back up without drowning.  Why should I run around like a crazy woman when there is another fully capable mom there doing the same thing with her kids.  Let's help each other out.  We both worked together and enjoyed ourselves as the kids safely were are on the slides.

Moms, I beg you to stop sitting by the edge of the pool updating your Facebook status while your kids (most of whom are too old for the toddler area) go around acting like bullies and splashing both adults and little ones that are just trying to enjoy themselves.  "At Pool, hope the kids haven't drowned yet, but damn I look like a MILF today."  I know you want to look hot, but remember you are a parent too.

Speaking of slides.  There are some serious social lessons to be learned here.  Wait your turn you little twerps.  Don't Push.  If you see a baby/smaller kid, be patient.  Wait until the child isn't at the bottom any more.  The MB (Momma Bear) in me had to correct and hold a few kids (again too old for the Nemo slide) back so they could be socially aware of their surroundings.


Some other tips for the pool with a toddler(s)
  • For the love of all that is holy, wear something on your feet in the bathroom.
  • Pack Snacks, Snacks, Snacks and then bring some more.  I love the ones from Thirty-One.
  • If your baby/toddler isn't potty training yet but fits into Pull-Ups, bring those to change into instead of a diaper.  I find them so much easier to get on a wet baby that is standing vs. having to lie them down some place and wrestle with putting a diaper on them.  These don't hold as much as a regular diaper, so don't leave it on as long.  Actually I think someone is now making a pull on diaper.  Not sure what the difference is between that and a pull up, but you get my point.
  • Sunscreen.  I love NO-AD because it works and is cheap.  My go-to for the little faces though is Neutrogena Sun Block Stick. 
  • Wear a suit that fits.  If you have a rocking body great.  If you don't great.  I'm not saying you need a "mom suit" with a skirt or anything, but you'll be working picking up your child and they will most likely grab at every part of your suit at some point, so just be sure it fits you properly and you don't constantly have to adjust yourself in it.
I hope this helps you at the pool this summer!

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  1. A pool is a great way to cool off in the summer,Children(Tiny tots and adults alike love to spend time..

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