5 Steps to Having Fun at the Pool This Summer
During the cold days of February did you find yourself fantasizing about warm lazy days at the pool? I know I did. The truth is though if you have little ones sometimes a day at the pool can be more stressful than it is in your fantasies.
Having fun at the pool can take a little more advance planning than it did when you were a teenager, but it’s still totally worth it. I’ve got five easy ways for you to have fun in the sun.
Buy a cute hat and cover-up … for you!
This may sound like a strange place to start, but there are a lot of moms out there who avoid the pool because they don’t think they rock a bikini like they used to. Don’t let this keep you from the pool. Buy a suit you’re comfortable in and if you’re feeling self-conscious go for a cute wrap or cover-up. As a bonus, a hat and cover up will help protect you from the sun (more on that later).
Pool snacks are expensive and usually their quality is debatable, but you don’t want to have to go home early because of a hungry meltdown. A small cooler bag with fresh fruit, pretzels and drinks can save your budget and your day. Throwing in a special treat, or allowing for a once-a-week ice cream at the pool can keep the whining to a minimum.
Buy a Local Pool Pass
I’m a firm believer that if you have a pass to something, whether it’s a museum membership or a pool, you will use it more often. If you’re facing a $10/person entry to your local pool you’re only going to go if you feel like you’ll get a good two to three hour visit out of it, and if someone has a meltdown, you’ll be mad about having to leave. However, if you have the pass, you’re more willing to take a chance on an “it might rain” day or a “he hasn’t had a nap” day. Depending on the ages of your kids a few quick before or after dinner trips to the pool might make more sense than an all day visit. With a pool pass, you won’t feel guilty. As a bonus, if your pool is owned by your local park district, you’re supporting your parks!
Nothing takes the joy out of a pool day like trying to push a double stroller while pulling a wagon loaded down with bags around the pool deck, unless it’s doing that with a screaming toddler in the stroller. Figure out the essentials: Snacks, cover-ups, towels, sunscreen and a small diaper bag (if necessary) and bring only that. If your kids are old enough that you don’t have to watch them, throw in a magazine for yourself.
Sun safety is the most important part of a day in the sun anywhere. According to the CDC, just a few serious sunburns in a young child’s life can increase their risk of skin cancer later.
The CDC recommends that you use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
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Hope to see you by the pool!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Blue Lizard. I received compensation for this post; however, all opinions stated are my own.