Our Pool Setup for Toddler and Baby


Our Pool Setup for Toddler and Baby.

I wanted to take a few to share about our new pool. We really wanted to be able to swim at home, but we weren't ready for an in ground or a big above ground pool because we didn't want to stress about our sons drowning. Of course, children can drown in even shallow water so we did baby proof our sliding glass doors- again. Our first attempt baby proofing the glass doors was a fail against my toddler's superior might... but it might work for you if you don't want to leave screw holes in your nice doors like we did.

This pool is 12' x 30" so my toddler can stand in it which makes it way more awesome. Holding two kids isn't fun in the pool so this is perfect for us. It's big enough that we often have three floats in there- a baby float, a grown up float and a cool hippo float for my toddler. As an adult, I can sit in it to cool off- but standing gets quite a bit of me wet too. 

My husband and father-in-law set it up fairly quickly. We laid a tarp under it. It's got a fairly sturdy wall and it's hard, unlike the blow up pools. It took several hours to fill, of course. Filter seems to do a decent job, along with the net I got to clean out bugs. We keep a solar cover on it to keep the water a bit warmer and hopefully to keep leaves/bugs to a minimum. 

Leveling the ground under it is highly recommended. We didn't, we just picked a pretty level spot. So far it's been okay but then again... It's definitely leaning a bit to the right now.

Here they are setting it up... with our big helper as usual... 

So far we've gotten a lot of use out of it, including when my mom was visiting. The filter is probably not the strongest, but we haven't had issues with it. 

Here's the supplies we bought for the pool as well... not all necessary, but helpful.

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You'll have to go to this link to find the pool because I'm not able to directly link it. Here's the search for the Intex 12' by 30' Pool (I purchased the Metal Frame Set). It is roughly $119.


We bought a solar cover to keep the water a bit warmer because we're in Maryland and I hate cold cold water. If you have one, make sure you store it someplace out of the sun when the pool is in use, otherwise you can burn your grass (or if you lay it on top of itself, it can burn itself). So far it's done a pretty decent job keeping stuff out of the pool. The chlorine tablets are to keep the algae from growing in the pool apparently and I don't know too much about it, but my husband puts some into the dispenser (far right) and lets it float in pool. So far so good. 

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I highly recommend reusable swim diapers because it's way cheaper than buying disposables and more eco friendly. Also, you can use a regular one side pocket cloth diaper without the insert if you want too... I use Bum Genius OS Pockets for swim diapers too but I needed this bigger swim diaper seen below for my older son who has outgrown the one-size diapers we have. You want to make sure you have a good fit for the swim diaper which you can do by raising your baby's feet in the air and making sure the elastic around the legs doesn't have a gap. Gap = place for poop to explode out of. Ha. 


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DIY Danielle: Our Pool Setup for Toddler and Baby
Our Pool Setup for Toddler and Baby
Our Pool Setup for Toddler and Baby.
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