With the summer sun beating down your backs, a dip in the pool is the perfect way to cool down with your kids. However, installing a permanent pool is costly and may involve safety issues. Trips to the local pool or beach may also be inconvenient at times. So, why not bring the fun back into the safety of your home? Inflatable kiddie pools are an excellent alternative to beat the heat, whether they be for your infants, toddlers, school kids, or even the whole family!
Guidelines for buying kids pools
First and foremost, there are some important criteria to consider when buying inflatable pools for kids: material, depth and safety systems.
1. Material: Most kids’ pools nowadays are inflatable and soft, as compared to hard plastics in the past. While hard plastics are longer-lasting, they provide less comfort and flexibility. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to buy pools of durable material that can last a few summers before your little ones graduate to proper pools.
2. Depth: When buying for a toddler, it is better to purchase pools or splash pads of shallower depth. This minimizes the risks of drowning. However, it is imperative to NEVER leave a toddler unsupervised in a pool. For the bigger kids, while a broader or deeper pool can be used, it is important to watch over them while they play as well.
3. Safety systems: Ensure your child’s safety by making sure there are no infiltration systems in the inflatable pool. This prevents the risk of having drain plugs suck in and trap your child under water.
We’ve come up with three different categories of kiddie pools to tailor to your needs: tiny tots, mini water parks, and family size, as well as a few recommendations in the category.
The swimming pool or sea may be a scary place to start out for toddlers and could pose more danger due to their depths. These baby pools are shallow, safe spaces for your tiny tot to splash around without you worrying.
Intex Sea Turtle Shade Inflatable Baby Pool
This adorable inflatable baby pool is lightweight, easy to set up, and convenient to store. You can simply unroll it, attach a blower to inflate it, and fill it with water. At an inflated size of 40”X42”, it holds up to 12 gallons of water. It can even be filled with water toys or balls for your toddler to play with while he splashes about. With its soft and inflatable floor and sides, comfort and safety are ensured while he plays in the event he slips. Furthermore, the sides are not too high, which allow your toddler to climb in and out of the pool with ease. Lastly, a built-in sunshade offers your partial protection from the sunlight.
Do note that you should dry it thoroughly before storing.
Balance Living Inflatable Frog Animal Pool Toy/Tub
This bright and amiable frog-shaped wading tub can contain a pool of 302 gallons of water! Built with highly durable materials, it is made to last through many summers and contains no harmful phthalates or other dangerous substances. With its 69” diameter, the little ones will have lots of space to splash around. The best part of this frog pool is its compact design — it is easily inflated and deflated with any ordinary pump, making storage simple. With its adorable and sturdy design, it makes an excellent gift for any young kid.
Banzai Shark Spray Pool
This fierce-looking shark pool not only looks cool, it even has a spout you can attach a hose to create a refreshing spray! Not only is this pool super easy to set up, but the sprinkler also gives your kids a more exciting experience. Do note the pool is rather shallow, so it is more suited for toddlers.
Adventure Cove Right at Your Toes
Are your kids hyperactive and always bouncing around? If you’re looking for ways to expand their energy, these inflatable pools are a mini water park for your little ones. From slides to sprinklers and pool games, these interactive pools are sure to excite your kids every time.
Intex Inflatable Kids Rainbow Ring Water Play Center
Rated by experts as one of the best swimming pools for kids, this inflatable play center comes with a ton of activities to enjoy. Measuring 117”x 76”x 53”, this pool comes with a ring toss (and four inflatable rings), a ball toss with six plastic balls, a play roller, a water sprayer and of course, a water slide into the pool. This inflatable pool weighs around 7 kilograms, hence it’s relatively easy to move and place wherever you want. Just be careful of placing it anywhere near sharp objects that may pierce the vinyl. Furthermore, this play center can double up as a ball pit when not used as a pool. However, as the pool is 4 inches deep, it is recommended for older kids (4 years and above).
Banzai Baby Sprinkles Splish Splash Water Park Sprinkling Activity Center
Don’t let your toddlers miss out on the excitement of a mini water park! With the Banzai Baby Sprinkles Splish Splash pad, your little ones will be taken on an ocean adventure as inflatable sea creatures surround them. This mini water park is easily inflated to a size of 90” x 68” x 22″, and its shallow nature makes it a safe option for the small ones. Kids can enjoy stacking starfish on the sprinkling post, riding a baby dolphin, sliding down a whale’s back and landing on a puffy oyster shell for a big splash. A rainbow canopy also provides shade for them to cool off. The pad is made of PVC, making it very durable. In the event of any punctures or leaks, a repair patch is included as well.
Caution: The pool surface may get a little slippery but having water shoes with grips or placing it on cushioned ground (like a flat grass surface) will do just fine.
Fun for the whole family
What’s summer without some family fun? Featured under this category are the giant inflatable pools that can fit not just the children, but the entire family. Do take note that these pools include infiltration systems and are not recommended for toddlers.
Jilong Pentagon Inflatable Family Pool
This amazing kiddie pool is a great way for the family to splash around and bond together under the hot summer sun. It has impressive inflated dimensions of 79″ x 77″ x 18.5″ and a water capacity of 118 gallons, yet can be set up in just minutes. This pool is made using an extremely sturdy vinyl material with extra-wide walls and 2 air chambers that can withstand vigorous activity. This pool is more suited for kids aged 6 years and above.
Intex Easy Set Pool Set
Meant for older kids (6+) and adults, this large but easy to set-up pool is huge enough to fit two large floats while still having space for a third person! It comes with a set-up DVD, filtration pump, ladder, ground cloth, and even a water filter cartridge. The only part that needs to be inflated is the top ring, and it contains a drain plug that can be pulled to release the water after usage, making it easy to keep. The tough, 30-gauge sidewalls are constructed with puncture-resistant 3-ply PVC for extra durability and strength, while an additional polyester mesh layer provides further reinforcement. Although the typical dimensions of this pool are 10” x 30”, the Easy Set series has sizes of up to 18” x 48”, making it the perfect pool for the entire family.
Bestway H2ogo! Splash-in-shade Play Pool
With a UV resistant shade and water sprayer that releases mist, this huge pool is a great solution for the hot weather. It is extremely sturdy despite its large size, with strong, rust-resistant, galvanized metal frames that support its weight and up to half a dozen hyperactive kids. Extra safety is ensured with walls made of heavy-duty 3-ply PVC. Although a little tricky to set up, it can withstand strong winds and rough play, which means with a filter system and some chlorine tablets, it can stay up and clean all summer.
There are plenty of options as to the pools you and your kids can dip in. Just make sure to consider the criteria we mentioned, and we’re sure you’ll have a grand time!