Summer will underway, and there's no better way to beat the heat than spending a day by the pool with your little ones. As a mom, your poolside adventures can be both fun and stress-free by ensuring you have all the essential items to keep your toddlers and babies safe, comfortable, and entertained. In this blog, we'll dive into the must-have poolside essentials that will make your pool days a splashing success!


The number one rule for poolside (and outdoor in general) fun is sun protection! Babies and toddlers have delicate skin, so it's crucial to choose a sunscreen with a high SPF specifically formulated for their sensitive skin. Opt for a water-resistant sunscreen and apply it generously 30 minutes before sun exposure. Don't forget to reapply regularly, especially after swimming or toweling off. We posted a blog earlier this summer highlighting what sunscreens we recommend for your little ones, found HERE.


Swim Diapers

Keep those accidents contained with swim diapers! Unlike regular diapers, swim diapers are designed to be worn in the water without swelling up. They provide a snug fit and have elastic leg openings to prevent any leakage. Make sure to pack a few extras, as accidents can happen, and it's always better to be prepared!



Floaties are a must for little ones who are still getting the hang of summer. Look for floatation devices specifically designed for babies and toddlers, such as floats or inflatable arm bands. Ensure they are properly fitted and provide the necessary support to keep your child safe while they have fun in the water. You can find inexpensive floats at your local big box store, as well as Amazon!

Hats and Sunglasses

Protecting your child's eyes and head from the sun is equally important. Invest in wide-brimmed hats that provide shade to their face, neck, and ears. Sunglasses with UV protection will shade their eyes from harmful rays. Choose ones with adjustable straps to prevent them from slipping off while they play in the water. 


Poolside Snacks

All that poolside play can work up a serious appetite. Pack nutritious and hydrating snacks to keep your little ones fueled and refreshed. Sliced fruits, bite-sized sandwiches, and yogurt pouches are easy and mess-free options. Don't forget to bring plenty of water and/or child-friendly drinks to keep them hydrated throughout the day. 


Towels and Cover-ups

After all the water fun, your toddlers and babies will need a cozy layer to dry off. Choose soft, absorbent towels and pack a few extras for unexpected spills or if you're planning to spend an extended time at the pool. Additionally, consider cover-ups or lightweight hooded robes to keep your little ones warm and protected from the sun when they're out of the water. 

Water Toys

No pool day is complete without some exciting water toys for the older toddler/child! From colorful floating rings to weighted objects to throw in the pool, the options are endless (even if they are DIY!).  Water toys not only provide entertainment but also help improve your child's coordination and motor skills. Just ensure they are age-appropriate and safe for your little ones. 

July 01, 2023 — Emma Swain

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